Camped in overflow parking at Brazos Bend State Park in southeast Texas
We didn't have a reservation and took a chance that we could get a camping site by driving up to Brazos Bend State Park, less than 30 miles southwest of Houston. No way. Not on this New Year's holiday weekend. Only thing available was overflow parking lot (no utiliti
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Wildlife nest, feed along Florida's Gulf Coast
We've spent the better part of a week camped on, or near, the Gulf of Mexico--first at Florida's St. Joseph's Peninsula State Park, then last night at Big Lagoon State Park near Pensacola."The Gulf's location in is in the very heart of bird migration where it provides
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Jimmy Smith reflects on sense of 'home'
Jimmy writes in his latest essay: "Sitting here on this little spit of land jutting into the Gulf of Mexico the day after Christmas, I feel a pang of homesickness which is curious given that, by choice, we have no home other than this tiny nest on the back of our truck.
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Strong, cold winds batter St. Joe's St Pk on Gulf Coast--tent, holiday spirits still up
It's darn hard photographing the wind--especially with an "automatic" camera that doesn't snap the shot when you push the shutter, because "it" wants everything to be in perfect focus.That said, constant, cold winds have been blowing hard here (with sustained gusts of 3
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Merry Christmas from Florida's Gulf Coast
Happy Holidays from cold and windy Florida's Gulf Coast. Julianne and Jimmy are snug in their truck and Lance camper at St. Joseph's Peninsula State Park within a few feet of Florida's famous white dunes. While it's not the warmest of the Sunshine State's days, w
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Final day with Habitat RVers, heading north
Today, Sunday, Dec. 19, we leave our southern most point on this winter's journey and start heading the slow way west and north back home to Spokane, Wash.We are at the half way point circumnavigating the continental United States in our truck and camper. We have covere
Week 2, Day 5 - Last day of our Habitat for Humanity RV Care-A-Vanners build in Sebring
After two weeks on the job site, Friday, was our final day as RV Care-A-Vanner volunteers for the Highlands County Habitat for Humanity in Sebring, Florida. We met some incredible people--volunteers, home owners and Habitat employees--who all believe in the principle
Week 2, Day 4 - Fulltime RVer Anne Larson
RVer Anne Larson of Minnesota is not thrown by the unusually cold weather Florida is experiencing this week--in fact, she quickly fashions a pretty mean snowball from the early morning ice scrapings off her car window.For the past three winters, this fulltime solo RVer
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Week 2, Day 3 - Retirees are backbone of the cabinet crew at Habitat in Sebring
Vernon Shutts and Elliott Whitesides hang cabinets for the Highlands County Habitat for Humanity build in Sebring, Fl.Lots of cabinets.Together they have install dozens of cabinets and counter tops for the Habitat homes in Sebring.Both spend about half the year in the
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Week 2, Day 2 - SIP roof up in less than a day on Habitat house in Sebring
Today was the second day of our second week volunteering with the Highlands County Habitat in Sebring, Florida, as part of the Habitat for Humanity RV Care-a-Vanner program.RV Care-a-Vanner Jimmy Smith continued working with the crew on the 7th house under construction
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