Work Life – B&N


Hanging out in Barnes and Noble, sucking up their bandwidth.  I love my job.  Check out the fireplace and my boots!!!!!!





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Double Rainbow, all the way……

Double Rainbow all the wayFull-on Double Rainbow all the way…….  Alaska is magical!!!!

I have now lived life and am ready to move on (after experiencing a true double rainbow) – all the way……


We took this picture traveling just north of Denali.  This is a county park that we overnighted.  Note, the picture was taken at 1am (morning) – look how bright everything is.

Yet another magical Alaskan moment.


Double Rainbow – Original
Double Rainbow – Song
Double Rainbow – Monolog
Double Rainbow – iPhone App










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Maine – Made it!


Maine-ly, I no nothing about Maine…….

– When I worked for a Boston company a lot of people would go to Maine for the weekend, or on vacation. All said it was beautiful.

– the Appalachian Trails ends there (or begins) depending on your direction. We are Nobo’s (Northbounders), so the trail ends there for us.

– Acadia National Park (on list to visit)

– L.L. Bean flagship store (open 24/7/365)

– Lobsters, lobsters, lobsters

– rocky coastline and cold water

– from Florida (on the map) it’s a long way up

The plan: Eat lots of Lobsters, visit LL Bean, visit Acadia, and maybe stop by the end of the AT.

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RV Mods – Storage Wars

My wife is freaking out, panicked, “concerned” about storage. Mainly, where to put homeschool items, where to put 10 sets of towels, and where to put her belongings.

Me, my answer, is to wait until you move in, figure out what storage items are needed, buy micro-towels (very absorbent, very thin), and take as many drawers as she wants. To be honest, I can’t imagine in spacial terms without living in the environment. This however has no impact on my wife who wants things pre-ready vs. taking the risk of never being done. In other words, my wife ain’t happy, so it’s off to the RV and hardware store we go.


With Labradoodle in hand we hit the hardware store…….


This is the first project. It’s at the end of a closet that divides the kids room in half.


Four cabinet pieces, angle braces, and lots of screws later, voila – homeschool storage center!!!!

And I get lots of hero points………

(I do have a nagging thought about adding too much weight, but MJ tells me that’s silly. We shall see)

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2013 Travel Map

Here is our proposed Travel Map for 2013.  (the major stops)

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Roadside Oddities – Concrete Monoliths, Ocala FL


Deep within a forested highway median are ancient concrete monoliths. Without written history one would think they were ancient gateways built by aliens.

Instead they are just remnants of a bridge to nowhere, built by our government in the 1930’s. They were planning on having a Florida Cargo Canal (think Panama Canal, but in Florida). The canal would connect the Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico and would save having to transverse around the tip of Florida.


Seems like a huge effort and a waste of money, guess someone else thought the same. The history that never was……


Brooke is studying geometry and think it looks like a pi symbol.

We were posted on Roadside America

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Roadside Oddities – Tervis Tumblers, Venice FL


We decided to visit Tervis Tumblers ( in order to get some drinking glasses for our RV travels. The thought is that each of us could have our own unique and identifiable glassware. This would save on having multiple glasses. (Plus MJ always accuses me of leaving glasses around the house, a no-no in an RV. Now I’m scaled down to two and only two (Orange of course)).

Tervis Key Selling Points:
– keeps drinks cold
– keeps drinks hot
– reduces condensation
– lifetime guarantee
– dishwasher safe
– virtually unbreakable
– personalized designs
– made in America
– ecologically logical


For years we have traveled on I-75 passing by this giant tumbler. Finally we have stopped to pay homage. We were hoping to be able to go on a factory tour but they are currently not offering.


About 7 miles down the road is the Tervis factory store. There are so many choices and various themes to choose from. Half the fun is finding glasses for yourself and for others. What a huge selection.


A good time was had by all. Here the themes that we chose.

Robbie – Orange (two)
MJ – Dragonfly (two)
Brooke – Mustache and Captain America
Seth – Salt Life and Bacon
Scout – Ladybugs (two)

I submitted visit to RoadsideAmerica, here is our post

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