I’m Baaaaak!

January 18, 2017

 

Reports of my demise as a blogger are exaggerated, although not by much!  I am well and back on the road!  Yea!

I so apologize for being such a dud in keeping the blog up to date.  After my grand “debut” last spring, I worried that I couldn’t keep having original stories.  I took a bazillion photos.  I’d go out with my camera and take a 500 images (I bracket the exposure, so really about 166.6 or so images 🙂 ) then come home, tired, and my eyes would glaze over at the thought of picking just a few to process for the blog.  And I guess I must have just been lazy…  The farther behind I got, the harder it became to get started again. Yada, yada….  So I slid further and further behind.  You have my most sincere apologies!  And thanks to all of you who kept inquiring, “What happened to your blog?!!”  The guilt kept alive the thought of getting caught up!  🙂

 

Home sweet home!

Who knew when I got back to Albuquerque on May 1 2016, only planning on staying home a mere month, that I would be there until September….  Unbeknown to my psyche, lurking around the corners of the house and my yard, THE LIST emerged in all its hulking, threatening gory.  What power that list holds!  It’s like an albatross around my neck.  It is never completed.  NEVER, I say!  NEVER!  First the yard, then the water softener wasn’t working, then two of my window blinds broke.  Oh, and then there were all my end of year medical appointments.  For those of you lucky enough to be still on the younger end of your life, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but your list (there it is again) of yearly medical appointments will most likely grow and grow!  Then there’s just day to day STUFF…

So time passed and before you know it, it was September.  How did this happen?

 

The BIG reason I was delayed!

I started researching new batteries for the motorhome.  The person who previously owned my vehicle was new to motorhoming and he unknowingly abused the batteries.  They just wouldn’t hold a charge.  That lead me learn that it is almost impossible to fully charge RV batteries without using the generator for hours and hours, or by getting a solar panel.  Can you see where this is going?  Decisions, decisions….Oh my, I hate decisions.  I just kept researching and researching.  Have you heard of analysis/paralysis?  Yup, that pretty much describes it.

 

Feel free to skip the next paragraph if you aren’t interested in the details! 

In my research I learned that if the batteries weren’t fully charged to 100%, they are doomed to an early demise, and that it takes a very long time to fully charge the batteries using a generator.  And you need a state of charge meter to accurately tell when you are fully charged.  What is the most efficient way to charge RV batteries?  Solar panels.  So I decided to have one panel installed just to top of my batteries.  Yea, right… One led to two, to three and finally to four….and before you know it, I had opted to have enough battery power and solar capability to allow me to comfortably boondock (camp off grid), only using my smelly and loud generator to bring up the batteries if I didn’t have sun.  As you will (hopefully) read in future posts, it is working out really well for the most part.

 

Off once again!

Finally, in September, I headed north to Wyoming to have my solar system installed.  After that, my plans were to go to Grand Teton National Park, then Yellowstone, then Glacier National Park.  As you will read, it didn’t quite work out that way, but all’s well that ends well!

 

Catch-up posts

I’ll keep you in suspense about my fall 2016 trip and my current travels, because I want to go back to February 2016 to bring you up to date.  Don’t you think it would be too confusing if I jumped all over the map (pun intended) going from the present to the past and back?  So, hopefully with your forgiveness, I’ll bounce back to February, 2016, with The Big Bang, in Wickenburg, Arizona. (NOTE:  if you don’t think it would not be confusing, and would like for me to “intermingle” current posts with “flashback” posts, please let me know in the comments section!)

Hope you’ll hang in there with me!  And thanks for reading!  (And yes, I do plan to have pictures going forward!) Stay tuned!

 

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12 Comments

  1. Bayfield Bunch AL.
    Feb 8, 2017

    Well now here’s a coincidence……..Just this morning I was thinking back to the time you dropped in to see us in Congress but could not remember what month it was. Your mention of Wickenburg gave me a clue. Welcome back to the Blogosphere:))

    • Rhonda
      Feb 8, 2017

      Hey All! So great to hear from you! (And honored that you followed me!) Now I just have to.follow your good example and stay on top of things! I hope to get to Anza Borrego next month. Hope it won’t be too hot by then! Keep up.your good work on the Bayfield Bunch!

  2. Rick Rousseau
    Feb 8, 2017

    Glad you got back to Blogland and hoping to read more of your adventures.
    Nice to see you at Blogger-Fest and hopefully we’ll have more time to talk next year.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

    • Rhonda
      Feb 9, 2017

      Thanks Rick! I hope I stick with it this time! Good to meet you as well! I’ll look forward to seeing you and your wife next year at Bloggerfest!

  3. Lorne Green
    Feb 8, 2017

    Welcome back to Blog land. I hope you find this attempt more gratifying and less of a burden. I enjoyed your blog even without the pictures.

    • Rhonda
      Feb 9, 2017

      Thanks so much! I think the enthusiasm at Bloggerfest really spurred me into action! I appreciate the work you two did to make it happen!

  4. Gaelyn
    Feb 9, 2017

    I both love and hate my never ending lists. Gets overwhelming sometimes but I feel success when completed and crossed out. Glad to have met you and see you’re inspired to blog. Hope our trails cross again.

    • Rhonda
      Feb 9, 2017

      Thanks, Gaelyn! It was great to meet you and talk about our Downers Grove connection! Keep up the good work!

  5. Susie
    Feb 11, 2017

    good for you!

    • Rhonda
      Feb 11, 2017

      Thanks Susie. YOU were one of those who kept my feet to the fire!

  6. Anne Henderson
    Feb 16, 2017

    Oh, I hate THE LIST! Now that I’m full-timing my list is SO much shorter and, best of all, most of it is priority C – very few A’s or B’s. Unless I count a) sitting in the sun, a) hiking, a) watching the sunset with an adult beverage, a) sight-seeing.

    • Rhonda
      Feb 16, 2017

      That’s what I enjoy most about RVing: the list is much less threatening! So good to hear from you!

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