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Camping and Working all at the same time
July 18, 2010
6:56 am
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When you live and work in an RV, like we do, appearances are deceiving.  Here we are, parked in a beautiful forested area with a Lake – and we're sitting inside, hard at work on our computers.  Most people come here in their RVs to enjoy a weekend of camping.  But we *live* here, and we have a job to do – working on this website! 

If you tend to feelings of guilt .. this is not the lifestyle to choose!  When I”m working at the computer, it's easy to feel guilty for not taking advantage of our beautiful surroundings.  And, when I'm out taking advantage of our beautiful surroundings, it's easy to feel guilty about not getting more work done!

But, if you are able to enjoy the moment, this is an awesome lifestyle.  Two minutes from office to wilderness.  Without taking any 'vacation time' you can visit destinations that most regular working people have to plan for years!  I think that is the key to why I think this lifestyle is so wonderful.  It is such a good use of time – and time is our most precious resource. 

In our personal blog – I sometimes write about my thoughts on the lifestyle … I call it 'musings' and you can browse the posts by going to http://geeksontour.blogspot.co…..el/musings

What about you?  What's your lifestyle like?  If you travel and use a computer to stay connected while you get away … you're a 'Geek on Tour' too!  Tell us about it here by replying to this post.

August 20, 2010
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David Cross
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Hi,

I retired 7/2/07 from Nestlé USA where I was in Information Security.

My wife Lynn and I started travelling in our 40' Monaco motor home (RWHLST8) in July, 2007. We are full timers which means we sold our home and live full time in our coach. We have a very small home on wheels and a huge front yard to explore.

We have travelled through and slept in all 49 states and 12 Canadian provinces and 19 Mexican states, covering over 78,000 miles so far in the coach and an additional 46,000 miles in our Jeep (AGR8SKP). We have driven the coach as far north as Inuvik, Northwest Territories, 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle and down to Belize, just south of the Yucatan. We love to travel in caravans with Tracks to Adventure and have also gone to Churchill, Manatoba to see the Polar Bears with Fantasy Tours. We also love attending rallys all over the country.

We signed up for the Geeks on Tour newsletter in June of 2008 and joined Geeks-on- tour.com to get the tutorial videos in August of 2008 so this is our third year as paying members. We think the tutorials and seminars are wonderful. I have attended your seminars at Perry GA., Albuquerque, NM., Louisville, KY., and Redmond, OR. In Perry, I helped out with the class on getting to know your computer by monitoring the room, helping students with their assignments.

We have 3 laptops and HughesNet and a Verizon Air Card for Internet access which gives us two access points to choose from. Currently, the aircard is in a Cradlepoint MBR1000 router so we can both share the bandwidth from either router.  I just purchased a Droid 2 yesterday. I plan to get rid of the air card and use the Droid, tethered to my computer and let Lynn use the satellite. Since the satellite dish is on the roof, it is not always available through the trees, but we usually have at least one or the other. Going forward, it may be necessary to let Lynn tether to the Droid since I can't use it as a hot spot without another contract that costs about $20.00 extra a month and limits us to 2GB of data a month. That is something I didn't realize when I read the literature. While tethered, I have unlimited data. The third laptop sits on the dash and is used to run Microsoft Streets and Trips and monitor my engine and transmission using VMSpc by Silverleaf Electronics. Being a geek myself, I also have a Garmin Nuvi 3790T in the cockpit.

My wife Lynn takes most of the pictures of our travels and when I saw an article about Picasa in Chris' blog, I decided that is what we needed to organize our photos so I signed up and let Lynn look at the videos. She is doing a good job with Picasa but we still have a lot to learn. I also started a blog,  http://rwhlst8.blogspot.com/ after attending a seminar but I haven't yet developed the discipline to keep it up.

Day after day as I try to remember, I find my forgetter working better and better.

August 22, 2010
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Hey David,

Nice to see you here!  Your smiling face in the front row at our seminars was alway so nice!

Wow – 78,000 miles in 3 years.  We've done 76,000 in 7 years.  You make me hesitant to even call ourselves 'travelers!'

So – do you plan any future Tracks caravans?  Sounds like something to do with my Mom along.  Do you think Tracks might be interested in our computer instruction for guests?

August 22, 2010
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We will be starting on Tracks National Parks tour http://www.trackstoadventure.c…..nid=31 on Sept. 6 in West Yellowstone and ending in Colorado Springs 33 days later on Oct. 8. We love travelling with Tracks but due to financial circumstances, will not be doing as many in the future as we have in the past. As far as computer instruction on Tracks tours, I have no idea but you could always contact the owner, Larry Olsen at lao@trackstoadventure.com.

Day after day as I try to remember, I find my forgetter working better and better.

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