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Our Merit 25 Sailboat Is For Sale

By     |    Mar 12, 2011
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Sad, sad day.  Our Merit 25 sailboat is for sale.  But it’s time for other things.  The details: Waterloo is a 1981 Merit 25 sailboat. Merit modeled the boat after the popular and fast J/24, and ended up with what’s probably a faster boat (slightly longer, larger headsail area). She’ll do 7 kts relatively easily and likes to sail circles around boats 10 feet longer. We’ve had her up to […]

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The Best Checking Account For Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dirtbags

By     |    Mar 7, 2011
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If you travel a lot, you probably have a checking account with a large, national bank. And if you have a mortgage, chances are you have a checking account with the same bank – it is, after all, quite easy. These accounts sound like such a good deal – Premier Checking from Chase. You get interest. You’re not just some commoner off the street, you have a mortgage and the […]

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Ice vs. Inverter, Marine Battery, Solar Panel, and Charge Monitor

By     |    Feb 20, 2011
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As we sell all our worldly possessions on craigslist and embrace the boondocker lifestyle, I find myself thinking about one thing: electricity. A few weeks ago, we bought a 12V electric cooler.  It can keep things cool for, well, forever — if you have the juice.  Which leads to some serious math.  The cooler is rated to 4-ish amps.  We’ll have 12V power.  If we buy a 100Amp/hour battery we’ll […]

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I love craigslist.

By     |    Feb 4, 2011
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Tonight we sold our dining table on craigslist.  It was a special table – upon it we had our first Thanksgiving in our first condo – three leaves straining under twelve loaded plates and glasses.  We bought that table on craigslist from a woman who was moving to China the next day.  She had already put the leaves in her storage unit. One of the very first times we used […]

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The Boondock RV Culture

By     |    Jan 29, 2011
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As we wind-down our possessions and continue to plan for our temporary retirement, we’re discovering a lot of interesting things.  Most notably, the RV “boondockers” — RVers that camp off the grid.  Seems like a great idea! If you’re new to the concept, start with the Goin’ RV Boondocking blog.  Brian Gore’s daily posts are a fun read and provide great insight into the boondocking good life. We also grabbed […]

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I sold my Leica today.

By     |    Jan 16, 2011
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Or, I should say, my husband sold my Leica today.  I only have the patience for one go at eBay.  Paul persisted until an enterprising Russian bought it and lined up a friend in CA to whom to have it shipped (I once made the mistake of not specifying I’d ship within the US only, but that’s another story). It wasn’t a “real” Leica – it would never have been […]

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Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley

By     |    Nov 30, 2010
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Book reports – you remember those from elementary school, right?  Well, guess what, you’ve found the one person who loved those damn things.  In preparation for our next adventure, I’ll be boning up on my travel reading and sharing my “insights” with you.  This is the first in a series of book reports on my path to enlightenment by way of obsessive preparation.  Though, paraphrasing the great Yvon Chouinard, there’s […]

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Road Trip Gear — Want We’ll Take With Us To Car-Camp In Luxury

By     |    Nov 20, 2010
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Living out of a van will be tricky, even with us planning to visit nearly everybody we know.  Between visits, we’ll be car-camping and exploring less-populous locales searching for travel nirvana.  Fun favors the prepared, and here is what’s going to keep us fed, warm, and comfortable. © Lisa McNamara Coleman Stove We’ve made a lot of good meals over the campfire and on the backpacking stove, but neither are […]

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Choose Your Own Adventure With Mini-Retirement

By     |    Nov 13, 2010
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I heard about the mini-retirement idea from Tim Ferriss.  It’s smart.  The core premise is that you don’t need to be rich to live a rich life and you don’t need to be old to retire.  Instead of focusing on money, bank accounts, and IRAs, focus on: What you want to do. How long you want to do it. How much it will likely cost / how much you want […]

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Travel Nirvana

By     |    Nov 10, 2010
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Last night I was trying to explain a concept to Paul that he ended up deeming Travel Nirvana – even though he didn’t completely understand it. Travel Nirvana is about expectations.  But it’s also about a personal connection with a place.  Because a personal connection sometimes has nothing to do with your expectations.  It’s about feeling there.  It’s about getting a place – understanding and knowing it on a personal […]

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