We've had a busy couple of months, and we have one more RV show to do this coming weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina - The NCRVDA 2017 Raleigh RV Show.
So, these past few days, we haven't done much of anything away from our rig. We've been enjoying the warmth and watching the Pileated Woodpeckers ....
searching for insects on the tress around us. And we've been listening to the calls of the Barred Owls that hang out here around Jay & Karen's property.
In addition, I've been catching up on some reading. I love my new Kindle Oasis.
I finished the very long, very tedious "The Age Of Turbulence" by Alan Greenspan, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve.
It wasn't easy to get through, but it was a very interesting read about the Federal Reserve's role in our economy. The first part is autobiographical, and the last part deals more with Greenspan's take on world economic policy. This book certainly isn't for everybody and I can't say I enjoyed reading it, but I appreciate what I learned.
I then read "Finding Everett Ruess: The Life and Unsolved Disappearance of a Legendary Wilderness Explorer".
That was quite a departure from the Greenspan book, but I have a wide range of interests with a preference for non-fiction.
Everett Ruess was a young man that went on solo wilderness adventures out west from age 16 to age 20 in the years 1931 - 1934. In 1934, he disappeared in what is now the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in southeastern Utah, and a lot of time and effort has been spent trying to figure out what happened to him. Apparently, he is a cult figure whose life has been romanticized over the years, but I'd never heard of him. It was another interesting read made more enjoyable by my own wilderness longings and the fact we've done a bit of exploring around the small towns Everett visited.
And to further prove my eclectic reading habits, I just finished a novel, a psychological thriller set in San Francisco called "The Night Bird".
That was a short, fun read that kept my attention. I like short chapters, and this was one of our Kindle First choices for January. With our Amazon Prime membership, we get an email on the first of each month offering a choice of six books. These are books available for free a month before their official release.
The other two books I believe I got through our daily emails from Book Bub which offers free and low-priced ebooks.
In addition to reading and relaxing and watching a lot of college basketball, I'm still working on our account transitions, and we're revamping how we handle our tax records. Linda has begun a process of scanning all our business receipts and going paperless on all our recordkeeping.
And I'm working on trying to come up with a better way to report our expenses on the website. I may find that's too big of a project to take on and if I see I'll be causing myself too much work, I'll just abandon the effort before I mess up anything.
I'm also starting to think about western travels. We'll be heading west sometime in October, and I have so many thoughts about places we haven't been and places we want to see again.
Also, we have just signed contracts for our 2018 RV-Dreams Spring Educational Rally.
It's going to be at the Nevada Treasure RV Resort in Pahrump, Nevada from April 23 - 30, 2018.
But we don't want to juggle three big rallies all at once, so we aren't going to open registration until June 1 of this year. If you would like to be notified when registration opens, you can go to this link and sign up on our 2018 Spring Rally Notification List.
But we don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves. After this next RV show, we'll hang out here in Jacksonville for part of March and then start heading to Louisville. We have to get my Dad's house ready to sell before peak house-selling season. We hope it sells quickly, but we've decided to stay nearby in Tennessee this summer just in case it takes a few months. That also pretty much put a halt to any thoughts of Appalachian Trail hiking ... at least for this year. :)
Then, after the 2017 RV-Dreams Fall Educational Rally, we'll start what I suspect will be a somewhat slow migration west. We're looking forward to seeing many of our friends out west, and we are also thinking about a Boondocking Rally and a Reunion Rally for 2018. We have no set plans yet, so we'll just have to see how it all works out. :)