On The Road

  • How Do Movies Cast the Creepy Guy?
    Creepy guy. We were watching a Stephen King movie with a creepy guy in it, and they picked the perfect kid to play the creepy guy. And I got to wondering… How do you cast for a creepy guy? Do …
  • Creepy Cornfield
    Creepy cornfield. We haven’t been going out after dark lately, haven’t needed to. But our schedules were wonky today so Sienna’s last potty of the night was after dark. We’re surrounded on two sides by a cornfield with corn over …
  • Lilacs mean Home, Even in a Campground
    Growing up in Rochester, New York, lilacs were The Flower. We celebrated Lilac Sunday at Lilac Park, and so lilacs for me mean Home. Except that Rochester isn’t home anymore and hasn’t been in over 40 years. So when Bear …
  • Before the Big Green Egg Mini-Max
    I missed our Big Green Egg. Steaks, burgers, BBQ, chicken, corn — everything tasted better when spouse cooked it on the Big Green Egg. Restaurants couldn’t hold a candle to spouse’s cooking. Every burger got compared to his, every slab …
  • How Do You Lose Something in an RV?
    How do you lose something in an RV? Seriously. There just aren’t that many places to put things, to lose them in. You know you packed it, you know it’s there, but the danged thing just eludes you. I spent …
  • There’s No Place Like Home
    There’s no place like home. That’s what I said when we got back to the RV, which is our home. We’d driven up the beach to the “busy” end and it was manic. Mobs of people everywhere, traffic out the …
  • Birds Aren’t Logical
    Pinhole leak in the sewer hose. Otherwise known as Birds Aren’t Logical. I noticed that the cement under the sewer hose was wet in one spot, but we’ve had rain nearly every day and cement throughout the RV park had …
  • The Other End of a Very Long Leash
    The other end of a very long leash. I saw a family out the window holding a leash and watched as they kept on walking past, the leash seeming never to end, my view blocked by the RV next door. …
  • An Embarrassing Dog Moment
    Embarrassing moments. As only a dog can do. So she does her #2 business and I’m all bent over picking it up. And I feel a poke in my rump and look around. And she’s behind me poking me with …
  • Finding Your Way Around a Big RV Park
    Color coding. Navigating the maze of this campground, otherwise known as How Not to Get Lost. I named the blue building Blue Heeler, because our last two dogs were a Blue Houla and a Red Heeler mix, and the blue …
  • The Blizzard of Oz
    Atlanta, Georgia’s epic snowstorm of January 2011 shut down the city for nearly a week, giving us all a snow holiday. With plenty of food and plenty of warm and all snuggled up at home, it was an enjoyable week. …
  • Cayuga Lake UFO Road Trip
    Maybe it was a big cosmic joke. We’d waited so long to book the trip that our choice of cottages on all of the Finger Lakes combined was limited. Canandaigua and Conesus were booked solid. Ditto for Keuka and Honeoye. …
  • Redneck Hillbilly Pontoon
    We were booking a vacation at the lake and this was intended to be a dog trip. Unlike most road trips where the dogs get penned up in somebody’s living room for a week, the dogs were going to go …
  • Wytheville UFO Road Trip
    I had just published a book called Alien Nightmares which mentioned the wave of UFO sightings in Wytheville, Virginia in 1987-1988. About a week after the book went live we left for a road trip from Georgia to New York. …
  • Saltwater Hermit Crabs Hiding in Sea Shells
    Out of ignorance, I may have committed murder. My husband and I were kayaking in Pamlico Sound in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The Outer Banks (OBX) is a chain of islands that forms a narrow strip of land …
  • Dog Friendly Beaches in the Outer Banks – NOT!
    It’s hard to find dog friendly beaches close to us, and we had to drive 12 hours one way for our beach dog vacation. We stayed in Rodanthe, which is in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, also known as …