Posts tagged: NuRVers

Our Time With The Nü

By , May 11, 2010 11:32 pm

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From April 18th – May 6th, IMG_2154we spent our days in Hill Shade RV Park, located just outside of Gonzales, TX.  We were there for the Days of the Nü, a rally for NuRVers.com.  NuRVers (“new RV’ers”) is a web site dedicated to those who are travelling and living in RVs and other mobile domiciles, but aren’t yet of retirement age.  It’s one of the first sites I found when I started researching for this trip and everyone there has been incredibly helpful and just generally pretty cool.

      

IMG_2183We arrived a few days early and got settled in, but we weren’t the only ones.  A fair amount of the NuRVers have pretty flexible schedules, so many just kind of showed up when they felt like it. ;)  There were several there before us and it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if there were still some there now (three weeks later).

Over the course of the time we were there, we got to know a lot of cool people we only knew of from emails or twitter.  We also got to spend a fair bit of time with the campground owners, who would probably be NuRVers if they didn’t own an RV park.  They were great people and have a great little campground… we’ll probably find an excuse to be back some day.

IMG_9903We got to spend a bunch of time with a bloggers, tree huggers, geeks, photographers, mechanics, artists, kids, dogs, cats, vegetarians, travelers, explorers and hula-hoopers.  It should be noted that no one there “fit” neatly into any one category or niche.  It was a real eye-opener to meet the various individuals and families that have somehow decided to end up on or near the same path we are currently on. 

We learned a lot, had a lot of fun and made new friends that we’ll go out of our way to run into again in the future.  We’ll probably post more about specific events at the rally in the future.

Others at the rally have done a much better job of documenting things than I ever could, so I’ll just give you some links to their posts.

 

Tales From Technomadia – Chris and Cherie did IMG_9848a great post on all those who attended , each with a nice description or summary and links to individual web sites.  This is my “Guide  to Spotting and Identifying NuRVers in the Wild”. 🙂

Happy Janssens – I don’t know how she keeps up, but Sara managed to post a full recap on each day’s event over on her blog.  Complete with pictures… I salute her tenacity!
 Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5

 

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Thanks NuRVers!  It was legen…

 

…wait for it…

 

…DARY! 🙂

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Note: I am including the pill bug picture just because I happen to like pill bugs.

The Plan… for now

By , May 6, 2010 10:35 pm

Gonzales City Limit

We’ve left Gonzales and are currently a few miles up the road in Seguin, TX.  We just had the front bearing seal replaced on one wheel and will be heading out in the morning.  We did some thinking and calculating and figured out that we had better pass on Big Bend National Park for now.  Instead, we’re working our way up to Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park.

If I had to pick a place to stay in between those two, there’s really only one choice…

MOAB!!!

For those who aren’t familiar with it, Moab is somewhat of a Jeep owner’s paradise…  off-road trails of all kinds in just about every direction… time to break in the new Jeep. 🙂

We’ll post about the Gonzales gathering soon… we had a blast!

Green Smoothie Rocks!

By , April 29, 2010 3:51 pm

We have benefited quite a bit the from the NuRVer’s gathering here in Gonzales,TX. This is the second gathering of a “younger generation” of full-time RVers; a place where you can learn, meet and benefit from the experiences of other seasoned RVers.

Jonathan’s top take away would be  getting the RV to work on a 30 AMP circuit. The Star runs on a 50 AMP circuit. We have purchased and tested several adapters to take it from a 30 AMP to 50 AMP, none of which have worked. Jonathan posted about this issue in IRV2, with no resolution. One day, the NuRVers got together, looked and poked and presto! It works! Let’s hope it stays that way.

My top take away would be learning about green smoothies. 🙂

Sara from theGreen_Smoothie_Demo HappyJanssens  hosted a  green smoothie demo in her lovely home on NuRVer Day 3. She made the smoothie in her awesome VitaMix blender. It is an awesome blender because Sara put two whole frozen bananas, one whole orange and huge chunks of fresh pineapple and  chunks of frozen fruit along with some chia seeds and spinach and it came out super silky smooth. It was also surprising yummy! (Sara’s husband, Matt took this picture of us. Thank you! I was paying attention but I may have been a bit distracted by the baby. She’s so cute!) 

I have been making smoothies for some time now but have never made green smoothies. I am loving it. Now, I just need to introduce it to the husband, slowly… I have lots of ideas already! 🙂

PersonalBlenderI don’t have an awesome Vitamix blender (can you tell I want one?) but I do have a Personal Blender that has served me very well. The first time I made the green smoothie, their were spinach bits in my smoothie. I like bits in my fruit smoothie but not so much in the green smoothie. 🙁 The key to getting it smooth in the personal blender is to blend the greens first with water and then add fruit to it later and blend until you get the right consistency.

For green smoothie newbie, check out Guidelines to Drinking Green Smoothie  from Green Smoothies Blog. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Prepare/drink it in the morning
  • Sip it slowly
  • Don’t add anything to your smoothie except greens, fruit and water
  • Always rotate the greens you add to the smoothieGreenSmoothie
  • Learn to prepare delicious smoothies

Here’s what my green smoothie looks like. I can’t resist adding freshly ground flaxseed to my smoothie (yeah, it goes against the guideline but I like my flaxseed)! And I like my green smoothie!

 

 

 

 

 

Blooming Texas

By , April 21, 2010 2:33 pm

Just a real quick note to let everyone know that we’re in Gonzales, TX.  We’re hanging out with other NuRVers here and using the time to catch up on some work and maintenance.

Two wheels in Texas

Ok… and maybe a little motorcycle riding. 😉

We’ll have a real update about our trip here soon.

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