We did a retrospective on our boondocking adventure, using Confluence’s template. These are the results. Continue reading
When boondocking it’s easy to run out of water. How many times you wash your hands in a day? Simple things like this deplete the supply quickly. Our 46 gallon fresh water tank won’t last forever, no matter how much we conserve. We got lucky though; there was an on site water hose we could use sparingly. We filled our 5 gallon portable container, used a pump that attaches to a drill, and slowly pumped the water through a hose and into the travel trailer. A few rounds of filling the tank really made a difference. Continue reading
In 2006, my stationary house was hit by lightning. One strike sent electrical outlet face plates flying across the room and broke mirrored walls. The fire department opened walls with their axes, checking for internal fire. All the house’s appliances were fried. No more fridge, no more hot water heater, etc. The only electronics that survived were my computers, because they were connected to an APC battery backup and surge suppression system. The APC took the lightning strike – not my devices. Continue reading
As previously announced in Boondocking with Jira and Confluence, this week, we’re “off the grid” in our travel trailer. We’re boondocking which means camping without hookups to city power, water, and sewer systems. We’ll provide our own resources which includes enough power and internet to connect to Jira and Confluence – vital resources for our long-term RV trip.
We’re also attending a “convergence” which is like a conference with fellow digital nomads. We’ve all parked together in the same place. If we fail at boondocking, we’ll do it surrounded by experienced campers. Continue reading
Did you know I’ve worked from the road for over 3 years? It’s a lot like working from home except when I look out the window of my home on wheels, the scenery is always different! In May 2015, we got rid of most of our stuff, sold our cars, and hit the road in a travel trailer.
Our trip started in Virginia. From there we traveled South through the Eastern states, explored the entire Florida coast, visited 8 Texas cities, stayed a while in Arizona and California, and then went North through Nevada, Utah, and Colorado. This entire time I’ve worked as a Jira administrator, consultant, and speaker on the Strategy for Jira Tour. The tour highlight was speaking at the Atlassian office in Austin, TX and at Summit! Continue reading
Last year I took one of my “detour” trips. We’re still on our RV trip, but I needed to go to California for business. I guess you could call that, a “trip within a trip.” And since I was already off to CA, why not add in some sightseeing too? So it turned into a “trip within a trip within a trip.”
I flew from New Orleans to Los Angeles, spent a couple days there, and drove the Pacific Coast Highway North to San Jose.
While I was in LA, I took a city tour with some Australian tourists. When hearing I was from Northern Virginia, one asked “So, are you a tobacco farmer?” He asked with a totally straight face, which was answered by a totally confused look on my face. It got me thinking: What do others picture when you tell them where you’re from? Continue reading
It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and it’s because I was finishing up a large project. One of the items on my bucket list was to write a book. I started this project before we hit the road in November 2014. It took two years, but I finally finished it and published from our RV in Port Isabel, Texas! The launch was on day 557 of our trip.
Publishing from the road has the same challenges as working from the road. It’s up to you to find the needed tools (ex: a stable internet connection) and to motivate yourself to complete the work, no matter how tempting the scenery is outside your RV door. Continue reading
It was a normal Monday afternoon. We were both working on our computers when I glanced out the trailer window and suddenly saw water had covered the ground. Water from the nearby Crystal River was rapidly spilling into our campground and overtaking the small lake on the property. We previously walked the campground at lunch and determined there was no way the rising river water could ever reach the area where we were parked. Wrong! Continue reading
Being in the Florida Keys for 7 months gave us a good understanding of the cuisine in this part of southern Florida. One of the joys of traveling and this RV adventure is experiencing local and common foods of the area.
Keys’ cuisine is influenced by multiple cultures like early settlers from Spain, the Bahamas, Cuba, and merchants from New England. The Keys are known for farming pineapples, limes, tomatoes, and melons. Of course their location on the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico brings vast seafood opportunities.
In the 112 mile long stretch, there are 1700 islands. Some are well known (Key Largo and Key West), some are privately owned, some are part of Everglades National Park, and others are only accessible by boat. Continue reading