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Traveling from south TX to Denver

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Catching up

My last travel post was about the days leaving the North Rim in October.  I traveled through Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to arrive in San Antonio the week of Halloween to help my daughter sew a costume for my granddaughter.  I stayed in San Antonio until January 2nd.

I hope to still post about my travels in October, but have writers block or something, just not interested in writing. I hope to have all my blogs printed (I have already printed the year 2011) and it would be nice to have all my travels recorded.

I have decided not to spend close to $100 a month for internet.  I do not stream movies or TV or watch a lot of videos. I do not need it for business purposes, so I am currently using my cellphone as a hotspot.  Most of the workamping jobs offer some type of internet connection and there are always libraries or McD, etc.

So, with slow connections and limited monthly data, I rarely open my laptop.  I can read blogs on my iPhone through Feedly and I have done a few short blog posts using the Blogger app - but I have decided not to make the internet a big part of my life.

With plans to go to the Chicago area in late May, I decided to work Income Tax Season instead of working a summer job. For most summer jobs, I would have to commit to working from Mid April until Labor Day or later. I may decide to work a shorter summer season, like the 2 month stint I did at the North Rim.

I am currently in Aransas Pass, TX working at a CPA office, my RV site is about a 10 minute walk from the office.  I work about 37 hours a week, Monday through Friday.  Much less stress than when I owned my own tax prep business.  I don't have to worry about software, employees, bills, vendors, phone and internet working, etc. I am enjoying preparing the returns and helping out the clients that always seem to be weary of taxes.

Although this is not considered a "beach" town, it is on the Gulf and there are a few parks and marinas. Walmart and HEB are within walking or biking distance, and the library is less than a mile away. I can ride my bike around on the weekends to enjoy the scenery.

Enterprise Rent-a-car is nearby and they offer a $9.99 a day weekend rate. Last weekend I drove to San Antonio to visit my daughter and her family. It was cheaper than fuel for the RV and paying for an RV site. 

I don't think I will give up totally on the blog and still enjoy reading and following along with everyone.


  1. Good to hear you are doing well. I'd have a hard time justifying $100/month for internet, maybe. Lucky I have my phone as a hotspot too. Sounds like you'll be making some Real money to help your travel expenses. Hope you don't disappear off the blog for good. Take care.

  2. Welcome back! Gosh it feels like greeting an ole friend. Looks like your are enjoying g time with your cutie pie. Don't work to hard!

  3. nice to see a recap from you..glad to hear that all is well with you and your family!

  4. Good to see a post frm you. You can post every day or just occasionally, there are no rules. You can write your blog in word or someother off line platform , prepare your pics and then go online and drop them in and publish. It is a way you can get them ready for eventual printing. I'm sure your daughter would like to have them someday.

  5. As long as we get an occasional update from you, we'll all still be here. Blogging should be fun - not work. My friend (also retired IRS) and I were talking this week-end about tax returns and we both stated very emphatically that it would be "never again" for us - except for our own.

  6. I was on the "other end" of taxes... doing year-end reconciliations, getting out the W2's and 1099's.... sending in year-end reports to various tax agencies. I loved it... BUT... if I had had my druthers... I'd rather have been outside more. There's some advantages to being in one's 70's ;-)

  7. I am thinking of up grading my phone just to have a hot spot and get rid of Verizon. The rate keeps going up every time I turn around and as for traveling like everyone else find free wifi.

    My how your baby has grown. Time just seems to fly doesn't it.

  8. Awwwwwwww, darling little gal!
    And yes, I do understand about the cost of internet connections. It's getting ridiculous. And besides, to me, blogging is just a trivial part of life that holds so much more than writing on a blog. I am with you 100% on choosing to be with work/family/travel. Blogging can just be a fleeting record once you can get something written.

    Excellent travels.

  9. Thanks for the update. It seems like a lot of bloggers are running out of gas these days, ourselves included.


  10. HI Teri, I also pay $100 for internet. It's a lot.I'd like to pack up all my things and hit the road. Will be doing that soon. I love the photo at the top of your blog with the red rocks...where is it?

  11. It sounds like things are going well for you. Doing taxes while working for someone else sounds like a great idea. When tax season is over, you can move on when you want. It's good that you are forgoing the Internet charges, but I couldn't do that. So much of what I enjoy centers around my computer and the Internet. It's my entertainment - at least for now. Take care and let us know how you're doing from time to time. :)

  12. I wondered where you had gone and finally went looking for you. sounds like you have thought this all through and made some good decisions for yourself. I would rather work tax season than summer too. Miss your posts and comments.


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