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RV Navigator Episode 168
04-01-2019 08:18
In this episode we are focused on our recent trip to Antartica. At the end of February, we headed South - way south. In the land of ice, snow and rock that makes up the 7th continent. This land mass has no native animals, insects or plants (aside from a few liken). So why visit such a desolate place? The landscapes are bleak but beautiful with black rocky peaks and crisp white snow. The marine life is abundant with penguins, seals, whales, birds and many smaller lifeforms. Cruising is the only way to visit, as there are no public airstrips or outposts for visitors. Even the cruises only have landings at remote beaches or rock outcrops where the penguins or seals congregate. Cruise ships must bring everything their passengers will need for their stay. So we were provided with jackets and knee length insulated boots to put over our layers of cold weather clothing. Daily we suited up for our zodiac trip to the landing area for the day. Once there we “toured” on foot to see the penguin colony or snowy peak that offered views. We encountered...
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RV Navigator Episode 167
03-01-2019 18:57
February is always short, but because we are leaving for Antartica in late February 2019, we are creating the podcast early. This maybe a time when we’ll be totally out of touch at the beginning of the month and thus not able to mount the podcast as usual, so we did it early. Our 17 day sailing will take us further south than we've ever been at the end of their summer. However we are expecting cold - in the 20s. This is a big change from February in FL. This month has been very warm while the rest of the country is mired in cold winter weather. After getting our alternator fixed for the second time, we headed off to do a bit of boondocking. For those who are new to RVing, boondocking is camping without hookups. In this case we were at the mouth of Port Canaveral with a great view of the ships (many cruise ships) sailing in and out of the second busiest port in FL. Our motorhome is nicely set up for boondocking - and we discuss this issue on this episode.
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RV Navigator Episode 166
02-01-2019 15:09
CBS News came a calling to check out our podcast this month. This took the form ofa 4 man crew coming to our RV site in FL to set-up and record your RV Navigator being interviewed by CBS Correspondent David Pogue. This took place on January 4th with the final product airing on January 20th CBS Sunday Morning program. Our segment (1 minute & 11 seconds) was part of a longer segment (5 minutes) called “The Golden Age of Podcasting” with more info on podcasting in general. This was all quite exciting for us and totally out of the blue. It was a result of a cold call from the producer to us asking for an interview. We were also pleased that David sat down for a brief interview that will be part of this months RV Navigator episode. He turned out to be congenial interviewer and a good interviewee although he has no RVing experience.Since the Sunday airing, our podcast downloads have gone through the roof (at our expense). A usual months worth of downloads happened on that single Sunday after the broadcast. Consistently, we have about 15,000 download...
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RV Navigator Episode 165
01-01-2019 17:36
The beginning of 2019 finds us once again in Florida for a couple of months. We will be making some side trips (like to Antartica) we will enjoying the fine weather in the area. Since our last podcast, in December we traveled from our main home in Chicago via our toad to Florida. Uneventful but 2 full days of rain slowed our journey. As usual, we made this episode on the last day or the year after enjoying a bit of bubbly along with way. We feel good about the 13 years of making the podcast and our opportunity to meet so many interesting RVers because of the podcast. We hope this trend continues. After waxing eloquent about the past we delve into the latest in RV topics.including defining full timers, the potential of 5G cellular service, OTA TV, free camping, and solar powered RVs.
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RV Navigator Episode 164
12-01-2018 14:29
Once again we are on the road away from our motorhome so we don't have alot of RVing news. Back from our 3 cruise itinerary to Spain with a sail back to Miami. We sailed on a small 100 passenger ship within Spain and Portugal, then a super cruiser with 5500 passengers for 12 days to Miami and finally a 3100 passenger ship to Bahamas. We share our impressions of these very different cruising experiences in this episode. We’ve now driven to Chicago to be at home for family time during holidays. Oh, yes, the cold has hit us hard with snow and cold in our northern home. We have cruising/travel ideas to share plus our annual holiday RV gift guide. What new gizmos should you buy your RVer? Ken knows!
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