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A new home

A year of full-time RVing in Gertie, my 22' 1985 Lazy Daze motorhome, convinced me that this was the life for me—a more interesting and more enjoyable life than I'd ever had. By the summer of 2006, I knew I wanted to continue fulltiming indefinitely...but I needed a home with a little more room than Gertie, and I wanted a rig that would last me for the next ten or twenty years. So I bought a 2003 Lazy Daze, a 26.5' midbath model with four more feet of space than Gertie. Four feet doesn't sound like much, but it made a world of difference, as you'll see.

I moved all my worldly goods into the new rig—well, except for the stuff that was in storage back in New Jersey. I sold Gertie to a good friend of mine, who renamed her "Second Wind" and took her back to the east coast. And then I got busy upgrading and modifying my new home to match Gertie's features and to suit my needs: removing a couch, adding a desk, upgrading the solar power from 85 watts to 500...

It's not a bird

My last rig was named after an animated dinosaur. Where did the name "Skylark" come from? The Skylark of Space Well, as it happens, years before I bought this coach I had decided that my next rig would be called "Skylark." Not after the bird, mind you—although it's one of nature's more agile flyers—but after the "Skylark of Space," the spaceship that gave its name to the classic science fiction novels by E.E. "Doc" Smith: "The Skylark of Space," "Skylark Three," "Skylark of Valeron" and "Skylark Duquesne."

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Written from the Twenties through the Sixties, these books arguably created the genre now known as "space opera." They're fast, they're breezy, they're wildly imaginative, and they are lifelong favorites of mine.

Also a favorite, by the way, is Hoagy Carmichael's haunting 1941 tune "Skylark"... another good reason for the name.

So this is the story of my travels in Skylark... and of course, the enhancements I've made along the way. I hope you enjoy it!



Skylark "as delivered"

Upgrade frenzy

A page about Marie

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Balloon Fiesta video clip

Giving thanks


The Wandering Potter

A desert garden

All about money

Land of lakes


Footsteps of a terrorist

Catching up

Looking back

Keeping cool

Arizona excursion


Having a Fit

Follow the leader

The cost of freedom

Heading east



Is villainy fun?

The big rock

Technology and tips

Mountain driving

"Travels" goes 3D!

Two-dollar 3D iPhone viewer

The one-gallon shower

Water heater tips

Hullavator kayak carrier

New tank gauges

Fixing the bathroom faucet

Upgrade frenzy

Replacing the dashboard radio

Using a multimeter

Cover for Wave 3 heater

Making things with coat hangers


The phone call

Facing the complications

Bright ideas

Crises already

One down, umpteen to go

We interrupt this program...

Leaving home


So far from Heaven

Rainy day thoughts

Getting closer

First impressions

What I'm taking

The long, long list

The magic of video

Pittsburgh driving

Little things


Cleaning up

Making progress

Taking a break

The last days

Homeward bound

What I've learned


My Colorado summer

Low water


A bunch of birds

Ticket to ride, Part 1

Ticket to ride, Part 2

Ukulele madness


Gifts for the holidays



Hullavator kayak carrier

A gallery of paintings

Going exploring

Down by the dam

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