• 6 Years of Airstream Blogging

    It struck me this morning that The Airstream Chronicles is now over 6 years old.  And if you count the original site “Gadget’s Airstream Chronicles,” we’re talking 8 years of an Airstream Blog.  Whew, that’s a long time.

    Of course, as regular readers know, this site isn’t just about the Airstream every day for 6 years.  It’s followed through life events while living in the Airstream.  Honestly, there’s only so much you can write about just full time RV living, and only so many features you can do on how to drain your black water tank.  This blog has covered what’s been behind being a Full Time Airstreamer.  Building a business in Prescott, having that business fail, getting up and dusting off and finding the right niche.  As the title has always said, “A blog about photos, tech tips, Life 2.0, and more…..all from an Airstream.”  Through it all, the Airstream has always been the hub of what’s happening.

    Arizona Sky

    Oh that Arizona Sky!

    In the last year alone the Airstream has been through the following states as we worked with clients across the US:  CA, AZ, NM, CO, TX, OK, KS, MO, KY, IL, WV, MD, PA, NJ, NY, MA, VA, GA, AL, TN, AR and then back through a few again.  In total over 8,000 miles this year traveling in between client sites, camping, working, visiting, and Airstreaming!

    Looking through the categories that I’ve written on since this blog started, I realized that a lot of topics have been covered.  Recently the National Monuments of the Southwest (for our book project), social media, crowdfunding, and more learning experiences.  There are also tons of categories on photography, HDR, Photoshop, Canon Cameras, gear reviews, Arizona…..and so much more.  And don’t forget all of those podcasts years ago, and the photography tutorials as well!  They’re all still up here, so keep in mind you can go back through the archives yourself!  The little archive drop down in on the right side tool bar and is labeled “Archives.”  If you’d like you can even go back to the beginning, August of 2008 when Gadget’s Airstream Chronicles went away and this site took its place.  That month covered Scott Kelby’s Photo Walk, clogged Airstream drains, copyright issues, what happened to the old site, and more.  Just looking back through myself I’m feeling all nostalgic.  I really like the post on Celebrating, as it was a very hopeful month getting ready to start a new business in town!

    The future for the Airstream Chronicles

    I think the future for this site looks pretty good.  I don’t see myself living anywhere else for the near future.  Being mobile actually helps when it comes to working with our clients.  Would I like to see a larger Airstream in the future?  Mmmmm….maybe?  Would I like to see more travel?  Sure.  But bills have to be paid, so clients are still taking some attention away from the site.  That’s okay, I don’t know a single blogger out there who doesn’t have to earn a living.

    It’s pretty clear with 8 years of Full Time RV blogging that this site will be sticking around.  And don’t forget that the whole new project, Living In Tin, is also going on.  Very exciting stuff over there as well.

    For those who have followed along since the beginning, thanks!  And for new readers, glad you stopped in.

    With today’s post wrapped up at 6:40 a.m., I’m off to work on several clients’ sites today.  Going to be a busy one!

    October 28, 2014 • Notes from Rich • Views: 101

  • Arizona National Monuments Project

    Unlike our last push to help fund the Arizona National Monuments Project, this time we have been extremely quiet on social media?  Why you ask?

    Busy with clients.

    As I noted earlier on this site when we were pushing to do all of the National Monuments of the Southwest, in order to do a project of this scale we need some time to visit each of the monuments, document them photographically, and document them for the E-Book and Living In Tin.  Bringing total focus to a project often helps to get the project rolling.  And when our attention is on client work, well it needs to be dedicated to that client work.  And that’s what has been happening recently here.

    So, with 7 days remaining on our Indiegogo project, we still have a little time to get more funds raised toward getting “A Traveler’s Guide to the National Monuments of AZ,” in publication.

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    In addition to the Indigogo project there are other ways to support the project.  Sign up over at LivinginTin.com and you’re supporting the project!  Not only are you supporting it, but you will get to see articles that go beyond just the National Monuments of Arizona.  Just last week we published the second October article at Living In Tin.  Each month you’ll see at least 2 new guide articles over there, and they are substantial.  The most recent one of the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument is a 25 minute read!  It covers a lot of information about places to visit there, where to stay, and making sure you stay safe while visiting.

    So yes, 7 days remain on the fundraiser to get rolling on the National Monuments of Arizona.  Help get the word out, and help us get this publication to market!

    October 26, 2014 • Adventure, Airstream, Arizona, National Monuments of the Southwest, RV, Travel • Views: 145

  • Oh that Arizona sky

    The shows put on by the clouds in Arizona are something to see.  Often throughout the year the Arizona sky is pretty boring.  A big blue slate with nothing to see but blue.  But then monsoon season comes along and the wow factor really hits!

    Currently we’re out of the monsoon season here in AZ, but the clouds have still been putting on some amazing shows.  A few nights ago a storm cell develop just north and east of Point of Rocks.  And for a little while there we all thought we’d see a tornado for sure.

    Fortunately no tornadoes would be seen that night.  Still, I was pretty freaked out for a few minutes as I watched the colors around me change massively.  A weird yellow / orange prevailed for a while, and then it turned to a strange purple / pink combination.  And the crazy cloud continued to build.

    Unfortunately I didn’t notice the crazed Arizona sky until late in the cloud build.  My mind was focused on my client’s website at the time, and when I finally popped my head out of the Airstream I immediately grabbed the 5D and dashed up into the Granite Dells.  I missed out on capturing the whole cloud wall rolling toward the dells, but I’ve seen some great images by other people from the storm.

    Even today we’ve had some pretty cloud formations above the Airstream.  It’s been a pleasant and cool day.  Restful you could say.  Puffy clouds with blue behind them, a slight breeze, and a quiet day in the park.

    Tomorrow it’s back to grinding away on our latest project here at the Airstream.  Making great progress, but making sure to take enough time to step out of the trailer and take a look at the Arizona sky!

     

    October 19, 2014 • Airstream, Arizona, Granite Dells, Notes from Rich, Prescott, RV, Travel • Views: 263

  • What’s up with RV Bathrooms?

    Being a Full Time Airstreamer since 2006 I’ve noticed an interesting phenomena with other RV’ers that I just don’t understand.  About half of the RV’ers I’ve met don’t use their RV Bathroom!

    Full timing this long, I do use the bathroom and shower in the Airstream.  I have since I first started traveling with the Airstream.  But I’ve observed other RV’ers always heading off to the public showers and restrooms at the parks I visit.  I’ve even talked about it with other travelers, and I’ve never gotten a consistent answer.

    One set of friends use their restroom as an additional storage area.  The extra gear that has no where else to fit travels around in their shower.  And if you’re putting a bunch of stuff in your shower area, you’re most likely going to want to keep it dry (so don’t use the shower).  So I get that, and as they use their RV recreationally for only a few days at a time I could see opting for the public facilities.  But what about the rest of the folks I observe every day?  What is it they don’t like about their RV Bathroom???

    Thinking about my own RV, I would like some more storage space.  But I’d also prefer to shower in my nice clean shower, and not to use shared showers offered at many of the parks I’ve visited.  There have been a few times over the years where my water intake has frozen (super cold weather nights), and I’ve been forced to use a park’s facilities.  Showering in my sandals isn’t my idea of a good time, and standing in a chilly public shower during the middle of the winter is even less of a good time.

    I will say this.  The Airstream bathroom is SMALL.  I wish for a larger shower every time I’m in there.  And often it feels smaller than an airplane bathroom.  But I still favor using my own facilities above park offered facilities.  And I’m always wondering, why don’t the folks in the next lot over use their own restroom???

    October 19, 2014 • Notes from Rich, RV, Travel • Views: 576

  • 10,000 steps from the Airstream

    Watson Lake and the Granite Dells.  This image took 4 years to produce

    Watson Lake and the Granite Dells. This image took 4 years to produce

    8:00 a.m. start of the day.

    Over the past few weeks I’ve been spending too much time sitting at the Airstream dinette in front of a big computer monitor.  First we wrapped up our client in New Jersey, then moved right on to our client here in Prescott.  The work is going well, but you need to step away from the work and get outside now and then.  So today I’m doing something a little different.  I’m taking the day off from working on our client’s site, and I’m just going to have a day of rest.

    Part of the day of rest includes getting off my butt.  For a former Thru Hiker, climbing enthusiast, and outdoor photographer it’s been pretty sad how inactive I’ve been.  Being in the Granite Dells once again I find myself in an extremely beautiful place where outdoor activities are available to me.  It’s time to get out and enjoy where I’m at.

    These days everyone seems to be running around with activity monitors or smart phones that tract your physical exercise each day.  And last week I picked one up too.  I’d like to lose a few pounds, and I know that hiking is a great way to do that.  So today I’ll be walking around the park with the camera once again.  And moving forward I’ll be trying to hit that 10,000 steps a day that all these little pedometers suggest.  Honestly, I don’t think the number of steps is as relevant as just getting active, and I’ll be working on being more active a few hours a day from this point forward.

    This will be an odd post.  I’ll update it throughout the day, and finish it off this evening after I’ve met my goal.

    The first 632 steps

    Heading out of the Airstream this morning with the Canon 5D II in hand, I walked one simple loop around the top of the park.  There are two loops in the park, lower and upper, and we’re currently in the upper loop.  And if you walk a full loop here at Point of Rocks in the upper section only, it counts as 632 steps.

    Another 1400

    Taking a full walk around Point of Rocks, including both the upper and lower loops will get you another 1400 steps (well, if you’re my height).  And it takes very little time to walk around the entire park.  What’s more interesting is walking up into the Dells.  There’s where you’ll really get some steps in.  Rock hoping, scrambling up to the height of land to see some amazing sites.  That’s what will be up next!

    Of course, I could just walk around the park itself 8 more time and throw in an extra upper loop and be done with it.  But the fun of hiking is where you’re going, and what you see while getting there.  That’s what I used to say when I’d set off on a long hike, or for a few weeks in the woods.  If you’re going to get these 10,000 steps a day, why not see something while you’re doing it?  Otherwise you might as well be on a treadmill!

    10,000 Steps

    And the rest rolled in. As the day went on I took a walk into the Dells (over 3000 steps), drove over to the grocery store to do a little shopping, and went downtown in search of something that I totally blanked on when I arrived.  I was looking for an apple candle, but I blanked getting to town.  Before I knew it, 10,000 steps had been completed, and then a few more on top of that.  We’ll have to see what tomorrow holds!  Another 10,000 I hope.

    If you really want to get 10,000 steps a day, I have a great suggestion.  Go somewhere amazing.  Getting out and playing tourist can really get you off your backside!  Wandering through a place like the Granite Dells (the photo at the start of this post), it becomes so simple to achieve exercise goals.  Taking a trip up to The Vermillion Cliffs, or out to Vulture, or down in Borrego?  Yes, you’ll be outside a lot and stepping away without thinking about it!  And if you want to know more about great places to pay a visit, pop over to Living In Tin.  The trips there will really get you stepping!

    October 18, 2014 • Arizona, hiking, Notes from Rich, Travel • Views: 529

  • Wind and High Sun aren’t the perfect mix for a portrait session

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    One of the mechanics working with North-Aire

    Today we popped over to North-Aire to get staff photos.  In my head I was planning on shooting in their new hangar with a plane or two in the background.  Instead they really wanted to shoot outside…..at noon.

    I thought to myself, “Oh great!”

    Shooting at high noon isn’t the best idea for outdoor portraits.  Normally your subjects get a little squinty.  Actually, they get very squinty.  Fortunately the sky was a little overcast, so that made life a little easier.  The wind was another story though.  Jodi was hanging onto the soft box for dear life while I was shooting.  Sometimes I think soft boxes are more like kites than lighting equipment.

    Fortunately everything worked out well.  We got some nice images of the instructors and crew at North-Aire.  And we got through everyone quick enough.  Of course there were those guys who were asking, “Are we done yet?”  Don’t make me turn this car around!

    Once again, sorry for the short updates here.  We’re pretty focused on our clients first, and blog updates second.  But soon enough we’ll be back to working on the National Monuments of Arizona!

     

    October 15, 2014 • Arizona, Notes from Rich, Prescott, RLC Design, Web Design • Views: 210

  • The next project is under way

    A fun little edit using Kubota's "Vintage Delish" settings in Lightroom.

    A fun little edit using Kubota’s “Vintage Delish” settings in Lightroom.

    The Airstream will be based out of Prescott for a few more weeks as we start into working with our latest client.  A new website, new images for the site, and some slick behind the scenes work for private pages and libraries for our client.  This will be a very fun website build indeed.  Plus we get to hang out at the airport a lot!

    When I do get to update the blog, expect lots of photos of planes.  What’s really cool about one of the planes we shot yesterday was the rivet work on it.  Getting close up it reminded me of the Airstream, all those cool little rivets!  So for the Airstream Twitter folks out there, the next few weeks will be #liveriveted indeed!

    Well, back to work.  The test server is up and running, and we’re having some fun stylizing the site.

    The clouds were fantastic yesterday.  Should have seen the freak storm roll into the Granite Dells last night!

    The clouds were fantastic yesterday. Should have seen the freak storm roll into the Granite Dells last night!

     

     

    October 10, 2014 • Airstream, Arizona, Commercial Photographer, Notes from Rich, Prescott • Views: 233

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