Arriving at Badlands National Park

April 27, 2013 |

4/20/13 – Saturday Upon arriving in the Badlands, I wiz through the entrance gate – it’s so early in the season it’s not manned right now, and the park rangers are relying on people being honest and self paying on the way out. I was expecting to see snow, but there’s hardly any. Now that…

Playing Chess with Weather

April 24, 2013 |

4/18/13 – Thursday Storms. I awake to the booming of thunder and pounding of rain on the roof of the Casita instead of my alarm. I do a cursory leak check like I normally do when it’s raining hard and things look dry. It’s a long walk inside Walmart to use the facilities and do…

Summer in the Badlands

March 31, 2013 |

So it’s official, I’ll be working at Cedar Pass Lodge in the Badlands starting on April 22nd, and will be there through early-mid October. I’m excited! Original plans were to stay east of the Mississippi this year and do the Carolina Renaissance Festival with Julie in the fall, but after a couple weeks of job…

RVing and Taxes

February 25, 2013 |

Ahh February. The month of my birthday (which was actually last Friday). The last real month of winter. Lots of nice things happen in February, but one rather unpleasant thing does as well, taxes. Last year when it became clear that I would be buying the RV in 2012 after all, I briefly poked online…

Setting Up South Dakota Residency for RVers (Pt. 2)

November 15, 2012 |

This is the second half of a series for full-timers who are planning on making South Dakota their state of residence. If you missed the first half please read it first. Disclaimer: This information was correct to the best of my knowledge when this post was published in November 2012, but laws and prices (and links)…

Setting Up South Dakota Residency for RVers (Pt. 1)

November 12, 2012 |

How to choose a mail forwarding service, and what you need to become a resident of South Dakota. This has been long overdue, I briefly mentioned in my write up about Big Sioux that it cost me a total of $382 to register my vehicles (this was back in 2012) but never explained why, and…

Big Sioux Recreation Area, SD

September 22, 2012 |

Getting my South Dakota driver’s license was easy. In fact, I managed it the day I arrived in Big Sioux without even staying that first night. 9/19/12 – Wednesday Since there was no one at the gate when I pulled in, I self registered. There were three copies of the slip I filled out, one…

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