April 13, 2018: I’m seriously working on planning my Summer of 2018 RVing around Colorado. Check it out and tell me what I might miss if not for you. 🙂 I’m going to be updating this as I’m still making changes as I learn of new places.
I just got my 200 watt foldable solar panel, so I’m excited to have more options for boondocking now. It will be enough to keep my laptop and phone charged and let me watch a little TV at night. I’ll still run the generator some, but I like the idea of my batteries being charged during the day while I’m out exploring.
Family Traditions – When my granddaughter posted a picture of 16 year old me next to her recent picture, her words melted my heart. Got me thinking about a lot of things about family and how grateful I am they don’t begrudge my travel lifestyle.
The New Adventures of Old Malia – I didn’t realize how old I was until a doctor told me I better stay around one! 🙂
Where am I now and Where Next?
I’m still in Tucson and although I had big plans for exploring more around here all this winter, “real life” details reared up that I had to deal with that prevented most of that. At this point, I’m leaving here at the end of the month, will mosey up to Grand Canyon since in two prior visits, I was not able to do even a little bit of the rim of the Bright Angel Trail, long on my bucket list.
Next stop will be Antelope Canyon, another thing that’s been on my must-see list and always got interrupted for one reason or another. I just have to see those light beams dancing on those slot canyon walls! Yes, I have my reservation for that since I’ve heard they fill up fast.
Monument Valley is another destination I must drive through again since I haven’t been there since 2002 when I didn’t even have a digital camera then!
After that – Colorado!
How Do You Like My New Look?
It’s been an interesting process that led to this complete redesign of my website. I started my first website “Inspiration’s Journey” way back in 2001 when I first started fulltime RVing just as a way to share where I was and what I was doing for worried friends and family who thought I had lost my mind. I’m leaving that one as is for now for its historical value. 🙂
I started this main Malia’s Miles site in 2005 when I was looking for detailed info on campgrounds and destinations related to RVing. I couldn’t find what I wanted, so I started providing it for my memories and other RVing friends’ benefit. It begin as an html site (that was before I’d even heard of WordPress, if it even existed then). When I look back on that design and what I thought was great looking then, I actually cringe.
When I went with WordPress design in 2014, I started recreating those html pages, but I never got them all done, so I had stuff scattered everywhere with different formats and themes. Then I discovered the theme I was using was outdated and not even supported anymore and had php problems (whatever that is).
So that led to finding this new theme and for the past month or so, that’s all I’ve been doing. There’s over 400 pages and thousands of pictures, so I still have bunches more to do and glitches to discover and fix, but I’m off and running with a new look at least!
Remember these? On left is the oldest MaliasMiles html version I started in 2005. I think it was actually outdated when I first did it, but somebody had given me an old Dreamweaver program and that was the best I could do. It wasn’t until ten years that I decided I wanted to be able to have comments and a more updated look, so I had a designer do the version on the right. That’s when I first began to learn WordPress and I’m still in kindergarten as far as that goes.
I’ve definitely learned a lot in this process and also got a bit of a surprise when I realized how stuck in my ways and fixed in my opinions I’ve become. When I started the update process on this newest design, I was going to stick with the green and tan theme until a kind and honest friend convinced me otherwise. I will be sharing more about that whole deal whenever I can do a blog post on new site. I never thought I’d be an old lady who had to be dragged kicking and screaming into a new age, so that’s a bit of a daunting thought, too! 🙂
I do post a lot of photos and info on Facebook almost daily as that’s a lot quicker and easier to do, so if you’re into social media, check me out there: Malia Lane Facebook. My RV related posts are all shared publicly, so you don’t need an account to view them.
Feedback and Comments always welcome!