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    Hiking, bicycling, motorcycle riding, flying light aircraft, camping, classic cars, traveling, spending time with kids and grandkids

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  1. I think it is very important to note that not all tankless water heaters are created equal just like most things. My Florida condo had one when I bought it. I was never crazy about it with the temperature fluctuations even though I never ran out of hot water even with two separate showers and the washing machine running at the same time. It eventually started acting up so I replaced it with a highly recommended model made in Germany. The replacement has been flawless and I love it. I realize this isn’t real helpful because I'm not in Florida from May to October and I don’t have the names of either brand handy. But the point is if you are considering a tankless heater, you need to do your due diligence just as you would for anything else you buy. They are not all good and they are not all bad.
  2. We have crossed Lake Michigan 3 times on the Badger and it was always a pleasant experience for us. In 2016 the Department of Interior officially designated the Badger as a National Historic Landmark.
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    Alaska 2022

    This was our 3rd time renting a Class C in Alaska. We only boondocked one night this trip but that is always an option with an onboard generator and numerous road pullouts where boondocking is permitted. We traveled approximately 1,000 road miles this trip but we saved 350 road miles by taking the ferry from Valdez to Whittier. We would and likely will do this Alaskan adventure again. I will email you and you can ask all the questions you want.
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    Alaska 2022

    We just returned this past Friday from our 15-day visit to Alaska. We flew into Anchorage and rented a Class C. With the Canadian border still closed it was very rare to see any vehicle with an out of state license plate. RV parks in Seward and Homer were pretty full but the Valdez park we stayed in was almost empty. We really lucked out on the weather with only 2 days of rain during our visit and only one of those days caused us to change our plans.
  5. We’re traveling Alaska right now in a rented 22 foot class C and no doubt it is much smaller inside than the 31 foot class C we rented here 2 years ago. We chose the 22 foot this time because we’ll be putting it on the ferry from Valdez to Whittier and the ferry has a 25 foot maximum. This 22 foot is working fine for just the 2 of us. Renting is another good way to determine what your needs are.
  6. We are flying into Anchorage in June and traveling in a rented Class C for 15 days. I made reservations for every night of our itinerary back in January. We wanted something we can count on with no surprises. Plus we got to pick out the site we wanted based on prior experience (this will be our 3rd time doing this in Alaska), campground maps and campground reviews. Worst case if we change our plans is we’re out one night reservation fee. I can handle that and feel peace of mind comes with a price. Alaska likely won’t be as crowded this summer with the Canadian border remaining closed so that should help too.
  7. Add real estate to that list, at least here in Florida. I’m not in the market to replace my condo but I do enjoy watching the listings. Listings pop up one day and the next day they are pending sales, often after a bidding war from competing purchasers. The old saying “I’ll sleep on it” doesn’t fare well in today’s market. “You snooze, you lose” is more appropriate these days.
  8. The IRS started processing 2020 returns on February 12th. I filed electronically in late January and indicated they could take my payment immediately. They didn’t take it until February 17th.
  9. We received a “shot card” after our first Moderna dose on January 6 indicating our dosage. We took the card with us for our second dose on February 4 and they updated it with our second dose information. Reminded me of my old military shot card. I have it handy and will take it when we travel to Alaska in June. You never know when you might have to prove you are vaccinated.
  10. I have to agree with you on the way some people wear masks. I do have a supply of N95 masks. They are available but also expensive. Currently costing $4 or $5 each where at one time they were 3 for $1. However, they do fit tightly with little to no gap anywhere on my face. Some call them uncomfortable but you do get used to the tight fit. It always bugs me when I see people wearing masks with their nose hanging out and some who look like their mask is only a chin strap.
  11. I became a widower suddenly over 5 years ago due to my loving wife of 45 years having an aneurysm. After a few years I hooked up with my current soul mate. She is somebody my wife and I knew for many years so I knew what I was getting and there have been no unpleasant surprises. I remain very active at 72 and enjoy doing many things but I enjoy sharing them with somebody else probably more so than I would doing these same things by myself. Unfortunately, Alaska probably won’t be an option for land travel this year due to the continued closure of the Canadian border. I love Alaska and have been there many times. We are flying there for 15 days in June and renting a Class C motorhome to travel in. It is one way to still see Alaska during these COVID times.
  12. I remember our first RV rental trip to Alaska in 2005. One of our excursions was a drive from Anchorage to Haines. We set up camp in Haines and boarded the ferry for a day trip to Skagway. We enjoyed a nice peaceful day in Skagway including the famous narrow-gauge railroad ride. As we were boarding the ferry for our return to Haines a cruise ship docked. 4,000 passengers got off the ship and flocked into Skagway. I know the local businesses live for that but we were so happy we missed the crowds for our day visit.
  13. Canada extended a ban on cruise ships through all of 2021. The ban has a significant impact on Alaska tourism since most foreign registry cruise ships sailing from the lower 48 are required to stop in Canada before proceeding to Alaska. One source states that of the 2.2 million summer visitors to Alaska in 2019, 60% arrived by cruise ship. I do have sympathy for the Alaskan tourism industry but the silver lining is it may mean smaller crowds at the attractions when we visit in June. We love Alaska and this will be our 9th visit to the State. This will be our 3rd time flying to Anchorage and renting a class C motorhome for our touring.
  14. We do that too Randy since we spend 5 months in Wisconsin and 7 months in Florida and I think it helps. But we do have a reliable neighbor in both locations check our mail occasionally while we are gone.
  15. It's sad but everyone has to do what they feel is best. We have many Canadian acquaintances here in FL but not seeing any of them this year. I'm still looking to see my first Canadian license plate where most years it's like 1 out of 10 plates is Canadian.
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