RV Life readers look forward each month to entertaining and informative columns by longtime RVer Sharlene Minshall and golf writer Rick Stedman. But you don’t have to wait a full month to read something new from these writers. Each week, they post articles at RVLife.com. Just go the website, click on blogs, and you will find the Silver Gypsy blog by Sharlene Minshall and The 19th Hole blog by Rick Stedman, along with other blogs by talented writers and photographers. Here are two recent posts:
Silver Gypsy: On the Move Again
By Sharlene Minshall
Ah, traveling. I love it. I guess I will never get over my love of being on the move. I miss it but wow, did I ever get my short-term fill of it this past week. Last Thursday I flew into San Diego International Airport with my first view of the Pacific Ocean in two years. Even that tiny glimpse was exciting. Living in the desert, I really miss the wave-filled oceans, running streams and mirrored lakes. Although the entire Southwest was once a lush land of water, animals and plants, I don’t think it is heading back toward that era anytime soon. Oh well.
Of all the places on the North American continent I’ve traveled with an RV and sometimes pulling a car, I have always been very leery of driving in cities and have avoided them like the plague whenever possible. This time I had no choice. Robert Arends, public relations manager for the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau, sent me a 12-page itinerary (after I put it in a large enough font I could read it!) with 25 venues to explore in five days and write about eventually. I did this same kind of thing in Wyoming a couple of years ago but that was with a guide. That trip we put on a whole lot of miles, but I don’t think we had as many places to review. This time I was on my own, being enterprising with Enterprise.
Many years ago, I drove through Southern California, most often on my way to a winter in Mexico, so I hadn’t explored the San Diego area anywhere near thoroughly. I looked forward to it. Robert had kindly provided maps for every inch of my route and very specific instructions by MapQuest. I soon ascertained the maps were only good for reading ahead of time. While I was driving, I had to very closely follow the instructions and I discovered one more time, that prayer works. To clarify a bit more, I have to take off my glasses to read and the print from MapQuest was probably a 10-point font. So, I am leaving the Enterprise rental lot and merging on to I-5, 163 North, I-8, etc., etc., at 70 mph with impatient California drivers chewing on my bumper and my glasses partially pulled down so I could see the road and the instructions.
You know, of course, that all the instructions were so detailed as to have how many miles or partial miles it was to the next turnoff and underneath comments in smaller, lighter font to tell me that if I reached “Duncan Dr., you’ve gone about 0.2 miles too far.” So, it was all there, I just had to find it on the enormous green signs that I was flying under at 70 mph (Fortunately, their font was big enough to read with my glasses on).
Once I was off the freeways, I drove windy, twisty mountain roads with names like Wildcat Canyon (which actually are my kind of roads). With that continued prayer on my bumper, I eventually arrived at San Vicente Resort in a somewhat frazzled condition and almost two hours late. However, Janice Baldridge, the marketing coordinator, graciously received me and I’ll have to tell you about that next week because I’m tired all over again just writing about it. (You never saw this in print, but if there is ever a next time, I will learn how to use the GPS!) God Bless until then.
(You can read about Sharlene Minshall’s adventures in San Diego County in next month’s issue of RV Life and also on her weekly blog postings at rvlife.com.)
The 19th Hole: Walk the Golf Course with a Slimcoach
By Rick Stedman
Losing weight and keeping fit are great side benefits of walking a golf course. To increase the “fun” aspect of monitoring your workout, consider strapping on the lightweight Slimcoach, a modified pedometer that monitors a host of health-related activities. Saying the official name of the device is a workout in and of itself: The Biggest Loser Slimcoach by Mytrak.
The Slimcoach is a very popular device, especially since it is used by participants on the reality TV series “The Biggest Loser.” You initially plug in the device via USB to your computer to set up your goals. Then, clip it on your hip (recommended) and head to the course. The device, which is also called the M2 on the company website, has a “health circle” that turns from red to green to give real-time updates on your progress while you walk from hole to hole. At the end of the day, simply connect your device online, either a Mac or PC, to automatically update your latest statistics on the Mytrak website.
The M2 provides a visual update on the progress towards that day’s goal. The first button you press will show your progress at burning calories that day, and a second press of the button will show where you’re at for three indicators, namely heart, health, and energy. The heart area tells whether you are meeting your activity goals for that day; the energy section is basically how you’re doing on calorie burning, while the health area shows whether you are exercising consistently. The red/yellow/green indicators on the Slimcoach dial quickly show where you are at for the day, and hopefully will motivate you to reach your target goals.
The Mytrak website also provides a handy nutrition module to assist you with meal planning. There’s also an online community where you can interact with thousands of like-minded users of the Mytrak system.
Though some may prefer to simply look at a numerical display rather than the color-coded scheme on the Slimcoach dial, overall, this is a great motivator for those wishing to keep track of their activities and progress while out on the golf course. For further details, visit mytrak.com.