2009-11-12 / News

Mundy Twp. couple blogs about RV trips

BY SARAH FISH STAFF WRITER

Jim and Carol Boylan, of Mundy Twp., pose in front of Mt. Rushmore in summer 2009. The trip to Mt. Rushmore was a dream of Carol’s since she was a young girl, and the couple blogged about it from the road. Jim and Carol Boylan, of Mundy Twp., pose in front of Mt. Rushmore in summer 2009. The trip to Mt. Rushmore was a dream of Carol’s since she was a young girl, and the couple blogged about it from the road. MUNDY TWP. — It was an unusually warm November Sunday, and Jim and Carol Boylan were not about to waste it.

The Mundy Township couple hit the road Nov. 8 — heading out to Elsie and stopping by a 1950s-style diner in Rockford. They took photos of the massive Elsie the Cow statue and of the aluminum sided Rosie’s Diner.

Then they came home, and blogged about it — posting a brief play-by-play of their day and photos of the some of the interesting sights they saw that day.

The two have been keeping family and friends posted on their travels since 2007, when they started taking long RV trips across the country, Jim Boylan said. Jim, 69, and Carol, 66, describe themselves as computer illiterate — though it doesn’t show in their blog, which certainly keeps up with the times by embedding photos and updating often.

“I’m not computer literate. I don’t pretend to be,” said Jim Boylan. “When I was working, I knew how to do what I had to do and the computer has got a lot on it that I just don’t have any idea what it is. But the blog was way easy, once you start it then it’s like anything else … It comes along easier as you do it.”

The blog is a way for others to see the country as well — and learn a little bit about a local couple along the way. Jim and Carol often talk about their Montana — their fifth wheel RV they describe as their “condo on wheels.”

During the summer of 2009, the Montana took Jim and Carol down south through Missouri, then out west to South Dakota and Wyoming. It was a threemonth long trip.

“We just took our time, we don’t like traveling long distances in one day. We’re not in vacation mode anymore, so we don’t have to hurry up and get back and go to work,” Jim said. “We like to travel a maximum of four hours or 200 miles (a day). If it’s 50 mile or 60 miles, that’s fine too. Then we don’t always leave the next day, we might stay a day, we might stay a week or we might stay a month.

“We’re not full time RVers, but you might call us longtime RVers. We take off and whenever we get back, we get back.”

While they are currently spending time in Grand Blanc now for the holidays, Jim and Carol have their next big adventure planned. They will leave in early January for Texas –— a state they haven’t been to yet.

“This is kind of a recon trip for us because we’ve never been out there,” said Jim, adding that they use the website www.roadsideamerica.com to find new and unique things on their trips.

Carol joked the day they return from one trip Jim starts planning the next one. She was quick to add, however, that she loves traveling just as much.

“I enjoy all the unusual things we see,” said Carol. “I would rather travel by car or RV than go on a plane, and there’s nothing like taking your own house with you.”

And by taking their house on their trips — and never forgetting their laptop and wireless air card — Jim and Carol are able to keep everyone posted.

“Take something you like — you really, really like — and when you can share it with someone you like it all the more,” Jim said.

To keep up with Jim and Carol, visit their blog at jimandcarol2007.blogspot.com.

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