Cross Country Trip Schedule

I have been working extremely hard lately but wanted to share by cross country road trip schedule with you. We are planning on getting an RV and travel for several months. We’ve saved up our money and continue to do so. I didn’t realize renting an RV would be so expensive but it certainly is. My wife enjoys travelling so she will be going on this trip. We are visiting some family in TX in March so we’re going to start our from there. The route may change but we’re planning on travelling to Oklahoma, Tennessee, then Georgia, and if time we stop just over the state boarder of Florida. What we typically do is visit all the main parks then if time we’ll Google many of historic landmarks in that specific area. That way when the trip if over we actually say we’ve been to many of the landmarks of the state. As compared to just saying we walked around the town and ate at a burger joint. On the topic of good burgers, I’m always on the search for the best one. I’m starting to think that there isn’t a perfect burger though and the search will always be just that – a continued search.

I’m very excited about our family trip. I think these are the things you remember growing up with your family. I know when I was growing up my Father and Mother would always do road trips. Even though I wasn’t a big fan back then, those are the memories that I cherish the most now. I remember packing our goods up in the cooler and my Father figuring our the right path to travel while avoiding all the snow on the road. We had a big uncomfortable truck (hurt after a while) but it’s one of the most cherished memories of my Father now.

Our trip will be much more comfortable then the truck we used to have. In fact, we’ll be sleeping on it so it must be that way. We have several big coolers which we’ll use for our food and water along the way. We’ve budgeted in some Denny Restaurants along the way for breakfast and to just break up the usual eating.

Mike Asimos Family RV Trip

Mike Asimos Travel Updates For Next Year

As you all know, I am big fan of travelling. I’ve been all over the World and I’ve already started planning my next trip. For this next year I’m going to go to Asia. I’ve been to a few countries over there but this year I want to hit as many as I can. I’m thinking this trip is going to take me a month. I’m not rich or anything so my plan is to just get over there and bounce around in hostels. In Asia hostels are everywhere and incredibly cheap. This may not sound like a lot of fun to people but for me to really experience a location for a long time (like a month) it has to be this way. The only thing I hate about Asia is the heat. It’s not humid like Florida – in Asia it’s on another level of humidity. You simply haven’t experienced true humidity like it is in Asia. I love the transportation. Everything is so better connected than it is in America. It also super cheap to travel around from country to country or city to city. The food is way fresher than the USA. In fact, you don’t really have food in the house. You eat and buy your food when you’re hungry. There is no need to keep anything because when you’re hungry again, you just go to the street and buy something fresh and ready. I wish we have better street food/vendors in the USA. When I came home from Asia last time, the food is something I really missed. The freshness and it being available anytime is magical. It’s also all natural no chemicals or other preservatives are added. The seafood is caught that morning and ready to be eaten.

I mentioned the hostels and I’ve mapped out in my plan. I will start in Singapore then travel up from there into Thailand, Vietnam, and lastly Cambodia. All of these locations offer lots of hostels for cheap and food along the way as well. Trains and buses are easy to grab when needed and are affordable. One great thing about all these places is that the dollar can get you far.

For this trip the wife and kids will be home so it will be just me this time. I’m excite and will keep you all updated with lots of photos of the trip.

Mike Asimos in Los Angeles

Just got back from a trip to Los Angeles. I stayed for a few weeks and took my daughter as well. It was a good Dad and Daughter weekend and we both had a blast. On one weekend we went to Disney Land. She is a little older now 12 but still had a fun day at the park. We took a lot of photos this time many of which I will upload later to my blog. Hard to say this but my little girl is getting all grown up. I remember when she was such a little girl and now she is getting so independent. It’s hard to watch as a Father.

I do love Los Angeles. From the people to all the Hollywood attractions it can be really fun. We even did the bus tour on this trip and drove by many of the celebrity homes. At home point in my life I considered living here even. I’ve noticed how all the home prices just continue to rise so even living here would be incredibly difficult. I know that our family budget sure wouldn’t work considering their rent and home ownership costs. We pay about 75% less where we live right now.

I found the people in LA to be fairly easy to talk to also. We’re all strangers in this World but meeting and listen to new people is always something I’ve enjoyed doing. We all are at different stages in our lives so I get curious talking to others and listen to them. Doesn’t matter if they are happy, sad, or even angry at life. I’ve found that everyone seems to be in a hurry in LA to get nowhere. Sure they have jobs, but most are just moving fast to do or get no where important. Life is way to short to be hustling all the time in my opinion.

I heard the news Robin Williams passed away and that was really sad. I remember growing up and watching all his movies and TV shows. He was a true talent that the World will surely miss.

Until next time – Mike Asimos is out!

Mike’s new hiking gear

It’s about that time I updated some of my hiking gear. As you know probably from a few posts on this site and some other blogs I started before, I love hiking. I really enjoy the outdoors and everything related to that. It can include big trucks, fishing, hiking, and camping just to name a few of my favorite activities.

Some of the gear I have been using is over 7 years old now and since I go out a lot for hikes and camping, it really is getting beat up and old at this point. The first item I replaced is my backpack. It’s the biggest expense out of the everything. I usually go big on my backpacks because some of my hikes can take days to discover. I went over the REI and found one I liked. It has many of the features I like with my current version plus some new features I been wanting like more pockets, lighter, and fast zippers. It also had to be waterproof. It’s no always sunny around here so that was a must as well. The backpack was about $180 dollars. I haven’t told the Wife yet so if I stop posting a few days either our Internet wasn’t paid or I’ve been kicked out of the house. Just kidding (kinda).

The other items I updated were much smaller purchases. I needed a new water bottle, ropes, and clamps. I’m planning some steeper hikes this year which may go off road so best to be prepared on that. Lastly, I got a heavy pair of socks, blanket, some extra propane for the stove.

I should be set and ready to go for the rest of the year. Got a question you want to ask me (Mike Asimos) send me an email and I will reply right away (unless I’m hiking).

All the best until next time my friends
Mike Asimos

Considering a new job internship

I have about a year left on my environmental sciences degree. It’s been a struggle from a stress perspective, family, financial, and eventually the unknown aspect of if I will even be able to find a job when all this is done. I’m excited and my family supports me on finishing the degree, however, it’s been a real struggle. There is one aspect of myself that I take pride in and that is when I start a project I always finish it.

I have been searching for some kind of job related to my field for about a year now. I plan is just to get anything in the field to gain experience. I really don’t care about how much they are paying or if it’s part time… I just want to get in the door and start the process. The money and experience will come with time. I was offered a position (unpaid) in my town and I’m considering the offer. The problem is that with the new move and house we have to make sure we’re bring in enough to pay the mortgage and keep food on the table. It’s just hard right now and I’m unsure about the position and where I go from here. The Wife would like me to see if I can arrange a part time position with them maybe later in the day or even just weekends. She makes a good point and I will most likely go that route since it’s unpaid and loosely related to my field. The most important thing in my opinion is to get in the door as soon as possible. I don’t want to just wait until I finish my degree then start the process of looking and hunting a new job in hopes something big turns up.

I will let you know how it goes and if I decide to take the position.
Until next time my friends
– Mike Asimos

Cleaning my garage project for the move

As you know from a previous post, we are in the middle of moving into a new house right now. The whole Asimos family is really excite about this new change. We are going to have a lot of more space and bigger yard for the dog. The Wife will get a bigger closet to buy more close and my garage will be bigger as well. Todays tasks, however, is to tackle my garage and get it ready to go. It’s a complete mess right now and use by the whole family for storage mostly. With the new move, I’m hoping to keep this area clean and it will become MY man cave. The Wifie is ok with this but I’m not sure she understands that all this stuff in the garage is not going to be put back in there. As you can see from the photo below I took, we have a lot of junk and I hope this move forces us to go through it and throw a lot of it out. I don’t want to see it in my new man cave.

So what do I have planned for the new Mike Asimos man cave you ask? Well I hope to have a TV, couch, mini refrigerator, and a pool table as a minimum. It may take a while to get all these items but that is the long term goal on my area.

We will see how this turns out – wish me luck!
Until next time my friends
– Mike Asimos

My garage cleaning up by Mike Asimos