Our New House

It was brought to my attention that we haven’t updated our Blog since 2013. Since we have become stagnant and haven’t really traveled for a while I didn’t have much of interest to post. Not that our life isn’t interesting, there just isn’t much RV Travel going on.

Well recently we have turned another page in our lives. We decided since we like our lifestyle so much that buying a house wasn’t in our plans. However we have pretty much outgrown the RV so…

We bought a Park Model home in the same resort where we have lived for the last 11 years in the motor home. If you are not familiar with a Park Model, it is a small 400 square foot manufactured home. Ours however is a bit more than a simple park model. First off ours is set in the ground so it is ground level, then a 200 square foot addition was added making it 600 square foot overall and the whole thing is stuccoed and the roof is tiled. There is also a 117 square foot building on the property, which serves as a laundry room and a shop. This building is attached to the house by a covered patio with outdoor kitchen. Along with the real residential appliances they topped it off with an air conditioner that can turn the house into a meat locker in the 120-degree Arizona summers. You can see more photos by clicking on the link in the left column.

I have added a link to the photos of our house HERE.

So, although we are keeping the motor home, it looks like we are not Fulltimers anymore.

Best wishes to all our readers and I hope your travels are as enjoyable as ours.

I will leave the Blog up because I know others enjoy reading about our travels.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Got it

I got my new camera so I am back in business. I am totally happy with it and am glad I did the research. If I had it to do again thought I might have got another model. There is a model that is exactly the same as the one I got with the exception of Resolution, Zoom, and Cost.

The resolution on mine is 14 mega pixels as opposed to 12 on the other model. You might say, that’s better. Well, it is if you intend to print wall sized photos. I realized that even though my last camera was capable of 7 mega pixel, I only used it at 3 mega pixels. Here are 2 photos,

This one at 3 mega pixels

and this one at 14.

I can’t tell the difference. Even when I enlarged them and looked closely I could tell very little difference.

My new camera has an optical zoom of 8 and digital of 4. The other model had an optical zoom of 5 and digital of 4. Not much difference as you can see in these 2 photos. I was focusing on the power pole.

This one is at 5x

And this one at 8x.

However, with the higher Mega Pixels and the capability of an Extended Optical Zoom plus Digital Zoom mode My camera is capably of a 67.5X zoom as opposed to a 39.1X on the other model.

Now that’s a big difference.

I use zoom a lot and am glad I got the extra 3x.

The last difference is cost. The other model was about $20 less than the one I got. I am happy with the model I got.

For your own research, the model numbers are
The one I bought Panasonic - DMC-FH20
The other mode - DMC-FH1


  1. Interesting. I agree Pixels are good thing but the most important is ZOOM.. Thanks

  2. Great post Dan, I agree with you that you picked the right camera comparing the two.