About Dinata

Welcome to my blog!  Make yourself comfortable and stay a while.

Dinata Camp Host

I am retired and living and traveling in a motorhome.  I just recently started posting my daily logs on a blog, but have been writing and sending them out almost daily via email since 2001. I retired and my husband Andy and I moved onto our boat.  I summarized it thus: We sold the house, sold the cars, sold the kids, the dog died, and we moved on the boat and went cruising. It was difficult to get an internet connection while traveling back then, but I could write the logs off line, paste them in an email, and they would go out whenever I got connected. Later, I was able to connect with my cell phone, but only after nine o’clock when it didn’t cost me minutes. Now I have a hot spot and can get on line most of the time.

I blog my “senior adventures”. They currently include our RV travels and what I see, do, and learn on them.  I wear my camera like an article of clothing and take plenty of pictures.  (Yes, it is true.  I took over a thousand pictures in one day when we visited Mount Blanc in Chamonix, France.) It began because I wanted to remember it all. When the day comes that we are confined to our rocking chairs, we will be able to reminisce with the logs and pictures.  Then I realized that I could also share my adventures with friends and family and take them along with me. When you find something good, you want to tell everyone about it.

We are not doing any real adventure travel to far flung, exotic places, but I have discovered that there is something of interest to be seen and learned about everywhere we go.

119 thoughts on “About Dinata

    • Dinata Misovec November 7, 2015 / 10:36 pm

      I have been reading your blogs regularly and especially like the pictures and descriptions of Saudi Arabia. I’m sorry it was not a happier experience for you. Now I am really enjoying your fall pictures from the northwest.

      Liked by 1 person

  1. Dinata Misovec November 8, 2015 / 9:47 am

    There won’t be as many during the winter. I’ll probably post about once a week because we are not moving around.. When we begin our summer trip at the end of April, I’ll post every day (that I can). I’ll stay tuned to your blog too; I love the food.

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  2. bowmanauthor November 8, 2015 / 8:02 pm

    Love what you’re doing with your blog and the exciting, traveling retired life you’re living. That’s always what I thought I would do when I reached this age, but unfortunately, I am crippled from Lupus and RA. I will enjoy reading about your trips and seeing your pictures as if I were there with you … from one writer to another … thanks for the memories!

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    • Dinata Misovec November 9, 2015 / 8:46 pm

      Thank you. You hit on my purpose precisely. I want to share the journey with whomever wants to read along for the ride. The annual six-month trip won’t start again until next April, but I will post weekly while we are in the Florida keys for the winter.

      Liked by 1 person

      • bowmanauthor November 9, 2015 / 8:54 pm

        Enjoy the winter warmth away from the snow and ice. I hibernate in the winter and usually write a book!

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Dinata Misovec November 9, 2015 / 11:02 pm

    I am trying to write a book too, but have restarted it at least 10 times, and that is after it was already written. But, I’m going to keep plugging away at it until it gets done.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Afrika Bohemian November 10, 2015 / 1:50 am

    Nice meeting you really love this especially the bit when you said “We sold the house, sold the cars, sold the kids, the dog died, and we moved on the boat and went cruising.” I laughed so hard at sold the kids

    Liked by 3 people

    • Dinata Misovec November 10, 2015 / 8:27 am

      Yeah; sold the kids is the funny line. Especially since I had to spend hard-earned saving to get rid of them. College and a wedding. Ah, but my daughter is paying me back with two grandsons!

      Liked by 2 people

      • Afrika Bohemian November 11, 2015 / 3:26 am

        Really love this and it is so amazing that you really did sell them off (college, wedding and all) but I am smiling as I write this thinking about children and love, cannot wait to have my own…


  5. summerstommy2 November 11, 2015 / 1:46 am

    Hi Dinata, thanks for the follow, please call by my blog anytime. It sounds like you are really living the dream, retirement is a lot of fun and I’m enjoying everyday of mine. Enjoy.


    • Dinata Misovec November 12, 2015 / 3:26 pm

      Thank you and be sure that I will always check out your blog whenever I get notified of a new post. It becomes obsessive after a while, doesn’t it? We are not traveling during the winter, but I will still post something every week, or more if we do something interesting. Please stay tuned.


  6. Dinata Misovec November 11, 2015 / 9:37 am

    I have done nothing in my life so rewarding and fulfilling as having two children. Nor as important.


  7. leggypeggy November 14, 2015 / 6:21 pm

    Thanks so much for the follow on my travel blog. It’s led me back to yours, and I look forward to following your adventures.


  8. Chris White November 18, 2015 / 3:28 pm

    Hi there. Thank you so much for following my blog. I am delighted to now be following you as well. Glad to know you. All the best. Kris.


  9. lbeth1950 November 18, 2015 / 11:28 pm

    Don’t see you as a fit for rocking chair!


    • Dinata Misovec November 19, 2015 / 1:48 am

      Well, it might happen one day, if I don’t drop dead before then.


  10. Carol Ferenc November 22, 2015 / 2:26 pm

    Thanks for following my blog, Dinata, and I’m now following you, too. It looks as though you and Andy are living the dream. I look forward to reading much more about your adventures!


      • Carol Ferenc November 23, 2015 / 12:44 am

        Nothing worthwhile is ever easy 🙂


  11. milliethom December 5, 2015 / 3:52 pm

    Hello, Dinata. Having been following you for a few weeks now, I’m a little late in reading your About page. I’m just about to nominate you for a blog award and wanted to check whether or not you were ‘award free’. I’ll go ahead with the nomination – no obligation to accept, of course, even if you are not award free. Millie


  12. relationspdbeverly December 6, 2015 / 5:19 pm

    I’ve toyed with the idea of buying an RV and traveling once I retire as well, Dinata. Very cool.

    Also, thanks for the follow. I’m going to reciprocate!


    • Dinata Misovec December 6, 2015 / 6:39 pm

      I have never met (on line or off) a person who regretted living in a motorhome. It is a freeing lifestyle. We travel and are outdoors a lot. The best thing for me is being able to park in the grandson’s driveway a month every summer!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. M. L. Kappa December 8, 2015 / 12:29 am

    Hi Dinata. Thanks for following my blog. I will do the same, it will be fun keeping in touch and following your adventures. I agree you don’t have to travel to exotic places to discover things. I’ve lived in Greece all my life and, since acquiring two foreign daughters in law, it’s amazing how much we’ve discovered and explored quite close to home!


    • Dinata Misovec December 8, 2015 / 5:05 pm

      Oh, I hope to learn and see a lot about Greece from you. I actually have a second generation Greek daughter-in-law. Her parents, along with other family, came to the US and now run a seafood restaurant in Ocean City, Maryland. So I have been to a Greek Orthodox church for the wedding (some years back now).

      To me, Greece is exotic!

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      • M. L. Kappa December 9, 2015 / 12:18 am

        I also have exotic daughters in law. One is half German half Honduran, the other half French half Swedish. In our family who,is Greek through and through, that is indeed exotic! My husband jokes the grandchildren have Inca and Viking blood in them!

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  14. calensariel December 23, 2015 / 11:06 pm

    Dinata, thanks so much for the follow. I look forward to getting to know you!


  15. kritsayvonne December 24, 2015 / 2:39 am

    Hi, I just met you on the via The Book Blogger’s Christmas party and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to read your blog. I love your philosophy and like you am busy storing memories ready for when we run out of money or health. Merry Christmas! X


  16. Anna January 1, 2016 / 10:54 am

    Delighted to find your lovely blog, Dinata! Thank you so much for following my blog as well! I look forward to getting better acquainted. 🙂
    ~ Anna


  17. T. Wayne January 1, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    Thanks for following my blog, A Joyful Process, and for liking some of my posts there. I am now following your blog and looking forward to your adventures! Happy New Year!


  18. JoHanna Massey January 2, 2016 / 3:23 am

    What a lovely space you have created to share your adventures. ‘Wearing your camera as an article of clothing’ is just an excellent way to be fully attired. All my best to you and look forward to following along on your journey.


    • Dinata Misovec January 2, 2016 / 6:07 pm

      Thank you. I’m not sharing world travel adventures here, but do love my “senior adventures” so that I feel compelled to share them with those who cannot make the trip at this time.

      Liked by 1 person

      • JoHanna Massey January 4, 2016 / 8:21 pm

        Oh it is delightful to read of your particular perspective.


      • Dinata Misovec January 4, 2016 / 11:11 pm

        Thank you, I guess that’s just me talking.


  19. Janice Wald January 17, 2016 / 5:18 pm

    HI Dinata,
    I know Sally, Faraday’s Castle, LeggyPeggy, and Cindy Knoke.
    In response to your post, I travel often too and can relate to the troubles of not having internet on vacation. The reason is that we cruise often and even when we have internet, it is very costly on the cruise ship.
    I am glad you liked my Blogger Meet and Greet. Thanks for visiting my site this weekend. Now that you are blogging, if you ever could use a few tips, I’d love for you to subscribe. I offer free incentives for subscribing where you would get to meet even more bloggers than at my party!


  20. the runaway palate January 22, 2016 / 1:46 am

    I agree you don’t need go to exotic places to find adventures. I love the happy vibes on your blog, your enthusiasm for things around you. I’ll be following your blog and look forward to reading more. Thanks for dropping by my blog too at runawaypalate.com


    • Dinata Misovec January 23, 2016 / 6:42 pm

      Thank you. I’ll be following you as well, but I hope your blog won’t make me fat!

      Liked by 1 person

  21. lorigreer January 23, 2016 / 8:49 am

    You’re living my dream! It will be fun to follow your post. Lori


    • Dinata Misovec January 23, 2016 / 6:38 pm

      It is a great retirement lifestyle and I highly recommend it. By the way, I love your photo. It is striking.


  22. anupriyabasu123 January 31, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    I am impressed Dinata! Love your spirit & zeal and glad to know that you’re living up your retirement! After all, this earth is beautiful and we must experience its beauty for as long as we can.


    • Dinata Misovec January 31, 2016 / 11:52 pm

      Our objective is to just keep exploring and learning until we just can’t keep going anymore. This we’ll sit in our rocking chairs and looks at all these pictures.


      • anupriyabasu123 January 31, 2016 / 11:57 pm

        I hope you keep exploring always! No need for rocking chairs. 🙂


  23. garym6059 February 3, 2016 / 10:33 am

    Look forward to more of this I love travel sights with lots of photography. Cheers me up on otherwise dreary Midwestern winter days.


    • Dinata Misovec February 10, 2016 / 10:19 pm

      I’ve been off the blog for 10 days, but posted a boatload of pictures tonight. Hope you enjoy them!

      Liked by 1 person

  24. Carol Ferenc February 4, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    Dinata, I discovered today that something with WP has been terribly wrong. Although I signed up to follow you back in November, I haven’t gotten notices of your posts for a long time. All my settings are okay. I don’t know what the problem is, so I unfollowed and then re-followed you. I hope that fixes the problem! Sometimes WP can get a little wonky. Anyway, it looks like I have some catching up to do!


    • Dinata Misovec February 10, 2016 / 7:43 pm

      I haven’t been writing much lately, or reading other blogs because I have been working on the book. Things are not progressing as I had hoped. Maybe I’ll post some pictures now. I take them when we go out for our walks, but they are all still on the camera. That’s it. I’m going to do it right now.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Carol Ferenc February 10, 2016 / 10:11 pm

        I just realized that I didn’t get notices about the posts you’ve done in the last two months or so even though I follow your blog. A mystery.
        Hope the progress on your book starts going more smoothly.


      • Dinata Misovec February 11, 2016 / 11:54 pm

        The book is going frustratingly slow. I am not happy with the amount of attention and guidance I’m not getting from the editor.


      • Carol Ferenc February 12, 2016 / 1:50 pm

        How frustrating. She probably has an overwhelming workload. That’s no excuse, though.


      • Dinata Misovec February 13, 2016 / 10:17 pm

        I just wish she would call when she says she will. If she can’t, she should make a commitment. I’m beginning to think I made a mistake choosing Hugo House. You shouldn’t take on work that you can’t perform in a timely manner.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Carol Ferenc February 14, 2016 / 12:49 pm

        So true. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you, Dinata.


  25. Miriam February 11, 2016 / 11:53 pm

    Hi Dinata, how wonderful. You’re doing what my husband and I have said we would like to do once the kids are all grown up and gone, the dog is gone and we’re tired of looking after the house. Sailing, traveling, writing, taking photos … it sounds wonderful. Lovely to meet you, thanks for following me so I could meet you! I look forward to checking out more of your blog. Cheers from Australia.


    • Dinata Misovec February 13, 2016 / 11:08 pm

      Thank you Miriam. I am looking forward to learning about your life in that faraway, exotic land of Australia too.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Miriam February 13, 2016 / 11:10 pm

        Oh I do hope you’ll have a look through for a bit of a snapshot. It’s not that exotic down here really, but a great place nonetheless!


  26. helmontpetit February 12, 2016 / 9:20 am

    What a delight to find you! Thank you for visiting UpTheMountainAndDownAgain and giving me your address in the process. I look forward to reading you, particularly since I hope to hit the road come Spring.


    • Dinata Misovec February 13, 2016 / 10:45 pm

      We will be hitting the road again at the end of April. Two months in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park again before the cross-country road trip to visit family and take in some more sights – and parks.

      Liked by 1 person

      • helmontpetit February 18, 2016 / 7:16 am

        I had the pleasure of visiting the Smokies a couple of years ago. Such a delight!


      • Dinata Misovec February 18, 2016 / 8:24 pm

        It is a wonderful place. After spending nine months so far (in two and three-month chunks), we have been amazed at all the goings-on in a national park every day. That’s why I’m writing THE BOOK.

        Liked by 1 person

      • helmontpetit February 19, 2016 / 9:33 am

        Looking forward to THE BOOK!!!! 🙂


      • Dinata Misovec February 20, 2016 / 5:57 pm

        I’ve read it so much that I have lost confidence in it being the least bit interesting to anyone else!


      • helmontpetit February 21, 2016 / 10:40 am

        I think all writers probably go through that, Dinata. Don’t lose faith.


  27. thatssojacob February 13, 2016 / 2:16 am

    Thanks for finding and following me! How would you rate your reading experience? Come back soon!


    • Dinata Misovec February 13, 2016 / 10:12 pm

      I try to read all the blogs I follow, so I only follow when they look interesting, as yours does. Besides, it is a fun way to keep up with someone forty years younger than myself! p.s. My grandsons live near Milwaukee and we went to the children’s museum in Madison last summer. I had fun.


    • Dinata Misovec February 13, 2016 / 10:49 pm

      I followed because it looks interesting and different from my life.


    • Dinata Misovec March 2, 2016 / 4:35 pm

      Don’t have time right now. My inbox is over-flowing and my to-do list is out of control.


  28. The Coastal Crone April 4, 2016 / 9:41 pm

    You and your husband are brave to sell everything and set yourselves free. Husband and I are retired but have chosen to retire in place but we enjoy the freedom of not working and time to travel if we choose. I will enjoy following your adventures! Cheers!


    • Dinata Misovec April 15, 2016 / 6:13 pm

      Ha! It wasn’t so brave; we put a lot of STUFF in storage. We hadn’t planned to be on the loose for so long in the beginning. It just happened.


  29. LydiaA1614 April 16, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    Thanks for stopping by and following my blog. I would love to be travelling like you are! I look forward to checking in to see where you are next!


  30. wordsfromanneli April 16, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    Thanks for following my blog, Dinata. Your retired life sounds very interesting. Never a dull moment!


  31. YesterdayAfter April 17, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    Hi Dinata thank you so much for visiting my Blog and for deciding to Follow! I am happy that you found it interesting! I Follow you too. I like your beautiful photos and I will visit again! Have a great week! Carolina


  32. spearfruit April 29, 2016 / 10:01 am

    Wonderful to meet you – interesting that I found you today from Lynn over at lynz real cooking. My spouse and I are in the process of selling our home with plans to travel the US in an RV fulltime. I actually just posted this information today to my readers. Happy Day to you! 🙂


    • Dinata Misovec April 30, 2016 / 12:40 am

      Nice to meet you too Gary. I’ve added you to my email distribution list so you can find out what it is like to volunteer as camp hosts in a national park. You’ll also learn how often we are getting the RV repaired!

      Liked by 1 person

      • spearfruit April 30, 2016 / 11:47 am

        Thank you, I look forward to your emails! Have a happy day! 🙂


  33. jeneanebehmeswritings June 24, 2016 / 6:16 pm

    Hi Dinata! Thank you for following me and I am happy to now be following your very interesting blog. You take wonderful photographs and your posts are entertaining and well-written. I am also envious that you and your husband are having such great traveling adventures! I have done a wee bit of traveling in my younger days and I hope to be able to do more in the future but for now I will get to enjoy your fun vicariously. I was sorry to read that you had that nasty infection and I hope you are now much, much better. I’m so happy to have made your acquaintance, sweetie! Have more good times!


    • Dinata Misovec June 24, 2016 / 8:23 pm

      Then you. I look forward to getting to know you through your blogs as well. I have enjoyed what I have read of it so far.

      Liked by 1 person

  34. Andy Smart July 28, 2016 / 10:48 pm

    Hiya Dinata > So you get around in a motor home and live in a boat > That’s a fine way to live. Jealous or what! Tx for following and have a splendid weekend 🙂


    • Dinata Misovec July 29, 2016 / 6:31 pm

      Yes, it is a great way to retire. Although this summer has turned into a bust with the Clostridium Difficile bug in my gut. We are relabeling our itinerary “Summer 2017”. Stay tuned.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Andy Smart July 30, 2016 / 2:29 am

        OMG Dinata I’m so sorry about your illness. I didnt think much about it until I read about it on Wiki. It sounds truly awful you poor thing. And to think you are missing your trip. Yes by all means keep me posted. My plans are also in jeopardy after 3/4 years of preparation. Fingers crossed at the moment. I hope somehow you have a good weekend Dinata


      • Andy Smart July 30, 2016 / 10:05 pm

        Interesting Dinata > How come? I know you should only take them if absolutely necessary due to tolerance. Always interested in new info re medication


      • Dinata Misovec July 31, 2016 / 10:19 pm

        I had taken antibiotics after shoulder surgery in February. Then I got a urinary tract infection in March and again in April. I took 10 days of antibiotics with each. The problem is that the antibiotics kill off the good bacteria in the gut, which allows the bad bacteria, Clostridium Difficile, to proliferate. Antibiotics are the number one cause of getting a C-diff infection. C-diff is everywhere, but antibiotic use makes you vulnerable to it. Of course, I don’t know what alternative there is when you need an antibiotic. From what I have read on line, this is a growing and serious problem as C-diff is becoming more resistant to drugs and more virulent. And, it can be deadly.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Andy Smart August 1, 2016 / 11:20 pm

        Hiya Dinata. Phew, I always knew about the overuse of antibiotics and that its best to let your body take care of things but that’s just put things on another level for me. So are you sending your summer on the boat then? Certainly a great space to promote healing.


      • Dinata Misovec August 2, 2016 / 11:48 pm

        No boat. We sold the boat and moved into a motorhome. We’ve been land cruising for six months each summer for the past ten years and staying on the boat for six months in the winter until we moved to the motorhome four years ago. Right now we are parked in my grandson’s driveway. Two little boys, aged two and four, can do miracles for what ails grandma.

        Liked by 1 person

  35. Rhonda Sittig August 5, 2016 / 1:08 pm

    Dint– fun to find your roving blog!! I just retire this year– and hope to have some adventures ahead. And I totally get what you mean about taking too many(?) photos because I want to remember every detail!


    • Dinata Misovec August 5, 2016 / 7:52 pm

      You can’t take too many. You can’t take enough pictures. I look back at some of our travels and wish I had taken more. We have been retired and traveling since 2001. I write something most nights but,when I read it later, I wish I wrote more (people’s names, where we ate, what we ate, the weather, whatever to bring back the memory in as much detail as possible. So, I’m looking forward to following your adventure tales too!


      • Rhonda Sittig August 5, 2016 / 11:22 pm

        Agree- I can get into extreme picture taking mode on vacation! So cool that you’ve been blogging since 2001! I mostly post recipe posts– but do travels and family too and I like to look bad like it was my online scrapbook. Hope you’re feeling better again soon! take care…


  36. beetleypete September 9, 2016 / 4:12 am

    Thanks for following my blog, Dinata. It is much appreciated, I assure you.
    Good luck with your motorhome adventures, photography, and blogging.
    Best wishes from England. Pete.


    • Dinata Misovec September 9, 2016 / 10:49 pm

      I was attracted by that beautiful picture at the top. I am enjoying the posts too.


  37. Thom Hickey September 28, 2016 / 2:33 am

    Delighted to have discovered your Blog Dinata.

    Much exploration in store.

    Regards Thom.


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