Monday, June 04, 2012

Remembering Alice Zyetz, pioneering RV author

Julianne Crane and Alice Zyetz, Jan. 2010 (Jimmy Smith)
I've known of veteran RVer and author Alice Zyetz since I first began writing professionally about the RV lifestyle more than a decade ago.

Alice and her longtime co-author, Jaimie Hall Bruzenak, have written extensively about RVing, including numerous articles, Website posts and "Books geared to Women RVers."

One article I remember writing for The Spokesman-Review in 2006 featured Alice and her husband, Chuck.  In "It's north to Alaska for Zyetzs" their spoke of their plans for a long RV trip from Southern California to Alaska.

In the article, Chuck said something that really struck me when I heard of Alice's recent passing: "We are ignoring fuel costs," he said. "We're getting along in years and don't know if we'll make this trip again." (Chuck died in 2008.)

A post last year on Women RVers about Alice was on how to "Retire to an RV: The roadmap to affordable retirement." According to Jaimie, she and Alice were working on an updated print edition of the book when Alice passed away.

I will miss Alice for her wisdom, gentle heart and boundless generosity.

For more on Alice's life and her writing, click on "Well known RV Author, speaker passes away" written by Jaimie Hall Bruzenak.

Read more of Julianne Crane's writing at

Photo: Julianne Crane and Alice Zyetz in Jan. 2010, outside her fifth-wheel in Jojoba Hills Escapee RV Park, in Aguanga, Calif., north of San Diego. (Jimmy Smith)

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