Autumn Meandering

November 1, 2019 | 13

After getting Tribble’s window replaced in Denver, I head north on I25… right out of the state. It’s time to visit a new-to-me boondocking area. September 18, Wednesday Hellooo Turtle Rock! I’ve driven through this chunk of Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest along I80 in southern Wyoming a few times now. And every time I do,…

Bravery, Stupidity, and Tough Decisions

October 15, 2019 | 43

I feel it very important, in an internet filled with artistic pictures of smiling people in beautiful places, prose about the wonders of traveling where and when you want, and video clips of idyllic drives and expansive views, to keep it real on my blog by also talking about the bad days on the road.…

Travelogue Catch Up

September 19, 2019 | 17

After finishing three awesome weeks in Yellowstone National Park, Julie and I start the drive east to Wisconsin. But there are several stops along the way. We spend two days in Grand Tetons NP, where the spiffy new IO header photo comes from! (If you’re reading this through e-mail and haven’t seen it yet, it’s…

Great Yellowstone Adventure Part 3: Hellroaring Canyon and Shoshone Basin

September 10, 2019 | 23

This is Part 3 of a series. If you haven’t read Part 1 and Part 2 yet, you probably want to start there! July 13, Saturday “I hope this works.” I stick the backpacking parking permit for both truck and trailer on the dash of Bertha and then make sure all doors are locked and…

Great Yellowstone Adventure Part 2: The Bottom of the Canyon

August 22, 2019 | 20

This is Part 2 of a series. If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, which covers the front country (road accessible and day hiking) part of my Yellowstone adventure, you probably want to start there. When backpacking in Yellowstone, you can’t just show up with your gear at your desired trailhead and start walking. There’s…

Great Yellowstone Adventure Part 1: The Front Country

August 9, 2019 | 20

It takes a couple days of driving to get from the Hiker Trailer rally in Colorado, to Montana where my Great Yellowstone Backpacking Adventure starts. I arrive at Moose Creek Flat campground outside of Big Sky, MT on July 1st with a smile. It’s taken four years to get back to this area, but I…

Six Month Review: Living in a Hiker Trailer

July 14, 2019 | 12

The last weekend in June is the first official Hiker Trailer Rally, which takes place near Eleven Mile State Park in Colorado. I arrive on Thursday the 27th to help hold the boondocking spot with Todd and Joe, the event organizers. It’s a beautiful place, with tall Ponderosa Pines and stands of Aspen. The end…

Colorado Boondocking with Friends

July 5, 2019 | 14

My first couple days back in the US, I’m sick. This doesn’t come as a surprise, it’s pretty common to catch a cold in an airport. But the timing leads me to believe that I probably caught this particular bug in one of the hostels in Costa Rica before flying. Either way, my first weekend…

Big Travel Plan Announcement!

January 5, 2019 | 30

So far, this winter’s travels haven’t strayed much from my normal southwest routine. After leaving Snyder Hill BLM area near Tucson, AZ, I moseyed down to Darby Wells Road near Ajo, AZ to get my fill of big cacti. After that, I landed at American Girl Mine (AGM) Road near Winterhaven, CA for my annual…

The Annual Southern Migration

December 2, 2018 | 16

After a nice stay with friends and fellow Xscapers Kate and Roger on their property near Mesa Verde National Park, including a nice weekend up in Fruita, CO to try my hand at mountain biking again, the cold weather pushing into Colorado finally forces me south. Other than a general direction, I have no specific…

Mesa Verde National Park, CO

November 6, 2018 | 14

After stocking up on supplies in Durango, CO, I take 160 west to the small town of Mancos, where my friend Kate is celebrating her birthday. Her and her husband bought property in the area where they park their RV in the summer, then in the winter they travel around the south. They happen to…

Silverton and Ouray, CO

October 24, 2018 | 28

After setting up camp on 7/585 just north of Silverton, CO on Oct 1st, Kelly and I spend the next day cooped up inside due to rain from the remnants of a hurricane that pushed ashore down in Baja. The morning after dawns bright and clear, this is reported to be the one good day…

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