The Dragoon Mountains

December 10, 2017 |

Nov 30, Thursday (continued) From Benson, AZ I turn south down 80, which for a while follows a wash and is surprisingly green. Just before Tombstone, I veer east onto N Middlemarch Road. I’m headed for a well-known boondocking area, and all the reviews boil down to the same thing: Beautiful spot, rough road in.…

Texas Has Mountains

December 2, 2017 |

Nov 27, Monday After leaving my friend’s house in Lubbock, TX on the 22nd, I retrace my route back to Carlsbad on 62. There is little public land to boondock on in Texas, and the locations near Carlsbad National Park are the first you hit headed west: a gateway to boondocker’s paradise. I’m camped in…

Monument Valley, AZ

April 11, 2017 |

March 7, Friday If the drive from Cottonwood, AZ to Navajo National Monument was scenic, the drive from Navajo National Monument to Valley of the Gods is grand indeed. East on 160 are great bluffs of carved sandstone. The town of Kayenta is surrounded by them. At Kayenta I get on 163 going north. Out…

Navajo National Monument, AZ

April 8, 2017 |

Days fall into a routine along Camino Real road south of Cottonwood, AZ. Breakfast is usually had with hot air balloons for company. After breakfast, I take a walk. On April 3rd, another storm blows through. This one comes as a surprise, as early as noon the weather forecast wasn’t calling for anything significant. But…

Trail Making

April 3, 2017 |

March 29, Wednesday Spring is a tricky time of year for RVers. When I arrived in Sedona two weeks ago it was to escape 90 degree heat in southern AZ, and Sedona was getting up to 80. After the rain came through temperatures dropped and 70 was the average high. Tomorrow night, another cold front…

Sedona State of Mind

March 30, 2017 |

March 18, Saturday Uh-oh. A hissing sound becomes audible when I turn on my water pump, and the pump can’t seem to build pressure, it keeps cycling. This can’t be good. Actually, I end up being really lucky. First of all, I trace the sound to the city water connector underneath my ‘office’ bench seat.…

Flavors of Happiness

March 27, 2017 |

Four and a half years ago, I took a hike. It was about a week into my full-timing adventure, when I’d settled in enough to finally take in what I was doing. That hike was an amazing experience of extreme emotion and giddy anticipation. I’ll never forget how free I felt standing on top of…

Slide Rock and 89A

March 23, 2017 |

March 21, Tuesday Seven miles north of Sedona on 89A lies Slide Rock State Park. It doesn’t look like much on a map, a short road with a parking lot and a couple buildings. When you see it in person though, the beautiful red rock walls of Oak Creek Canyon clue you in as to…

Escape to Sedona

March 19, 2017 |

March 14, Tuesday I’m very glad that my friends in Maricopa, AZ have a 20 amp plug in for me to use while I’m visiting. The morning is already heating up and it won’t be long before the A/C becomes necessary. Tammy and I take a morning walk before it gets unbearable. Heading east has…

Ehrenberg and Onward

March 15, 2017 |

On March 4th, I pack up camp at Borrego Springs, CA and head east to Ehrenberg, AZ. The drive on Borrego Salton Seaway towards Salton City is punctuated by a large ATV gathering that slows traffic considerably. Ah yes, now I remember why I try to avoid traveling on weekends… Going north to Indio on…

Quartzsite Part Two – Xscapers Convergence

January 27, 2017 |

On Tuesday the 17th I depart the RTR for another gathering taking place on the other side of town, the Xscapers Quartzsite Convergence. Xscapers is an extension of the Escapees RV Club that is aimed at working-age RVers. Membership in one gives you access to the other, they’re essentially the same thing – the ‘Xscapers’…

Social Time at the RTR

January 20, 2017 |

On the 8th, I take Julie back into Phoenix in the morning to drop her off at the airport. The sunrise as we’re getting ready to go is quite nice. We shower and have breakfast on the way. I leave her at Phoenix Sky Harbor with plenty of time to catch her flight, and I…

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