Camping on a Gold Mine

January 26, 2016 |

January 21, Thursday Field trip! So, one of our number at the Xscapers convergence here at Dome Rock just outside of Quartzsite is a bonafide tour guide. He works 6 months on, 6 months off and is currently theoretically off, but I guess when out taking a walk he happened upon a fellow who is…

Hill Hike and the Big Tent

January 22, 2016 |

January 19, Tuesday With the initial burst of social activities and chores now behind, I find myself with a reasonable chunk of free time and no set plan. Some exploring is in order. Behind camp, the dirt road ends in large wash which is the end of the line for RVers. ATVs however were made…

Xscapers Convergence

January 19, 2016 |

The second gathering on my whirlwind tour of Quartzsite happens to be just down the road from the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous, the drive over with Bertha and Cas was only about ten minutes. I’m going to the Xscapers convergence. Readers may have noticed in the right-hand column of IO, near the bottom, an icon that…

First Thoughts on Boondocking

January 15, 2016 |

My first day boondocking. I’ve been waiting for this experience since I first started dreaming about full-timing five years ago. When I purchased Cas and Bertha, I had fully intended to buy solar equipment and other boondocking gear at the start, but then I decided I couldn’t take it at my vet tech job any…

Quartzsite and the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous

January 12, 2016 |

During the summer, Quartzsite, AZ is nothing out of the ordinary. A dusty little pit stop not far from the boarder of California along I10 where one can get gas on the way to more interesting (and cooler!) locations. But during the winter, thousands of RVers descend upon this unassuming town and vendors arrive from…

Conclusion of a Marathon

January 9, 2016 |

Wednesday, January 6th When I run into Walmart this morning to use the bathroom (conserve those tanks!) and buy a couple things, “Life is a Highway” is playing over the store sound system. I take it as a sign that I made the right decision not to wait to get the fridge fixed. I depart…

Petrified Forest National Park, AZ

January 17, 2015 |

Friday, January 9 So long, Joshua Tree! Julie and I get up ‘early’ (around 8:30) and climb around on the boulders adorning Indian Cove Campground for a time. Site # 1 next to us was reserved last night and when we went to bed, no one had shown up yet. It’s still empty this morning,…

Lake Mead and Hoover Dam

October 15, 2014 |

Monday, October 6 (continued) It’s not a long drive from Valley of Fire to Lake Mead. Tonight’s stop is Lake Mead RV Village at Boulder Beach, it’s quite a mouthful. The RV park here is nothing special. It’s large with numerous RV sites set up in various “streets”. Site are concrete with gravel between them,…

Grand Canyon Revisited

September 16, 2014 |

Thursday, September 11 Julie and I are up bright and early today to revisit the north rim of the Grand Canyon. When I drove out there a couple weeks ago, my visit was cut short by thunderstorms and I didn’t get to do any of the hiking I’d wanted to. Today’s forecast is sunny and…

Morning Drive

September 10, 2014 |

A full moon hangs low in the west, playing through wisps of cloud left over from the rain earlier in the night. In front of the truck, huge black sentinels jut up into the heavens, indistinct and back lit. The truck rounds a bend, and the here the sentinels jump into detail where the moonlight…

The North Rim

August 20, 2014 |

  Monday, August 18 I’m excited! It’s time to cross half of the last big local destination off my list: the Grand Canyon. It’s a 107 mile drive from the campground to the north rim, the south rim is even further and one has to detour far to the east to make it around, making…

New Mexico to Utah

June 25, 2014 |

Saturday, June 21 After leaving the TA in Moriarty, NM, I get back on I40. Immediately I see some tall hills rising above the flat terrain and I wonder if the road is going to go around or through them. Very soon I have my answer. After a long if not very steep climb, Bertha…

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