Night Falls on Colorado

October 10, 2018 | 22

September 23, Sunday Last night was my first night sleeping in the Hiker Trailer, and I underestimated how many layers I’d need under me when sleeping. It’s getting quite cold at night here in Leadville, CO. Eventually I’ll get a custom sized mattress, but I wanted to wait to order until I figured out the…

Leadville Color and a Busy Two Days

October 4, 2018 | 35

September 13 (continued) After setting up camp just west of Leadville, CO, Kelly and I take her truck down to Twin Lakes where the aspen are in full color. Locals say autumn is about two weeks early this year due to the drier weather. Which makes sense to me, the same thing happened in Wisconsin…

Finding Fall at 10,000 Feet

September 20, 2018 | 17

After the official Xscapers Convergence in Redmond, OR concludes on August 26, the unofficial post-convergence convergence runs in nearby Sisters, OR, for another almost two weeks. During that time I drive to Ashland, OR to visit a dear friend, try paddle boarding for the first time, attend a concert in Bend, and spend the rest…

Almost Fearless (and Casita Sale Announcement!)

September 6, 2018 | 21

August 23, Thursday “Oh please let this work, oh please let this work…” Runs my internal monologue as I turn the key in Bertha and start her up for a test run into the Cascades. Yesterday I got her into a shop here in Redmond, OR where they diagnosed a leaking hose as the cause…

Mt Rainier and Mt Hood

August 23, 2018 | 11

August 7, Tuesday Mt Rainier, finally! I get up in the morning and check the weather for my current camping location near Randle, WA. Another hot day, low 90’s perfect. It’ll be much more pleasant up in the mountains, I’ll be effectively escaping the heat. 12 climbs steadily out of the valley heading east, and…

Above the Clouds

August 9, 2018 | 16

On the weekend of July 14th, fellow Xscaper and solo full-timer Amber comes out to join Joni and I at Hoh Oxbow Campground, in the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. We record a video together (which will be going up on YouTube soon), and have a good couple evenings chatting. On Monday July 16th, Joni and…

Traveling Up the Coast

July 31, 2018 | 35

Note: blog time has fallen quite a ways behind real time, I am no longer near any of the place I’m writing about today! July 8, Sunday Coastal Oregon is not the easiest place to find free camping, especially on a summer weekend. After leaving Joni’s friend’s property after a nice quiet 4th of July,…

North to Oregon (Finally!)

July 11, 2018 | 24

Last travelogue left off with me arriving back in Fresno, CA by plane after a two week family road trip by car. After picking truck and trailer back up, I spent a night in a Walmart parking lot nearby, then set my sights north to Oregon. It might seem strange to head back up to…

Family Road Trip: Columbia River and Mt St. Helens

June 26, 2018 | 14

This is part 4 of my two week, no RV, family road trip, travelogue. If you’ve missed any of the previous parts (part 1, part 2, part 3), you’ll want to read those first! June 5, Tuesday Yesterday was spent visiting relatives here in Oregon. But today my parents, brother, and I are up early…

Family Road Trip: Redwood and Crater Lake National Parks

June 19, 2018 | 10

This is part 3 of my two week, no RV, family road trip, travelogue. If you haven’t read part 1 and part 2 yet, you’ll want to do that first! June 1, Friday The drive from our hotel at Fort Bragg, CA to Redwood National and State Parks isn’t terribly long, and we get more…

Family Road Trip: Yosemite National Park and Highway 1

June 15, 2018 | 20

This is part 2 of my two week, no RV, family road trip, travelogue. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, you’ll want to do that first! May 28, Monday The drive from Merced, CA to Yosemite National Park on 140 is a bit long, but the scenery is nice. Being Memorial Day, the park…

Family Road Trip: Sequoia National Park

June 11, 2018 | 29

After the Grand Canyon, I point Bertha’s nose back west and quickly retrace my route earlier this spring along I40 to Keyesville Rec Area in Lake Isabella, CA. There I spend six days working hard so that I can have my two weeks of vacation relatively work-free. “Wait, vacation? Isn’t your whole life like a…

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