Great Yellowstone Adventure Part 3: Hellroaring Canyon and Shoshone Basin

September 10, 2019 | 18

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…

Back to the US

June 18, 2019 | 34

I slowly tick off the ‘lasts’ in Costa Rica. My last evening volunteer shift. My last time out surfing. My last home cooked meal from Randy. Before I know it, it’s my last day at Wild Sun Rescue Center. May 26 to 28th, Sunday – Tuesday When you do everything together with a small group…

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…

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…

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