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Published on February 23, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

Wow! What a difference a day makes. Yesterday it was almost 90 degrees. All I felt like doing was sitting in the shade, sipping on a grape drink, wishing for a little breeze to come through. In the night the wind picked up until I was forced from my bed to roll up the awning

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Published on February 22, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

I was thinking today that I have become like the ancient cliff dwellers of the west who disappeared without a trace hundreds of years ago. They knew how to write in a fashion. We have found many pictographs of symbols and art they left on rocks and caves, but nothing that really tell us why

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Published on December 4, 2014, by admin in Adventure.

I rode my Time Machine into the past today. Even though it was just a little bit, I do feel younger. The trouble was when I had planned to stop at 4, and then realized it was only 3, my head was all messed up. I drove more miles today than I normally like. It

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It has been a fun trip to the bottom of Arizona. I’m not sure why but I had visions of this land as flat barren desert. It’s not like that at all. There are mountains, canyons, rolling hills of grasslands, and trees of all varieties. Some of the landscape is so rugged that border patrol

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Published on December 7, 2013, by admin in Adventure.

It was a windy Wednesday with deteriorating forecast for the next several days, but bright sunshine and rising temperatures gave me hope for a good hike. I unloaded my motorcycle at the visitors center and drove the van to the top of Montezuma Pass. My plan was to hike the trail from the pass down

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Published on December 6, 2013, by admin in Adventure.

Of all the dangers I faced while hiking the AT, I was never afraid of meeting a bear. In fact, I was eager to see one. Of course, the bears I encountered along the trail were at a safe distance, and not at all interested in me. Now, as I hiked a portion of the

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Published on November 27, 2013, by admin in Adventure.

There is an area of land north of Phoenix that is frequently written about in blogs by full-time RV travelers. Administered by the BLM and designated multi-use, it is available for many outdoor recreational activities, including hunting, off-road vehicle sports, and camping. Even though it is 40 miles from downtown and actually closer to Wickenburg

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Published on November 8, 2013, by admin in Adventure.

After five wonderful days at my brother Don’s home, I packed up and began my journey to AZ. I plan on going slow at first and then I may ease up a bit. I’m sorry, its just the way I travel. I had a great time with Don and family, they made me feel like

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Published on October 23, 2013, by admin in Adventure.

It sometimes amazes me how addicted I am to technology. I will pass up a beautiful campsite in the forest for a parking lot where I can charge my battery and get on the internet. Even the bloggers I read, always preaching solitude and enjoying the quiet of nature, are lost without their data signal.

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Published on October 11, 2013, by admin in Adventure.

Oregon has a lot of log trucks. It seems like half the traffic in the National Forests is long, log-loaded semis, twisting down narrow, two-lane roads to some unforeseen destination in the valley. And get out of their way because they’re really rolling and they don’t want to get behind some camper-van that is strolling

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Published on October 7, 2013, by admin in Adventure.

For the last few weeks I have been loosely following the Oregon Trail. Every few miles there are historic sites with information boards marking the early, westward route, and at all the roadside rest areas, billboards and literature describe the wild, wagon train adventure of families bound for Oregon and California in the mid1800’s. I

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Published on September 5, 2013, by admin in Adventure.

I had forgotten how bad the smell is when you drive by a feed lot in Colorado and Nebraska. You would think that I would be somewhat used to the odor after living on a farm for several years, but nothing can compare to the nastiness of those cow corals. My cows never smelled like

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Published on June 12, 2013, by admin in Adventure.

I pulled off the road a few miles south of Wikieup to spend the night and let my batteries charge. It was overcast all day, which helped with the heat but not the batteries, and I’m sure I ran them down too far by pushing on. I stopped in Needles for two hours and again

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Published on June 11, 2013, by admin in Adventure.

I camped for a few days in the Stanislaus National Forest about twenty miles north of Yosemite. It is a nice area of tall pines and secluded campsites with the shallow, cooling waters of the Middle Fork of the Tuolumne River only a few yards away. I never found any gold there but it was

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Published on June 6, 2013, by admin in Adventure.

If you could go up in a New York City skyscraper – say, to about floor forty – open a window and fearlessly step out on the ledge, you may be a canidate for the cable climb to Half Dome in Yosemite. I am not. I’m a little disappointed but I have no regrets. Carrie

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Published on May 20, 2013, by admin in Adventure.

I have had a wild time the last couple of days. You always think of things that can go wrong and wonder what you would do if it happened. I’m always in a place where cell signal is weak part of the time and non-existent for most of the time. Back roads and remote locations

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Published on May 19, 2013, by admin in Adventure.

For the last several days, I have been camped at a BLM wilderness site by the Merced River, a beautiful, remote area about 20 miles south of Yosemite National Park. There is no cell signal here. The surrounding mountains and high banks of the winding river block out all vestiges of civilization. Just the other

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Published on May 2, 2013, by admin in Adventure.

It has been quite some time since I last updated my blog, so I wrote this one very long to make up for it. Feel free to skim through if you want. Summer has come to the Southwest. Anza-Borrego State Park, the area where I’ve been using as my home base, has seen triple digit

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Published on April 21, 2013, by admin in Adventure.

There is a philosophy among nomads traveling on a budget, which states that you must save money in every way possible. But there is also the realization that to deprive yourself of every attraction, luxury, and new activity, makes no sense. There are just sometimes you have to bite the bullet and shell out the

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Published on April 14, 2013, by admin in Adventure.

It has been several days since I’ve updated my blog, and I have a couple of adventures I must record. At my age, it is easy to forget all the details that make this journal such an interesting read. I know you are anxiously awaiting every word, so here we go. For three days my

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Published on April 9, 2013, by admin in Adventure.

The weather was getting warmer each day so I decided to get to a higher elevation. I needed to do laundry, fill up on water, and pick up some groceries, so it seemed like a good time to move. I’m now at a campground north of Borrego Springs called Culp Valley, surrounded by hills and

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Published on March 28, 2013, by admin in Adventure.

I’m back camping on the Ogilby road near Yuma, AZ. I will only be here for a couple of days. I needed to make a trip into Mexico to buy some drugs… legal medications, of course… what were you thinking? As long as I had to drive back to the border, I took advantage of

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Published on March 6, 2013, by admin in Adventure.

I had an enjoyable two days at Roosevelt Lake. It is nice to go back to a campground where you know how to get around and are familiar with the area. So many times I have stopped at someplace, and a day later, found a nicer one. This time I drove in and parked like

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Published on February 17, 2013, by admin in Adventure.

I keep telling Richard that he should blog more often. He thinks everyone will be bored to hear about the things that he does everyday, reasoning that no one cares or will be interested, that it is just the same old same old, so why tell about it. I reminded him that we have gone

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Published on February 4, 2013, by admin in Adventure.

The afternoon weather has been delightful for several days now. There were some high clouds this morning, and tonight will be quite chilly, but every afternoon brings us sun and 70’s. It is the reason so many people call southern AZ their home for January and February. Yesterday we drove our motorcycles up Route 95

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Published on January 25, 2013, by admin in Adventure.

For the last few days I have been homesteading in Quartzsite, AZ. Well… homesteading may be a misleading term, but I have staked out a small piece of desert real estate where I have parked my house. No one seems to mind or even notice that I’m here – I’m only one of thousands of

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Published on January 6, 2013, by admin in Adventure.

Everytime you drive from Yuma to Quartzsite, you pass through a Border Patrol checkpoint. The Agents are always polite and nice, and I knows I have nothing to hide, but I still get a little nervous when I pull up. I think in the back of my mind I’m paranoid that I will act suspicious,

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Published on January 2, 2013, by admin in Adventure.

Yesterday was a gloomy day here in the desert. It’s quite unusual for gray, overcast sky to prevail for any length of time in the southwest, but prevail they did for almost the entire day. In the campground where I spent the night, rows of monster RV’s, with plates of black, shiny, solar panels reaching

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Published on January 2, 2013, by admin in Adventure.

I think I may have given you the wrong idea. There is no way, especially this time of year, that I’m even thinking of attempting a thruhike of the PCT. I know that’s what I said before I started the AT, but rest assured that, if nominated I will not hike. The PCT is a

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Just outside a desperate little town on the border between CA and Mexico there is a sign that announces the start of a 2600 mile footpath. The footpath, known as the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, traverses the entire western US from Mexico to Canada. Anyone that has hiked the AT can’t help but wonder

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