The Great Basin: Along the Loneliest Road in America

The Great Basin: Along the Loneliest Road in America

The Great Basin encompasses most of Nevada and parts of Oregon, Idaho and Utah with a small section of California.  The western edge is the mighty Sierra Mountains and ends to the east with the Wasatch Mountains in Utah.  Most of the water never finds it’s way to a sea, but collects in salt lakes, marshes or mud flats then simply evaporates into the dry desert air.  The Great Basin is actually made up of many basins separated by steep…

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Hiking in the Anza-Borrego State Park

Hiking in the Anza-Borrego State Park

As I mentioned in the previous post, Anza-Borrego State Park is 600,000 acres of rugged mountains, harsh badlands and dangerous, sneaky plant and wildlife.  Most “trails” are completely unmarked.  Some of our best hikes were discovered by talking with others who were familiar with the area.  We would have never have discovered them on our own.  I can only think of one trail that we hiked that was pretty easy to follow from start to finish.  During the majority of…

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Anza-Borrego State Park – Not for wussies

Anza-Borrego State Park – Not for wussies

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, located in the Colorado Desert of Southern California, is 600,000 acres of the most beautiful, rugged land we have seen so far.  Everything about this place is harsh, from the rugged, rocky mountains and hot, dry weather with crazy wind gusts that come out of nowhere to the rattle snakes, scorpions and plant life filled with thorns just waiting to stick, stab or cut you. In all our years of hiking out west, we never ran…

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Southwest Arizona – Tucson

Southwest Arizona – Tucson

Visited:  December 5th -12th, 2016. For me, Arizona is one of the most incredible states in the US.  I love the harsh and crazy environment of the desert.  I’m a panoramic view kind of guy and ever since we hit the Chihuahuan desert coming across Texas, I have not been able to get rid of the smile on my face.  I absolutely love the wide open spaces, mountains and diversity of the desert.  Even during the heat of the summer,…

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The progression of our off-grid electrical system

The progression of our off-grid electrical system

Warning: I went full geek on this one!   One of the big reasons to boondock for an extended period of time is to be able to experience nature in wide open spaces right from your RV.  The other of course is saving $30-$50 a night for camping. We want to limit how many campsites that we have to park like this… … and do more camping like this: The modifications that we have made over the past 8 months…

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Big Bend National Park, Texas

Big Bend National Park, Texas

The Big Bend area of Texas is a magical place. Based on the sheer size of the park, the incredible landscape and most importantly the way fewer yearly visitors, I put Big Bend ahead of the Grand Canyon on the Wow factor scale.  Just getting to Big Bend feels like you left the planet or entered a new dimension.  The National Park is a long way from any significant size city.  After leaving Pedernales Falls State Park and once you…

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Our First 100 days – What life is really like!

Our First 100 days – What life is really like!

Where do we put this thing? We’re free! Nobody to tell us what to do anymore, we can do what ever we want, when ever we want! ERRRRRRNT. There is only one problem.  We are dragging around a 33 foot, 11,500 pound anchor, that at the end of each day needs to be parked somewhere. Don’t get me wrong, once we are parked, set up and kicking back to relax, having a large 5th wheel with all the conveniences of…

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Destination – Texas State Parks – Part II

Destination – Texas State Parks – Part II

South Llano River State Park – Visited November 20th. We were going to get kicked out of Pedernales Falls as they were already booked for the weekend.  Somehow we were able to book the Thursday and Friday night before Thanksgiving week at South Llano River State Park, but then we had to leave as it was full until after Thanksgiving weekend.  Turns out this park is a winter turkey roost.  The Park blocked off the roosting area and the Rangers…

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Destination – Texas State Parks – Part I

Destination – Texas State Parks – Part I

Once we left the Gulf Shores, our goal was to reach San Diego by December 17th.  Our secondary goal was to spend a week visiting Big Bend National Park.  After reading other travel blogs we decided it would be a good idea to wait until after Thanksgiving week to drop down into no-mans land as this is one of the busiest weeks for the park.  We ended up spending nearly a month in Texas visiting six State Parks heading into…

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Destination – Gulf Shores, Alabama

Destination – Gulf Shores, Alabama

From Gulf Shores down through the pan handle of Florida, the soft, white sand beaches dominate the coast.  Thank you to Alabama for creating the Gulf State Park, to allow us ordinary folks to enjoy the beauty of the area.  Between the Gulf State Park and the National Shoreline Recreation Area, there are plenty of public beach access points for the budget minded traveler to enjoy the ocean and catch a sunset or two. We ended up staying at the…

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