Apr 2014

Windy City

I am not sure Chicago has anything on Flagstaff when it comes to wind. I do know that as of right now, the month of April has been very windy in Flagstaff. Not only is it windy, the wind is a cold, brutal wind. Hiking, biking nor being outdoors in general are very pleasant because of the strong winds. Some people tell us the wind is only a problem in spring and will be gone by May. Others tell us that the wind is always an issue in Flagstaff. I know am ready for it to subside. Read More...

Spring Snow Storm

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Friday Mary wore shorts and a short sleeve shirt to work. Moxie and I walked in the woods without a jacket. During the night a storm moved in. The wind howled and the RV rocked with the wind. Saturday morning we awoke to a snow/sleet mix. The temperature did not get above freezing all day, the wind gusted up to fifty miles per hour and the snow/sleet mixture fell all day. Read More...

RV Shopping

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There are some really nice looking new RVs on the market. Ever so often I decide to look at them. Ours is not getting any younger and we would like a little more living space. The new fifth-wheels offer more living space, better insulation, dishwashers, huge TVs on lifts that raise them out of a cabinet when you want to watch, sound systems with large subwoofers, fireplaces and lots of bells and whistles. All of these things (except the insulation) come at the expense of compactness and indoor storage. Read More...

Not Sure About Flagstaff

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The verdict is still out concerning Flagstaff. We like all the public lands, the beauty of the area, the sunshine, the proximity to National Parks, etc., but so far we have not found much we love about the town. We are trying to remain positive and keep thinking we just haven’t found the right areas. Read More...

Grand Canyon National Park

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Moxie and I got up and went for our usual morning walk. We are still trying to find our way around the maze of national forest trails behind the RV park. We generally walk about a mile and a half or two miles exploring before trying to find our way back home. Finding our way is pretty easy. Mt. Elden is to our west, the sunrise and RV park is east, the Grand Canyon is north and Flagstaff south. Read More...

Hello Flagstaff

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We arrived in Flagstaff two days ago. The manager at Greer’s Pine Shadow RV Park helped us select an RV site and showed us around the park. Greer’s is not the nicest park we have stayed in, but it is the best available in Flagstaff and it seems safe and friendly. We have a site with a privacy fence at the edge of our front yard. The park backs up to Coconino National Forest and there are miles and miles of trails. Read More...

Hot Day in Death Valley

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Ninety-five degrees in the desert is really hot. Thankfully we were able to get an RV site with hookups so we can have air conditioning and a shower. We also have a few trees, a swimming pool and a general store with ice cream, so we really can’t complain. However, none of that helps when hiking. Read More...

Exploring Death Valley

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We have gone from winter to summer - on Wednesday we were hiking in six inches of snow. Today the temperature in Death Valley was eighty-eight degrees with the sun beating down. This morning we headed to Golden Canyon for a hike. About a mile and a half into the hike, Mary looked terrible. Mary has been having trouble with vertigo. Read More...

GPS Knows Best????

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Before going to bed last night, Mary and I were looking at our computer software program that routes the RV for us when we are traveling. The software considers the size of our RV and maps out the best way for us to go places. The gps in the truck and car lead us along that route to our next destination. We generally just accept that the route the software and gps select for the RV is best. We got the gps and software after getting ourselves in to difficult situations involving very narrow roads and low bridges so we tend not to question the wisdom of the gps. Read More...

Not For Us

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We had considered Reno/Sparks as a potential relocation spot but were concerned about the casinos and other things that go along with that type of environment. We had several people tell us that it is a great place with lots of outdoor recreation. We decided to check out Reno/Sparks on this trip.
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Northern California

IMG_0553Moxie and I watched the sunrise in Northern California this morning. We spent the night in a tiny little nondescript town in a rural area of Northern California. After packing up the RV yesterday morning, we took it to Jerry’s RV Service to be checked out. While the RV was being serviced, we decided we would go try to find the elusive Arnold Ice Cave once again before leaving town (we have been trying to find Arnold Ice Cave for weeks with no luck).
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Farewell Bend

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We awoke to a beautiful spring snow storm on our last day in Bend. Thinking about leaving Bend is difficult. We have made lots of friends and have been very happy here. Bend ranks at the top of the list of our favorite places and we are sad to be leaving. Bend has a cosmopolitan, outdoorsy vibe that really suits us. That being said, there are so many places to go, people to meet and things to do that it is time for us to move on. Read More...