RV Life

Adios Anchorage

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We arrived in Anchorage on Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) and checked in to the finest RV park in Anchorage. Alaska is part of the the United States, but in many ways it is a different country. The finest RV park in Anchorage (the biggest city in Alaska) has very tight unlevel dirt sites with only 30 amp electrical hookups. Read More...

Blue Angels

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For the past week, we have watched and listened to jets flying over the RV for hours every day. This is not like what you hear from passenger airplanes - this is so loud it shakes the rv. About midweek we put two and two together and realized that we were watching the Blue Angels along with other jets practicing for an airshow at the military base that is about 3 miles from us (as the crow flies). Read More...

Life in the Schoolyard

We found a unique opportunity in Anchorage. We are school stewards at the largest school in the state. Being a school steward is the best volunteer position we have ever held. As a school steward, we live in the school parking lot. The school provides us with electrical hookup, water hookup and wifi (which we don't need because we have our own). Our duties are very simple - we live in the school parking lot and notify authorities if there is a problem. We provide weekly pumping out of our sewage tanks ($40 - this is our choice some people take their RV to a dump station and dump the tanks as needed). The school gets a human presence on campus and we get a great place to live for three months with our only cost being $40 a week which is less than one night in an RV park. Read More...

Cheryl's Visit

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Earlier this year Cheryl (my younger sister) said she was going to visit us if we went to Alaska. Lots of people say they are going to visit us but fewer than half actually do visit. Cheryl hates being cold and the last place in the United States that I would expect her to visit us is in Alaska. However, Cheryl arrived from Charlotte, NC on June 9th. Even though it is summer, we made sure that her bed had an electric mattress pad on it so she would be warm. I also pulled out my winter clothes and jackets so she would have extra clothing if she got cold. She did not arrive until 10:00 PM (which was 2:00 AM in Cheryl's time zone). When we got to the RV I showed her how to operate the electric mattress pad and to turn on the fireplace if she got cold under the down comforter and fleece blankets on her bed. Read More...

Alaska Update

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We have been in Alaska for a month. It is warmer than we had anticipated and the weather has been beautiful. Things are turning green and flowers are blooming in the woods and in yards. One of the most prolific bloomers smells lovely and has beautiful white flowers. These trees are everywhere in the woods and in peoples yards. I liked them so much that I looked on the Internet to find out what they were. Come to find out, they are Chokecherry trees which is an invasive species that is deadly to moose. After finding out about the trees, I don't think they are so pretty anymore.
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Week One in Alaska

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Thank goodness for GPS. We are still trying to find our way around Anchorage both on foot/bike and in vehicles. We have found grocery stores, a laundry mat, a car wash and other necessities. We also have a mailbox at the UPS store; hopefully we will be able to find the UPS store again so we can get our mail. Read More...

Free Advice & Observations - Worth Every Penny

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This post is for RVers planning their first trip from the lower 48 to Alaska. We crossed the Canadian border on April 21 and arrived in Anchorage on May 5th. My first piece of advice is to purchase the latest issue of The Milepost before leaving home. Use the book to help you plan your route. There are some things the book does not tell you - dates a campground is open, which are the nicer options for RV parks, etc. Good Sams RV Park Finder was very helpful for finding info about the RV parks along the way. In addition to using The Milepost for planning, we used it every single day of our journey to check for diesel fuel locations and what we could expect along the way. Read More...

Anchorage

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No one would ever describe our lives as boring, but occasionally things get a little more exciting than we like. Today was one of those days. We got up this morning anxious to start finding our way around Anchorage. I wanted to go by the school we will be baby-sitting for the summer (through the Camper Host program) and Mary wanted to go by REI and check-in. Read More...

Tok, AK to Anchorage, AK

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I wish I could say the road conditions from Tok to Anchorage were good, but they were not. It was another day filled with frost heaves, potholes, long gravel sections, and road construction. The scenery on the drive was beautiful and we saw several moose and trumpeter swans. I'm not sure any of that makes up for the road conditions. The good news is that on our way back to the lower 48 we will get the worst driving days over at the beginning of the trip. Read More...

Day Four & Five on the Alaska Highway

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We decided to take a rest day in Whitehorse, YT. Whitehorse is quite the city. Mary says it a town because of it's population (about 28,000) but I say it is a city because everything is relative. The population of the entire Yukon is about 37,000. Whitehorse has a Walmart, public transportation, a prison, an airport (you can get to Whitehorse from anywhere), multiple fast food establishments, government buildings, paved roads, parking meters and lots of things that make it a city instead of a town. Besides that it is all relative and in the Yukon Territories, Whitehorse is the one and only city. Read More...

Day Three on the Alaska Highway

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Moxie and I got up about 5:30 this morning so we could go for a walk around the lake. We were on the trail by 6:00. Moxie loves her morning walks. The first half of the walk was between the lake and the back of businesses along the highway. About a fourth of the way into the hike we entered into a wooded area which continued throughout the remainder of the hike. The hike was a couple of miles long and at one point I wondered about wild animals in the area - especially since we were out early and that is when the wild animals like to eat their breakfast. Read More...

Day Two on the Alaska Highway

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Today was probably the very best day we have ever had on the road. It started with breakfast at the Triple G Getaway in Fort Nelson. We were seated at the bar on stools made from horse saddles. Mary was taking pictures and one of the staff told her that to take pictures she had to have a hat and a beer in her hand. We were the first customers of the 2016 season and before we left we knew everyone who worked at the place and had agreed to come back.

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Day One on the Alaska Highway

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The next morning, we took some time to clean out our sewage tanks (since we had not been able to do that since we left West Yellowstone. One thing I am picky about is keeping those tanks clean - I know it drives Mary crazy that I am so picky about it, but we do not have any issues with odors or clogs that so many RVer have. We met some people from Knoxville, TN in the RV park that were also heading to Alaska. The were searched at the Canadian border.
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Milepost 0 - The Alaska Highway

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We left Jasper and headed to Grande Prairie, Alberta. In Jasper all the deciduous trees had leaves on them. By the time we got to Grand Prairie the trees were just starting to bud out. The road between Jasper and Grand Prairie is a logging road and The Milepost (a book published each year for people driving to Alaska) did not recommend it, however, we talked to some people from Grande Prairie who were pulling an RV larger than ours and they said the road was fine. Taking the road shortened our travel by several hours. Read More...

Jasper, Alberta

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Jasper has certainly put its best foot forward for us. We have met friendly locals who happily recommend restaurants, bike trails and hikes to us. The weather has been outstanding - warm sunny days. While Jasper National Park's winter RV campground could use some updating at least it is open and provides electricity.

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Creature Comforts

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Since we left Boise on April 17th, we have slowly been giving up creature comforts. We have not had TV since we left Boise. On April 21st, we crossed the border into Canada and lost wifi (the wifi we have for the RV is only good in the US). At the campground in Banff, there was a faucet so we could fill our water tank when we arrived and a dump station where we could empty our tanks when we left. This means we had running water in the RV. While there was no water or sewage at our campsite and getting water and emptying our tanks took a bit of effort, we did have a working water system in the RV. Read More...

On to Alberta, Canada

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Leaving Yellowstone did not start out too well. The truck developed some odd electrical issue while sitting in West Yellowstone - it had no lights and the fuel gauge read zero (Mary was sure it had 3/4 tank of fuel). When the truck has no lights, the RV has no lights. We figured it must be a fuse issue so we got out the manual, found the fuse box and realized that there were way to many fuses for us to start messing with and according to the manual you had to disconnect the battery to check some of the fuses. Read More...

Go!!!!!

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Here is the most up to date route plan. Of course things are always subject to change along the way. We do not have a time table for travel, but we have figured out that we will be driving at least eleven days (perhaps more depending on what we find along the way). We have tentatively planned stops, but no set days for arriving at those locations. Read More...

Farewell to Boise

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We have spent an extended time in a lot of place and enjoyed all of them. Boise is special in many ways. Of all the places we have been, we have made more friends in Boise. Boise offers all the things we look for in a place to settle down for a while - mountain biking, skiing / snowboarding, hiking, kayaking. Read More...

Set...

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We are to the point where the "to do list" is getting shorter rather than longer. Every time we relocate, I make a list of things that have to be done before we can move on. As we do things, we think of more things that must be done and for a long time no matter how many things we check off the list, the list gets longer. I am always pleased when the list starts getting shorter. Read More...

Ready.....

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Within a week, we will be back on the road. In keeping with our fluid (as opposed to static) planning, we know where we are going, we just don't know how we are going to get there. We have had a planned route for a couple of weeks, but based on new info found on the Internet, we are looking at changing our route. A warmer winter in Canada means the route through Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper is in good shape and a few campgrounds are open. Read More...

Melancholy & Excitement

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There are many things we love about our vagabond lifestyle. We love going new places, seeing new things and meeting new people. We have met many people and made many friends on the road. Despite what we see, hear and read in the media, we have come to realize that 98% of people in this country are wonderful human beings. The great majority of people we have met are caring, compassionate and doing the best they can to take care of themselves. Read More...

Trip Planning

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In general, I think I am pretty good at trip planning. Mary and I have also become quite adapt at winging it with a thirty-nine foot fifth-wheel and a monster truck. Our comfort with both of these things and a desire to visit Alaska led to our decision to make Alaska our next destination.

Our initial thought was "no big deal" we have driven across the lower forty-eight many times, we can handle a long drive. Mary immediately started looking for things we might want to see/do in Alaska. I started looking at the logistics of making the trip. Read More...

Some of the Reasons we Love Boise

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We have been in Boise for about six months now. This is our second time in Boise (we were here for twelve months four years ago) and we are still amazed at all Boise has to offer.

One of the first things we noticed about Boise is the low cost of living. Our spot at the RV park is less than half the cost of a similar spot in other places we have visited and the park has more amenities. Read More...

Relocating to Boise, ID

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We left the RV and Moxie in Missoula while we were in Canada. Our plan was to drive from Banff to Missoula where we would pick up the RV and Moxie and then drive from Missoula to Boise. Both drives took longer than we anticipated and we ended up spending two nights on the road instead of one. Of course we did take the scenic route and that took a little extra time, but the drive was beautiful. Read More...

Missing Missoula

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Living a nomadic lifestyle means saying goodbye more often than living a stationary life. Saying goodbye is never fun, so every transition we make is a melancholic experience. For me, leaving Missoula is particularly sad because this is my third time spending months in Missoula. I have established friendships here. I have favorite places and many things I love to do here. Read More...

Visiting Family & Making Repairs

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Yesterday was a fun day. We drove up to Flathead Lake to visit my cousin Kelly and his wife, Sandy, at their place on the lake. On the way we drove past the beautiful Mission Mountain Range and the National Bison Range. The place on the lake is an old farm house that has been redone to some degree - the farm house charm still remains. There is also a large building that has been added to provide garage storage and sleeping quarters for guests. Read More...

Sunshine and Warm Temps

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Although it is still getting below freezing at night, the last few days have been warm. The RV, truck and car all got a bath yesterday. All the dirt collected driving over 2500 miles has been washed away. I suspect all vehicles weight a few pounds less. Read More...

Really!?!?!?!

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As unbelievable as it is, we have another issue with the RV. The other morning I got up and noticed the clock on the microwave was not on. I checked breaker, GFI outlets and such. Finally decide to check the dedicated outlet that the microwave/convection oven is plugged into. There was no power from the outlet. Read More...

Settling In

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Yesterday was grocery shopping and laundry day mixed in with a little exploring around town. I spent some time in Missoula years ago and perhaps should know my way around, but was glad to have the GPS to help me out yesterday. Read More...

Day 6 - NC to MT

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Driving the last two days was difficult at best. The wind gusts made it difficult to tow the RV and the wind in and around kayaks on top of the car made the car very loud and difficult to control. Compared to the drive across South Dakota and Wyoming, today's drive was a pleasure. Read More...

Day 5 - NC to MT

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We woke up this morning hoping to get on the road early to avoid some of the predicted wind. By 8:00 we had eaten breakfast, drained the holding tanks, disconnected the water, put Moxie in the car and started the truck so it could warm up. It was brutally cold and the wind was blowing about thirty-five miles per hour. Unhooking things had been very uncomfortable because of the wind and temperature. Read More...

Day 4 - NC to MT

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It was sixty-two degrees when I woke up this morning. Moxie and I went for a pre-dawn walk without a coat. By the time the sun came up the temperature had dropped ten degrees and the wind was gusting at forty plus miles an hour. I knew Mary would not be sleeping much longer because of the way my tea was sloshing in my cup. Being in an RV when the wind is gusting can be a little scary because the RV rocks in the wind.
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Day 3 - NC to MT

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The good looking girl in the photo is my copilot and walking buddy, Moxie. We were up before the sun this morning. We went for a long walk. Moxie enjoyed running through the corn fields smelling all the smells. We were back at the RV park before Mary even thought about getting out of bed.
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Day 2 - NC to MT

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Last night before going to bed, I pulled out the info on the RV toilet that came with the RV. I think I discovered the problem. I sent an email to our RV dealer in NC begging for help. This morning I had an email telling me that there was not much they could do from afar, but give me the phone number for Cedar Creek customer service and tell me to call them.

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Day 1 - NC to MT

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Last night we hitched up the RV to the truck. Mary generally does not hitch up, but she was driving the truck and appeared to be lined up so I motioned her to come on back - "POP" right into the hitch on the first try. I don't know who was more impressed, Mary or me. To celebrate, and because there was no food in the house, we went out to dinner. In yesterday's blog there was a photo of kayaks on top of the car….. Read More...

Last Day at Home

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Today is our last day at home for a while. We leave for Montana in the morning - 2300 miles away. Today was spent cleaning house, finishing loading the RV, etc. Moxie knows we are leaving soon and becomes anxious every time one of us heads toward the door. Mary worked at REI today. We hitched up the RV after she got off work. When we go to bed this evening we will be ready to go. All we will have to do in the morning is go to the storage lot, get in the truck and head west. Read More...

The Quest

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In my never ending quest to find an inexpensive, clean and safe place to live, I found an "RV lot" listed in the Missoula Craigslist for under $300 a month. In my mind, a spot to park an RV should not cost more than $300 a month; after all, we are talking about a reasonably flat piece of property at least 20 feet wide by 60 feet long with an electrical box, a water faucet, and a hole in which to connect a sewer hose. How expensive can that be???? Read More...

The Excitement Builds

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Moxie knows we are packing up and getting ready to go. She checks out everything we put in the car to take to the RV. I suppose she is making sure that her things are being packed. Moxie seems to really enjoy RV living. The new RV will give Moxie a little more space for her belongings. She has a closet for her dog food, bones, treats, jackets, etc. Moxie has a bed in the living room right beside the recliner, and she has very nice sleeping quarters in the walk-in closet in the bedroom. Read More...

Time Marches On

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We plan to be on the road one week from today (next Sunday). We will spent this week packing the RV, clearing stuff out of the house, doing last minute things, and best of all spending time with friends and family. Mary works four days this week including Friday and Saturday before we plan to leave Sunday morning. This means we need to be very close to ready to go by Thursday. Read More...

Packing Up / Cleaning Out

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We are in the process of packing the RV, planning our trip, and preparing the house to be rented. We are doing this with a few handicaps. Mary tore her Achilles tendon snowboarding and has been out of work and in a cast for the past six weeks. She has tried to help with packing and cleaning out the house as much as she can. Keenan is without a nanny so I have been and will continue to go to Creedmoor (4 hours away) to help with Keenan. We are also trying to spend as much time as possible with friends and family before we leave town the end of this month. Ready or not, we will leave town by the end of the month.
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Maiden Voyage

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The Cedar Creek had been sitting in storage long enough. Mary nor I had anything pressing on our calendar for the next three days. We started weighing the issues with taking the RV for a mini trip. It is winterized - the hot water tank is empty, all water lines have been blown out, there is antifreeze in all the traps, all storage tanks are empty. If we take it out we either will not have any water or we will have to de-winterize it and then re-winterize it when the mini-trip is over. Read More...

Cedar Creek 32RL

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On Monday morning we headed to the storage lot to get our old RV and take it to Tom Johnson’s Camping Center where we would trade it for a new RV. When we arrived at the storage lot the truck that we tow the RV with would not start. We call Good Sam Roadside Service and notified Tom Johnson’s Camp Center that we were going to be late. As we waited for help, I told Mary that the truck not starting was the SeaBreeze saying she didn’t want to leave us. Read More...

Happy Trails to the SeaBreeze

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In everyone’s life there are defining moments. One of ours was the moment we bought the SeaBreeze. We didn’t realized it at the time we made the purchase. The realization came later when we began living a nomadic life.

After years of research and searching for the perfect RV, we found the SeaBreeze by accident. Read More...

The Decision to Buy

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In 2012 we decided that it was time to either look for a new RV, stop RVing full-time, or spend a lot of money on the SeaBreeze and still be lacking features that we wanted / needed. The 2001 SeaBreeze lacks the new electronic things that make RVing easier and safer. We looked and looked and looked at new RVs. All were larger than the SeaBreeze (we did not want larger). All had more floor space and amenities that would make driving, setting up, and performing routine maintenance easier and safer (we wanted all of those things).

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A New RV!!!

We have been looking for a replacement RV for our beloved 2001 SeaBreeze 5th Wheel for several years. We could not find anything that did not require compromises that we were unwilling to make. Those compromised included quality of appliances, cabinets, countertops, etc; interior storage space; insulation; etc. Read More...

Watoga State Park, West Virginia

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After a few weeks at home working on projects we decided to take the RV to Watoga State Park in West Virginia. Our friends Dickey and Emily decided to join us in their RV. Wattage State Park was one of the very first trips we took with the RV. I had forgotten how long it took to get there and how curvy and hilly the last hour of the trip was. Read More...

Farewell Flagstaff

A change in circumstances has us leaving Flagstaff a few months before we had planned to leave. Mary has been having back pain for over a year. Various doctors and physical therapist have tried to fix it with pain meds, steroids, exercise and so forth. Nothing made a difference. Read More...

RV Friends

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One of the nice things about RVing is that we meet a lot of people. Most of those people are quickly forgotten or remain acquaintances, a few become friends and some become special friends that we stay in touch with and make an effort to reconnect with in other places and at other times. Two of those friends came to Flagstaff this week. Our friendship picked up right where it left off in Bend, OR. 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...

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...

Final Weeks in Bend, Oregon

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Our time in Bend is coming down to the wire. We are to the point where every minute with friends is precious and everything we do is spectacular. In addition to playing and spending time with friends, we are also packing and getting the RV ready to go to Flagstaff. Getting the RV ready to go is a little more complex than usual because of the extra things we did to keep the RV warm and water flowing in below zero temperatures. Read More...

Winter in Central Oregon

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According to historical weather data December and January are the coldest months of the year in Central Oregon. Average high temperatures are around forty and lows are around twenty. This year winter began with an Arctic Blast that resulted in high temperatures in the single digits and lows as cold as -27 for over a week.


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Dee Wright Observatory

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Dee Wright Observatory is located at the top of McKenzie Pass. It was built from lava rock during the Great Depression and is surrounded by a large lava flow. The structure is built so that each opening in the wall showcases one of the surrounding mountains. McKenzie Pass follows an 1860 wagon road. The route was cut through the sixty-five square mile lava flow. Read More...

Too Much Time

Having too much time on my hands and not enough to do leaves me too much time to think. Mary says when I have too much time to think I come up with too many projects for us to do. My projects often mean work for Mary.

It is the last day of April and the temperature was in the teens this morning. Seeing the temperature every morning has made me start thinking about how we are going to keep warm in the winter. Read More...

Squeeky Clean

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Since we arrived in Boise the first week in April, Mary and I have talked about getting the RV washed. Most RV parks have someone who comes through during the summer that will wash RVs for exorbitant prices. Our plan was to just deal with the dirt until summer. Read More...

Sunny Bend

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Bend claims to have three hundred days of sunshine a year. I am hoping this is true, because Bend is certainly beautiful when the sun is shining. We have been in Bend for a week and a half. We have been filling our onboard fresh water tank and unhooking the RV park water each night because of freezing temperatures. Mary did not want to winterize our water hose until September and has steadfastly insisted that it is going to get warmer. Read More...

Trader Joe's

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If you have a Trader Joe’s near you and you do not shop there, you are missing out. We bought some frozen almond croissants from Trader Joe’s because we both love almond croissants. We put them out to rise for several hours and then cooked them. They were delicious. You will not find the name brands that you see on TV at Trader Joe’s, nor will you find a huge store. Trader Joe’s carries a wide variety of products and everything we have gotten from Trader Joe’s has been great. Read More...

Moving Day

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Our RV park has a dog park and an adjoining natural area where dogs can run off leash. Moxie particularly likes the natural area. The RV site we were initially assigned is about a block and a half from the dog park and natural area. This morning we noticed that a site closer to the dog park and natural area had come open. The site is farther away from the entrance of the RV park (which means less traffic). Mary went to the office to ask if we could move to the open site. Read More...

Home Alone

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Moxie and I were home alone for half the day today - Mary went to work. Moxie and I slept late and went for a long walk in the open space that adjoins the RV park. When we got home from our walk, it was warm enough for us to sit outside in the sun until it was time for Mary to come home.
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Mary's First Day at Bend REI

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Today was Mary’s first day of work at the Bend, REI. She said the store is really nice as all all the people (employees and customers). She had a very good day and learned that REI employees ski and snowboard free at Mt. Bachelor. Read More...

Snowy Day

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We woke up to snow today and it snowed until afternoon. The snow was really pretty on the Ponderosa Pines in the RV park. I am beginning to wonder if it is normally this cold mid-April in central Oregon. The high today was in the thirties and the nights have been in the twenties. It is suppose to stay like this for most of the week. The ten day forecast is predicting that it will warm up next week. Read More...

Snow???

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We woke up to a nasty weather report. A high today in the low thirties, wind and snow showers. The day has lived up to it’s potential. We drove up to Mt. Bachelor and to Moxie’s delight we discovered that they had a special area for dogs to play in the snow. Moxie ran around and had a great time. I think the dog play area might be a small lake in the summer, but for now it was solid ice covered with lots of snow. Read More...

Adapting to Our New Environment

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Yesterday morning Mary went to the Bend REI to meet the store managers and tour the store. She said the store is very nice (it is in an old factory building) and she really likes where it is located along the Deschutes River. There are other stores (Banana Republic, White House Black Market, Chicos, etc) and small restaurants in the same area along with a city park and a greenbelt. Read More...

Bend, Oregon

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My head injury has sure changed Mary’s way of life. Generally I get up a couple of hours before Mary in the morning. Moxie and I go for a long walk and get our day started. Mary drags out of bed a few hours later. Now Mary has to get up early enough to take Moxie for a walk because I am too unstable to go down the RV stairs with Moxie and I can bend over to clean up poop without getting dizzy and nauseous. Read More...

Fun in Boise

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After five days on the road it was nice to wake up this morning and sit on the couch and drink tea in my pajamas. it was also nice to take a shower in our own bathroom. When Mary got up, she jumped in the shower and was dressed for the day in less than an hour. I soon found out why; she wanted to go to Shari’s for breakfast. Read More...

Boise!!!

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Mary was up and ready to hit the road before eight o’clock today. Today’s drive was scenic. This morning we saw a lot of pronghorns grazing in the fields along the interstate. I think all three states we drove in today are beautiful - lots of colorful rock formations, mountains and hills. In Wyoming, Utah and Idaho we saw snow covered mountains and snow capped mountains. Read More...

A Full Day

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We got in a full day of driving today - the first full day we have had on this trip (I consider 500 miles to be a full day). I hope Nebraska has sone beautiful area, because I would hate to think the whole state looks and smells like the part of the state that I-70 runs through. Read More...

Black Smoke - Not a Good Sign

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Here we are at the World of Fun Village. You can see the roller coasters in the background. Unfortunately the park was not open so I did not get to ride the roller coasters. Moxie and I walked around the park and there are a lot of roller coasters, a water park, and several other rides. Read More...

Kansas City World of Fun

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Today started out great. Moxie and I started the day with a walk and Mary was up and dressed by 7:30. We walked to Paneara Bread for breakfast before pulling out of the Walmart parking lot. This particular Walmart parking lot was quiet and we both got a good night’s sleep. Read More...

Goodbye to North Carolina

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Wow!! We have been in North Carolina for over a year - we spent about five and a half months in Creedmoor, a month on vacation in Glacier National Park, and the remainder of the time at our house in Fairview. When we left Boise in February 2012, we planned to return to Boise that summer. Sometimes things just don’t happen as planned. Read More...

One Week From Today

One week from today we will be on the road. We had hoped for nice weather this week so we would be warm and dry loading bikes and boats onto the car and truck, packing the final things into the RV, checking tires and adding air as needed, etc. but it doesn’t look as if that is going to happen. This morning the weather man said it is going to be twenty degrees below normal. Read More...

Two Weeks

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My list is getting shorter and the RV is looking great. Those are helmets hanging on the wall - great wall art - don’t you agree???? Mary plans to start on her list today - it is 10:00 and she is still in bed.


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An RVer's Work is Never Done

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Twenty-one days until we leave North Carolina. One week of that time will be spend out of town visiting family. Meal times on a lot of the other days will be spent with friends. I went over to the storage lot where the RV lives when we are in North Carolina to drop off a few things. While there I hung some pictures and did some cleaning. Read More...

Ready Fire Aim

We are working on getting the house ready to leave, the RV ready to go and ourselves ready to leave family & friends. There is a lot involved in moving part of your life over two thousand miles away from the part behind. There are a few major things that have to be done and thousands of little things that have to be taken care of. Read More...

We're Going to Bend!!!

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We are going to Bend!!! I am very, very excited. Bend has sunshine three hundred days a year. Summers are cool, spring and fall are short, and winter is long and cold. Based on climate data that I can find on the Internet, from December through February we can expect extended periods of time with temperatures well below freezing. Read More...

Dreaming of Bend

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When we first started talking about RVing full-time, I wanted to go to Bend, Oregon for a year. I am very much into looking before leaping and so I checked out some of the details about Bend. Winters are cold in Bend - several consecutive days with the high temperature well below freezing. RV parks in Bend cost more than apartment and house rentals in Asheville (over $1000.00 a month). Read More...

Sprucing Up

Every time we get ready for a long trip we make a few changes in the RV. Things we did not use on our last trip come out and some new things go in. Although we make changes, some things stay the same. Read More...

Asheville (actually Fairview)

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Thursday we drove to a campground in Newport, TN. On the way we stopped at a White Castle so I could get some hamburgers. We used to get White Castle burgers when we visited my grandparents in Kentucky - I thought they were the best thing I had ever eaten. Now that I am older, I suppose my taste buds have changed, because they just aren’t as good as when I was a child. None-the-less, I still have to have a few burgers every time I travel past a White Castle. Read More...

On the Road

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We spent all day driving from northwest Montana to northeast Wyoming. If you are going to be driving all day, Montana is a good state to be in.



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Glacier National Park - Day 14

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We really wanted to get a camping site in Many Glaciers Campground. Yesterday the camp host suggested that we try between 7:00 and 7:30 this morning. While the trip from St Mary’s to Many Glacier is only about twenty-two miles it take almost an hour to drive. We left the RV parked in St. Mary and drove the truck to Many Glacier. Read More...

Glacier National Park - Day 13

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We pulled out of Fish Creek Campground around 6:30 this morning. It started raining before we went very far. Getting from Fish Creek Campground to Many Glacier Campground means going over the Road to the Sun or going out of the park and around. We could not go Road to the Sun with the RV so we had to go around the park both routes take about the same amount of time (two and a half hours to three hours). Read More...

Glacier National Park - Day 12

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Today is Mary’s sixty-first birthday. We had planned to do a long hike, but she decided she had rather go fishing,, go to Lake Bowman and stop by the Polebridge Mercantile for a few pastries. Bowman Lake is in the north western part of Glacier National Park. To get there, you either hike a really long way or driveto Polebridge and go down a nasty 4-wheel drive road for about eight miles.
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Glacier National Park - Day 6

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While I was being seen by the nurse at the Glacier Park Clinic, Mary called a truck repair place in Kalispell to see if they could fix our water pump. The gentleman she talked to told her to be there between nine and ten Friday morning. We arrived at the truck repair shop at 9:30. Read More...

Boise River

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Last night at dinner we talked Sharla into going down the Boise River with us today. Mary wanted to kayak in her little kayak (the only kayak we have in Boise), however, the place that rents inflatable kayaks for going down the Boise River does not rent boats for one person. So our plan was to rent an inflatable and go down the river. Since Sharla was willing to go, Mary could go in her kayak and Sharla and I can go in an inflatable. Read More...

High Winds

Around 4:00 yesterday afternoon I was sitting on the couch attempting to figure out some stuff for the web pages when the wind suddenly started whipping. Our awning was up and I knew it needed to come down. As I headed for the door I could see that the awning had ripped away from the side pieces that hold it to the metal poles.
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