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Slide Rock and 89A

March 21, Tuesday Seven miles north of Sedona on 89A lies Slide Rock State Park. It doesn’t look like much on a map, a short road with a parking lot and a couple buildings. When you see it in person though, the beautiful red rock walls of Oak Creek Canyon clue you in as to […]

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Escape to Sedona

March 14, Tuesday I’m very glad that my friends in Maricopa, AZ have a 20 amp plug in for me to use while I’m visiting. The morning is already heating up and it won’t be long before the A/C becomes necessary. Tammy and I take a morning walk before it gets unbearable. Heading east has […]

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Ehrenberg and Onward

On March 4th, I pack up camp at Borrego Springs, CA and head east to Ehrenberg, AZ. The drive on Borrego Salton Seaway towards Salton City is punctuated by a large ATV gathering that slows traffic considerably. Ah yes, now I remember why I try to avoid traveling on weekends… Going north to Indio on […]

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Record Keeping for a Blog

It’s tax season again, and on Wednesday I shaved an additional 15 minutes off of last year’s time for a new record of four hours, of which only an hour and a half was spent inputting numbers into TurboTax. The other two and a half hours was bookkeeping for IO, so that if I get […]

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Good day for a Drive

February 28, Tuesday As has become my custom at this camp, I drive into Borrego Springs to use the free Wifi at Christmas Circle park since the cell signal where the Casita is parked is worthless and slow even in town where it does work. The drive back out of town is quite eventful. Parachuters […]

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The Vehicle Replacement Fund

Last fall I experienced my first vehicle break-down since hitting the road, and repairs ended up costing more than my truck was worth. The whole ordeal made me rethink the idea of an emergency fund and ultimately, expand on it. Most experienced full-timers tote how important it is to have an emergency fund and I […]

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Miscellaneous Fun at Borrego Springs

It’s been fun boondocking with friends out here near Borrego Springs, CA. Besides hiking in the state park there’s been art tours, a craft afternoon, exploring down dirt roads, and walks near camp. Let’s start with the art tours. Artist and welder Ricardo Breceda started crafting metal sculptures for the Galleta Meadows Estate after owner […]

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Anza-Borrego Hiking

February 18, Saturday It rains overnight, but not the heavy downpour that was expected. This morning the road into camp has a few puddles in the low spots, but if there was any flash flooding it’s past. The sky is a uniform gray, and low clouds shroud the tops of the mountains. It’s a stay […]

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Hills and Mountains

East of my camp on American Girl Mine Road in Winterhaven, CA is a range of hills, the perfect setting for an evening walk. Sometimes I have company for my evening walk from among the other Xscapers camped nearby… But most often I go alone. Evidence of mining can be found all over, from plowed […]

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Getting Dental Work Done in Los Algodones, Mexico

Every winter, thousands of people visit the small Mexican town of Los Algodones for what has been coined ‘medical tourism’, specifically dental care, eyeglasses, and medications. At about 1/3 the cost of dental care in the US, the price is right, but is the quality there? And what about safety concerns? On Tuesday the 7th […]

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Puerto Peñasco, Mexico

February 10, Friday Let’s see. Clothes duffle, shower bag, three gallons of water, sleeping bag… I’m up for sunrise this morning, and what a pretty one it is. Most of my packing was finished last night, so this morning it’s just a matter of getting it all out the door and into Katina’s truck – […]

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Quick Announcement

Public Service Announcement: I’m going to be tent camping in Mexico from Friday through Sunday and will be out of touch during that time, although I may be able to put a picture up occasionally on social media by utilizing others’ internet. So don’t worry if you don’t hear from me for a couple days. […]

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