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Dancing Alone

Dec 29, Friday Saddle Mountain BLM near Tonopah, AZ continues to treat me well. Despite the crowds that flock to southern AZ during the winter to escape the cold, this boondocking area remains relatively empty. It helps that it’s a large area, with multiple spur roads. The one I’m on is just west of mile […]

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Revisiting Saddle Mountain

Dec 21, Thursday With good cheer, I pack up camp at Snyder Hill BLM area in Tucson, AZ. Bertha is running well, I finally got a hike in with my friends, and now that invisible tug is pulling me westward again. Back on the road I go! The drive west on I10 is uneventful. Phoenix […]

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Hiking Brown Mountain

After bringing Bertha back from the shop on the 13th, I spend most of my next week in Tucson, AZ focused on work. On the 17th I drive up San Joaquin Road to visit a friend, Malia of Malia’s Miles – a solo full-timer of 16 years(!). The last time we’d gotten together was the […]

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Snyder Hill BLM, AZ

Having escaped the Dragoon Mountains before the hard freeze, I ride out the next couple nights at an RV park in Tucson, AZ while visiting with friends who are work-camping in the area. While there, Bertha starts running rough and the check engine light comes on – prompting me to make an appointment with the […]

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The Dragoon Mountains

Nov 30, Thursday (continued) From Benson, AZ I turn south down 80, which for a while follows a wash and is surprisingly green. Just before Tombstone, I veer east onto N Middlemarch Road. I’m headed for a well-known boondocking area, and all the reviews boil down to the same thing: Beautiful spot, rough road in. […]

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Texas Has Mountains

Nov 27, Monday After leaving my friend’s house in Lubbock, TX on the 22nd, I retrace my route back to Carlsbad on 62. There is little public land to boondock on in Texas, and the locations near Carlsbad National Park are the first you hit headed west: a gateway to boondocker’s paradise. I’m camped in […]

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Monument Valley, AZ

March 7, Friday If the drive from Cottonwood, AZ to Navajo National Monument was scenic, the drive from Navajo National Monument to Valley of the Gods is grand indeed. East on 160 are great bluffs of carved sandstone. The town of Kayenta is surrounded by them. At Kayenta I get on 163 going north. Out […]

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A picture in the visitor center of the Betatakin ruin, since mine turn out so poorly.

Navajo National Monument, AZ

Days fall into a routine along Camino Real road south of Cottonwood, AZ. Breakfast is usually had with hot air balloons for company. After breakfast, I take a walk. On April 3rd, another storm blows through. This one comes as a surprise, as early as noon the weather forecast wasn’t calling for anything significant. But […]

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Trail Making

March 29, Wednesday Spring is a tricky time of year for RVers. When I arrived in Sedona two weeks ago it was to escape 90 degree heat in southern AZ, and Sedona was getting up to 80. After the rain came through temperatures dropped and 70 was the average high. Tomorrow night, another cold front […]

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Sedona State of Mind

March 18, Saturday Uh-oh. A hissing sound becomes audible when I turn on my water pump, and the pump can’t seem to build pressure, it keeps cycling. This can’t be good. Actually, I end up being really lucky. First of all, I trace the sound to the city water connector underneath my ‘office’ bench seat. […]

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Flavors of Happiness

Four and a half years ago, I took a hike. It was about a week into my full-timing adventure, when I’d settled in enough to finally take in what I was doing. That hike was an amazing experience of extreme emotion and giddy anticipation. I’ll never forget how free I felt standing on top of […]

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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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