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Colorado!

By |November 29th, 2015|

Fort Collins, Colorado May 19- June 5, 2015 We love the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado! The area from Boulder to Fort Collins is definitely a place we could call home. Amazing beauty, wildlife, abundant outdoor activities, breweries, hip downtowns, access to all the amenities that Denver offers, and did I mention breweries and beauty.  Yeah, it’s fair to say we love it here. We spent almost 3 weeks in the late spring here and it was so fun. After our arrival we got some new skins (tires) on the car in preparation for an Alaska RVenture. Yes, that is right we were preparing for an epic summer adventure! Kari and her beautiful girls! First however, we happily drove up the Rocky Mountains to visit a familiar face that we had not seen in a long time. It was awesome to catch up with one of my high school best friend’s and meet her amazing kids! We even weathered a winter snowstorm to get there. The beauty of that area makes the treacherous, dirt, winter roads worth it. Thanks for having us Kari! Next we took to the great outdoors, to do some soul refreshing. That brought us to the amazing Rocky Mountain National Park. The Rockies are so striking to be immersed in. The tall jagged peaks and the lush green valleys with elk causally grazing. There were owlets in the trees and snowballs in the air. There were vast spring vistas and huge winter snow piles. Then there was an epic hike (we should have brought snowshoes) to a wonderful waterfall and lake. It was just what we needed to reconnect. After feeling refreshed we decided that [...]

A Pictorial Summer Summary

By |October 1st, 2015|

September 30, 2015 So we have been in a bit of a blogging funk. We have so much to share; yet we rarely find the time to do so. There is just so much world to explore, food to devour, drinks to share, and we, especially I, have a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out). Since our last blog we have travelled from New Mexico, to Colorado and the Dakotas, then to all of the Great Lake States, and then into New England.  Check out our map page for a geographic tour RVenture Map. I now sit here in Maine, reflecting on our summer (since it is now officially fall) and I am in awe of how times flies. Really. Time moves forward as fast as we move between states. So as we head into October, here is a little pictorial view of our summer. Here is also promise that we will give it a ‘good ole college try’ with the timeliness of our blogs. Maybe. Happy Fall Y’all! National Parks The Great Lakes Region Summer Activities Food!  

The Taos Wormhole

By |August 20th, 2015|

May 12-19, 2015 In typical Taos fashion I’m writing this post while drinking some local brews and breathing in the fresh air. Now I understand you might not know anything about Taos, New Mexico so let me give you a quick primer. Picture Mad Max mixed with Steam Punk, now throw in a few new age crystals and add some Native Americans and you would only be lacking a pinch of angst. Once completely mixed make sure to re-separate and you’ll have a good feel for Taos. No doubt that’s the brew talking but it’s nonetheless our experience of the interesting desert town. Why go in the first place? I can hear you telepathically asking. Earthships are the only answer I really have. Breweries might come in a close second but green building is what really brought us out of the mountains and down onto the Taos plateau. Earthships are homes that are zero energy to live in once built. If that’s not impressive then I guess you like paying utility bills. I don’t. So how do you build a home that is net zero energy to live in and collects it’s own water? One word, Dirt. Yup, you read that correct but instead of typing away my buzz educating you on the ways of off-grid living I’ll simply leave a link, here. Now that that’s out of the way let’s get back to Taos and the steam punk crazies that live there. As soon as we arrived we noticed that something was off with the little town and not just the cost of a cup of crappy coffee. Which was undoubtedly over priced, but I still think that something happened when we pushed [...]

Witnessing Cliff Dwellings and Native American History

By |July 31st, 2015|

Cortez, CO Mesa Verde National Park, Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Aztec Ruins National Monument, and Canyon de Chelly National Monument May 5-12, 2015 Are we in Mesa Verde? Is this Verde? Yes. Yes it is. We arrived excited about checking out Durango CO, why? Why not? Any town named Durango deserves a good touring in my book. OK, I don’t actually have “a book” but the expression still applies. Durango turned out to be a quaint college town tucked away at the base of the Colorado Mountains. Brewery. Check. I like this place already. I’m easy to please. We walked the town and felt a vibe similar to Athens, GA. Durango was about an hour drive from our temporary parking pad so we headed back to where the 50-amp plug was, aka home. Bird's eye view of Durango, Colorado Mesa Verde National Park was literally right across the street from our campground so the next morning we drove the park and enjoyed all the cliff dwellings. That is what Mesa Verde is famous for after all. We immersed ourselves in Native American history as we toured Balcony Cliff House and Spruce Grove Cliff House. Cliff Palace is also a large complex that was amazing to see in person. There is something about homes perched precariously on the sides of cliffs that bring back a feeling of true oneness with nature. So close to falling to your death, it brings about a heightened awareness that leads to taking everything in that much more than say walking through Durango. One is not better in my mind just different. Unfortunately, on our visit Cliff Palace was closed for restoration, as it is literally sliding off the [...]

Arching our way through Desert Views.

By |July 19th, 2015|

Moab, Utah April 21- May 4, 2015 Moab, Utah is a cool place. Well, it is actually a very hot place because it is in the desert and it contains Uranium mines that are now environmental remediation sites (Moab UMTRA Project), but that is not the point here just don’t drink the water. This hip town is surrounded by amazing natural beauty and steeped with Native American knowledge. The most famous spot in town is of course, Arches National Park. This is another fantastic treasure of America. We spent days exploring this wonderland of stone arches and meandering desert paths. We even got commentary by Edward Abbey, one of the first park rangers to call this park home, via an audiobook of his book, Desert Solitaire. I highly recommend reading or listening to local books while exploring a new area. It gives you a much deeper understanding and appreciation of your surroundings. Some of the highlights of this park are Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch, Balanced Rock, and the Fiery Furnace! In order to explore the Fiery Furnace you must have a guide, as this is a place of towering rock fins and gorges that is easy to get lost or hurt in. In fact, a couple went missing while we were there. Luckily they were found unharmed, we think? We enjoyed our 3 hour guided Park Ranger tour through the maze. I will now let the photos of Arches National Park explain the rest of our meanderings. Moab is also a home base for the nearby Canyonlands National Park. Canyonlands is an enormous park that consists of three distinct sections, the Island in the Sky, the Needles, and the Maze. There is actually [...]

Slot Canyons, Sculpted Gorges, Sacred Bridges, and Soaring Cliffs

By |June 25th, 2015|

Page, AZ April 14-21, 2015 Page, Arizona is a very small town with lots of natural beauty surrounding it. We were drawn here by one of the world’s most photographed sites, Antelope Canyon. This canyon has been on our must do list for quite some time so we decided it was time! Upon our arrival in Page, we drove over to one of the other famous spots in this small town, the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. Yes, this is another dam on the mighty Colorado River. The construction of the dam is what actually created this town, however the native Navajo tribe has resided here for much, much longer. The dam is actually very impressive if you enjoy concrete as far as the eye can see. The dam provides lots of hydroelectric power to the region and also creates the second largest artificial lake in the USA. However, when I gaze at such a large human feat, I can’t help but to ponder what was destroyed in the making of this mighty piece of engineering. As I will describe later, a whole canyon ecosystem and a lot of history was drowned. But anytime you see an enormous lake in the middle of the high plateau desert it is still strikingly beautiful. Our next adventure was to explore Upper Antelope Canyon! This amazing canyon and its sister Lower Antelope Canyon lay on the Navajo Nation’s land and thus must be explored with a native guide. No worries though, there are about 4 native tour companies in Page that can arrange a spot for you. However, you will be on a ‘jeep’ tour with 70 other people and only in the canyon for 60 [...]

Soaking up Sun and Spirit in Sedona

By |May 31st, 2015|

March 27- April 14, 2015 Ahh…it’s good to be back in the red rocks of Sedona. I have already said all one needs to hear about Sedona (check out our previous blog here). If my words have not sparked a desire to pay this place a visit then good, it’s getting overcrowded here anyway. We decided to stay around in the area for three weeks and spent little to no time getting reacquainted with our vacation spot. The town of Cottonwood is closer to the RV Park than Sedona so only because of sheer proximity the little town became our home. Of course Sedona has a ton of great hiking trails, magnificent vistas, and health conscious food, so we did our due diligence of indulging when time permitted, which it always does when you are neck deep in travel. We did manage to do a few things that we had reluctantly missed on our previous visits so I guess I will write a little about them. Just keep in mind all the usual vortexes, restaurants, and crystal shops were revisited. So what’s new? Slide Rock State Park peaked our interest since the desert days were unusually hot for this time of year. This state park has easy walking trails and plenty of tourists and locals in bathing gear. Why, you might wonder? Well as the name implies there are a number of rock slides that backsides have smoothed down along with the raging river. Actually this time of year, before the monsoons begin, the water is not really raging and it is ICE cold. Refreshing is more of the term used to coax bathing cladded families into the pools and slides. Refreshing it [...]

The day we delightfully backed in next to the Devil

By |May 9th, 2015|

Ok, Ok, we will let you in on the secrets of Las Vegas. Our main reason for returning to Sin City was to repair our RV. Remember, when we hit that deer last fall in Oregon? Well, it was finally time to fix Atreyu’s grill. He was complaining that people were judging him for his lack of teeth. He was too ‘gummy’, he said. So after 3 or 4 repair estimates from Oregon, California, and Las Vegas we received the best quote from the Sin City. So we made our way to the valley of gambling. We arrived a week before Atreyu was due to go the ‘dentist’, so we made the best of our leisure time. Our first outings were to be ‘tourists’ on the Strip. We awed at the Bellagio’s fountain show and gardens, watched fire stream from volcanoes at the Mirage, took a leisurely stroll along the canals of the Venetian, and gambled a bit. You, know like $10. As much as you guys may disagree, we are not big risk takers. Especially when we know the odds are not in our favor. Oh, and we signed up for a time-share presentation! That is right folks, we endured 90 minutes of mild flames and torture to score 2 sets of ‘free’ show tickets and a ‘free’ weekend in Vegas at a later date. Here is a story that should have stayed in Vegas. I am going to call this story, “The day we delightfully backed in next to the Devil”. Our ‘high scale’ time-share presentation was at the smoke infused, soon to be destroyed Riviera Hotel and Casino. Now, picture greasy old men in cowboy boots, pressed jeans, and cowboy collared [...]

Sin City.

By |May 6th, 2015|

Las Vegas, NV March 10-27, 2015 So we spent two weeks in Las Vegas. You know what they say right? What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. End of post.

RO filter Hell in Lake Havasu City

By |May 1st, 2015|

Lake Havasu City, AZ March 1-10, 2015 We arrived at our nice site at Cattail Cove State Park, on the banks of Lake Havasu, with no issues. The drive was scenic and painless. Those two rarely go together while driving around your bath and a half home on wheels. This post is going to be a little short only because we did not do epic things while staying on the lake. We took some downtime to relax and float around. Of course we drove to town often and hit up nearly every brewery in the area. By now you should realize that is a given. We also managed to explore downtown thoroughly. This included a few walks under the famous London Bridge, which was brought brick by brick from London.  The city thought it was getting the actual Tower Bridge, bummer. The rest of the time was spent on the lake. That was a daily decompression from the hellish experience of installing an RO (Reverse Osmosis filtration) system in the rig. The project should have been easy, but once the filter I ordered online arrived I realized that all the parts that are needed to connect it to an RV were nowhere to be found. So the daily search for needed parts, finding a tank that fit under our sink, and the tools needed to install said filtering system began. It really was not as bad as I'm making it sound but our PR blog manager said that bad experiences tend to sell better to the younger generation than positive ones. And with nine people checking our blog on a regular basis I thought that adding some Hell to the story might [...]