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A couple of days travel

I wound up spending the night near what is referred to as the Badger Springs trailhead on the 4th of January. Here’s a couple of photos from our night @ Badger Springs. We then made our towards the Grand Canyon the next day the 5th. As I was approaching the Grand Canyon I stopped to see about buying a park pass. A park pass is $35 but I just couldn’t bring myself to buy it ahead of time. I pulled up to the entrance of Grand Canyon anticipating following the example of the car in front of me and purchasing my pass but the Ranger manning the station asked me if I was a veteran. Turns out as a veteran I was allowed free entrance!!! So glad I didn’t pay in advance! I took in the Grand Canyon over 2 days. On this first day I drove all the way through the park to the watchtower area and then I made my way back stopping at various outlooks on the way. The next day I went the opposite direction for a much shorter ride but a much more enjoyable experience – a really nice walk with the pups and some spectacular views of the Grand Canyon.

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A Fitting Find

Yesterday before I left Salton Sea I happened to glance at a pile of debris on the other side of my campsite and found this cool looking toy aeroplane with a missing nose. I couldn’t help but pick it up and make it a part of my memories of this trip. Salton Sea was ripe with drone filming possibilities. I’m not a morning person but I set my alarm so I could actually photograph a sunrise and a sunset in the same day. Here is a cool video I put together of some of my photos and videos from the 2nd of January. Overall Salton Sea was a nice detour but I was ready to find a place with a little more off the beaten path. I thought I would make my way to Senora. I left Salton City around 1.30 in the afternoon and made a pitstop at the Pilot Station to fill up my propane and water. I know Sedona is going to be colder than Salton so being sure to have enough propane for heat and for my refrigerator seems a good idea. Leaving the Pilot station I was amazed at the queue for the dump station. It looked there were about 3 or 4 dump stations and there were at least 4 or 5 RVs or Travel Trailers behind each one! What a fun thing!! I didn’t actually drive all that far yesterday. I thought I would check out a spot mentioned on i-overlander, the app I use – I have to say if I could have gotten into the spot recommended I might have stayed a few days but I wound up on a pullout over the Colorado river that was basically a decent spot for the night and certainly very quiet but a not...

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On the road again

I had big intentions in December to do a road trip to Florida to surprise my parents for Christmas. In the Covid Era of the moment a flying trip for either myself or my sister’s family was out of the question. Things changed quickly when I actually found myself in the process of possibly buying a house. The inspections would have taken place during my road trip so I had to stay home. Things changed directions on that house and then January rolled around and I found myself with still more time off and so why not try again to head to Florida. Well – things changed again suddenly and as I watched the weather forecast it seemed wisest to keep my travels closer to home to I figured I would head to the Salton Sea and who knows where else …. I spent the first night at my good friend’s house Eric & Roz in Merced, Ca. I’m in an RV so in light of the Covid restrictions I stayed in my RV in the drive of course and met with them briefly outside. It was great to see them and for them to finally get to meet the new pup Jazzy. I headed to the Salton Sea – why the Salton Sea? Well in the winter the weather is perfect! It gets up to maybe 70-75 in the day ( a little warm for me) but the evening makes up for that when it generally drops to 40 or 50 degrees. I found out about the Salton Sea last year when I ventured to Joshua Tree National Park. I found Joshua Tree just OK – dogs on leashes and not allowed anywhere besides specific paths. As far as I was concerned what was the point. I stayed in...

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Canadian Road-trip video – Jazzy Re-homing mission

Here’s the video I made documenting the fun road trip to Canada to pick up Jazzy. First off the map of the route A quick summary of an amazing trip. Average daily temperature was around 40 degrees Fahrenheit coldest weather was in North Dakota at around 20 degrees. Warmest temp was in Nevada – way too warm around 78 degrees! The video is mostly road-trip mixed in with some cool drone footage in areas like Montana, Idaho and Utah. the end of the video you get to get a glimpse of the new Jazzy. Coming out of her shell and enjoying her new life!

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My Experience at the Canadian Border March 2020

I had originally planned to pick up Jazzy in mid April. I was sure the weather would be right by then and it would give me adequate time to plan a trip of that magnitude. The Covid-19 thing caused everyone to modify their lifestyle and plans and this trip was no exception. I had word that the Canadian Border would be closing down to non-essential travel. I didn’t have the exact date just that it would be happening. Initially I thought I would need to postpone picking up Jazzy for a few months but my co-worker urged me to drop everything and go NOW!! I am so glad he did this. Monday the 16th of March 2020 he gave me the advice. I had to work Tuesday the 17th but I left by Weds the 18th starting late in the afternoon. I was prepared. I had renewed Zulu’s shots just to be safe for the border crossing questions. I had all my documents ready; proof of insurance, road side insurance, proof of payment for Jazzy (I had to pay for her shots before pick up). … I had read of others experiences at t eh border and felt very prepared for any questions or concerns regarding my entry. Coincidentally, I had just accomplished the needed oil change, upgraded my headlights to led, insulated the RV walls and under my bed with bubble-wrap to help keep me warm in the more drastic elements. I was preparing for the trip in April but really, I was already prepared so there was really no reason to not leave at once! The next posting will be my video of the trip it is about 20 minutes long but very fast paced and enjoyable to watch if you have interest in experiencing travelling cross country...

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Why a BLM over a regular camp ground

If you don’t feel like reading, this post is summarised by the 20 sec video at the end. A picture speaks a thousand words a 20 sec video says even more in this case! I spent the last three nights staying in Joshua Tree park at the Indian Cove campground for $20/night. I was fortunate enough to be able to chose my campsite in person versus reserving the unseen online. I don’t know if all the National Parks are arranged like this but basically the plan is to pack you all in as close to your neighbour as possible. I don’t know about you but after paying $30 entrance fee to the park and then $20/night for a camping spot that sports the amenities of a fire ring and a picnic table – no electricity or showers and imaginary privacy well I have to wonder if this actually makes sense. I only had neighbours one night and they seemed like nice enough people but I couldn’t relax outside and enjoy the stars and silence because their party included music and loud talking till late into the night. It was a beautiful park don’t get me wrong, but I guess when I’m paying for a campsite I’d like a better sense of privacy so I can enjoy nature and the experience. The main benefit to a campground over the BLM land is the ability to leave a table and chair out and have a decent sense that it will be there when you return. It is the ability to have a space to call your own for as long as you have the campground reserved. That’s the only real benefit though unless the campground offers showers and electricity too. The BLM style of camping is open space camping. The freedom to...

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Joshua Tree – National Park

I spent a great weekend with family in the Orange County area- Sky and Zulu relaxed and so did I. I wasn’t sure of my destination after my weekend with family until the night before I left. I had been torn between the idea of driving the coast along the Pacific Coast Highway or, since I was already south, heading to Joshua Tree. The news of a landslide in the Big Sur area made me decide to steer clear of the coast for now and make my way to Joshua Tree. I had found a BLM campground via my trusty app, FreeRoam. When I pulled into the BLM campground I found around 15-20 others were already there and that it was overall a busy spot but on the road towards the campground I had found a couple of nice pullout spots so I found my campsite at a more private location not too far from the official BLM campground. Today was spent driving through Joshua Tree Park – stopping along the way at some cool spots. Joshua Tree is the sort of place that you really can’t experience it in a single day. Most of the attractions seem to be at the north side of the park but the drive itself is fun and relaxing. The pass is good for seven days so I intend to make the most of my time here. I drove through a couple of parks to possible consider as a place to spend the night but overall the parks were too popular for me until I drove into Indian Cove. Indian Cove is not accessible from the main road through the park. I had to exit the park and then drive back in through another route just a couple of miles eastward of my exit...

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Headed South..

I’m not good at schedules besides that of holding my job and keeping appointments that might be scheduled. In my off time, I don’t want time schedules. I’m headed to Southern California this trip. No definite plans but trying to get in a couple of family visits. Driving in traffic is monotonous and there is nothing particularly intriguing in the scenery. The time is going slow at the moment. Gas Buddy, the app, is my resource for gas prices and it brought me to Tulare for a decent gas price. Nearby is a sports complex so it’s made a good rest stop for the pooches and myself. I spent last night in Merced, dropping off some tools and books for a good friend and it made a good starting point for the rest of my trip. As usual, I have no specific plans after family just the one day at a time mantra and living in the now!!

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AAA – Rv coverage or the lack there of!! (Sierra’s Road trip day 2 cont’d)

I was up by 7am the next day, (the 1st of November) so as to get my call in to AAA in a timely manner. My goal was to be at the repair shop by noon or 1pm and this seemed very manageable with the idea of over-estimating the time it would take for AAA to respond. I have documented the timeline of my AAA calls and texts. 7:11 AM call #1 to AAA 7:28 AM text from AAA acknowledging receipt of my service request 8:06 AM call from Silver State Towing – (I looked the company up and they were 55 miles away from my location – so a 2 hour window of time for arrival wouldn’t be unrealistic). While I was still on the phone with Silver State Towing the gentleman I was speaking with said that the AAA dispatch had fallen off his screen so AAA would have to re-send it to him 8:31 I call AAA again – they don’t know what is going on and say they will call back 8:56 AM I call AAA again — while I was trying to speak with someone there I received a call from a different AAA 8:58 AM AAA – new call tells me that based on my current location I am covered by Southern CA AAA and not Northern CA AAA. I was not happy at this news. I had driven East from the San Francisco area and if you look at a map of my location it makes absolutely no sense why I would be routed to a Southern California AAA. 9:17 AM call from Southern CA AAA saying they have found a Tow Service that will help me and I should receive help in about 10 hours. Will I accept the time frame……….. I...

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Sierras Road Trip Day 2

I am glad I waited till the daylight hours to continue my Sonora Pass venture. I was truly surrounded by so much beauty. There was also the heart break of seeing that this area had not been immune from the fires. The Donnell Fire left it’s marks on the area. Not much further up the road from the fire evidence was the magnificent beauty found at the Donnell Vista Donnell Vista Views –worth checking out the 360 view above The beauty of doing a trip like this on your own -or with companions such as mine, Sky & Zulu … is that you can completely live on your own schedule. There is no rush to be anywhere. No one to try and meet, no appointments, no commitments other than enjoy the views and the experiences. My Starflyte is not a young RV. She is a 1998 vehicle so has had some years behind her but is a very low mileage vehicle for her age with just over 65000 miles on her now and I’ve put the last 9000 miles on her in the short time she has been in my life. The Sonora Pass is full of some very steep climbs and descents and it wasn’t much further after leaving the Donnell Vista that I started smelling my brakes a bit. My front brakes are still rather new; less than 6000 miles on them but that didn’t make the road any less hard on them. Just as I thought I should investigate more closely, the road with few pullovers, had the most perfect pullover tight in front of me. It almost looked like a runaway truck brake area. Although I didn’t know it at the time I was in fact very close – -I mean very very close to a...

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