VIP: Fort Bowie NHS

VIP: Fort Bowie NHS

I am remiss in taking 7 months to write this post. January 1 2019, I had purchased my ticket to get down into Mammoth Cave. This was going to be a stop on my way south to Tucson to get the trailer before I started my first Volunteer-in-Parks (VIP) position on January 7th. Remember what was happening with the government then? Yep, the Shutdown. I still was going south though, since it could open any day and wanted to be…

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Camper Cuisine: Kitchen Sink Quiche

Camper Cuisine: Kitchen Sink Quiche

This summer, I’ve been without electric hook up probably in the 5 to 6 week range. I am very lucky to have been in cool spots during those times because the only thing I would’ve needed electricity for is the a/c, and I am generally dead set against generators. I am pretty happy with my solar set up. There was a period of time though when my battery levels were not maintained (oops). I hadn’t really checked on the water…

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Zen and the Art of Motorcy… Um, RV Maintenence

Zen and the Art of Motorcy… Um, RV Maintenence

Sylvia will be undergoing some changes over the next few weeks… let’s be real, this may take a few months. The first week I got the Trailer I didn’t have the roof rack on the truck installed, so the kayak was hanging out the back over the tailgate [look at the top image of the blog and you can see how the ‘yak is hanging out the back]. And yep, I made a small crack in the nose of the…

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Yellowstone: The Big Five

Yellowstone: The Big Five

August 20, 2019: Level Achieved: Spotting all of the Big Five These sighting span all of my trips to the Caldera. Moose: 1989 Thirty years ago, this summer, the Moore’s had an adventure across the country. Epic, and I refer to it often. It was a pivotal trip, three weeks packed into the 1980’s, light blue Chrysler New Yorker, it talked (“A door is ajar.” No, a door is a door.). There are snapshots I remember, and stories that my…

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Holding Down the Fort: Part 1: Getting to the Fort

Holding Down the Fort: Part 1: Getting to the Fort

I was motivated by a few things, the first being that I had a feeling in my gut that Colorado’s winter was going to be a doozy. Winter 2017-18 was a mild one where I was in Denver in the trailer, there were only a few days that made me queazy with a dip below 32 degrees, but in all that was a mild winter. There’s nothing in my mind worse than frozen pipes, and there are certainly more things…

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The. Black. Tank.

The. Black. Tank.

My current volunteer position here in Arizona brings in a variety of people. You really have to make a commitment to get here, as it’s a 1.5 mile hike into the visitor center, that’s after a 15 mile drive from town, and the little town is 40+ miles from anything. We get a lot of avid hikers, and some people not so prepared. There were four septuagenarians ladies who hiked in last weekend and were so wonderfully upfront about talking…

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How I Came to Live in a Trailer

How I Came to Live in a Trailer

Subtitle: Leap and the Net will Appear The whole tale has ins and outs, and I usually boil it down for visitors to my booth. Parts of the story begin in 2015, some in 2013, but I think it starts in 2006, when my friend Kristina and I visited Colorado on vacation. It was my second time in the state, but the first time was part of the epic family trip the summer before 5th grade where my Dad drove…

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Paper Residency – Part 2

Paper Residency – Part 2

In February I started the process for next steps for residency. You can read my notes about the early research and thoughts here. In part, I do need to keep a presence in Colorado, as one position I have requires my residency. But, as a South Dakota Nomad I can register the vehicles in SD, while keeping my Colorado license. I am also not giving up my CO address, and not changing my mailing address with the USPS. The company…

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When Axles Go Bad

When Axles Go Bad

At this moment I am about half way finished two posts, I’m working on details about my trip since I left Delaware on June 16, and the second about… The. Black. Tank. I’m starting this new post to tell you about my day. You may recall Sylvia went in to get new axles. I dropped her off in April before I took my trip to the east, and picked her up mid June; since then we’ve traveled about 5000 +/- miles….

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For All that is Good and Holy

For All that is Good and Holy

Recently Jen visited me out in Colorado for her Mountain Sabbatical, and as usual it was a glorious trip. We snowmobiled out in Leadville, tubed in Frisco, dined in Minturn, biked in Carbondale, and soaked in Glenwood Springs. One night I was telling a story that up until then had kept to myself. Since the telling I have been giggling up a storm remembering her face, with tears of laughter streaming down. Good belly laughs. And so I will tell…

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