Winter Water

Winter Water

I previously wrote about water here… Water in the winter is a whole new ballgame. At the end of the summer, I made an appointment to have heating pads installed on each of my water tanks, based on a suggestion from the Service Department I was taking Sylvia to. I had been going to Lazy Days, which is where I purchased her. I generally know that it’s best to find a local “mechanic” for those general maintenance items for typical…

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Teaching, post-Teaching

Teaching, post-Teaching

Teaching has woven it’s way through my career. I love the students, and this is how I will generally have a tie to Design as I move my career in to product based pieces, versus design/client/project. I moved back home to Maryland in 2001 after a lay-off from my first position as a web designer in Portsmouth, NH. I answered an ad for adjunct teachers for design media classes at the local community college and picked up 3 classes. I…

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State Forest State Park

State Forest State Park

The most unimaginative name for a state park in Colorado that is surrounded by stunning views, and the wilds of all wildlife. Kristina, my sophomore year college roommate came out to visit for a long weekend, and I wanted to incorporate some trip with the trailer. Originally I was thinking Taos, but let’s be reasonable… her time out wasn’t enough for that type of road trip. I had heard great things about Walden, and SFSP; it is the moose viewing…

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Lake City, Colorado

Lake City, Colorado

Mid July I headed west through Monarch Pass to get to Lake City. Of all things they have an art fair on a Tuesday in July. I had been in Estes Park for a family reunion (tip: do a PRIVATE tour of the Stanley with friends and family. I had been on the tour twice previously, and it had never been as exciting, or have as much “activity” as with the O’Donnell clan). I headed out Monday in order to…

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Sylvia In the Shop

Sylvia In the Shop

I am a week and a half weeks of living out of a tent, minus two nights that I sprung for a firm mattress. Sylvia went into the shop finally for the collision repair on August, Monday the 7th. The shop and I had the hopes that this would be completed in a week. It has been longer, because I pointed out another concern. Over the July trip north to Montana, I noticed a wire hanging off the bottom of…

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The Lady Mullet

The Lady Mullet

There’s a lot of characters “on the road,” some stand out. I arrived at my campsite Monday evening to find someone already set up in my reserved site. She had a spectacular mullet, and her response was to blame the ranger because they didn’t tell her. Not that it’s their responsibility. There was immediately a lot of anxiety, and panic, and I decided to let it go and set up in her spot even though that I would have to…

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Water

Water

The water pressure in St. Vrain State Park is downright phenomenal. The downside is that there is no laundry facilities. I have been making a mental list of the pros and cons of water in each campground; it is definitely feeling a bit like college because of the significant amount of quarters you need in this lifestyle.  No quarters; no dice. Yes, I do have a shower in my camper. During my hour and a half teaching session about the…

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Boondocking

Boondocking

Boondocking is parking for free out in the boonies. I had been nervous to just go somewhere and park. Lots of obvious reasons: number one on my list is that ever present desire to not get stuck. What if the roads are too narrow, what if I need to turn around? Another hurdle is that this is Colorado, and everyone in their mother is here camping in the summer. It has been a bit of a hustle finding regular camping…

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Hello Big Sky

Hello Big Sky

(… Sorry for the delay in getting this up. Half of it didn’t save, so I was dragging my feet for rewriting.) I’ll first off state that on this trip I think I tasted a drop of the midnight sun. (A teensy drop, and I may be hooked). I headed to Montana for the Fourth of July.  A little business and pleasure, if you will. A few months back, I was talking to a friend and mentor about long (……

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How We Roll – June 2017 Edition

How We Roll – June 2017 Edition

Musings from the Road I have some thoughts, and will compile them every so often for you to ponder as well. Why are the graphics so ugly on these vehicles? The swooshes are all so ’90’s metal band. I am designing some updates as I drive. Need to figure out how to remove the 4 year old decals that are baked on. In 8th grade, Mrs Hastings – in science class – showed an example of two bodies moving together…

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