Thursday, October 12, 2017

Las Vegas

Throwing caution to the wind and without a bullet-proof vest, I have returned to Las Vegas to see some shows and do some shopping before heading to Lake Havasu for the winter. I am not much of a gambler but I do like to go to casinos off the strip for relatively inexpensive meals and entertainment. Most visitors, who stay on the strip or downtown, see only the glitz and glamour. Unfortunately, you do not have to wander too far from those areas to see a less attractive side of the city. The vagrant population appears to be getting worse every year...


I stay at a RV park off the Boulder Highway which is gated and has excellent security as it is in an area that you do not want to go for long, romantic walks after dark. Tonight, I had dinner at Sam's Casino and once again, was struck by the number of individuals in wheel chairs, breathing oxygen through a tube while smoking, drinking and playing the slot machines. It was depressing.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Stool Bus

Last night I stayed at the Pie Town RV Park (full hook-ups and excellent Wi-Fi for $25/night). The owner, who also runs a septic tank business, apparently has a unique sense of humor. Here's his service truck...

Friday, October 06, 2017

Alamogordo Attractions

White Sands National Monument - If you enjoyed playing in the sandbox when you were a kid, then this is the place for you as there are miles and miles of beautiful, gypsum sand dunes...

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You can even "toboggan" down some of the steeper slopes...


A few shrubs like skunkbush sumac grow dense, deep roots that form a pedestal after the dune moves on...




New Mexico Museum of Space History - Contains exhibitions ranging from Robert Goddard's early rocket experiments near Roswell to a mock-up of the International Space Station...


If I can figure out how to keep the front wheels on the ground, I am thinking of putting this engine in my RZR...




World's Largest Pistachio -  After six years of traveling as a full-time RVer, I finally got to see the world's largest pistachio...

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Flash Flood

Heading west on Highway 82 from Artesia to Alamogordo, NM, I noticed the creek beside the road kept getting bigger and bigger until it was a raging torrent of water over-flowing its banks and flooding the surrounding pastures. A couple miles later, I come around a corner and see that traffic had come to a halt where the water was crossing the road. It took about a half hour for the water to begin to recede and after watching a couple of other high clearance vehicles make it through, I decided to try it...


Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Oversize Load Crash

While driving west on I-10, I watched a truck with an oversize load slam into the underside of an overhead bridge and was able to capture it with my dash cam...



As you can see in the slow-mo portion of the video, there was a lead truck with a vertical pole to check for overhead clearance. It appears he did not give the other trucker enough time to stop before hitting the bridge. I suspect someone is going to be looking for a new job after this.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Luckenbach

If you have never been to Luckenbach, TX, then you may be surprised to learn that it is basically a one store town out in the middle of nowhere. I can understand why Willie and the boys like to play here as it is a casual, laid-back venue surrounded by magnificent, old oak trees (some of which are almost as old as my cousin Chris).


Friday, September 29, 2017

Airport Diner

If you like 50s style diners and/or airplanes, may I suggest the Airport Diner just south of Fredericksburg, TX. Obviously, I am much too young to remember the 50s but based on what I have read this is a pretty authentic-looking diner...

The diner sits on the edge of the runway so you can watch aircraft land and depart while eating

Soda fountain (millennials may have to "Google" this)

Douglas C-47 (my father maintained these during WWII in the Pacific)

There is even a hotel next door to the diner if you are looking for lodging in the area

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Stonehenge

I apparently passed through a space/time portal today and was transported to Stonehenge. Normally, this type of thing does not occur until after I have consumed mass quantities of American Honey Bourbon...



Wednesday, September 27, 2017

National Museum Of The Pacific War

I am staying at the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park Campground just south of Fredericksburg, TX for the next week with the intent of exploring the "Texas Hill Country".

My first port of call (that's navy talk) was the National Museum Of The Pacific War, an outstanding exhibit chronicling the war in the Pacific during WWII. Plan on spending a couple of hours here and if you add the Tour the Pacific Combat Zone and the Tour the Admiral Nimitz Museum (Fredericksburg is the birthplace of Admiral Nimitz), make that at least half a day .



Saturday, September 23, 2017

No Dieting This Week

One of the things I am enjoying here in the Dallas-Forth Worth area is the variety of restaurants. For lunch today I had deep-fried catfish, fresh-cut fries and hush puppies at Logan's Fish House. It may not be good for the heart but my taste buds loved it...


Plus, it's a classy place to eat...

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Munzee Bash

I had planned on attending the Munzee Bash in McKinney, TX this weekend but as the list of attendees grew to ~140, I decided that is too many people in one spot for me to enjoy the event (the older I get, the less I like crowds). A lot of players in the top 100 list are in town and are putting up some pretty impressive numbers...


In as much as I tend to stay in small towns that are "Munzee challenged", it is fun to be in a metropolitan area where there are points to be captured just about everywhere you go. I will be here for another six days so it will be interesting to see what my score will be at the end of my stay...



If you have an interest in becoming a Munzee player, download their app and then scan the image below to receive 50 points...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Ole Towne Cotton Gin RV Park

I used RV Park Reviews to discover this unique RV park that was once a cotton gin facility. The owner was kind enough to give me a tour of the old plant...




It's simply amazing what you can run into while traveling.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Alligators & Sand Dunes

When you think Colorado, you probably don't think alligators and sand dunes. Yet, within a twenty minute drive of my campsite, I discovered both.

Colorado Gators Reptile Park - is a family owned park that has a surprising variety of reptiles and other critters. As soon as you enter the facility, you are met with a reassuring sign regarding your safety...


And just in case this retirement thing does not work out, I have added "Gator Wrangler" to my resume...


More critters...




Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve - protects the tallest sand dunes in North America. Be sure to visit their website to learn how these dunes were formed.

Note how small the people in the foreground of the photo look as compared to the dunes
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Saturday, September 16, 2017

San Luis State Wildlife Area

Although I really enjoyed my time in the Montrose, CO area this summer, it was time to move on. I have decided to take a six week road trip traveling through southeast Colorado into Texas and then work my way west to Arizona for the winter.

My first stop is the San Luis State Wildlife Area near Mosca, CO. As pointed out on their website, the park's water system has become cost prohibitive so there is no water or sewer. However, the sites are available at no charge along with 11 television stations (via antenna), Verizon 4G service and free 50 amp power!  "Life is good"

View from the RV

Home, sweet home

Friday, September 08, 2017

Lake Havasu Heat

Yesterday, I dropped my Jeep and RZR off at the Havasu Falls RV Resort in Lake Havasu City where I will be spending the winter. It was 104 degrees F at 7:30 p.m. Glad I will not be going back until November 1st.


On I-40 my truck developed a vibration that suggested I might have a tire separation. I stopped at a Big O dealership in Kingman and sure enough, the right rear outside tire was separating. What I was not expecting was the left rear inside tire had no air in it due to a large hole; the outside tire was holding it up so that it was not easily visible. Three hours and $1400 later, I had a new set of tires on the truck.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Extreme Rock Crawling

As soon as I up-fit my jeep with a winch, 40” tires, roll cage, high lift jack, first aid kit, oil absorbent material and a bucket, I can try these trails west of Montrose, CO...



The following photos are not dead-ends but the beginning of the trail aptly named Boulder Canyon...



I am told it gets worse the further you go!  I think the bucket is for when you throw up.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Sign of Autumn

The aspens up on the Grand Mesa east of Grand Junction are beginning to display their fall colors...

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Although the temperature was in the mid-90s in the valley, it was 64 degrees at ~11,000 feet. As you drive down the south side of the mesa, you pass the beautiful Island Lake...

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Colorado - 2017

Once again, I had a terrific summer exploring the San Juan Mountains south of Ouray. I stayed at the Centennial RV Park, a well maintained park where the hosts went out of their way to make me feel at home. Most of my neighbors had jeeps which gave me someone to ride and socialize with. Click here to see a slideshow of my version of back-to-school's "what I did this summer".

Black Bear Pass

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Another Reason To Own A Jeep

My Jeep Rubicon is my fun vehicle. Although the Ford F-350 Crew Cab is great for towing the fifth wheel, it is a beast to maneuver. It takes a two acre field to turn around in and don't even think about going through a drive-thru. The Jeep, on the other hand, is nimble enough to zip in and out of tight spots at the mall and I can go off-road where mountain goats fear to tread.

While looking at various YouTube videos, I came across another reason to own a jeep...


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Owl Creek Pass

Owl Creek Pass is a scenic ride on a dirt forestry road between Highway 550 north of Ridgway and Highway 50 east of Montrose. Although there were some rough patches (think rumble strips), a passenger car could easily make this trip.



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Gramblr

I have not used Instagram very much as I take most of my photos with Nikon cameras and did not want to go through the hassle of transferring them to my smartphone. Today, I did a Google search and found there are a number of ways to upload photos directly to Instagram from a PC. Unfortunately, the procedures that did not involve downloading software did not work with my Windows 7 operating system and Chrome browser.

This left me with the downloading software option. I suspect professional photographers like my friend, Sunny Weathers, use a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom but I am much too lazy to learn how to use such sophisticated software so I went with Gramblr which is so simple the "learning curve" is almost flat. Click here to view my Instagram photos.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Major Crash

Ever wonder what an ATV that rolls down the side of a mountain looks like...




Let's hope the rider was able to get off before it started to roll.