Saturday, October 22, 2016

My Blog

Although the number of visitors to my blog has slowly increased over the last five years, there has been some interesting activity in the past week. A couple of times a day, someone or something has been viewing ~30 pages at a time...

I have no idea of what is going on. Perhaps, the Russians or WikiLeaks are trying to hack into my account. If so, I hope they will not find that embarrassing photo of me in Mexico involving a sombrero, whipped cream and a pole dancer. <grin>

Then last night, I get an email informing me that my blog "has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 RV Blogs on the web". I was even given the very rare and extremely prestigious "Awarded Top 100 RV Blog" badge (I'm 99 out of 100)...

I have to wonder: "is my blog on the verge of going viral, leading to immense personal wealth and popularity... or is this simply as close as I will get to my 15 minutes of fame".

Monday, October 17, 2016

Sand Hollow State Park

If you think you are ready for some extreme 4 wheeling, may I suggest Sand Hollow State Park, UT...

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Mavic Drone

DJI has introduced the Mavic, a compact drone that has all the features I have been looking for in a drone. Although I will probably wait a while in order for them to work out any "new product bugs", I think this is the unit I will buy.

This got me to thinking about how I would use the drone or better yet, how I might justify its cost. Then it hit me - action videos on YouTube that will attract millions of viewers.

In as much as Moab is home to some of the best base jumping in the world and I will be there next Spring, this seems like a good place to start...

Then on to bicycling in Sedona in the Fall...

All I need now are adventure-seeking volunteers who like to live life on the "razor's edge" and have lots of insurance. I will share all profits from the video with you... or your next of kin.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lesser of Two Evils

I received my absentee voter ballot this week which got me to thinking about the two main candidates for president. You would think that in a country with a population of ~325 million we could have chosen two more qualified and likable individuals. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have major character flaws. This year it feels more like we will be voting to keep one candidate out of office rather than putting the other candidate in office.

How do you decide who to vote for? In my opinion, you have to look at the role you want government to play in your life. If you want bigger government, higher taxes and more regulation, you vote for Hillary and the Democratic Party. If you want smaller government, lower taxes and less regulation, you vote for Donald and the Republican Party.

In recent years, politicians have slowly moved our country in the direction of "socialism". Ironically, as Thomas Sowell said: “Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it”.

On the other hand, "capitalism" has been the greatest generator of wealth the world has ever known. Even communist countries such as China and Russia have moved in the direction of a free market system.

Unfortunately, professional politicians have found it easier to buy votes with taxpayer money by offering people "free stuff" rather than confront them with the hard choices that are needed to turn this country around. As a result our national debt is approaching $20,000,000,000,000 ($20 trillion). That's over $164,000 per taxpayer!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Virgin River Gorge

I dropped the Jeep and RZR off at the Havasu Falls RV Resort yesterday (where I will spend the winter) and returned to Marysvale today. I will pack the RV tomorrow and head to the Las Vegas RV Resort Saturday for the month of October.

In the past five years of being on the road, I have seen a number of things while driving that I wished I could have photographed or videoed. Hopefully, the new dash cam will enable me to record some of those moments. Here's a two minute clip of the drive up through the Virgin River Gorge...

View at highest HD setting possible

Monday, September 26, 2016

Last Ride

I did not intend to ride today but the weather and the scenery were just too darn nice to resist so I took one more trip up the mountain. It was a great way to end my stay here on the Paiute Trail. Click on photos to enlarge...

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Paiute Trail 77

After several days of inclement weather, the sun and blue skies returned which gave me the opportunity to check out the snow and fall foliage at the higher elevations...

Note deer in lower right portion of photo
(click on photos to enlarge)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Z-Edge Z3 Dash Cam

After my recent experience with the hay bale truck, I purchased a dash cam to document any future accidents. I will also use it in the jeep to record my off-road adventures.

The Z-Edge Z3 is a compact, easy to use dash cam with excellent video recording capabilities including resolutions up to 2K. It has an impressive range of features but rather than listing them here, I will refer you to their website. My initial impression is it is a great camcorder for the price.

The only disappointment to date is that it arrived without the 32 GB TF or Micro SDHD card that should have been included with the unit. I have emailed their technical support group and am awaiting their reply.

Here is a video segment that was recorded at 2560×1080 (30 fps). If you have the bandwidth, enlarge the video to "Full Screen" and view at one of the HD settings...

Update (9/27/16): The manufacturer has refunded $15 to my account for the purchase of a card. Although I paid $26.46 for a 32 GB SanDisk card at Walmart, I liked the fact that their customer service department got back to me within 24 hours of my original email and initiated the refund.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Early Snow

Here's what I woke up to this morning...

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Weather permitting, I will try to take the RZR up the mountain later to get a better view of the snow and fall foliage. My timing for heading south next week is looking pretty good.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Dash Cam

For a while now, I have been thinking about buying a dash cam to record everything from critters passing in front of my vehicle to accidents. Unfortunately, in regards to the latter, I am a day late and a couple hundred dollars short (estimated repairs).

While driving north on Highway 89, an oncoming truck loaded with hay bales took a curve much too fast and dropped several bales into my lane. I got as close to the guard rail as I dared and although this kept me from hitting them head-on, both fenders on the left side of the jeep were partially ripped off. By the time I got stopped and inspected the damage, the other vehicle was long gone.

The problem with this scenario is that without another insurance company to pay the claim, my insurer would consider this a "collision accident" and I would be responsible for the deductible. Plus, my rate would probably go up next year. The good news is I have an appointment next Monday to have the jeep repaired and I am still alive to write about it.

With a dash cam I could at least show the bales of hay falling off the truck into my lane and proving the accident was not my fault. Knowing that I am driving to Las Vegas next week, I just ordered a Z-Edge 3 from Amazon.

Here are photos from the crime scene...

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Willis Creek Slot Canyon

Willis Creek is actually a series of slot canyons that you hike through by following the creek for about 2 miles. The creek is a couple of inches deep so you will want to wear appropriate footwear. As always with slot canyons, make sure there is no risk of a flash flood.

Although Willis Creek is a little hard to find, it is well worth the effort, particularly, if you have never hiked a slot canyon (click on photos to enlarge)...



Monday, September 12, 2016

Barney Lake

Dan, Holly, their rowdy friends and I rode up to Barney Lake...

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Paiute Trail 01

Dan, Holly and I rode the side-by-sides up over the mountain to Big John Flat where a "prescribed burn" by the National Forest Service caused us to turn around and come back down the mountain. We had a perfect weather day and the cloudless, dark blue sky made for great photos...

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Monday, September 05, 2016

Fall Foilage

Larry and I rode up the mountain west of the park this afternoon where I was able to capture the beginning of the Fall colors...

Hopefully, over the next couple of weeks, the change will become even more impressive.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Arizonian Reunion

Anyone who frequents this blog knows that I enjoy making friends in one part of the country and then meeting them again somewhere else. Today, I had the pleasure of reuniting with neighbors from the Arizonian RV Park where I spent the last five winters...

Greg, Merry, Gail, Terry

As always, it was a delight getting caught up on each other's lives and hearing what they did this summer. I am pleased to report that everyone is doing well and looking forward to returning to southern Arizona this Fall.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Colorado - 2016

It has been a terrific summer. I have explored most of the major passes south of Ouray and shared the experience with both old and new friends. The scenery was so spectacular and the photos turned out so well, I have created a slideshow that you can view by clicking here. Consider it my version of back-to-school's "what I did this summer".

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Burning Man

Burning Man 2016 begins tomorrow, August 28, and runs through Monday, September 5, in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. You can watch a live broadcast of the event at If you are not familiar with Burning Man, take a look at some of these YouTube videos.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Silverton, CO

Sunny, Stormy and I took the Prius OHV to Silverton via Route 550 which is part of the San Juan Skyway (a/k/a "Million Dollar Highway"). This is one of the most scenic drives anywhere in the country.

While in Silverton, we were able to catch the Durango & Silverton Railroad getting ready for the return trip to Durango...

This coal-fired, steam locomotive was built in 1925

Monday, August 22, 2016

Engineer Pass

Today's photos from Engineer Pass...

Here's a video of one of the "more interesting" sections of Engineer Pass...

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Gateway Auto Museum

If you are a classic car buff, you will want to visit the Gateway Auto Museum in Gateway, CO. It has an amazing collection of mint condition vintage cars. Click here to see a slideshow of today's museum photos.

This is Stormy's favorite, an awesome looking 1958 Chevrolet Corvette...

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And this is the pride of the museum, a one-of-kind 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 Convertible Concept Car (the only one in the world)...

Lastly, on the way to Gateway, we passed this unique rock art...

Friday, August 19, 2016

Sunny & Stormy Return

One of the things I enjoy about the RV lifestyle is meeting friends in different parts of the country and sharing a common experience. Much to my good fortune, Sunny and Stormy returned from the airshow in Oshkosh to spend a week with me in Colorado.

Our first trip was to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park...

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Where, I for one, felt very comfortable knowing that highly trained, professional rangers were looking out for my safety...

We ended the day with a delightful outdoor dinner consisting of baby back ribs and sides from Rib City...

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Ophir Pass

If you would like to experience a high mountain pass in Colorado without having to navigate a difficult trail, then you may want to try Ophir Pass 2.0...

Larry, CJ, Keith, Jayne
(Friends from the Arizonian RV Park)

Alta Lake

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Corkscrew, Picayne Placer & Poughkeepsie Gulch

Corkscrew Pass 2.5, Picayne Placer Gulches 2.5 and Poughkeepsie Gulch 3.5 are some of the most scenic and fun trails I have ridden here in Colorado...

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I did not originally plan to do Poughkeepsie Gulch due to the infamous "Wall", a gnarly section that gives the trail it's difficulty rating, but an experienced jeeper I met at Animus Forks told me there was a by-pass around it. As it turned out, his definition of "by-pass" is a little different from mine...

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Imogene Pass

The new fuel pump appears to have solved my jeep's high altitude stalling problem. I crossed Imogene Pass at 13,114 feet without having to shut the engine off and let everything cool down...

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Now that I am unemployed and homeless, I was hoping that check from Obama would be in the mailbox but alas, no such luck...

The wildflowers are in full bloom at the higher elevations...

Here's what I have to look forward to when I drive Black Bear Pass...

The following video is a compilation of segments of the ride. It runs 4X normal speed so as to give you a feel for being behind the wheel of the jeep without being too boring...

One of the things you learn while driving in the mountains is how quickly the weather can change. Here is a short video of me running into a hail storm while returning home on the Last Dollar Road...