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Budget traveler, wilderness backpacker, banjo-picker, eat & dance salsa

TRAVEL ROUTE 2017

Open this link to see our 2017 travel map.

 2017 Route Map 

But first, about the map:

  • We used uMap, an application that allows much more detail than Google Maps.
  • Due to novice operator (me), we haven’t figured out how to imbed the whole map in the post, so we are simply linking to it instead (for now).
  • Once the map is opened, you can zoom in to see the specific roads we took, or zoom out to see the whole route.
  • You can use your mouse to drag the map around and see whatever you want.
  • You can click on each location icon which opens a drop down dialogue box that tells you exactly where we camped and lists the blog post that has the story about the area (it would have been better to hyperlink the blog posts, but since the map is not imbedded we can’t).

OK, that’s it.  2018 posts will be coming in soon.

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TUCSON; Dec 2017

After traveling 20,000 miles through Oregon, California, Idaho, Wyoming and Utah we landed in Tucson Arizona. We reserved a spot in a RV Park outside of town, unhooked our truck from the trailer, lowered the trailer’s landing gear, and became stationary for the first time all year. Continue reading

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December 2017; Monthly Report

Monthly Report; December 2017

Imagining:

We spent December in Tucson Arizona, in a friendly, funky RV park. Here we did some long overdue maintenance on the truck and trailer and planned out our travels for 2018. It’s going to be a busy year. We’ll store our trailer in the RV park and go to Mexico from mid-January through Mid-March, first taking care of some business in Chihuahua before flying to Baja California to snorkel and kayak with the whales in the Sea of Cortez. We’ll fly back to visit family in New Jersey before returning to Tucson to pick up our truck and trailer and start migrating northward through Utah, eastern Oregon and summer along Puget Sound in Washington State. Continue reading

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November 2017; Monthly Report

Monthly Report; November 2017

Imagining:

We’ve landed in Tucson Arizona for the holidays, but already thinking about our next move. After New Years we’ll put our truck and trailer in storage, dig out our backpacks, and head for Baja California Mexico, staying in Air BnBs, kayaking with the whales, and exploring the mountains of the Vizcaino preserve in the middle of the Baja California Peninsula. After that we have business to take care of in Chihuahua Mexico before we return to Tucson, pick up our trailer, and migrate north through Utah, California and Oregon to spend the summer in the Pacific Northwest of Washington State. At least that’s the plan for now. Continue reading

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Arizona Drift, Nov 2017

After spending October in southern Utah’s red rock canyonlands we headed south, drifting into Arizona. We had a goal here; checking out possible areas to set up a home base. By now we were used to living in our twenty eight foot-long, fifth wheel trailer. But we still wanted to establish a home base to travel from, and return to. There were a few places in Arizona we wanted to check out as home-base possibilities. The first stop, Sedona. Continue reading

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UTAH! Zion & Vermillion Cliffs, Nov 2017

Zion National Park!   We’d been on the road for over six months by the time we reached Zion. The redwoods of California were majestic, Yosemite was stately. Yellowstone was spectacular, Bryce Canyon National Park surreally beautiful. But Zion; well, Zion is simply stupendous. Continue reading

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UTAH! Grand Staircase & Bryce Canyon, Oct 2017

It’s mid-October and time to move from Capitol Reef National Park onward into Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Bryce Canyon National Park. So, we packed up our comfortable camp outside of Capitol Reef and followed spectacular highway 12 south into Grand Staircase National Monument. Continue reading

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UTAH! Capitol Reef National Park, Oct. 2017

We had just left our camp in Wildhorse Canyon and were thinking; there couldn’t be anything more spectacular than that. But driving highway 24 from Hanksville to Capitol Reef National Park proved us wrong. The Waterpocket Fold is a massive ridge of broken rock in the middle of Utah, and highway 24 cuts right through it. Now the rock was even more colorful; pinks, purples, reds, blues, yellows and chocolate brown in layers, one on top of the other, or in huge stripes down the mountain faces. Continue reading

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October 2017; Monthly Report

Monthly Report; October 2017:

Imagining:

We’ve seen a lot, but there’s a lot more to see. That’s what captures our imagination now. We’ve hiked through remote red rock canyons in Utah, froze in the snowy Rocky Mountains, and marveled at the dramatic coastline of Oregon. North America is fantastic, and we can’t wait to see more of it. Continue reading

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UTAH! Natural Bridges, Wildhorse/Horseshoe Canyons, Goblin Valley, Oct 2017

We’d been in Utah for weeks now. We started in the north at Dinosaur National Monument, then drifted south through Canyonlands and the Trail of the Ancients along the Colorado/Utah border. Now it’s time to head west, into the remote mountains, canyons and deserts of the San Rafael Swell, a massive wall of jagged rock jutting out of the earth and running north to south through the state. Here you’ll find remote slot canyons, hidden gorges, ancient pictographs, mysterious valleys full of strange rock formations, all surrounded by a vast, wild, desert. Continue reading

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