Our BIG Adventure…To Tonopah, NV…What a Trip…

April 3-4

    -Tonopah, NV Hotel & RV Park

We only stayed here 1 night. It’s kind of the ½ way point between Las Vegas & Carson City. It is just a dinky little town but we had a BIG adventure getting here!

When we left Vegas we had a full tank of fuel in the truck. There was only 1 gas station between Vegas & Tonopah. It was less than an hour outside Vegas. There’s a sign that lets you know it’s the ONLY station.

Now…because we ran out of fuel…in Texas…LAST summer…just 8 miles from a station, I kind of start bugging Georgie to get fuel when the tank gets around ½ full.

SOOOOO…I suggested we top off the tank at this 1 and only station. He said no, we could make it to Tonopah…no problem.

WELL…wouldn’t you know! Just 6 miles BEFORE Tonopah…only 6 miles…YEP! We ran out of fuel!!!

To say that I was a little pissed is putting it mildly! I just wanted to sit my FAT ASS in the truck & let him walk his HAPPY ASS 6 miles!!!

I couldn’t do that…even though I wanted to! We carry 3-5 gal. gas cans in the truck. I have suggested that maybe we should put 5 gals. of diesel fuel in 1…just in case. Oh no…why would we need that? Why he asks…REALLY!!

So…he started to walk. He didn’t even get 10 steps in front of the truck when a car pulled over, picked him up, took him into town…AND brought him back! They said they were headed to Vegas when they saw him so they turned around. What a lucky break! For me too…and the dogs. I guess we were all happy.

Anyway, we got into town, parked the rig in the only RV park in town, ate dinner…at the only restaurant in town, gambled for about an hour…at the only casino in town, then crawled into bed.

Back on the road first thing in the morning.


Las Vegas….Again….

March 29-April 3

    -Las Vegas, NV Circus Circus RV Park

This was our 2nd trip to Vegas this year. We stayed at Circus Circus RV Park…again. It’s a nice park with a great location. Close to most everything.

Our goal was to get to Washington and work our way down the Pacific Coast. We made a lot of stops along the way. Las Vegas just happened to be on the way. We were so sad to have to stop…

We only stayed a couple of days…and we did ok at the casinos so all was not lost.

Waaaaaay Behind on Our Blog Post…..

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2017

The last time I updated our Blog was back in March when we “boondocked” at Kaibab National Forest! A lot of catching up to do!

Here’s where we’ve been since then:

March 29-April 3

    -Las Vegas, NV Circus Circus RV Park (2nd time this year)

April 3-4

    -Tonopah, NV Hotel & RV Park

April 4-13

    -Carson City, NV Gold Dust Hotel & RV Park

April 13-16

    -Reno, NV Grand Sierra Casino & RV Park

April 16-May 21

    -Lakeview, OR Base Camp RV Park

May 21-27

    La Pine, OR La Pine State Park

May 27-June 11

    -La Pine, OR Deschutes National Forest

June 11-12

    -Redmond, OR KOA RV Park

June 12-21

    -Stevenson, OR Timberlake RV Park

June 21-July 9

    Silver Lake, WA Silver Cove RV Park

July 9-16

    -Port Angeles, WA Shadow Mountain RV Park

July 16-21

    -La Push, WA Oceanside RV Park

July 21-24

    -Forks, WA Forks 101 RV Park

July 24-28

    -Hoquiam, WA Hoquiam River RV Park

July 28-Aug 3

    -Montesano, WA Friends Landing

Aug 3-6

    -Hoodsport, WA Glen Ayr RV Park

Aug 6-9

    -Silver Lake, WA Silver Cove RV Park (2nd time this year)

Details of each of these to follow….

Kaibab National Forest in Williams, AZ…

March 15-29, 2017

We left Lake Havasu City, AZ and headed for Kaibab National Forest in Williams, AZ. www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab. This is the most beautiful place we have EVER stayed! We dry camped for 2 whole weeks and could have stayed longer but you are limited to a maximum 14 day period then you have to move at least 25 miles.

We found the perfect spot! We stopped at the Visitors Center in Williams when we got into town. The ladies were very knowledgeable about what the forest roads were like and which way we should head. The elevation is 7200 ft so there was still some snow in areas. Other areas were really wet since most of the snow had started to melt.


Our drive to our spot. And our spot. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL! And it was pretty chilly…but beautiful! There was a small patch of snow when we got there. Tori and Annie didn’t know what to think. Annie seemed to enjoy it a little more than Tori. Annie has “bear paws” so we figured the cold didn’t bother her as much as it did Tori.

We were here a week. The snow had melted, the ground was starting to get more solid. We thought…we may be able to get the bikes out!

We woke up the next morning…7 ½ inches of snow! 7 ½ inches! You’ve gotta be f’ing kinding me! Luckily it melted in about 3 days but we were back to soft and muddy again. Still beautiful though! And the “girls” had a ball in the snow!

We decided we will definitely come back here but maybe a month later. But you never know.

Driving through Williams was almost like going back in time. They have 2 main roads and each one is a one-way street. A lot of nice shops, restaurants and breweries. We spent a Sunday down here just walking around…and eating.

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We didn’t see much wildlife like elk, deer, bear, etc. We saw a lot of fresh elk prints every morning. We saw a few deer running across the road one day on the way back to our campsite. There were some prints we couldn’t identify but they were big. Oh…the “girls” did drag some elk parts back…a leg with a hoof and a hip (we think).

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And on to Las Vegas…again…for 4 days.

A Stop in Lake Havasu City, AZ

March 12, 2017

Left Quartzsite,  AZ March 8 because it was heading into the upper 80’s, low 90’s this week.  Too hot for us to boondock.

We are staying in Havasu Falls RV Resort so we can “plug in” & have air conditioning. 

We were only going to stay 3 days but decided to stay for a week.  Trying to figure out where we’re going next.  

We want to continue boondocking so trying to map out areas that have temperatures in the low to mid 70’s.

We think when we leave we’ll head towards Flagstaff, AZ.  Not all the way yet as they’re still gettting snow.

Will keep you posted.

A Year in Review….

It’s been a year since we started this Great American Adventure!  What a wild ride it’s been so far!
I unexpectedly quit my job of 22 years with a 30 minute notice.  Our plan to RV full time got moved up about 3 years.
George put his business up for sale.
We bought our 40′ 5th wheel toy hauler.  Sold everything we owned.  Sold our home of 20+ years & moved into our 5th wheel. 

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We found a beautiful park to move the 5th wheel to, Timberlane RV Park & Resort http://timberlanervpark.com20160116_081559

 

 

We moved here November 1, 2015 and stayed until July 1, 2016.  George’s business sold & closed in June 2016.

While we were here the motor on our bedroom slide had to be replaced, the living room air conditioner had to be replaced,  we made some changes inside the rig…

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One of our Goldens, Daisy, passed away.  This happened in February.   We thought, maybe it would be easier to travel with just 1 golden retriever, Tori, and our cat, Alley.

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That lasted about a week!  Tori was depressed.  We were depressed.  We were a 2 dog family!  We started our search for another Golden.  Daisy was a rescue & was such a good girl we knew we only wanted another rescue.  We ended up with Annie…a goldendoodle!  She was not a rescue but an 8 week old puppy!  We were NOT prepared for a puppy!

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We prepared to take our first road trip…July, August & September.  We wanted to be back in Florida October, November & December.
We spent the next 2 weeks getting the rig ready.  George made an appointment to have the brakes checked on the rig as well as getting 6 new tires.  We took it to A & A Trailer in Bradenton, http://www.aandatrailerhitch.com.
They had the tires off & were checking the brakes.  The brakes were shot!  We not only had 6 new tires put on but we had to replace all 6 brakes!

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While we were waiting for the brakes to come in our refrigerator stopped working.  We need a new refrigerator!
Finally…off to some of the western states!  Our 1st stop was St. Cloud, FL.  Our 2 boys & their families live here…5 minutes from each other.
Brent & Ashley (& Lyla) live on 5 acres east of St. Cloud. 

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He put in 50 amp service so we could park at his place.  It’s a 3 hour drive.  We going to stay 3 days…best laid plans!

While there our little Annie was playing outside with Tori, Zoe & Emma (Brent & Ashley’s 2 Goldens).  She ran, full speed, into the L pin on our front leveling jack!

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This is one expensive dog!  1 surgery & $1200 later…

 

 

Now…off to Colorado!

Ran out of fuel in Texas!

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July 15…made it to Cortez, CO!

Had to take Annie to a vet in Durango.  She had an infection where she had been stitched up.

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Another surgery, 2-3 visits for the next couple of weeks & $2000 later…  Plus an extra week’s stay…in Durango.

Found out our “gas tank” was leaking!  It supplies gas to the generator & also serves to fill the bikes if needed.  Patched it.

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Made the best of this unexpected stay…rode the Million Dollar Highway to Silverton & Ouray, CO!

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August 8…off to Cripple Creek, CO

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August 16…off to Cheyenne, WY. 

WAIT!  Only made it to Colorado Springs.  The brakes on the truck were smoking!  BAD!  Had to get new brakes on the truck so we spent 3 days in Colorado Springs.  Made the best of it.  Got to ride up Pike’s Peak!

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August 19…now we’re off to Cheyenne, WY.

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August 26…on to Keystone, SD (Mt. Rushmore)  Took some fantastic rides…Sturgis & Deadwood, Custer State Park, Needles Highway & Iron Mountain Road!

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September 5…headed to Morton, IL to see my best friend…Julie Cleveland!

(More on this & rest of our trip in separate blogs…soon I hope)  We had reservations at Carl Spindler State Park outside of Morton September 8-11. 

We decided to really take our time getting there.  Decided to stop in Waterloo, IA for a couple days.  Ready to head out on the 7th but…the bar that runs across the leveling jacks broke so we couldn’t hook up!  Ended up there until September 9th waiting on the part then installing it!

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September 9…another delay but finally got to Morton, IL around 7pm.

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September 12…on to Pennsylvania to see our daughter & her family for a couple weeks.

She, Fid & the girls had just moved into their new log home a couple days before we got there…oh yeah!  Poor kids. 20160925_185331

 

 

They also had a 50 amp service so we hooked up there a few steps from their place.

September 26…off to Luray, VA…to see the Caverns!  Spent 2 days!  This is a must see!

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September 30…made it back to Timberlane RV Park in Bradenton, FL.  Here until January 1, 2017 but will probably leave December 17 & head over to St. Cloud for an early Christmas with the boys & their families then on to….somewhere between there & Las Vegas, NV!  Meeting our friends, Ray & Jackie, January 22-26 for a well deserved “Vegas Fix”!

Thinking we may not come back to Florida until November for a couple of months.  October this year was SO hot!

Cheyenne, WY…a Quaint “Little” Town…

Friday, August 19 to August 26, 2016

Made it to Cheyenne, WY. Only a 3 ½ hour drive from Colorado Springs. We stayed at the “famous” Terry Bison Ranch for a week. http://www.terrybisonranch.com

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We saw Bison, Camels, Antelope & Deer. They have a great Steakhouse there as well as Tombstone Café that serves breakfast and lunch.

 

Cheyenne (population 64,000) isn’t a big city. It has a small town feel. There is a historic downtown that’s pretty cool.

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There’s an old Union Pacific train station that is now Accomplice Beer Company. http://www.accomplicebeer.com

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A lot of the original floors and walls are still there. The Union Pacific train runs right behind here. While we were there 5 trains passed. 3 of them stopped to change train engineers.

There is a state museum. http://wyomuseum.state.wy.us

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We spent a couple of hours there. We didn’t realize there was so much history in Wyoming. They found dinosaur bones. A lot of them. As well several Indian tribes, cowboys, etc.

 

We took Tori & Annie swimming at Lion’s Park http://www.cheyenne.org/listing/lions-park/60

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It was 59 degrees out. (not sure of the water temperature) I thought I was going to have to go in and get them. We’d call them, they’d get close to shore, then out they’d go again! They swam for about 45 minutes and loved it.

 

We went somewhere every day. There was always somewhere to go and something different to see.