Sunday, December 22, 2019

Full timing is coming to an end!

I know I haven't kept this blog up-to-date, it's about a year-and-a-half behind and I have still been traveling.   Last year I spent about three months in Idaho and absolutely loved it.  I definitely want to add this to my blog because it was  new to me. I rode several rail trails in Idaho including the Hiawatha bike trail.  This trail has several  tunnels including  one that is about a mile long.

Since then I've basically done some of the same stuff that I've always been doing, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida...

Hopefully I will eventually update the blog with everything for the last year-and-a-half.  But the reason I'm here today is to let you know that I am hanging my keys up. I've been thinking about it for a while.  Tryng to decide if I wanted a new RV to keep full timing or what I wanted to do. Well, I have signed a contract to build a cabin in the mountains in North  Carolina.   I thought I would keep traveling until about April but due to an RV issue I am hanging the keys up earlier.   I will be renting a cabin close to where I'm building one.  So I have another couple of weeks in the RV and then that's it.

Driving back from Florida yesterday, I had some emotional moments thinking about giving this up.  I really love the full timing lifestyle but due to several issues I need to give it up at least for a while.  I need to work on my weight and some other medical issues that I feel will be easier off the road.  Also I will be closer to my mom. 

I plan on selling my RV.  It does have a few issues but at 11 1/2 years old and more than a 100,000 moles you would expect this.  If anyone knows someone who'd like a 2008 Lazy Daze MB let me know and I'll tell them every problem I'm aware of.  (I would not be a good used car salesman ).  I will eventually get another RV.  That will probably be a year or more down the road.  At that time I'll probably travel half a year and stay in the cabin half the year.  Who knows?

I hope everyone  has a great Christmas!








Tuesday, November 20, 2018

North Salt Lake City, UT

From Fremont Indian State Park, I continued North.  I stopped in North Salt Lake City, Utah staying in the same RV park I have stayed at previously, Pony Express RV Park.  While the sites are too close together, I like that it is adjacent to a nice paved bike trail.  Also the location is a good central location, there are a lot of things to do within an hours drive.

I enjoyed the bike trail several times, except for the day I had a flat tire!! Luckily I was only about a mile from the RV park, so I pushed my bike back to the park. 

I enjoyed the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge so much I went twice. 

I love Yellow-Headed Blackbirds and this area had a lot of them.

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They don’t have the prettiest song, but it was interesting watching them.  Sometimes when they sang (or squawked) the turned their head and neck in what looked to be an awkward way. 

NSLC_bear_river_np73 (1024x683) I saw several Whimbrels just at the entrance to the refuge. 

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I have always like Stilts and Avocets and there were many in this refuge.

Stilts -

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Avocets -

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White-Faced Ibis – The first picture has a fish behind the Ibis.  Most of the water was very shallow and I saw many fish swimming around. 

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Western Grebe

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Ring Necked Pheasant

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Other Birds -

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Scenery -

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My next stop is Idaho, where i spent about 2 months touring around.  I will start posting those in a few days.

Sevier, UT Fremont Indian State Park, part 2

Since I like Petroglyphs and pictographs so much, I had to break my Fremont Indian State Park visit into 2 blogs. 

The blanket pictograph below is about 16 feet wide and 4 feet high.  It is across the interstate from the park, but they have a spotting scope on one of the trails for it.

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Below is a picture from the park, across  the interstate and you can just make out the blanket pictograph.  I circled it in red.  I started thinking about the traffic on I-70.  I am guessing most don’t have any idea what they are passing.

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I walked the Canyon of Life trail 3 times.  I saw several petroglyphs, but I could not find the Marao Panel that was described in the publications.  Even though I knew the general area from the publication and I found what I thought was the trail people used to look at it, I could not find it.  After walking it a couple of times I asked at the visitor center, but the person I talked to didn’t know where it was.  I also looked online, but could not find anything that helped.  On my last day there I was determined to find it and I did!!

Spoiler alert, if the hunt is part of the fun don’t look at the rest of this post as I am going to give away the secret!!   I enjoyed searching for them so seriously skip the rest of this post if you enjoy finding them yourself.

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Sevier, UT–Fremont Indian State Park part 1

In late April on my way North, I stopped for a few days at Fremont Indian State Park in Sevier, Utah.  I stayed in the Sam Stowe Campground where there are 7 or 8 Full Hookup sites.  Most of the sites needed a good bit of leveling, but I found one that wasn’t too bad. 

This state park had some great “brochures” which I downloaded to my phone.   Using these, I found many petroglyphs and pictographs.  Some required short hikes, while others were along the road. Also, there were many that were not in the brochures I downloaded.  I enjoyed the search for this ancient art.  The main road in the park is basically an access road to I-70 so you can see the interstate and traffic quite often. 

Even though it is next to the interstate, it is out in the country.  2 of the 3 days I was there I got caught by thousands of sheep.  One of those days, I was sitting on a bench beside the road looking for petroglyphs.  One of the cowboys (?sheep herders?) rode up to me on his horse and said I could stay there as the sheep would go around me, but I decided to sit in my car as they moved by. 

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I started at the visitor center.  The main loop is paved, but there are several trails off of the main loop. 

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A cyclops!  The eye is a bullet hole.  

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Kilt Man -

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Below is one of the newer petroglyphs.  This one is called Hunkup’s Train.  The brochure said that Hunkup was a Paiute (who didn’t live here, but traveled through the area regularly).  During the 1870’s Hunkup took a train to Chicago and then came back and documented his journey on the cliffs.  Below there are trains and 2-story houses. 

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See next blog for the rest of this trip!