Monthly Archives: May 2015

Is it really all about the weather?

May 31, 2015

Yes, yes it is.  When you are living in a 20ft trailer, the weather is everything!  It stormed in Durango everyday we were there.  Not Texas size storms but enough to create mud everywhere.  Luckily the town of Durango is pretty neat.  We did get to watch a few hockey games and down a few microbrews.  I am sure it is beautiful but we were in the clouds most of the time.

We headed East and found some good weather and beautiful sites in Southern Utah.  Spent time here last year, so starting to feel like I know my way around.  The “Needles” area south of Moab was great.  We got to hike around And really experience the southern part of Canyonlands N.P.

Living the Dream, with one exception, Rex.  After hiking in Needles we found Rex dangling out the window after kicking out the screen, again.  Apparently he barked like a maniac the whole time we were gone disturbing the desert peace of our neighbor campers.  I think Rex is going to have some Larry training and drugs.

After several days of “dry camping”, we are now luxuriating in Moab with AC and cable TV.  It was fun watching the Blackhawks finish off the Ducks from my own bed.image image image



It Does Get Better

May22, 2015

We decided to outlast the winter weather and stayed at Mesa Verde. We did move from National Park dry camping (no electric or water hookup), across the highway to a private campground with nice hot showers and TV.

We hiked and explored the Mesa Verde archeology sites. We found more hail and snow while driving up to Telluride for a day trip.

We are planning to stay in the Durango area through the Memorial Day holiday. Then depending on the weather we will stay in the Colorado mountains or move to the Utah high desert area next week.






May 17, 2015

There we were all comfy in Northern Arizona. Then someone had the bright idea that it was time for a change of scenery.

We stayed in Cottonwood for 10 days. Cottonwood is a town about 20 miles south of Sedona that has a great campground, Dead Horse State Park. Dead Horse is high desert and has great hiking and mountain biking trails. The weather was unseasonably cool for May, seventies during the day and forties at night, aka, “perfect”. The tourist areas of Old Cottonwood and Jerome have nice restaurants and allowed us to watch the BlackHawks sweep the Wild and head towards the Stanley Cup.

But travelers get restless. I thought we should head north. Grand Canyon was impossible without reservations so we headed northeast through a couple hundred miles of nowhere and went to Mesa Verde National Park in SW Colorado. Well we got our change! So far two days of rain and snow. When the sunshines, and we are not hunkered down in our shrinking Airstream, Mesa Verde is beautiful!

We are toughing it out and happy we are not in a tent! Laundry Day.






Ye Ha!

May 3, 2015

It took a little longer than planned, but that’s the way life is.  Left Chicago last week and now we have reunited with the Airstream in Southern Arizona!  What’s this “we” you speak of?  For those who don’t know I am traveling with my girlfriend Leslie and her dog Toto (aka Rex).  The Airstream seems a little smaller but happier.

Our plans are unknown other than to continue the exploration of all this Western wilderness.  We’ll be moving north soon as Southern AZ is too hot for my northern blood.

Leslie is starting her own bog: