One Year On The Road

It has been one year on July 12 that I started my fulltime RV’ing lifestyle.  I can’t believe it has been a whole year.  I took the time to go back through this year and show you some of the highlights of my adventure.

Be sure to click and then click again to enlarge all photos.

July, 2010 – Inyokern, CA –  My very first campsite at the beginning of my adventure.  I was really a rookie back then.

July, 2010 – Sequoia National Park – Boondocking in Fish Creek Campsite in the Sequoias.

August, 2010 – Sisters, OR – Camping on the Metolius River outside of Sisters, OR.  What a fantastic spot.

August, 2010 – Crater Lake National Park.  Words cannot describe this beautiful place.

September, 2010 – Eugene, OR – Getting my solar panels installed.  My boondocking will be much quieter and more efficient from now on.

October, 2010 – Albuquerque, NM – Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta – 10 fabulous days with other fun Lazy Daze owners.

October, 2010 – Palomas, Mexico – Central park.  Visited there after attending Escapees Chapter 21 Rally.

October, 2010 – Deming, NM – Rockhound State Park – This a rock hounds dream park.  Lots of different rocks.

November, 2010 – Socorro, NM – Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge – Visited there during the Festival of the Cranes event.

December, 2010 – January, 2011 – Death Valley, CA – A beautiful view of Death Valley during an annual Lazy Daze Rally.

January, 2011 – Quartzsite, AZ – Got together with a bunch of Lazy Daze owners during the Quartzsite RV Show.  It was a blast boondocking in the desert.  Lots of food, a campfire every night and the BIG TENT RV Show.

February, 2011 – Anza-Borrego, CA – Boondocking in the Anza-Borrego Desert.

February, 2011 – Niland, CA – Boondocking with the LOW’s (Loners On Wheels) at Slab City.  Everyone should go there at least once.

February/March, 2011 – Benson, AZ – The winter SW Lazy Daze Rally at Pato Blanco RV Resort.  Lots of great food and people.

March, 2011 – Picacho Peak, AZ – A civil war re-enactment at Picacho Peak State Park.  Event lasted all week-end with gun battles and actual tents and other equipment during that era..

March, 2011 – Douglas, AZ – Visiting with friends at Bell Starr’s Silverado Ranch.  Belle is wearing the pink hat.  We all helped Belle work on her ranch projects.  A MUST see.  She is quite a lady.

April, 2011 – Alamogordo, NM – White Sands National Monument.  Very surreal.

May, 2011 – Carlsbad, NM – Carlsbad Caverns.  A MUST see.

May, 2011 – Melvin, TX – I just had to visit there.

May, 2011 – San Antonio, TX – The Alamo in downtown San Antonio, TX.  Another MUST see.

May, 2010 – San Antonio, TX – The San Antonio River-walk.  A really neat and fun place.

May, 2011 – San Antonio, TX – The Tower of Americas.  The view from the top is spectacular.

May, 2011 – Luckenbach, TX.  I just had to visit here because of the song made famous by Willie Nelson and Waylan Jennings.

May, 2011 – Blanco, TX – My campsite in Blanco State Park.  How about that for a back yard?

June, 2011 – Fort Worth, TX.  The highlight of my year.  Being able to visit my family.  It was sooooo much fun.

July, 2011 – Karnack, TX –   Caddo Lake State Park.  I spent a week here and loved every minute.

It has been a wonderful year.  I have traveled 12,702 miles in 6 different states and 2 different countries.  I have attended 8 RV Rallies where I have met a lot of people, learned a lot about things I never knew anything about, and spent money upgrading my rig.

This year has been much better then I even anticipated.  I met a lot of great people who I continue to keep in touch with.  I am looking forward this next year to travel to places I have never seen before and meet more wonderful people.

picacho peak state park

From Yuma I traveled east on I-8 to I-10 to the Picacho Peak State Park.  Here are a couple of pics of Picacho Peak and my campsite.

A couple of weeks ago while traveling to the Lazy Daze SW Rally I noticed a sign at the Picacho Peak SP that they had scheduled a Civil War Re-enactment to take place at the campgrounds on Mar 12-13.  Fortunately I was able to get here right after the Gypsy Gathering Rally.  Luckily the campground wasn’t completely full and I was able to get a site for 3 days.  Saturday I was able to go to the first re-enactment which started at 10.:00am.  What a show !!!!!  It was the first time I had ever seen anything like this.  The men were dressed in their military garb from the Civil War.  It was very hot here (about 85 degrees) and the uniforms were made of very thick cotton.  They must have really been hot.

Here is a pic of the North getting ready to fire their cannons.

Plus a pic of the South ready to return fire.

FIRE !!!

The grandstand where everyone would pull up a rock and watch from the side of the hill.

The North is ready to stand their ground.

The South again firing their cannons.

This is where both sides made their camps.  Everything was just as it was during the Civil War.

They even had a “Traveling Theatrical Troupe”.

And a seamstress.

Plus a guy playing his harmonica for donations to cover the cost of his ammunition.  Each of the soldiers had to provide their own ammunition and paid for all their own expenses.  They had a lot of money invested in uniforms, guns, cannons, and ammunition.

I made a short video of the Battle of Valverde.  The South actually won this battle even after suffering major fatalities.  It was really cool !!!!!

I was really lucky to be able to camp at Picacho Peak State Park considering the major event that was planned for the weekend.  I had a good time watching the re-enactment and walking threw the Civil War camps.  This campground is a great spot to put on your Bucket List as you are traveling threw Arizona.