2nd Year on the Road

On July 12, 2012 I just completed my second year of fulltime RVing.  I can’t believe I have been on the road so long.  So once again, as I did last year, I will summarized this fantastic year with some of the highlights.

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Working in Texas

To start I was in Texas and decided to work for a month to help defray costs of traveling to Texas to see my family.  What a mistake that was.  It was 106 degrees and higher the entire month I worked.  Oh well I will definitely know better next time to stay away from there during the summer.

Grand Canyon of Texas

After my work duties were over I headed to Palo Dura State Park in northwestern Texas.  It is know as the Grand Canyon of Texas and a very beautiful place.  While there I hiked the Lighthouse Trail and took this pic of myself standing on the plateau in front of the lighthouse.

Taking advantage of my NM state pass

Then it was off to New Mexico where I wanted to take advantage of the last few months of my New Mexico State Pass.  My first stop was Clayton SP.

Then on to Sugarite SP, just south of the NM/CO border.  This next pic shows Lake Dorothy just north of Sugarite SP.

My next stop was Cimmaron SP and the town of Cimmaron.

Fulfilling a boy scout dream

I also visited Philmont Scout Ranch, which had always been a dream of mine ever since I was a Boy Scout.

More of beautiful new mexico

After that it was Eagle Nest SP, Coyote Creek SP (where I saw a bear), Storie Lake SP  and then on to Villanueva SP where I got my semi-annual haircut.  Finally it was off to Hyde Memorial SP.

Then in October I met up with all my good friends at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta where I stayed and partied for 10 days.  Even had a balloon land on top of my rig.  HA!

After the Balloon Fiesta I drove south to Poncho Villa SP to enjoy a Escapees Chapter 21 Rally.  Of course that also included a trip to Palomas, Mexico where I had to have some dental work done and make sure the margaritas still tasted as good as always.

A visit to the Whitehouse

Next stop on my route was Canyon de Chelly (pronunced d’Shay).  Located on an Indian Reservation it is a beautiful place and a must see for anyone in that area of Arizona.  Of course I had to hike the Whitehouse Trail, which is so beautiful.

Monument Valley

From there it was to Monument Valley, UT.  Talk about a fabulous area, don’t miss out on seeing this.

On my way to Amazon

Then I drove north to Interstate 50.  It is known as the loneliest highway in America.  And believe me it really is.  You could drive for miles and miles and never see a car or truck in either direction.  You would not want to break down on this road.

My destination was Fernley, NV, where I worked for Amazon for 8 weeks.  By the way it was probably the hardest job I have ever had.  Thankfully the 8 weeks went by fairly fast, although it took a couple of months to get healed from the aches and pains I suffered at that job.  OUCH!!!  On top of that it was very cold as well.  Four degrees when I left there.

I then drove to Reno, NV and parked my rig and flew to SO CA to spend a week with my family over the holidays.  It was really great seeing everyone and getting caught up.  I even played some golf.  Actually I tried to play some golf.  HA!  What a joke!

Time to warm up

Then I hit the road to get out of that cold weather up north and drove down to Quartzsite, AZ.  There I met up with a whole bunch of Lazy Dazers (about 20 rigs at different times) and relaxed in the wonderful Arizona sunshine.  Of course I also saw the crazy RV show and even saw a concert by Paul Winer (the Naked Book Seller) although he was fully clothed.  Great show by the way with SRO.

With the help of all my friends I was able to upgrade my rig with new LED lighting, another 12v receptacle and an outdoor motion sensor light.

Next stop – Imperial Dam

In February I left Quartzsite and headed to Imperial Dam just outside of Yuma, AZ  I really enjoyed my stay there with more friends.  Got to do a lot of hiking in the desert.  Plus don’t forget the wild donkeys.  HA!

Heading south of the border senor!

Then it was south of the border to Mexico with the Harvest Host Wine and Whale Watching Tour.  What a fabulous trip that turned out to be.  Visited 5 wineries, with great wine tasting at each.  The wineries were located in the Valley of Gaudelope with very beautiful scenery around.  Also stopped in Ensenada for a day, where we had a great lunch down at the fish market and an opportunity to stock up on lots of great seafood.  Of course we also had to have some cervasa’s (brewskies) at Hussong’s Cantina.

Later visited La Bufadora (the blow hole).  Another very scenic spot.

The wineries were great plus the wine was even greater!  Even got to see a colt that was born that very day.  How exciting!

I am NOT an illegal alien!

After crossing back into the US I drove to Tamarisk LTVA where I stayed for a week and met some really wonderful people.  We hiked ever day in the desert and one day we were surrounded by Border Patrol cars who thought we were illegal aliens.  No comprende  Senor! What a trip that was!

One of my very favorite spots

After spending so much time with so many wonderful people, I needed a break and decided to head for one of my most favorite spots in the Clark Dry Lake bed of the Anza Borrego desert in southern California.  It is 7 miles outside of Borrego Springs.  This place is so peaceful and always gives me a chance to reflect on my future plans.  It was here where I made my resume on workamper.com and emailed it to various people.  Within 10 minutes I had a call for the job I would be working at this summer. More on that later.

Back to the coast

Then it was off to the west coast to Oceanside, where I parked my rig at the Elks Club and took the train up to Orange County to see family.  It was back and forth visiting different members of my family and it was great seeing my Mom.  Love you Mom!

Heading up north

Then it was time to hit the road and head up north.  My first stop was the Trona Pinnacles outside of Ridgecrest, CA.  It is like a trip to another planet.

From there it was off to the Alabama Hills just outside of Lone Pine, CA.  This has been one place I always dreamed of venturing to even before I had an RV.  An absolute MUST SEE.

From there it was off to Mona Lake, where I stayed for about 5 days and ventured around the area seeing the tufa’s at the edge of the lake and the weird cloud formations.

I also took a side trip to the old ghost town of Bodie, CA.  Much of the town is still intact as it was a hundred years ago.  Really neat and another MUST SEE.

Then I finally made it to Oregon where I stayed at Goose Lake SP, La Pine SP and finally Crooked River Ranch.

My workplace for the summer

I met up with my area managers who I would be working for the summer in Prineville, OR.  I am the camp host at the Ochoco Divide, a NFS campground.  It is on the summit (4,726′ elevation) of Hwy 26.  This campground is nestled among giant (200′) Ponderosa Pines among other pine trees as well.  I have now been here 2 months and love this job.  I get to meet a lot of interesting people and have lots of areas to hike in.

Well that about wraps up another fabulous year of my fulltime RV lifestyle.  There were some tough times (truck breaking down) and some great times (caravan trip to Mexico) as well as taking time out to see my family, which is very important to me.  I had lots of times spent with great friends and even some time to myself to ponder how lucky I am.

I almost can’t believe it has been two years since I have set out on the road.  I would also like to thank all my wonderful followers who have been with me as I experienced each and every day.  Every day is a new adventure.

Yogi Pays Jimbo A Visit

Coyote Creek State Park

 It was only 31 miles to my next destination at Coyote Creek State Park.  You are on a narrow road leading to the park as you can see here.

It is nestled in the mountains and  is a beautiful park.  I would have to say that this is probably the most scenic park I have ever camped in within the New Mexico State Park system.  The park is at 7,700 feet among the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Coyote Creek runs all thru it.   There are quite a few electric/water sites near the Visitor’s Center , however I opted for one of the developed sites further away.  Here is a pic of my home for a couple of days on my way to the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque.  I also have beautiful flowers right next to my campsite.

Yogi pays me a visit


In the morning of the second day I was busy working on my computer at my dinette.  All my blinds were closed except for the kitchen blind which I always leave open.  Something happened to catch my eye while typing and I looked up to see this.

 There was a big Yogi Bear walking down the road directly in front of “The Breeze” (my RV).  I couldn’t believe it.  I quickly grabbed my camera and started snapping pictures.  But by the time I could get the blinds up he was gone down the road.  My heart was POUNDING.  What if Yogi decided to come back and rip into my rig?  I got my keys and put them in the ignition in case I had to make a fast getaway.  If Yogi decided to make a move towards “The Breeze” I was going to be out of there.

I looked for Yogi but had decided he had gone down the road and went back to my computer.  I decided at that point to open all my blinds just in case Yogi came back.  I call it Yogi because I don’t know if it is a male or female.

About a ½ hour later I see Yogi again on the left side of my rig only 15’ away.  Yogi was headed to the back of my campsite where I had been barbequing chicken the night before (big mistake).  Yogi walked right thru my campsite and just stood there for a minute.  I grabbed my camera and tried to snap a few pictures in between heart beats.  My heart felt like it was going to burst it was pounding so much.  I got the following pics.

Then Yogi was gone never to be seen by me again.  That was fine with me!

With all the excitement I make new friends


About 10 minutes later two people came by with their dog.  I wanted to alert them to the fact that Yogi was in the area.  I jumped out of my rig and asked  them if they had seen a bear while on their walk.  They were coming from the same area that Yogi had wandered off to.  They said they hadn’t and I proceeded to show them the pics I had taken.

Then I realized I was standing there in my long underwear ONLY.  In my excitement I had forgot to put on my clothes.  OH WELL!!!  They probably thought at the moment I was some kind of old pervert.  After they left I got dressed and much later in the day hiked to their campsite and we have become good friends.

Coyote Creek SP lawnmowers


There is a big field next to the electric/water sites where there is a big cow pasture.  Late in the day the cows meander into a large grassy area within the park.  What an excellent way to keep the grass trimmed.  The cows are very friendly and are interested in anyone walking down that road.  Here is a couple of pics.


Coyote Creek


After the bear excitement calmed down I decided to take a hike around the park.  Here are a couple of pics of the creek.  It was a beautiful mountain stream and I saw lots of people pulling fish from it.

I would highly recommend Coyote Creek SP to anyone who is looking for a beautiful mountain campgrounds.  It is very scenic with nice hiking and fishing.  It was cold at night when I was here in September but I would imagine that the summer months would really be nice.  Just don’t forget the BEAR SPRAY.

Eagle Nest Lake State Park

Eagle Nest Lake SP


It was only 38 miles to my next destination at Eagle Nest Lake State Park.  This is a pic of Eagle Nest prior to ascending the mountain.

Eagle Nest is a small town with no stop lights.  The people are very friendly there.

I then settled in at Eagle Nest Lake State Park.  As in Cimarron Canyon there were no hook-ups at this park.  There were many spots available when I came in so I had my choice.  All the sites have a wonderful view of the lake and surrounding mountains.  It is very open there with no trees.  Here is a pic of the town from my campsite.

Lots of big beautiful clouds

The clouds overhead were really big and beautiful. A storm came thru and rained on my parade the first night I was there.  I was forced to cook inside rather than on my barbeque.  But it was so nice hearing the rain drops on my roof.

Here are a couple of pics of the sunset.  How awesome is that.

Over the weekend there were a lot of fishermen with all kinds of boats.  This looked like a great fishing spot.  I really liked this pic of the fishermen in their boat on the lake. 

I stayed at Eagle Nest Lake SP for 3 nights and then decided to move higher up into the mountains at Coyote Creek State Park.  It will only be a short drive to get there.  I am really saving on gas so far as I filled up when I left Sugarite and have more the 1/2 full still.  I REALLY LIKE THAT!!!