Saturday, April 22, 2017

Farther Along


 Even the deer have to walk the line in Llano

Friday, April 14

We have arrived. Llano, Texas. Cooper BBQ. We have been hankering to get back here for two years. We plan to stay and eat for a few days. The city park is next to the river. Just a level parking lot with stripes that has full hookups for $15.

We stuffed ourselves on pork ribs at noon. Never thought about even a cracker for dinner.

The Pits 

 What’s In The Pits

Where The Stuff In The Pits Goes

We enjoyed watching a 2004 movie The Notebook. Decent movies are rare.

We have only been without hookups the two days we stayed with friends in Marksville. Did not need them then and only needed AC a day or so since. It’s been overcast almost every day keeping the temperature down. When we leave here we will be boondocking more. Hope the temp stays low. That will determine the stops we make. We wanted to go to Chaco Canyon, but after seeing the pictures on Mary and David's blog, we took a pass. Just too much uneven terrain for our feet.

How Verizon carryover data works. After you use your current monthly allotment any carryover from the previous month is throttled, the same as if you have the unlimited plan. It’s a use it or lose it type of deal. Any carryover not used in the next month is gone. It’s a great biz plan for Verizon. 

Saturday, April 15
We walked around looking at the hundreds of types of granite and quartzite at The Living Stone Company. Stone from all over the world in slabs of about 6 by 10 feet. Not any of the common stuff you see at the big box stores. The prices are quite reasonable.

This was our 9th consecutive cloudy day.

The highlight of the day was Prime Rib at Coopers. The cashier recognized us.

 The day after the ribs. Ever eaten really juicy prime rib on butcher paper?


A few samples of the thousand or so slabs of granite




Sunday, April 16

We picked up brisket and goat at Coopers and headed west.
Day 10 of clouds. Some rain is forecast in the Hill Country, so we hope to get out of hills before getting wet. Goodbye, water, hookups, humidity and green things.

We stopped for a nap at one the wonderful Texas RA that is above and well off I10. We woke to a shower and hung around until the rain stopped.

We over-nighted at one of our fav Texas RA’s. It is atop a mesa near the town of Sheffield. We are the only ones here. A delightful breeze and two bars of VZ.

These girls were traveling with their family from Mississippi to California



Monday, April 17
We are another 2.5 hours west, deep in the wasteland of the southwest. It will be like this through much of southern New Mexico and Arizona. In California, we have to endure the worst of the worst, the Mojave. We could have taken a more northern route, but I want to try Organ Pipe, weather permitting, and get a window fixed right in Phoenix. Besides the northern route would mean going through Death Valley again. ARG!

Tuesday, April 18
A long day. We planned to stay at Hueco Tanks just east of El Paso. We had never been there and wanted to see why some friends go there every year. Our planning should have included reservations as there was no room at the inn.

It was another 90 minutes to Deming to a private park we know. After 5.5 hours driving and several stops, we were not tired when we arrived. Odd for us.

Along the way, we saw a sign for Border Patrol Museum and wheeled in. It was interesting and NOT taxpayer funded.



 Footwear to pass as a horse
Footwear to pass yourself off as a carpet

Foreground, a motorcycle with space for three passengers
Background, a homebrew go-cart to ferry passengers over the border

Home made boat used from Cuba to Florida

Wednesday, April 19
Our reason for stopping in Deming is to restock our wine. I only like sweet wine and St. Clair has several to choose from. We replenished the cellar and the bins and the Jeep with wine.

Spent time re-doing our route be able to get to Phoenix for an appointment and to escape the gravel pit early. Making definite plans is not something we like to do. We much prefer the la-te-da mode of traveling. It’s a lot more crowded the last few years with more people retiring.

We have made reservations for the next 10 days. ARG! Our usual per night parking fees have been $10 a night for the last few years. This trip if we stay south of $25 I will be surprised.

The Gravel Pit
The southwest is a large undeveloped gravel pit punctuated with low mountains of no merit and pockets of green where it's irrigated, along with some scenery. I suppose the aggregate has washed down from ancient mountains and filled in valleys.

Vast areas of the gravel pit are used by the Air Force and Navy as a bombing range.  In the past, the Army tested missiles in New Mexico and nuclear weapons in both New Mexico and Nevada. No worries if a missile blew up or went off course. It would just hit some other rabbit warren.

I forget the disagreeable parts of the southwest until we pass through it. Full-time RV folks use it as a haven from the winter.  We have tried that. We prefer to be at home, rather than living in a gravel pit.

Thursday, April 20

We made the 35-mile drive from Deming to The City Of Rocks. We have passed by here twice before and had not stopped. It’s worth a stop. Wind eroded Pumice rocks in the middle of nowhere. The formations are not unlike those at The Alabama Hills in CA and Vedauvoo in Wyoming.

We opted for a dry site as the placement of electric sites was not appealing. Our site has two large oak trees which shade it from the afternoon sun. We have enjoyed sitting outside enjoying the balmy temp and the fresh breeze. We have opened the windows the last few nights at dark. By 3 am the furnace has been cutting on.



Friday/Saturday, April 19/20

Just up the road from the City of Rocks is Silver City. It seemed like an OK place to spend the weekend. We took a drive through the Ponderosa Pines.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Half Way There

Dear Diary, We are half way to somewhere. No idea what we half-way to. Maybe half-way across Texas.


Dorothy notes the slave quarters need maintenance

 At Coral and DD's In Marksville


Pernadles Falls State Park
I juiced this to make it seem that it was not heavily overcast


We started the trip with new cab curtains, new rear window shade, installed third generation window storage trays, replaced hot water gas valve, installed variable speed fan switches for our personal fans, replaced Bilstein shocks, 100m maintenance and several other items we can not recall.

We name our trips. Most do not have very imaginative names, like The Rock Trip. This year I saw a great name Our Trek To The Zombie-Free Haven North Of The 49th. Seems appropriate for going to BC.

Since we will be eating rather than hiking this year, we are already calling it the Eating Trip. Dorothy was talking with a friend with an agile imagination who suggested Gourmet Eating sounded better, so it will be The Traveling Gourmets. We are not going to just toss the Zombie name either.

Tuesday, April 4
Selma is on the most direct route headed west from Montgomery. It was known as The Queen City Of The Black Belt and was one of the wealthiest cities in the US before the Civil War. You have probably have heard of the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma. We had no idea who Pettus was so we looked him up. Turns out he was a civil war hero and a proslavery fanatic. This was the reason MLK picked the bridge as the starting point for the march to Montgomery. It certainly was the site for a lot of head-knocking and bloodshed.

We spent the night at Roosevelt SP, just east of Jackson. A good deal, full hookups for $14

Wednesday, April 5
We are mooch docking with our former neighbors on their estate near Marksville, LA. The property has been in the family for several generations and all of his relatives live here.

Thursday, April 6
We got a fine start yesterday on eating in Bunkie, LA at Dugout Grill and Bar Rocky's Tails and Shells. A gourmet hamburger and sweet potato fries. The potatoes are grown across the street. That was topped that evening by gourmet dining at the Red River Grill in Marksville, LA

The folks we are staying with are natives to the area. His family goes back generations. So they know everyone and every place to eat in a wide area. We are suggesting he put in a one site RV pad in the back.

Friday, April 7
We drove two hours to Baton Rouge and are dry camping at Parr Park. It’s quiet and only $10. The weather is perfect so we have no need for AC. We had a late lunch at a Greek and Lebanese restaurant we have been to before. It was a good as we remembered it. I had three appetizers and Dorothy had one appetizer and the Chicken Korma. We did not need dinner.

Saturday, April 8
I read this morning that Bigfoot kept a lumberjack as a sex slave and his wife says he is no longer the man she married.

We had appetizers for lunch at The Chimes - East. Dorothy had a cup of gumbo and crab cakes. I had a bowl of gumbo and alligator. All divine and we are stuffed.

Baton Rouge has the densest traffic of ANY city we know. Perhaps the flooding last fall concentrated folks here?

Sunday, April 9
We got away early to drive to Lafayette to eat breakfast at Prejean’s. We had such good memories of the food. The parking lot was about empty. That should have been a clue. I should have put my fork down after the first bite and left. I didn’t. A mistake. $40 wasted.

Drove another two hours and parked at Niblett’s Bluff, a city park. Not bad for $22. No bluff in site. Perhaps it is concealed by the greatly swollen Sabine River, the border of LA and TX.

Monday, April 10
You are still reading?
Today’s goal was to gain back the latitude we gave up by going to Baton Rouge and do it without going too near Houston. If took several tries with various waypoints set to force Glenda to take us north of the city. A good FM road, but also lots of stoplights for a time slowed us down. 

We parked at Lake Summerville, a COE campground. It was an area of Texas we had not been in. Low hills, big ranches, some wildflowers. There are two adjacent campgrounds on the lake. I turned into the first one, drove three miles to the check-in where we saw a sign on the window closed for repairs. We thought it would have been nice if they had put that sign at the turn-off. We were even more surprised that the check-in was manned. Yep, there was someone there to tell us it was closed.

Tuesday, April 11
Day 8. We continued west through the southern end of Austin where we found rain. We stopped at Pernadles SP, [Lyndon, a local, pronounced it Perda Nal Lis], because we had not been here before and the rain was getting annoying. Texas parks are a value IF, you are going to stay in several in a year. The park pass is up to $70 which means you don’t have to pay the daily entrance fee per person. That fee here is $6, so add in the $20 site charge and the cost is $32 a night.

Wednesday, April 12
Another hour west brought us to Fredericksburg. I always recall the town from how it was 50 years ago. Every downtown storefront was boarded up. 25 years ago it started its rise to a tourist mecca. Cutesy stores, over 100 vineyards in the area and some great eating.

We were going to stay at Ross and Beverly's, but the city leaf truck broke down and could not remove the pile of leafs where we would park on the street. We found decent accommodations for $30 and that's the low price in town. The city park is now $40. 

Had a superb Red Snapper at a most unusual place, The Hilltop Cafe.


These two look like they need good meal

Thursday, April 13
Laundry, shopping at the best grocery store chain the country, H-E-B and dinner with Ross and Beverly.

Some folks think Whole Foods and Trader Joe's are good. We don't care for them.





Monday, March 6, 2017

Quick Trip To Florida



We cut our Florida trip short. We only stayed two weeks. Florida is still Florida, it is just not that exciting to us anymore. The weather was great.

We went down to get our windows defogged.  They are now clear. But it was a miserable experience at Suncoast Designers.

We enjoyed staying with friends for a few days on their ranch. It’s in a hilly section of the state. The morning sun coming through the new leaves and Spanish Moss was enchanting.

We found two PBS stations that actually played music. No news, no opinions. Just music.

We paddled the Chassahowitzka river on the Gulf side of the state. Lots of birds and one river otter.

We were going to paddle Juniper Springs also, but when we found out it was a five-hour trip, we wimped out. It would have been the day after doing the Chassahowitzka and Dorothy was still worn out from that.

On the way home, we wanted to take a new route. But Glenda did not approve. It took several tries before she gave up on taking us through Tallahassee and Dothan. We got back on US 82 and drove on five Martin Luther King Blvd’s in the process.

 One of the holes where the Chassahowitzka forms



 This otter had no fear of us. Just foraged and munched away.

 I like this exposure

Koko on Mike's lift. I tightened the coach bolts
He has the most fantastic workshop




Saturday, January 28, 2017

Alabama Hills

I found this picture taken in the Alabama Hills to be quite interesting. I think it shows what can be done in a digital darkroom by someone with technique and lots of time. I don't think you can get the rocks in the foreground correctly exposed without washing out the mountains. At least that is my experience.


If you look at his other pictures, Photoshop can be seen at work. Still some impressive work.

http://ahearnarts.com/



Friday, December 16, 2016

Replacement Mode

We have been in replacement mode since we retired. I foolishly thought that since we had everything we needed and it was in good repair, we would not have many major purchases after we retired. Not so, we have replaced everything in the last 10 years.

Our bodies are also in need of replacement. Dorothy continues downhill with her legs. It will end where she will not be able to walk. Her doctor told her that well over 10 years back. I started using a CPAP in April and it was a miracle. My energy level was reset back a decade. I no longer was falling asleep at 5PM. I could exercise, hike, etc. After four months the miracle went away. While my sleep apea is under control, I am back to struggling to stay awake after 7PM. I have had all sorts of tests. Three doctors have no clue what the problem could be.

After over two years, I have changed the masthead picture. Still like the old one, but this one taken in the Bighorns Mountains interests me also.

Some 2016 campsites in review. Ones where we had the place to ourselves. Nothing but horizon.

 Big Horn Mountains, Wyoming

 Our own babbling river on the eastern approach to Yellowstone
 Warm River, Idaho

 Rouge River, Oregon

 Mad River, California

The Maze, Utah 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Moab to Alabama


Monday - October 10
Still on Dalton Springs Road.  There was an RV we could see, but they packed up their sand toys and left.  Drove with Ed and Carol to Gemini Bridges and then to Four Arches Canyon.

Tuesday - October 11
Groceries and library in the AM. Upgraded the OS on both the iPhone and the Macbook. Took forever to download and install.

We met this guy in Moab. You see all types of vehicles and folks that are a little off the road. He was a hoot. Very bright and was working on a combo of power sources for his trike.




There was some sun, so we tried to get to Klondike Bluffs on Willow Springs Road, but did not allow enough time. Stopped and shot some rocks along the way. Heavy clouds on the horizon blocked the golden hour.

Wednesday - October 12
Ed got antsy and wanted to leave. So we took their paid up spot at Goose Island. Dorothy is happy. She likes it here, even with the road traffic noise. I am OK, with only one bar and much less sun for charging.

It was a great day. I had three goals for the Moab area. The Maze, get to Klondike Bluffs and a clear day to drive the Poison Spyder trail. We notched The Maze last week. We have been close, but not to, the Klondike Bluffs three times. Once we had to abort because we got a call saying my computer was ready. Today, we drove one of the best Jeep trails in the area. And it was in Arches all along. Turn left at Balanced Rock on a dirt road that starts out a little rough but has a sandy road bed for much of the ten miles. A few of the turns were banked near 45 degrees which gave us pause about tipping over. But other than that it was an enjoyable drive through some great scenery including a canyon. It brought us up close and personal to Klondike Bluffs and we spent an hour or so taking pictures just before the golden light. I would have stayed, but had no desire to exit in the dark. We elected to take the extremely rough Tower Arch road back to pavement in Arches. We could have gone back the way we came or out to 191 on Willow Springs.






Thursday - October 13
It being a clear day we decided to drive the Poison Spyder trail. We have done it twice before and wanted to include the northern loop this time. When we got to the second “waterfall” I looked long and hard at it and wimped out. I know we have been over it before, but it was very intimating today. I am guessing that trail use has pockmarked the rock creating holes where there was smooth rock before. Disappointed? Yes. But I think I made the right choice for us. Going up was going to be difficult and I did not want to think about coming down when I was sore and tired.

It was good to catch up with our Moab friends. Kinda like coming home. Next year, I suspect we will have more time.

Friday - October 14
Errand day. Got the bumper hitch “beefed up”. Visited three rafting outfits to see what they offered for going down the Colorado. Found one that also does the Green and Yampa rivers.

Saturday - October 15
Started home. Parked outside the fairgrounds in Farmington, NM

Sunday - October 16
Drove the Besti Highway south to scout out picture locations. We will be back here for more exploration. It's a wilderness area. BLM controls it. But there are Indian roads all through it. The Indians are not real keen on white folks looking at their sacred rocks.

We parked at Enchanted Trails RV park near Albuquerque.



 Strangely eroded rock formations at Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah 



Can you find Dorothy in this picture? Me neither. Going to have to learn how to photograph mono-chromatic scenes.


Monday - October 17
We continued east on I40 to the city park at San Jon, NM. If we did not tire out after driving 3/4 hours, we could cross the country a lot faster. San Jon consists of a highway maintenance facility and two truck stops, both have restaurants. One has Indian fare. Yes, in the middle of nowhere we had a decent meal. 

Tuesday - October 18
From NM, thru the Texas panhandle, to OK. Amarillo is the first city that looks different from our track through Nevada, Utah and New Mexico - they have brick homes. Before we reached OK, we crossed the 100th parallel and like throwing a light switch green appeared. 

We parked in the Elk City, OK city park. Great place on a small lake. W and E for free. [B and T, take note] 

My energy level went up starting with the first night I used the CPAP back in April. No more more struggling to keep my eyes open in the afternoon. The joy ride seems to be over starting the first of this month. I struggle to stay awake until 9. Last night it was 8pm. This means I am awake at 4!
Need to break this cycle.

Wednesday - October 19
Day 5 homeward bound. At least another 4 days to go.
Awoke to dew! Not seen in months.
Along with water, you get bugs - on the windshield.
Finally, 87 octane at “regular” prices. It was $1.75 in OKC. 20 cents higher on both sides of the city.

Parked in a most delightful COE park on Lake Eufaula. Needed the ac. The idea of returning home on the northern route in cool weather and enjoying fall colors went out the window. There is a heat wave in the mid section of the country and it looks like OK will not have fall colors this year.

Woe is us. We have had about zero equipment problems on our trips until this year.

Engine ran rough one day. Had diagnostics done. No trouble found. 
Back shade cord broke, after a half-ass repair, it broke again
Five windows are fogged. Too many dirt roads we suppose.
Commode seat broke
TV antenna cable broke
Hot water heater control board went toes-up
Don’s hard drive died
Don’s computer charging cable died
Koko had to have new battery
Rubi had to have new tires


About $2,000 all total

Thursday - October 20
Overnighted at a COE park south of Little Rock on the Arkansas River called Tar Camp. We saw no tar.

Friday - October 21 
Walmart in Clinton, MS

Home Saturday.

This concludes hiking, biking and Jeeping for the year.







Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Red Rock Country

Dear Blog, 

My hard drive went toes-up. So I lost what I had blogged, but not published after 9/23. Some pictures were also lost. Thankfully, I had a back up only two weeks old. The next few entries will capture where we were in brief, so we can read them when we are drooling in a nursing home.


Saturday - September 24

We parked at Temple Mountain to scout out where we could leave the yaks while we were in The Maze next week. 

Sunday/Thursday - September 25/29

Parked on Klondike Road 20 miles north of Moab. Great view. Spent most of the time prepping to go to The Maze. Ed and Carol joined us Monday and we got the chance to catch us with them and see their third LD and their new red Jeep. Had prime rib at Susie’s. Left the yaks in Moab.

The Klondike Bluffs - My close ups were lost


Friday - September 30
Deja Vu Back to Temple Mountain where we will leave KoKo and take the Jeep in the morning. My computer died.

Our neighbors showed us a video of a flash flood that came down the wash next to the parking area earlier in the day. It did not rain at the campground. The water came from somewhere toward I70. Only a trickle of water remained, but it was roaring in the video. The picture below shows the boulders left by the flash flood.


The rest of the pictures from Temple Mountain were lost

Saturday/Sunday - October 1/2 - The Maze


Canyonlands NP is in three districts. The more well known districts are Island In The Sky and south of there is The Needles District. The Maze is across the rivers, the Green and the Colorado. There are no paved roads into it. That alone keeps the traffic down. To enter the more desirable areas you must acquire a permit well in advance.  The Maze has some of most unusual rock formations in Utah.


This place has been on my bucket list for over 20 years. After we got the Rubicon, it moved way up the list. The Maze requires a high clearance vehicle and over night camping in a tent. We spent a few hours each day the week before buying equipment and packing the Jeep. Water, food, gas, tent, storage bins, toilet, ice chest and so forth. Most of the items we tossed after we returned having no room for them once we put the yaks back on the roof of the Jeep.


We planned to stay two days and could have extended, but we elected not to. We would have needed another few days to explore the north section of the park. Maybe another day.


What we really needed were hiking legs. There are miles and miles of trails.


It was great to get to a place without Chinese tour buses and Cruise America RV's. It's not a designated wilderness, but you are over 80 miles from a paved road, separated from civilization by two rivers.  You see few people. Of the 95 miles coming in, we only saw three Jeeps traveling together and two bikers.  On the way out, we saw one Jeep and two back country rangers doing a pack rafting trip. [That means hiking down from the ranger station, about 30 miles, to the Colorado River, carrying a pack raft, paddles, sat phone and what ever else required on your back. Floating down the river to check on visitors also pack rafting, then hiking back to the ranger station. They do this wearing their gray over green uniforms, which are not the most comfortable for back country hiking. What a life]


We got up at 5 and were on our way to Hans Flat Ranger Station by 7. That was the first 44 miles on a mostly decent dirt road.  The terrain turned from brown desert to green P and J's (Pinyon Pine and Juniper) just before the ranger station. After checking in, we headed down the Flint Trail. I was a little apprehensive about this section, but it was a breeze. The Rubicon is quite impressive. It was the only time I used 4WD Low and that was to use the engine to brake going down the steep sections. When we got to "The Ledge" at the end of the Flint Trail, the P and J’s were gone, replaced by budding cacti. 

Starting at the Teapot campground, the road gets rough, not so much technical, just plain rough. We were told the road is pretty much the same as it was in the 1920's when ranchers stared running cattle there. There are a dozen or so steps that require care not to drag on, but nothing that a stock Rubicon can not handle with good spotting. After 8 hours of driving we arrived at our first overnight location. It's called The Wall. None of the campgrounds have any amenities. You would not know it's a campground, but for the signage. The Wall is just a flat rocky place with a 40 mile view.  We made camp in an hour, watched the stars for awhile and were fast asleep before long. Each campground is all yours. You see and hear no one else. On a busy day, there are less than 20 people below the cliffs. 


The next morning, it took us an hour to have breakfast and pack everything back into the Jeep. Our next stop, The Dollhouse, only 13 miles downhill toward the river took us 90 minutes. A much shorter day. We made camp by noon and spent the afternoon under a Juniper tree taking in the view. In less than 24 hours, we turned animalistic. We saw creatures in almost every rock. Ducks, bears eating fish, dinosaur heads, etc. And we did not take a single peyote button. It's no wonder the Indians saw animals in rock formations. When you see nothing manmade you soon starting seeing "things".


I would have liked to hike down to the river, but it was three mile round turn and a 800 foot elevation loss and gain.


About 4, the wind picked up and we noted the tent fluttering. The wind continued all night and from time-to-time the wind overpowered the side flaps and we got dusted with red dirt. It was not a restful night by any measure. We did learn first-hand a tad of what the settlers went through. 


Through we were over 80 miles from a paved road in any direction, we got two bars of Verizon in some places. The ranger had told us to call him if we wanted to extend our stay.


It was an enjoyable experience, but I doubt we will do it again. We are just not tent people.



Our first overlook

The start of the Flint Trail decent. These people are in trucks, not good. Have biker friends to build up the road for them. They never made all the way.


Another overlook
Over the ledge, now the road gets rough 

Our first campsite

 View from our first campsite

Our second campsite - sand, not rock, for tent stakes
What we came for - The Dollhouses



Just before sunset at our campsite



Monday - October 3

Back to Temple Mountain again and dead tired after our 7 hour return drive. Frolicked like seals in the shower getting the red dirt off.

Tuesday - October 4

We spent almost four hours putting things back to normal in the vehicles and did not leave Temple Mountain until after 2. I wanted to stay in the Henry Mountains, but I did not want to drive KoKo 20 miles on a dirt road, so we passed the mountains by and continued south on US95 to near Hite. There is an overlook there of the Colorado River that is one of the best overlooks in the country - from a paved road that is. We decided to park there for the night. The State of Utah thoughtfully provided garbage disposal so we could unload five days of trash.
 Where Lake Powell was 20 years ago. That's the boat ramp on the right


The Colorado and the bridge that was built in 1974 - No road until then


I had forgotten what a scenic road US95 is south of Hanksville to the river. First you wind through a long canyon and then you reach the river. There is scarce traffic on the road. I wanted to take the road to Bullfrog and cross the river on the ferry. But, the ferry was closed for repairs, saving us $55 in toll fees. They could have placed the Ferry Closed sign on US95, before you make the turn on a road with no pull off's. 


Wednesday - October 5

We went to Cedar Mesa to see if there were any ruins we had not already seen, that we could get to. Moon House was on my list, but after looking at a picture of a way too high for us drop off, we crossed the thought from our minds.

Thursday/Friday - October 6/7

Stopped by the Post Office at Blanding and picked up our care package. We parked at Ken’s Lakes south of Moab. Did shopping and washing. Found the start of the Steel Bender Jeep trail. One look convinced us that it could indeed bend steel. We had prime rib once again at Susie’s Branding Iron.

Saturday - October 8

We both felt like we were in prison in the campground after being free for so long, so we drove just north of Moab and parked on Willow Springs road. I had no idea this was a MAJOR thruway for fat tire bikers. The traffic was non stop carrying bikes in and out.

Sunday - October 9

We moved two miles north to Dalton Springs Road. Almost no traffic. That means there is no dust from dirt bikes, ATV’s, cars or RV’s.  It’s not the view we had on Klondike, but it’s fine with us. We are the only motor home here, as there is some kinda deep sand on the road in. I checked it with the Jeep and was comfortable that KoKo could handle it. A combination of no fear, stupidy, and knowing how to drive in sand worked.

Heavy clouds are making us think of heading home. It's about time to do so anyway. Not looking forward to it.