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R.V.

You’re invited

We invite you to tag along with us as we knock about the country and beyond in an RV named MOBI.  You wont see much Interstate or major highway travel here.  I try to stick to two lane roads, small towns or wide open spaces. 

While we are on the road enjoying our nomadic life, I try not to plan too far ahead unless I absolutely must when necessity dictates to check an item off my bucket list.  The usual modus operandi is to investigate our next landing spot the day before leaving our current one.  While I enjoy this ad-hoc travel planning for the most part, there are times I wish the dog could read a map and assist with deciding which way to go next.  This is an area where you can help.  Suggestions are always welcome

Oh, and I most certainly will take advantage of a driveway or nice flat parking lot to settle in for the night if it is convenient and I’m not going to reach the next destination that day.  Wally World is just fine for a night.  And speaking of reaching destinations, I try to limit my travel to 300 miles or less (way less if possible) each day.  We’ve had days where we drove 37 miles and then days that seemed like marathons.  100 to 200 miles is just about perfect when one is driving at 50 mph or less.  And I do try to keep the speed down to a comfortable viewing level.  

For much of my travel I am without internet.  When I land somewhere that I can connect to the world wide web I post some updates.  If I have moderate cell coverage (rare at times) I will at least post a picture or two from my smart phone and make a quick update.

We wander and look for places to see and photograph.  So, please join us and feel free to comment.

Cheers

Paul and the Puppy

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R.V.

Well, it appears the RV market has gone nuts…

Apparently this corona virus thing has motivated folks to purchase RVs to travel and vacation with. And why not? You can isolate while touring with all the comforts of home.
unfortunately RV prices have sky rocketed. That is if you can even find one. Believe me, I’ve been looking.

I guess I took too long building the place to put the camper.

After a wet and chilly winter, I finally finished my building. Whew. It was a lot of work for just two fellows and a dog. It turned out great.
Now I need to find a good deal on a slightly used Arctic Fox 865 Truck Camper and I can get back on the road.
Cheers. I hope the Corona hasn’t caused you too much trouble.

R.V.

Greener grass is calling me.

What I’d hoped would be just a few short weeks without a mobile palace has become 6 months and the end is not near!

After my last trip west (especially through Montana) I decided I need to be much more mobile and agile.  I decided I would get a truck camper (TC).  In concept, it seemed like a simple goal.  Easy for me to say, huh?

I decided my first task was to purchase a truck.  How else was I to actually bring a TC home when I purchased one??  I decided to buy a 1 ton, 4WD, rear wheel, crew cab, short bed, diesel Ford.  YIKES!  Those things ain’t cheap!!  Yeah, I know.  People have said I need a dually or they’ve said I need a long bed or both.  I intend to use the truck as a pickup truck here at home when not traveling and I’m not going to drive a dually around town.  And, being a crew cab, even with a short bed it is longer than the average parking space.  No why I’d want the long bed version!

I finally located a reasonable deal on a 2016 with very low mileage (less than 10,000) and bought it.  It has most of the bells and whistles that Ford has to offer.  I like it.

Oh oh.  It is just an inch or two too tall to fit in my garage.  Darn!

I spent weeks trying to figure out how to add on to the garage to make a space for both the truck and the camper (when it is off loaded).  That would have just been too ugly and would interfere with my peaceful space on the back deck. So I decided to build a stand alone building.  

The challenge became where. Where to build the building which I’d decided needed a 14 foot tall door and needed to be a minimum of 24 feet by30 feet. I didn’t have much to choose from if I wanted the building close to my existing garage area.  I chose to move my woodshed and build the new building in it’s place.

Bring in the excavation equipment!

After removing several large trees (and some smaller ones) I hauled 6 loads of dirt in and graded the new area.  I poured the slab.  The end of the slab closest to my driveway required a 24″ retaining wall so I hired a block mason to build it.  Slab work is finished including the retaining wall and French drain.  I’ve spread most of a 14 ton load of gravel.  I ordered the trusses which are scheduled to be delivered today and I’m ready to have the lumber delivered.

WHEW!

Winter is here and I really don’t care to get out and do construction I the freezing cold.  So, it may be awhile before the building is finished.

I don’t want to buy the TC until I have a place to park it so I guess I’m stuck with day dreaming about roadt rips for now.

Cheers.

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A new era

I sold MOBI, my motorhome this week.  Darn.  Already I’m jonesing for the road.  Well, For the mean time, I’ll just have to get back to exploring and photographing North Georgia and surrounding areas.

But fear not, my wanderlust is far from gone.  I have plans!

Cheers!

Landscape

Early morning at the Grand Tetons

These are two different images shot a couple days apart but around the same time of the morning.  Early morning! July 2018

The Moon, Mars, Neptune and Saturn above Jackson Lake and the Tetons.

Gazing upon the Grand Tetons never gets old.

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Black Red Fox

Above Puget Sound lie the San Juan Islands.  Recently I spent some time on San Juan Island around the town of Friday Harbor.

San Juan Island National Historical Park, also known as American and English Camps, San Juan Island, is a U.S. National Historical Park owned and operated by the National Park Service on San Juan Island in the state of Washington. The park is made up of the sites of the British and U.S. Army camps during the Pig War, a boundary dispute over the ownership of the island. Both of these camps were set up in 1859 as response to a border controversy triggered by the killing of a pig.

At the southern end of the island is American Camp. It offers hiking trails, picnic areas and is a great place for whale watching.  It seems it is also a popular habitat of the red fox.  While I was there I learned that not all red fox are in fact red.  I spied this one in a field full of rabbits.  Apparently the fox would rather hunt smaller critters.

 

 

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I found Mars quite illuminating

While I was at the Tetons several weeks ago, the planet Mars was very prominent in the morning sky.  I was fortunate that the Moon was setting early which left me a night sky with lots of twinkling stars.

Here is an image of the Grand Teton range from across Jackson Lake with Mars being more visible than I’ve ever witnessed.  It was shot shortly before 0500.