Here’s a glimpse of our life on the road last year. We had a wonderful trip from Maryland to California and back in our Four Wheel Campers flatbed Hawk on a RAM2500 Cummins Diesel. The frequent rain, cold temperatures, some snow, and many many windy days reminded us why we bought the camper. Although friends and relatives asked us to stay in their homes, we spent every night in the camper and cooked the vast majority of our meals on the road. Having an indoor galley is the bomb!
We headed south on US 395 and turned onto the Mammoth Scenic Loop so I could show Dean places where I had camped and backpacked. Unfortunately, due to controlled burning, we were unable to visit Devils Postpile National Monument, Soda Springs, or Red’s Meadows. We drove down the one lane windy road into the valley and stopped at the Agnew Meadows trailhead to Shadow Lake, one of my parents’ favorite hikes. The views at Minaret Vista, above Red’s Meadows Valley were majestic despite the smoke. Continue reading Mammoth to Big Pine 10.27.2015
It was 25 degrees Fahrenheit outside when we awoke this morning. We drove the heavily developed west shore road along Lake Tahoe and stopped briefly to admire Emerald Bay although the wind masked the sky blue of the water. We rejoined US 50 again at the south end of the lake. Unlike Nevada, California US 50 is a freeway that speeds skiers to the mountains. Continue reading FWC Factory Visit 10.20.2015
We had a wonderful time at the Mid-Atlantic Overland Festival reconnecting with friends and making new ones on the beautiful Henwood family farm in central Pennsylvania. Most exciting of all was winning the Saturday night film festival. Thanks to the generosity of Main-Line Overland, La Tortuga, the Four Wheel Campers flatbed Hawk on a RAM 2500 Cummins diesel, the back of our camper now sports a new set of maxtrax .
Too Much Fun:
Or watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dt8IwOjEA2I
I don’t usually react to mosquito bites, but the many bites I got last night in the few minutes I was outside made an itchy mess of my ankles. Those Arkansas mosquitoes are virulent!
After breakfast we headed back to I40 and continued west with the trucks. There were many Dollar General trucks on the highway sadly reminding us that many rural residents have no other place to shop.
Remembering that Hot Springs National Park has delicious free spring water we approached Hot Springs up Gulpha Gorge on US 708. The National Park campground in the Gorge has small tightly spaced sites along the creek. It’s the closest campground to Hot Springs and does not take reservations. Continue reading Hot Water and a Night in Oklahoma 10.09.2015
Our truck is named La Tortuga because it’s brown and carries it’s own house, but we did not have a turtle mascot until our friend Vera insisted we have one. She wanted to photograph a turtle with a large mushroom on the bank of Robinson Creek, so I made one from crumpled aluminum foil and painted it’s legs and tail. Off we went to the creek and the little La Tortuga had it’s first photo shoot. Continue reading La Tortuga Gets A Mascot 10.04.2015
Like the birds flying south in the fall, we tend to head west. Often flying to California to visit family or flying to Las Vegas with our camping gear for camping and hiking. In 2014 we drove our Toyota RAV4 to California and back staying with friends, family, camping, and many nights in motels. Continue reading 2015 Fall Migration