Pioneer Park Torrington, WY

7.18.17 The next day, Jeannie, Kona and I left the Hollingsworth Ranch and headed 275 miles northeast to overnight in Torrington, Wyoming enroute to Box Elder, South Dakota.

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Jeannie and Kona at Pioneer Park

We spent the night at a small RV Park called Pioneer Park, owned by the city of Torrington.  Very nice, clean little RV Park that had sites with water and electric hookups.  Separate RV Dump Station.  It only cost us $10 for the night.  A Torrington Police Officer came out and hooked up the water for us as we enjoyed a fine meal at a local restaurant.

Highly recommend this RV Park if you are passing through this part of the country.  People in the town are very friendly.

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Pioneer Park RV Site

Hollingsworth Ranch Revisited

7.17.17 After driving 342 miles north of Santa Fe, Jeannie and I stopped for the night and camped at the historic Hollingsworth Ranch north of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  This ranch has an abstract that dates back to 1874 when the ranch home was originally built.  A tunnel from the home to the backyard provided an escape route in case of a visit by unfriendly Indians. Continue reading “Hollingsworth Ranch Revisited”

Gimme Shelter Trainer’s Event – Santa Fe

7.15.17  Just before we left Santa Fe, Jeannie introduced me to the Gimme Shelter Trainer’s Event at the Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds.  The Horse Shelter is dedicated to rescuing abused, abandoned and neglected horses throughout New Mexico.  At this particular event, trainer’s donated their time to training rescued horses prior to adoption by the public for new homes.  It was a fun event and a great sight to see these horses find new homes.

Jeannie has been an avid supporter of these horses for many years.  If you would like more information on this worthwhile cause, feel free to visit their website at: TheHorseShelter.org

PBS Video Special on horses from October 16, 2013

https://player.pbs.org/viralplayer/2365101503/

Statement of The Horse Shelter on the Subject of Horse Slaughter

19 August, 2013

The Horse Shelter exists to serve and improve the lives of as many of New Mexico’s abused, abandoned and neglected horses as possible. Congruent with our mission we strongly support alternatives to the slaughter of horses for human consumption or other purposes.  Instead, we advocate for population control and humane euthanasia to be legislated into practice and receive public funding.

Heading out of Santa Fe………..

On July 17, we left Santa Fe to begin a 4,000 mile road trip over the next three months.  Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona and back to New Mexico.  Made a recent re-acquaintance with a wonderful gal, Jeannie.  She shares my same spirit of adventure.  Willingness to seek new experiences.  Visit different places.  We truly enjoy each other’s company and look forward to the journey ahead.

First leg of the trip towing my Lance trailer is from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Box Elder, South Dakota.  We are heading to the land of the Lakota Sioux.  To revisit the land where my mother and her family grew up.  South Dakota.  I will establish residency in South Dakota by naming South Dakota as my new Domicile.

Jeannie and I will have a couple interim stops along the way.  Visiting old friends in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  And finally catch up meeting a couple of cousins on my Mother’s side of the family in South Dakota.

Leaving Las Vegas

Thirteen years ago I moved to Las Vegas from my home in Colorado.  Today, I have retired.  Tomorrow morning, with my Lance travel trailer in tow, I leave for Santa Fe.  Going to join up with a great gal that thinks RV’ing will be be a blast.  She thinks learning to fly fish in Idaho with Tom would be heavenly.  Sorry guys, I found her first.  From Santa Fe we will head north to South Dakota to establish my new Domicile address.  Then head west to Idaho.  Got a great RV site picked out along the beautiful Salmon River.  We are just going to kick back and camp there 4-6 weeks and enjoy the wonderful scenery.  Then on to the west coast.  Not going to vacation the dream, going to live the dream.

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Salmon River near Lower Stanley, Idaho

Weathered a two week long hot spell here in Boulder City north of Las Vegas.  Brother Jeff and his wife Sue let me graciously park my trailer in their warehouse side yard to offset the heat wave.  They and my good friend Paul helped me to get my trailer ready for the road.  Paul did a “crackerjack install” on my 360 watt solar system.  Now I have sufficient power to go off grid and power everything in the trailer with the exception of the air conditioning.  But, that is OK, because I am now moving in pursuit of 75 degrees!

Hey, feel free to follow my BLOG.  Now that I am actively retired and traveling, I will have many interesting stories about my travels.

So to my many friends and relatives in Las Vegas and Boulder City I say a fond goodbye.  I was more than pleased to have made your acquaintance.  Will pass this way again from time to time I am sure.  To my friends of the future, relax I am on my way………..

When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.  Mark Twain

Lance Travel Trailer – Solar Panels Install

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Just returned from a one day 550 mile round trip to the Lance Camper Service Center in Lancaster, California.  I had them install two (2) 180 watt (360 watt total) Grape Solar panels on my Lance 2385 travel trailer.  I wanted the Lance Camper Service Center to install the solar panels because it involved drilling holes in my roof.  They have the schematic drawings of my travel trailer and know where to drill the holes to avoid wiring and to prevent roof leaks.  Lance did a very professional installation.  Great Service.  I made the trip with my friend Paul that is a Master Electrician.  Now that the solar panels are installed, Paul will finish the solar wiring.  This includes installing a controller, 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter, circuit breakers, fuses and connections to two (2) 6 volt AGM golf cart batteries.  Paul is designing the solar system to provide power for all electrical components in my trailer that includes:

  • 24″ Smart TV and Jensen Stereo
  • All LED interior and outdoor lighting
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Computer and cell phone rechargers
  • Food blender
  • Water Pump
  • Air Compressor
  • Electric Slide Out
  • Ceiling fan

The only thing this solar system will not power is the air conditioning.  However, I am not planning on being in climates where air conditioning is needed.  If so, can always check into a RV Park and use their electrical power.  The solar installation will enable me to go off grid Boondocking, see many beautiful places and still have the conveniences electrical power can provide.

As a footnote, while waiting for the solar panels to be installed, Paul and I went to the Exotic Feline’s Breeding Compound Feline Conservation Center cathouse-fcc.org (aka Cat House) in nearby Rosamond, California.  They have an incredible collection of tigers, lions and cats from all over the world.  One of my favorites was “Doc” a Black Jaguar.  They do an incredible job rescuing cats from all over the world.  Worth your time to check it out if you are in the neighborhood.

National Geographic Magazine 2017 World Legacy Award Winner, Sense of Place: Santa Fe

Published on Mar 10, 2017

Sense of Place — recognizing excellence in enhancing sense of place and authenticity, including support for the protection of historical monuments, archaeological sites, cultural events, indigenous heritage and artistic traditions.
WINNER:
City of Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA — If American pioneers from more than a century ago were to visit Santa Fe’s central plaza today, they would recognize it instantly. The oldest state capital in America considers safeguarding its rich heritage a duty and a passion. The historic downtown and surrounding area protect archaeological sites and cultural authenticity, including the Santa Fe Indian Market, now almost 100 years old and still going strong. Santa Fe’s annual festivals and events place Native American, Spanish, and Anglo heritage front and center, while strong sustainability initiatives also bring the past into the future.  Full credit to National Geographic Magazine

I leave for Santa Fe July 1.  My journey begins.