Antelope Showdown

I almost learned the hard way.  Road signs like this mean something.

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Oftentimes, you will see Road Signs like this with white cross memorial markers along the highway.  There is a reason.  I was driving home with my new 2012 Lance 2385 in tow behind my 2007 Ford Expedition.  I was 65 miles north of Ely, Nevada after dark.  Driving about 55mph when two young antelope jumped in front of me on the highway.  I hit the brakes, hit the horn and slowed the Expedition and trailer down to 35mph.  You don’t want to swerve and lose control.  One of the antelope ran off the highway.  I tagged the second antelope with a glancing blow at the right front corner of my truck.  I came to a full stop and turned on my flashers.  Surprisingly, no damage to the truck.  No broken headlight.  Nothing.  I was darn lucky.  In a hard braking situation, the towing characteristics of my Ford Expedition towing my Lance 2385 was exceptional.  I was able to maintain control and not end up in the ditch or in the oncoming lane on a lonely two way highway.

I share my story here with visitors to my BLOG as a warning to not drive after dark in heavily populated Wildlife Areas.  You won’t find me out there again when the sun goes down.  Glad that I am still around to share the story.

I Pick Up My New Trailer

On May 11, 2016, I drove 638 miles from my home in Las Vegas to Dennis Dillon RV in Boise, Idaho.  I bought a 2009 Nash 22H.  Nash has a reputation for building a strong, rugged, off road trailer that is well insulated for all four seasons.  Fully self contained, this 24′ trailer is complete with kitchen, queen bed, couch, dinette, full bath and a 160 watt solar panel on the roof for off the grid camping.  It was a great trip up Highway 93 through the Great Basin Valley of eastern Nevada. Continue reading “I Pick Up My New Trailer”

Road to Nowhere

I drive eastbound on I-84 from Boise to Salt Lake City.  I have my new trailer in tow.  Everything is going well.  Truck and trailer are towing straight and true.  It is late afternoon.  Beautiful, sunny day.  Enjoying the scenic surrounding snow capped mountains that surround this remote valley.  Glance at the gas gauge.  Little more than a 1/4 tank.  Should be more than enough gas to the next exit.  Quick glance at a road sign.  Next gas stop and exit, 68 miles.  Quick mental calculation.  I am going to run out of gas.  Yes, I have a pocketful of Roadside Assistance cards to call for help.  Fact of the matter is, I am going to be stopped, alongside the highway out of gas.  I get angry.  First trip with my trailer and I make this dumb mistake.  I press on. Continue reading “Road to Nowhere”

Yosemite National Park

Another great video by Andrew Julian on Vimeo.  Yosemite National Park is at the top of my Destination “Punchlist!”

Gone Tomorrow – Lambchop

This was their last night on the continent
The production was shutting down
Drinks and goodbyes were had all around
The wine tasted like sunshine in the basement.

The fire it almost starts itself
Looks like water comes from somewhere else
And I can use a thing or two today

Sometimes I find things on the street
Exchange the shiny ones for something we can eat
You can find me behind the stadium
Along the course of the purling river

The fire it almost starts itself
Looks like water comes from somewhere else
And I can use a thing or two today

And a bowl outside fills itself with rain
And I will get along with something less

Meet Me in Big Sur

“You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.” -Alan Watts

Several years ago, I had the rare opportunity to visit the Big Sur Country in California with my brother and sister-in-law traveling in their motorhome.  In a single word……….breathtaking!  This inspirational video by Andrew Julian captures the magic and the serenity of one of the most beautiful places on earth.  You need to go.  I will return.

Wild Horse Country

 

 

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I have to head to Boise, ID the first week of May to pick up my 2009 Nash 22H travel trailer.  The trip will be over 600 miles that will take 9 1/2 hours to get there.  Traveling north of Las Vegas, NV on Highway 93 through the eastern Nevada Great Basin Country. Continue reading “Wild Horse Country”