Jeannie and I are now in New Meadows, Idaho having completed 2,700 miles of our journey thus far. I left Boulder City, Nevada July 2, 2017 and together we left Santa Fe, New Mexico July 17, 2017. Quite an experience thus far. We had wanted to continue to the Columbia Gorge in Oregon and on to the Oregon coast. Then continue south to California. Extreme forest fires at the Columbia Gorge and Oregon has resulted in unsafe air quality levels due to smoke in much of the northwest and Oregon coast. We may not continue to Oregon and reroute southeast to Zion and Bryce Canyon National parks in Utah. We will keep you posted.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
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.
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.
Picked up my trailer from Dennis Dillon RV in Boise, Idaho on September 15, 2016. Drove it 650 miles to my new “Snowbird Home” in Boulder City, Nevada. This Winter I will be doing numerous modifications to upgrade the trailer.
After a major downsize in my lifestyle, I am having fun learning to live full time in a trailer 24 feet long with 220 SF of living space. Great challenge! After receiving numerous requests for trailer photos, I post the following Slideshow. Enjoy.
I almost learned the hard way. Road signs like this mean something.
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 don’t know why I had to drive 3700 miles to find the perfect travel trailer. That is the equivalent of driving from Las Vegas, Nevada where I currently live to Anchorage, Alaska. I drove 3700 miles in the span of 4 months. I am now home with my new 2012 Lance 2385 travel trailer in the driveway. I am satisfied that I have found travel trailer that will work for me to full-time for the next several years. I will share my thoughts and comments on my new trailer in future BLOG POSTS.
How did I drive 3700 miles, you ask? Here is the breakdown:
1300 mile RT to Boise, ID. Bought a 2009 Nash 22H. Decided it was too small.
500 mile RT to San Bernadino, CA. Delivered the 2009 Nash to a new buyer.
600 mile RT to Phoenix, AZ to look at a toyhauler. Trailer was a lemon. Dealer a crook.
1300 mile RT to Boise, ID to pickup my new 2012 Lance 2385 travel trailer.
3700 miles total
Trailer sits on a lot in Boise, Idaho. Waiting for a new owner to hook up and set sail. Previous owner took pride of ownership. Only four years old, trailer has aged well. Built solid. Built tough. Designed to withstand the weather of four seasons. Stands tall with a factory 7″ lift kit to go off road and explore the unknown. Delivers a large kitchen and large bedroom. Over sized windows to bring the outside……..inside. Ready to go. To perhaps retrace the steps of places where the trailer has been, ready to explore places new.
I like what I see. I put down a deposit. Time to “Saddle Up” my Ford Expedition and pick up in two weeks. Back to Boise. I have found my new travel trailer.