The First 2,700 Miles

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.

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

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.

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.

My Lance 2385 Photo Gallery

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.

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