Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain
7.19.17 Jeannie and I rolled into Box Elder, South Dakota and camped at Americas Mailbox, Inc. With the decision to RV full time, I needed to establish a new Domicile, state residency. There are three states, Texas, Florida and South Dakota that allow RV Fulltimers the opportunity to establish a new Domicile. I chose South Dakota. The irony is that this is the state where my Mom and her family were born and raised. More on that story later.
By establishing a new Domicile in South Dakota, I needed a new mail forwarding address, new driver’s licence and new plates for my truck and trailer. We stayed at Americas Mailbox, Inc., a company that assists full time RV’ers establish new residency and Domicile in South Dakota.
Wow! Americas Mailbox, Inc. is a busy place. They have an RV park where you can stay while they assist you in preparing documents for your new driver’s licence, plates and new permanent mailing address with mail forwarding services. Continue reading “We Roll Into Box Elder, South Dakota”
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.
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”
7.15.17 Just before we left Santa Fe, Jeannie introduced me to the Gimme Shelter Trainer’s Eventat 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.
Gimme Shelter SF 7.15.17
Gimme Shelter SF 7.15.17
Gimme Shelter SF 7.15.17
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Electric Slide Out
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.