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
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.
I am about to start an experiment. Setting plans to travel. Going to full-time RV in my new 24 foot travel trailer that I will tow behind my 4wd Ford Expedition. Where? I’ll get back to you on that! Time to retire early in 2017. Going to set out and travel to places I have always wanted to see. Visit the most beautiful places this country has to offer. National Parks for sure. Want to learn to fly fish. Continue reading “My Travel Experiment”