It feels like it has been forever since I have updated the blog. Most likely that’s because it has been! Way back on June 18th it seems. Reviewing my last post, I was in Fruita Colorado riding my mountain bike and in the middle of my trek up to Idaho. So much has happened since then, I am not even sure where is best to start. First things first, the move into the tiny Bigfoot class C from the monster Seneca was far easier than I thought it would be. The new Black Pearl felt instantly like home, I do not miss the
enormous space of the super C at all. The feeling that I had made the right move in downsizing was further verified by the quick sale of my Seneca. It was only a matter of a few weeks on consignment and it ended up in a new home. Just as moving from our house into the Seneca full-time was freeing, the transition into the tiny Bigfoot felt just as right. So began the new journey in the smaller more nimble Black Pearl. But, something has been stirring….
The past year and a half traveling on my own with just my beagle CC have been filled with a lot of contemplation. How was full-time travel going to look as a solo? Did I have any desire to look for a new relationship? How was I going to decide on routes for travel? Prior to my two months in San Diego back in April and May, these thoughts were a constantly playing in my mind. San Diego was a much-needed distraction hanging out with family and great friends. Throw in the Bigfoot coming into my life and my (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
What a crazy month it has been! Leaving San Diego I headed to Flagstaff to volunteer (and maybe do some drooling) at the 2018 Overland Expo West. I really did enjoy the work, I was fortunate to work the setup portion of the show. Most of my time was spends laying out and organizing all the vendor spaces. It was just my kind of work, took some thought and involved being outside. Best of all, no public interaction! Working
with the public is just not a strong point for me. It was also the longest stint that I have done staying in the Rubicon and Ursa Minor camper. CC and I spend 5 nights there and it was perfect. CC even spend much of the time hanging out in the Jeep while I was volunteering. I brought along my camera from the RV so I could spy on her and make sure there were no issues. Every time I checked in she seemed more than content to just hang out and relax. I even managed to set up my “office” outside, as I still had to do my regular job including payroll and billings. Worked swimmingly, and it was really nice to sit back under the ARB awning get work done. Unfortunately, I did not get to spend much time with my friends Jase and Lauri, they were on staff and worked seemingly the entire day every day. It was good to at least get to see them again, we should catch up later this year in Oregon I hope. My Xscaper friend Jessica also signed up to volunteer at the Expo. The bad thing was that she did not start until Friday morning, and I was leaving Friday afternoon. Again, not enough time to catch up. I was just too consumed with getting my remodel on the new to me Bigfoot RV underway. So according to my revised plan, I scooted out of the Expo on Friday afternoon.
The day was full of travel. I headed to Forest Lakes to the cabin where I store a few tools and odds and ends. I pulled my little dump trailer along with whatever supplies I thought I might need down to Phoenix. Originally the plan was to complete the remodel at the cabin to be in the cool temps, but after thinking of all the trips to (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
As I sit for a moment and prepare to make this update to the blog I noticed the last entry was back on March 6! That is far and away the longest gap I have had since I started writing way back in 2014. I have spent the last couple of months at Mission RV Resort in San Diego, a place that has become a common spot to return year after year. This stay was the longest I have done in one place. And combined with my prior month in
Desert Hot Springs at Sams Family Spa, it is the longest time the Black Pearl has been “at port” and hooked up to utilities. San Diego was filled with great times and great friends. Shannon and Dave of 2wanderaway booked the same two months I did and we were the “anchor” crowd. We had so many great visitors, including John and Becky of Adventure Next for an entire month. Even more amazing friends from Bend, Oregon came down and joined in the fun. Several other nomadic friends crossed paths with us at Mission during our stay. And as a bonus, I connected with several new nomadic friends as well. Much of our time was spent exploring
the local craft beer scene of course. There were visits to many old favs and several new haunts. There was a couple of outings to take in San Diego Padre games, one day game and one night. They have an amazing stadium and the weather certainly was perfect. We celebrated Earth Day at Balboa Park and took in several farmers markets (Ocean Beach is a personal favourite). My sister Kim and her boyfriend Domenic also came out for a week from Boston! Kim’s longtime friend Anne from Phoenix also flew in to visit us. Anne and their friend Sydney joined in all the fun. An old friend of Domenic lives on Coronado Island with his wife and I had the chance to meet and spend time with them as well. Time was spend seeing what kind of trouble we could get into. For some reason that always manages to happen when Dom is involved! Our “Quatro De Mayo” outing in old town San Diego was quite the time. So grateful for the time with family and to make amazing new connections. Speaking of family, my youngest son Patrick also flew in to spend a quick few days. I think
he got bored with all of us “old” folks pretty quickly though. Still grateful for his visit. I know this may be hard to believe, but I also managed to talk Dave and Shannon into a trip to Disneyland! While it was just one day, any day at Disneyland is appreciated by me!! They had not been in many many years, and like many really did (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
Wow look at me, really speeding up these blog entries huh. Once again it had been a month since my last entry. I had a great time with the Xscapers wrapping up the convergence(s). Even when it ended it didn’t end. From the Yuma area, a few of us moved on to Anza Borrego to boondock. This has become a favorite spot for me. So much to do in the area from walks and hikes to 4wheeling. Not to mention the amazing scenery
that surrounds the area. It was great to continue to the party. We even added a few other nomadic friends to our gathering. The shenanigans of games, happy hours and the just plain old fun continued on for a couple more weeks. A few of us made a side trip in our adventure vehicles (the Rubicon for me) to attend the King of the Hammers race in Johnson Valley. I miss the old days of rock crawling with some of these guys that
were smart enough to turn our fun into a career. It was exciting to see just how the sport of rock crawling has evolved. The vehicles are so well built and are so much more “professional” than they used to be. I was lucky enough to also meet up with my friend Kevin and his son Josh from Phoenix at the Hammers as well. The only downside was the dust. I think it was definitely the dustiest event or place I have ever been to. It was nice to spend a couple nights in the Ursa Minor J30, and I was sooooo glad I did not bring the Seneca out in the crazy dust. Also while in Anza, my friends John and Becky got me tagging along on (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
I didn’t have to go far from Phoenix to get 2018 rolling. On the agenda was the Xscapers Annual Bash. This would be a chance to catch back up with old friends and meet a TON of new ones as well. It was more of a “rolling” party this time. The first week was in a new location in Quartzite, AZ and the second week moves over
to American Girl Mine area in Winterhaven, CA. My friend Steve was able to get a “kitchen pass” and come join me as well. To say it has been an amazing time would be a huge understatement. I have made lots of new connections and strengthened existing ones. I was able to connect with a whole new group of solo travelers such as myself. I stayed in AGM beyond the annual bash, I am actually still here as I write this. We still have a pretty awesome group and many of us are rolling on to Anza Borrego to keep the fun going. There has been campfires, Jeeping, mountain biking, hiking, movie nights, game nights, tons of trips to Mexico for tacos and
even a dental visit for teeth cleaning (and perhaps a bit of beer drinking mixed in there). The Superbowl party on Sunday was AMAZING. We were treated to an awesome game, there was crazy good food and the weather was perfect. We capped off the night with an outside screening of We’re The Millers (rapidly becoming a cult classic with this group). Yet, with all the fun, Sunday was also a very difficult day as well. It marked the one year anniversary of my losing Toni. I managed to get out on my MTB to think and get some solitude for a few hours. I still cannot wrap my head around the fact that a year has already passed. I think of Toni each and every day. She gives me the strength to keep pushing forward and discover what my future will hold. It was so great to be surrounding by such good friends on a tough day and I am so blessed to have the support system around me that I do.
by Kurt Kuhl