Wow, I am really behind in getting this post out. After leaving Mount Angel Oregon, we headed directly to the coast. It has been several months since we have been on the coast. Funny, we used to go years without being on the coast, but
since being on the road visiting the coast is a much more common occurrence. There was about a week and a half before we needed to check in at Yosemite National Park. Fort Stevens State Park was our first Oregon park, and it seems we may have spoiled ourselves. Amazing place with miles of trails to ride our bikes. We did a couple of rides a day for the (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
In fine Kuhl Odyssey style, we packed the first few weeks of our third nomadic year with some great fun! Our summer job in Yellowstone kept us from our original plan for the summer of heading up the coast in the Pacific Northwest. But we finally made it and moved our way into Oregon. I had been anticipating getting to Bend for quite some time, there is just so many great things
there. The beer scene is pretty happening and there is mountain biking galore. Better still, there is abundant national forest boondocking right on the edge of town. The best part though…we got to reconnect with rving friends we have not seen in a long time. Our friends Shannon and Dave of 2WanderAway have been in Bend most of the summer and played host to various nomads. We are sort of the tail end, but they still managed to suffer thru some brewery visits and evening chats….oh the
suffering. Our friends, Hans and Lisa of Metemorphasis Road also are spending several weeks and Bend and we managed a few meetups including a great concert at McMenamins Brewery one evening. Our boondocking spot felt really nice and secluded, yet (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
It has been a while since an blog entry, we have been in hanging out in a favorite spot, Salmon Idaho. Toni’s sister Linda and her husband Bob were gracious enough to allow us to moochdock at their place for nearly three weeks. Every since our first visit
when they first moved to Idaho a few years ago we have loved their little town. Certainly a big part of it is hanging with family, but it is just a great place to spend time. While we had the opportunity to be plugged in during our visit, we chose not to tap into power and make use of the solar system. Once again we overjoyed with the performance of our system. Check out the video if you are interested in hearing about our solar system.
During the stay we often left the inverter on 24 hours a day and watched MANY hours of the Olympics at night. I think at one point after a couple cloudy days in a row we dipped down to about 78% charge. Beyond that we were mostly fully charged before noon. There were a few days when the temps crept up into the low 90s and we decided to give our generator some exercise and run the AC. Over the three weeks we ran the generator a total of about 16 hours to run air conditioning. It really is a good thing run it under a load at least once a month, but we are terrible about remembering to do that. I even went ahead and did our annual oil, oil filter and fuel filter service on the generator while we were there.
We managed a few road trips during our stay to check out some cool locations. We visited the Yankee Fork Gold Dredge, an amazing piece of mining history preserved and open to the public. Check out this video for some details about the dredge.
The ghost town of Bannock Montana was also a great visit. It is actually a Montana State Park and has 60 plus buildings that are preserved on site. What is really cool is that most of the building are open and you are allowed to walk thru and check them out. (more…)
After departing from the Grand Tetons our mission was to spend some time exploring Idaho. As per usual, we do not make detailed plans (at least I don’t) and just formulate a general plan as to where to hit up next. Toni scoped out some potential
boondocking around the Victor area. Unfortunately, this time it just did not work out well. There were several forest roads that we thought would have possibilities, but even with extensive poking around in the Jeep no good sites were found. Not only that the crazy mountain terrain in the area had me more than a little concerned about my planned MTB rides. Looking at one trail from the trailhead it was obviously far above my pay grade! I mean the grade was incredible, basically straight up from what I could see. Hum, may not break the bike out here after all. Feeling a little disappointed in not finding a suitable camping location and lack of biking within my ability, we headed back into Victor to a small private RV park we had passed on the way thru. Oh joy, tight side by side parking in a totally full park. Well, it was all we could have dreamed of. Got the (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
It is with mixed emotions that we have moved on from Yellowstone National Park. Our original plan was to work until September 4th, but circumstances warranted a change of plans. During our two months I have continued with my online
work in addition to our work at the Fishing Bridge General Store. The fact our area of the park only has one Verizon tower (the only carrier with a tower in our area of the park at all) proved to be more of an issue that I had originally anticipated. A couple of years ago this probably would not have been a problem, but today, with every person over the age of two months holding a smart phone in their hand and streaming videos and music all day, the one tower cannot handle the load. In order to get work done online, I needed to be working between 1:00am and 5:30am. This is the only time I was able to get a connection that allowed me to work. No so much fun mixing in the weird early morning hours with our normal forty hours each week at the store.
With the opportunity to increase my online work, we made the decision that we would cut our time short in Yellowstone and head out on August 1st. We both feel bad about leaving our new friends, the store short staffed, as well as missing out on our bonus for staying the entire time, but it was the decision we had to make.
So you may be asking what we thought about the position and if we will be back next year. There was plenty to like about our work at Yellowstone, awesome co-workers, interesting customers and a great
campsite. Not to mention actually LIVING in Yellowstone National Park. Toni and I certainly have a tremendous appreciation for what Yellowstone really is. Our previous visits it just did not sink in, but it is a truly amazing place. It was awesome to have so much time to explore and really take in the magnitude of it all. But, the work commitment required is a (more…)by Kurt Kuhl