My next stop was boondocking in Crested Butte Colorado. Even with all the traveling I have done around Colorado, I’ve never been to CB. As with many other small town in Colorado, I had high expectations. I was certainly not disappointed. For starters, the spot where I camped was amazing. I was out in Washington Gulch, only five miles from town. The wildflowers were blooming everywhere and there were views in every
direction. And to make my two weeks here even better, I was meeting up with several friends. Dave and Shannon had arrived the day before me and Jase and Lauri has already been in the spot for a week or so. The spot that Dave picked out took us down a little bit of a precarious road. It was not all that steep, but it had some pretty deep ruts that went across at an angle as well some fairly off camber spots. The Seneca handled it with flying colors, although I’m pretty sure the twisting did not do it any good. I gave the rig a good once over for anything loose as a result. Dave made it his mission for the next few days to collect rocks and create a bridge thru the ruts to make the exit easier. His work was quite impressive!
One thing I had to take care of right when I arrived was a problem with my supplemental braking system for the Jeep. I use the ReadyBrake system, actually have had it for more than five years and it has worked flawlessly. I love that it is totally mechanical. It has close to three years of fulltime
travel on it now, and I started to notice that is was getting pretty sloppy. Well, when I stopped to fuel up in Montrose I noticed it was beyond loose, it actually had become bent! And not just a little bend, it was pretty extreme. Once I setup in Crested Butte I took the tow bar system apart and was shocked at just how damaged it was. I contacted ReadyBrake and explained the situation. They agreed to make repairs or replace it under (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
My time at the cabin in Forest Lakes was very relaxing. I had a good solid two weeks and it went by quickly. I handled some RV projects, including the installation of my hot water recirculation system. I made a video on that install that I embedded below. I also build a storage box system in the Rubicon, completed a video
on that project as well. I managed to get the cabin all cleaned up and organized my little storage room and garage. Beyond that, it was really a lot of just working and relaxing. I did have my friend Joe come up with his son and a friend for a weekend. Been more than a year since we had a chance to catch up. We our course played a ton of darts, enjoyed some beer, went hiking at the lake and just generally enjoyed the cool mountain air. It was great to get caught up. I closed up the cabin for the extended period I will be gone and pointed the RV back towards Flagstaff.
I scheduled to arrive a couple of days before the Made in the Shade Beer Festival. As I believed I mentioned previously, it has been four years since I have attended this event. While we lived in Arizona it was an annual trip for many many years. My cousin and other friends would be making there way up to Flagstaff on Friday in their fifth wheel for the weekend. My great friend Allen also decided to make his way up from Prescott to join in the fun and hang with me in the Seneca. As an added surprise for everyone, my oldest son Matthew was given a weekend off from the Army in Georgia and he also came up and joined us! It was almost like old (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
Before I begin, I was just reviewing the blog and noticed this blog is number 101! It’s hard to believe there have been that many posts, but looking back, my very first blog was on on 3/28/2012! That is nearly two years prior to Toni and I hitting the road fulltime on 9/1/2014. Crazy to read back over the initial thoughts,
dreams and discussions that lead to this amazing lifestyle. It has been quite the journey. Feeling sort of nostalgic, I took a look at the “day counter” on the website and noticed that as of today I have been living fullltime on the road for 1005 days!! Wow, that seems like a long time looking at the number, but it seems so short living it. The Odyssey thus far has been filled with the highest of highs and more recently the lowest of lows, but one thing is for certain, I feel like I am living exactly as I should. Enough of the rambling, back to current events. The last couple of weeks have been both relaxing and exciting at the same time. Leaving Flagstaff and heading over to our cabin in Forest Lakes Arizona meant some relaxing time. It has been so long since I have spent any time at the cabin. After making the decision to live the full-time RV life, we also decided that we would hold onto our cabin. Seeing as we kept Arizona as our domicile state, we needed an address to use and keeping our cabin as that address just made good sense. It has been in our family for many (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
Leaving the civilization of San Diego, I made my way to a lack of civilization. It was a nice drive into the desert from the ocean. My next week or so would be spent at Sawtooth Campground, a really nice BLM campground about fifteen miles South of Barstow, CA. While it may not seem like a glamorous spot, it was a great week. I
am amazed that the campground is at no cost, absolutely free, while still having tons of amenities. There are bathrooms, each site has a shade canopy as well as concrete picnic table, fire ring and BBQ. The canopy was a perfect spot to hang the hammock, a location I managed to spend a lot of time throughout the week. The canyon in which it is located is amazing. Surrounded by jagged lava-like peaks and sheer cliffs. It’s a popular spot for rock climbers. Day climbers came out some days, which provided great entertainment. It was cool to (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
After the Xscapers convergence wrapped in Joshua Tree, it was on to Borrego Springs. I’ve been in the area before and really enjoy all the things to do and see there. John and Becky of AdventureNext continued to
travel along with me and have never been to the area. Our boondocking spot on Rockhouse Rd was WAY different than the last time I was here, maybe five total other rigs. But, this is due to the fact we are right at the end, if not past the season for this area. Temps were predicted to climb into the 90’s possibly during the stay. We took advantage of the cool mornings and got in some hiking, checking out both “the slot” and the (more…)by Kurt Kuhl