So the day finally came and I pulled out of Phoenix to get back to nomadic life. While obviously quite different on my own, it still felt incredible to be driving the Seneca and moving. My first few days would still be in Arizona, in a place I have been sooo many times…..Quartzsite. But, this is the first time I have ever been
in the area this late in the year as the temps have already begun climbing. When I pulled off the highway and traveled Dome Rock road it was very strange. There was not a sole in site, I mean it was empty. With the exception of the BLM camphost, who happened to be sitting out at his table when I drove by. My initial plan was just to park and not worry about registering as I would only be around a week or so. Well, seeing how as we made eye contact and waived to each other, seems I would need to stop back by. It was hard to decide on a
spot as I had the entire desert to myself. Within the few miles I could see in each direction was just two other rigs and they were specs on the horizon. After settling on spot and getting setup I made my way back to see the host. He was pretty excited to see me, said I was the first person in three days to come by! Apparently last week there was three days in a row where the temps were over 95 and the last of the die hards threw in the towel and left. No such crappy weather for me, the temps would remain in the high 70s with one day in the mid 80s. The weather was perfect and the views amazing out over the vast expanse.
This also was the first time for being fully “mobile” with my new work. Over the winter I teamed up with my cousin who started his own electrical contracting business when we closed ours down back in 2012. During
my stay over the winter we discussed his growing business and struggles of trying to wear all the hats from electrician to accountant. I totally understand the pains, went through the same thing many years ago. I offered to handle much of the administrative work for his business, with understanding I would obviously still be on the road and not staying in Phoenix. It has turned out to be a great situation for both of us. I have all the knowledge and experience to handle everything he needed done without needing training and babysitting (babysitting one of the main things I DO NOT miss about being an business owner with many many employees!!). I worked during the winter to make sure I was prepared to handle all the work I would be required to do while traveling. While I had been working remotely from the RV mostly the entire winter, I was still able to drop by the office when I needed to. This first week back on the road turned out to be a busy one for work, and it all went perfectly. I underestimated just how cool it would be to sit at my desk looking out at an amazing view while still being productive and participating in a growing crazy business. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have started this work and it seems it will be a great fit.
As the first week was just CC and I all on our own, I really got to taste what this is really going to be like. Tough in many respects, but I feel confident it is the right thing to be doing. I spent the week doing all the things I love about being on the road. I had some nice long rides on the mountain bike, searched out some
Geocaches, played with the new Jeep and tested all it’s systems, did some reading and flew the drone. Speaking of the drone, I have been able to fly the new Mavic quite a few times. While I have quite a bit of footage, I have yet to create any new Youtube videos with it. I am considering doing sort of a compilation video of some of the coolest clips I have captured thus far with the Mavic. It may be a bit of a strange wondering type video, but I really feel like I want to get one edited and posted to get back to the feel of what I want to capture. So be on the lookout on the Kuhl Odyssey Youtube Channel for that, and if you haven’t already I would really appreciate if you subscribe to the channel! One of the few spots in the town of Quartzsite that I like to hit up is Silly Al’s Pizza. I happen to be a bit of a pizza afficiendado and they make a pretty good pie. Normally, you circle the area, squeeze into a parking spot and wait wait wait for a table. Not this time, just me and the locals! Sat right at the bar and chatted up a couple of guys enjoying a slice and beer as well. Yet another benefit of this lifestyle……beer and pizza for lunch in the middle of the week!!
On the day I left Q, the temp was going to creep up to 95, so it was the right time to go! I was hooking up with my friends John and Becky of Adventure Next and heading to Joshua Tree National Park for the Xscapers convergence. I was excited to be meeting back up with friends and make new ones. The parking at the convergence is a of a bit challenging as the area is not really that level and has several small loops and not one big open space. John and I chose to take one of the small loops that was not very level. It took a while, but we
got all settled in and finally level. The rest of the week would be filled with happy hours and getting to know other like minded fulltime nomads. It has thus far been a total blast, the Xscapers is an amazing group not only for the social aspect, but also all they do in advocacy for this mobile lifestyle. I still struggle with being on the introverted side, so I really have to get out of my comfort zone to meet new people. While not perfect, I think I have done pretty well. I can see some great new friendships coming out of this convergence. I have explored Joshua Tree National Park, a giant place. They even have some cool backcountry roads to take the Jeep out exploring. The park seems to be know for it’s huge granite boulder formations and of course the Joshua Trees. We are camped south of the park on BLM land, and it is about a 40 mile drive inside the park to get to the “good stuff”. The rocks remind me of being in Carefree Arizona at the Boulders Resort area. Click on this link to the Boulders Resort, and would will see what I am talking about by comparing it to the photos in this blog. There are some amazingly dense forests of Joshua Trees in the park that are pretty spectacular as well. As I sit writing today there are still a few days of the convergence to go. I will continue to get some work done, enjoy the great company and continue to settle back into this amazing lifestyle!!This entry was posted in Blog and tagged california, fulltime, gorving, jeep, jeepsies, jeepthing, joshua tree national park, kuhl, kuhlodyssey, livingthedream, nomadlife, rubicon, rv, rvblog, rvlife, rvtravel, xscapers by Kurt Kuhl and comments are open.