I have had a hard determining just what to write updating our blog. As most all of you are aware, I lost the love of my life Toni Kuhl on February 4, 2017. It goes without saying that this has made a devastating change in my life. Toni and I were together
since I was 21 years old, nearly my entire adult life. And it has been an amazing life. A highlight of our life has been raising three great boys. My heart breaks for them having lost their mother. While we raised our boys to be strong and independent, and they certainly have become just that, the saying we had printed in Toni’s memorial program “Mom taught us everything, except how to live without her” is so true.
Toni and I have witnessed first hand how life can be cut short and loved ones taken from you at any time. This is one of the primary reasons we decide to embark on this amazing phase of our lives, fulltime RVing. As I think about it today, I am so thankful we made the tough decisions and took the steps to get on the road and make this life a reality. We truly embraced the idea of collecting experiences rather than things. During our nearly two and a half years on the road we grew so much closer to each other (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
Feels strange to be actually sitting and writing again. We have been in Phoenix, aside from a few little side trips, since October 13th!! Both Toni and I are a bit stir crazy (okay maybe alot stir crazy) but it has been a productive winter. While we were aware that we would be in Phoenix several months, we underestimated how long it would feel. After nearly two years of fairly constant motion, to be stationary this long just re-enforces that we love being on the road.
Our primary reason for the long stay was some medical work we have had planned for Toni for several years. I am happy to report that she is recovering very well and on the tail end of rehab. While it will not be until mid-February that we truly have the string cut and we are free, our anticipation for departure is becoming pretty intense. One of the things we like about or nomadic lifestyle is that we can deal with about any situation.
So what have we been up to in Phoenix, wow, it had been crazy. Of course we have been able to spend some quality time with friends and family and it has been amazing. Being on the road (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
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…)