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
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
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
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