Hard to believe I have already been here in Bend for more than three weeks. I actually have less than a week before I start my Southward travel. Other than being in San Diego, this is the first time I have actually picked one city and spent an entire month. Bend is an incredible place to stay, there is so much to do. October is really considered out of season, as evidenced by the rate here at Crown Villa RV Resort being less than half of the peak season rate. This is really the first time I have stayed in such fancy place. All the sites are huge and you
actually park on paver bricks. Each site has a block storage unit large enough for bikes and about anything else you may have. All the connections are also placed behind a nice block wall as well. They pick up trash and recycling from the sites each day and keep the place up perfectly. If there is any downside, it is that I am not able to get satellite reception from my site (first world problems). But, they do have cable with a ton of channels so it has not really been a big deal, other than really missing my DVR for pausing.
I’ve had the chance to spend time with friends, both old and new. Several other fulltime travelers are actually choosing to settle down for a while in Bend. Easy to see why, the vibe here is amazing. With my friends Dave and Shannon of 2Wanderaway having Bend as their home base I was able to overlap for a few weeks with them. Having lived in Bend for many years, they have been an amazing resource for feeling like a local. They filled me in on all the locals nights and best places to eat. Within a couple days I already felt like I had been here for weeks. It is cool to get to know a town a little more in depth by spending an extended period of time. I can pretty much get around anywhere (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
When my sister Kim asked me a few months ago if she could come out and join me for a couple of weeks on the road I was super excited. I think it’s fun to share this lifestyle with other people and this is the first time for a family member! I did things a little differently than usual, I decided to actually make…dare I say it…
plans. Wondering around with no real plan is not a good way to use up someones vacation, at least that’s what I was thinking. So, back when we decided on some dates, I set out to figure out just what we would do. We only had ten days, so I tried to pack in all different types of experiences. She would be flying into Denver, so that would be the starting point.
Denver…I wonder how we should start? I had just the thing, I setup a tour at Earthroamer! I mean, how can a person come to Denver and not go there….or is that just me? We meet up with my friend Allison who lives in Denver to visit the factory with us. Great tour (as usual, Annie the sales manager may have recognized me from prior visits), but I still am having a hard time convincing my sister that the Earthroamer is the best future living accommodations for me. The three of us talked about it over some beers at Industrial Revolution Brewery. Oh, did I forgot to mention my sister also is a craft beer fan? Terrible, I guess we will have to add in some beer exploring as well. In Denver we also hit up Great Divide Brewing, had to have me a fresh Yeti! (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
After my time in Crested Butte I moved on to Breckenridge. Having never been to the area, I was really just expecting sort of a “touristy” place and not much else. Wow was I surprised. My original plan was to hang out at the Prospector Campground above the Dillon Reservoir for a week and figured I would be ready to move on
by then. Turns out there is TONS to do in this area. The Jeep trails around here are incredible. I think I ended up with more that 250 miles of 4wheeling in the area. There were incredible passes such as Webster, Mosquito and Deer Creek just to name a few of my favorites. The views and scenery were insane. I believed the area around Telluride was the best I had seen, but this place may be even better. Not only was the scenery awesome, many of the trails are actually semi challenging, unlike all those around the (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
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