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 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