What a crazy month it has been! Leaving San Diego I headed to Flagstaff to volunteer (and maybe do some drooling) at the 2018 Overland Expo West. I really did enjoy the work, I was fortunate to work the setup portion of the show. Most of my time was spends laying out and organizing all the vendor spaces. It was just my kind of work, took some thought and involved being outside. Best of all, no public interaction! Working
with the public is just not a strong point for me. It was also the longest stint that I have done staying in the Rubicon and Ursa Minor camper. CC and I spend 5 nights there and it was perfect. CC even spend much of the time hanging out in the Jeep while I was volunteering. I brought along my camera from the RV so I could spy on her and make sure there were no issues. Every time I checked in she seemed more than content to just hang out and relax. I even managed to set up my “office” outside, as I still had to do my regular job including payroll and billings. Worked swimmingly, and it was really nice to sit back under the ARB awning get work done. Unfortunately, I did not get to spend much time with my friends Jase and Lauri, they were on staff and worked seemingly the entire day every day. It was good to at least get to see them again, we should catch up later this year in Oregon I hope. My Xscaper friend Jessica also signed up to volunteer at the Expo. The bad thing was that she did not start until Friday morning, and I was leaving Friday afternoon. Again, not enough time to catch up. I was just too consumed with getting my remodel on the new to me Bigfoot RV underway. So according to my revised plan, I scooted out of the Expo on Friday afternoon.
The day was full of travel. I headed to Forest Lakes to the cabin where I store a few tools and odds and ends. I pulled my little dump trailer along with whatever supplies I thought I might need down to Phoenix. Originally the plan was to complete the remodel at the cabin to be in the cool temps, but after thinking of all the trips to (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
Wow look at me, really speeding up these blog entries huh. Once again it had been a month since my last entry. I had a great time with the Xscapers wrapping up the convergence(s). Even when it ended it didn’t end. From the Yuma area, a few of us moved on to Anza Borrego to boondock. This has become a favorite spot for me. So much to do in the area from walks and hikes to 4wheeling. Not to mention the amazing scenery
that surrounds the area. It was great to continue to the party. We even added a few other nomadic friends to our gathering. The shenanigans of games, happy hours and the just plain old fun continued on for a couple more weeks. A few of us made a side trip in our adventure vehicles (the Rubicon for me) to attend the King of the Hammers race in Johnson Valley. I miss the old days of rock crawling with some of these guys that
were smart enough to turn our fun into a career. It was exciting to see just how the sport of rock crawling has evolved. The vehicles are so well built and are so much more “professional” than they used to be. I was lucky enough to also meet up with my friend Kevin and his son Josh from Phoenix at the Hammers as well. The only downside was the dust. I think it was definitely the dustiest event or place I have ever been to. It was nice to spend a couple nights in the Ursa Minor J30, and I was sooooo glad I did not bring the Seneca out in the crazy dust. Also while in Anza, my friends John and Becky got me tagging along on (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
I didn’t have to go far from Phoenix to get 2018 rolling. On the agenda was the Xscapers Annual Bash. This would be a chance to catch back up with old friends and meet a TON of new ones as well. It was more of a “rolling” party this time. The first week was in a new location in Quartzite, AZ and the second week moves over
to American Girl Mine area in Winterhaven, CA. My friend Steve was able to get a “kitchen pass” and come join me as well. To say it has been an amazing time would be a huge understatement. I have made lots of new connections and strengthened existing ones. I was able to connect with a whole new group of solo travelers such as myself. I stayed in AGM beyond the annual bash, I am actually still here as I write this. We still have a pretty awesome group and many of us are rolling on to Anza Borrego to keep the fun going. There has been campfires, Jeeping, mountain biking, hiking, movie nights, game nights, tons of trips to Mexico for tacos and
even a dental visit for teeth cleaning (and perhaps a bit of beer drinking mixed in there). The Superbowl party on Sunday was AMAZING. We were treated to an awesome game, there was crazy good food and the weather was perfect. We capped off the night with an outside screening of We’re The Millers (rapidly becoming a cult classic with this group). Yet, with all the fun, Sunday was also a very difficult day as well. It marked the one year anniversary of my losing Toni. I managed to get out on my MTB to think and get some solitude for a few hours. I still cannot wrap my head around the fact that a year has already passed. I think of Toni each and every day. She gives me the strength to keep pushing forward and discover what my future will hold. It was so great to be surrounding by such good friends on a tough day and I am so blessed to have the support system around me that I do.
by Kurt Kuhl
Today is my last day in Phoenix, I hook up the Jeep and head towards Quartzite tomorrow morning. John and I wrapped all the projects on his RV and I managed to check everything off my list as well. Hard to believe I’ll
have been here nearly six weeks, the time has flown by. It’s been so nice to catch back up with family and friends, but I definitely feel the pull to get moving again. I’ll be boondocking for probably the next five weeks so today will be stock up day. I was able to get in one more Jeep trip this past weekend. The setup is working great and it is going to add a whole new dimension to my travels. Mixing in the excursions out in the Interceptor (my corny Jeep name to go along with the Black Pearl) will be exciting. Hopefully, the mud dries up from the rain last night here at my moochdocking spot before I set the wheels in motions tomorrow!
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Well I’v managed to do it again, a HUGE break in between posts to the blog. My last entry had me sending my sister Kim back off to Boston after spending time with me in Colorado. That was way back on August 30! I cannot believe
how time has flown by. Leaving Colorado I spent a couple weeks in Wyoming. I made a couple day stop in Lander, WY, where I stayed the Lander City Park. They actually allow RVers to stay up to three nights for free at the park. My spot was amazing, right on the river and only a few feet from the bike path to town. I put a ton of miles on the bike just running around and exploring town. Lander Brewing Company had some great beers and I meet a couple of great locals there as well and chatted it up for a few hours! I really enjoyed the town and actually wish I could have stayed longer, but I adhered to the three day limit. In the words of Arnold, “I’ll be back”. The next week plus I spend based out of Curt Gowdy State Park a few miles west of Cheyenne. I’ve stayed in this park before and love it. I snagged a secluded spot elevated up above the lake with a sweet view. I spend the entire time riding the mountain bike and Jeeping. The MTB trails at Curt Gowdy are way cool, I think I rode most of them several times. I took the Jeep out (more…)by Kurt Kuhl