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
Finally, I had been looking forward to a return to Disneyland. It has been since September of 2014, right when we first hit the road to full time that we had been to Disneyland. Does not seem like very long ago
you say….well you may be right for most people. Thing is, I have had a passion for visiting Disneyland since I was a teenager. Never really sure how to explain it, but the best I can do is say that for me it has always been like being in another life. Whenever I am there, I can for some reason leave behind the thoughts of anything else going on in my life and just be engulfed in the present. It is not the rides, the lines or the crowds, simply the feeling of not having a care in the world and being totally relaxed. I am pretty sure we have come close to visiting Disneyland at least once a year for as long as I can remember. We flew our son Patrick over from Phoenix to spend the week with us as well, awesome to spend some time with him. Patrick has grown up with Disneyland as part of his everyday life, so he was excited to get the chance to come over.
While it did feel very good to be back, all three of us noticed some differences in this visit. It was just little things here and there that we each noticed, but pretty soon we started mentioning them to each other. Disneyland has always been pretty much perfect at all times since it opened, so even little things catch your attention. We noticed many of the water features were not filled or running, such as the giant waterfall on the
side of Grizzly Peak and the fountain in front of the Tower of Terror as well as those in front of Pirates of the Carribean and all the splash pads in Bugs Lands were not running. Lights that were burned out also started to (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
We had a great relaxing week hanging around Oklahoma City. The Fam Camp at Tinker AFB turned out to be a great hub for our visit. It is going to be strange not hearing Reveille over the loud speakers at 7am and Taps in the evening. A major task to be handled while we were in town was finding Toni a dress for our son Adam’s wedding. While it took quite a bit of searching, I am happy to report “mission accomplished”. We also
helped Matthew out with some upgrades and maintenance on his 2007 Outlaw RV. Up on the roof we installed new Maxx Air Covers so he can keep them open while it is raining and during the high winds in Oklahoma. The entertainment system inside got some HDMI upgrades and a new antennea to pick up local stations. To deal with the very cold winter temps, we installed a thermostatically controlled heater in his water compartment. A great design element of his Outlaw is that ALL the water service is in one bay in the basement. That means all the water lines, the fresh, gray and black tanks all live in one space. This allowed us to use just one heater to handle it all. To monitor the bay, we installed a remote thermometer linked to a base unit inside the RV. Matthew can set a low temp alarm so he know when the temp is too low and also fine tune the thermostat setting for the heater. It was great to spend so much time with Matthew.
On main reason for sticking around as long as we did was to watch Matthew compete in the Redman Triathlon. This would be his first attempt at a tri and he was signed up for the 1/2 triathlon. This consisted of a 1.2 mile
open water swim on Lake Hefner, a 56 mile bike ride and a 13 mile run. It was really fun being there and seeing how these events work. Each time we saw him in transition from one activity to the next he had a big smile on his face. Although the last time we saw him at the 6.5 mile point of the run, he was beginning to feel (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
Departing from Michigan we set our sites on Chicago and celebrating one year on the road. Along the way we did make a couple of overnight stops. Between Green Bay and Wisconsin we located a Harvest Host called LaClare Farms. This was a family owned goat farm that produces goat milk cheese and has a great store and
cafe on site. Touring with the owner we learned all about the goat farming industry, very interesting for sure. During our evening we did have a little issue with the RV. For some reason we lost 12volt power to the refrigerator. Everything else on the same circuit was working fine, but the wiring was dead at the frig. After about an hour of tracing wiring and beating my head against the wall I had no luck figuring out what had (more…)by Kurt Kuhl