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Yellowstone Adventures

Yellowstone Adventures

Yellowstone Adventures: Snow!!! Yes, I did say snow. We woke this morning to a pristine blanket of snow and crisp weather. We headed early into the park for our trek to Yellowstone Grand Canyon, and a few animals were out. We spotted the familiar Bison and a curious coyote meandering through the snow cover valleys. The majestic pines looked so amazing with their dusting of snow. What awaited at the Canyon was indeed a breathtaking view, and roaring falls, amazing site of t

Mcfarland5travel2019

Mcfarland5travel2019

Yellowstone Adventures

Yellowstone Adventures

Yellowstone Adventures: Mammoth Springs...have you ever wonder what would it be like to travel to the surface of Mars??? Honestly, after spending days exploring the geothermal beauties at Yellowstone, I feel like I am at a far, far away planet...the terrain, the colors, the smells... all leave you with another world feel... one of the things that is becoming a favorite of mine is the way that trees that are decomposing look in the surrounding landscape ..(stay tuned for my photo colla
Yellowstone Adventures

Yellowstone Adventures

Yellowstone Adventures: Geysers!!!   Today we ventured forth in our Yellowstone explorations... since we are blessed to be able to stay in the area for a few weeks, we'll be able to explore the park at our own pace. So today we explore the beautiful geothermal features the Park is so well known for.. did you know that about HALF of all the worlds geothermal features are found right here at Yellowstone??? Which are fueled by the massive super volcanic caldera...(about 500 of them
 

Reducing Travel Stress

I just finished reading an article in the New York Times travel section.  Titled: To Reduce Travel Stress, Plan Less, the article by Geoffrey Morrison highlights the advantages of making travel decisions on the run, as you travel.  While it is based on travel by plane or automobile, stays in hotels or hostels, and meals in restaurants, many of the concepts are applicable to RV travel.  In fact, in our travels, this has been our normal mode of travel.  I know that some people have to have ev

TBUTLER

TBUTLER

 

Leaving Home

A common cartoon has a child with a knapsack on a stick running away from home.  It may be that cartoon that inspired my wanderlust.  I love to travel and for ten years we lived in our motor home full time.  In 2010 we put a mobile home on a lot in Sandpipers Resort in Edinburg, Texas.  That transitioned us from full timers to part time RV'ers.  It also created a challenge in classifying our status, we are no longer snowbirds or Winter Texans as they called us in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. 

TBUTLER

TBUTLER

 

The Loss

For anyone here who has suffered the loss of a furry friend. I know how you feel, all too well.  The Loss    

gramps

gramps

Riding in the Wilderness - Sonoita, Arizona - ATV Tour to The Empire Ranch

Riding in the Wilderness - Sonoita, Arizona - ATV Tour to The Empire Ranch

Riding in the Wilderness -Sonoita Arizona – ATV tour visiting the Empire Ranch   Martha and I decided to do an ATV Tour out of Sonoita, Arizona. We opted to take a cross country 4 hour tour which took us through the vast Empire Ranch. It was a lot a lot of fun. Our tour guides were Apache ATV Tours and their website can be found here: http://www.apacheatvtours.com/ The Empire Ranch is located on East Empire Ranch Road, three miles east of the intersection with State Highway 83

MarthaChuck

MarthaChuck

Going Underground in Bisbee Arizona

Going Underground in Bisbee Arizona

Going Underground in Bisbee Arizona Bisbee – Circa 1916 Bisbee was founded as a copper, gold, and silver mining town in 1880, and named in honor of Judge DeWitt Bisbee, one of the financial backers of the adjacent Copper Queen Mine. In 1929, the county seat was moved from Tombstone to Bisbee, where it remains. Greed was major motivator in town. As a result the Bisbee Deportation took place. The workers lived and worked in deplorable conditions and also small wages. Therefor

MarthaChuck

MarthaChuck

Mayport Naval Station, Mayport, TX

Mayport Naval Station, Mayport, TX

We had a big time camping at the Navy Station at Mayport, Fl.  Plenty of ships pass by our campsite, most often a dredge operating in the channel and car carriers.  A tour of a U.S. Coast Guard cutter and a navy ship were highlights of our stay.  A foggy start to an offshore fishing trip went well as we caught quite a number of fish.  If you qualify, a stay at this military campground should be considered.  The campground is well run, clean and close to the beach and St. John’s river entrance to

Bosun

Bosun

New Mexico - Tent Rock National Monument

New Mexico - Tent Rock National Monument

Tent Rock National Monument  - Pueblo Cochiti, New Mexico These rocks are known by the Native American people of the area as Kasha-Kutawe (Cosh-a  Kuta- way) Tent Rocks.  They are a geologic wonder. We are staying at Cochiti Lake in Pena Blanca, NM.  Our campground rating is shown below after this blog entry. Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is (Cost information in the link) located over a mile above sea level on the Pajarito Plateau about an

MarthaChuck

MarthaChuck

Wind Gust Ripped our Patio Awning Off

Wind Gust Ripped our Patio Awning Off

Wind Gust Ripped our Patio Awning Off (Part 2) Read Part 1 - Click Here   November 9th 2018 Some of our readers may know about our RV patio awning getting ripped off by wind. Now that we are in the Benson/Tucson area we will be getting estimates for repairs. Getting one blown off while in motion is sort of nerve racking and dangerous at best. And then there is the whole what to do about removal after it happens. I can tell you it's a bit like

MarthaChuck

MarthaChuck

Enjoying Pensacola - Going Coastal

Enjoying Pensacola - Going Coastal

LIFE'S A BEACH - PENSACOLA, FLORIDA Sunset at the Naval Air Station We're at the BEACH! We haven't blogged in a while, so I told Chuck that I'd write one this time.  It's been a fairly quiet few weeks, as we've slowed down (yay!) and are doing a lot of just living, instead of playing tourist.  After Hurricane Michael disrupted our plans to stay at Pensacola Beach, we spent 2 1/2 weeks at Navy campgrounds in Pensacola, drove 30 miles ands spent a couple days in Alabama, drove

MarthaChuck

MarthaChuck

Getting Your Cowboy On - Tombstone Arizona

Getting Your Cowboy On - Tombstone Arizona

Getting Your Cowboy On - Tombstone Arizona Viewing Businesses along Allen Street - Tombstone, Arizona 1879   Like most children of the 50's, I grew up with westerns. I watched every black and white television series like The Lone Ranger, Sky King, and Gunsmoke. And we lived for movies like Fort Apache, High Noon, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Winchester 73, anything with John Wayne in it and, well you get the picture.     When I learned how close Benson, Arizona was

MarthaChuck

MarthaChuck

"Things" Matter - Don't They?

"Things" Matter - Don't They?

The Thing? Come with us as we go to see the thing. Do you believe in extraterrestrials? If you have driven I-10 through New Mexico and Arizona you had to be asleep not to have seen sign after sign advertising "The Thing."  For three hundred miles bill boards tease and entice you with things like "See the Mystery of the Desert" or "What is it?" Well, I'm happy to say I have the word "Sucker" written on my forehead. We paid our money and willfully, dare I say happily we

MarthaChuck

MarthaChuck

Exploring Saguaro National Park

Exploring Saguaro National Park

Exploring  Saguaro National Park was a unique experience. No where else in the world does Saguaro grow in "forests.  Even with ever increasing pressure for housing around the park the Saguaro thrive in this other worldly place. If you visit Tucson by all means take the drive to the National Park and see the Saguaro. Join us as we visit the Giant Saguaro Cactus Forest (click below).            

MarthaChuck

MarthaChuck

 

An Unexpected Move

Let me introduce our motor home, VGER.  VGER is named for the villainous character in the first of the Star Trek movies.  VGER has been in our family going on 15 years this summer.  It (VGER was an it) was purchased at a Monaco Come Home Rally in Raine, LA.  We traded in a 10 year old Monaco we had purchased as a used coach in the spring of 2001.  We sold our home and moved into that used coach full time on July 7, 2001.  VGER was purchased new, 1235.4 miles on the odometer when we took possessi

TBUTLER

TBUTLER

 

Greetings

I’ve decided to start a Blog.  I will be sharing our RV adventures in the near future.  As a River Towboat Captain I work a  month on, month off schedule.  We will be headed to Pelicans Roost Campground at Mayport Naval base after Christmas for a week.   I have a few maintenance items to knock out before departing our home in South Carolina for Florida.  I do all maintenance and repairs to the Motor home myself (so far). I find that Motor homes are very similar to large boats that I work on

Bosun

Bosun

Annual Review as We Begin Our 6th Year

Annual Review as We Begin Our 6th Year

As we enter our sixth year of retirement and RV'ing it was time for a review of life. It is always good to look backwards in time to review how plans, goals and reality match up.  We continue to evolve in our RV lifestyle.  My advise to anyone just entering or planning on RV'ing is to be flexible and open to change.  Our original plans when we first began in 2013 have grown, evolved and today our lives look much different than our first plan.

RussRanger

RussRanger

The Weeks Before our First FMCA Convention in Gillette

The Weeks Before our First FMCA Convention in Gillette

Devils Tower - Wyoming  This is how we spent our time before our first ever FMCA Convention.  We needed to fill a few weeks before we got to Gillette, Wyoming.  We visited 3 states, one of which was North Dakota, our 49th state visited.  That leaves only Alaska, which will be our destination for 3 months in the Summer of 2019. Needles Highway through Custer State Park in South Dakota. We dry camped in Wind Cave National Pa

RussRanger

RussRanger

Captive in Wyoming

Captive in Wyoming

We don't seem to be able to leave Wyoming.  After being here for two weeks we still have a week or two of sites to see.  We both agree that Wyoming is beautiful and we are nowhere near Yellowstone yet.  There are still great things to be seen and done. Ten Sleep Falls near our boondocking spot in the Big Horn Mountains. We have spent the last 7 nights boondocking or dry camping at 3 different spots in the Big Horn National Forest in north

RussRanger

RussRanger

From Gillette to Three Weeks in Wyoming

From Gillette to Three Weeks in Wyoming

Fifty years ago someone rolled up this barbed wire fence and hung it up on an old fence post. In 1968 the federal government purchased 35,000 acres of ranch land in the Pryor Mountains to protect the wild horses that roam this area. Today we went hiking and once again found out how beautiful Wyoming is.  We began on an old ranch and drove 3 miles up a canyon on an old rutted path.  When we ran out of road we began hiking the winding path up a canyon between two mountain ranges. After a

RussRanger

RussRanger

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