Thursday, April 2, 2020

It's a Whole New World

As I think of that title, I can't help but think of Jasmine and Aladdin singing that song, soaring through the clouds.
Then sadly I look outside. At the "whole new world" that we have going on today. We are put under house arrest for something that we haven't done or been found guilty of. I think we should declare 2020 a "do over".

We were in Disneyland in early February and at that time there was some talk in the news about the C-virus. No one knew how it was going to explode around the world. As the time went by and things started to escalate to where they are now, it became a scary new world. Running to the grocery store now could be a death sentence.

Since we are virtually homeless, I think that things for us need to change. In fact our new garage that we built in Minnesota is going to become our new house. We have decided to change our plans a little and incorporate a living quarters in it. 
So we would like to declare to the RV world that we are changing our status from Fulltime RV'ers to Part time RV'ers. We have been on the road nearly 6 years now and it is time to settle down a little bit. We are going to hang onto our two campers for winter trips and summer trips because even though it has been 6 years, we still haven't seen everything.

The traveling started not to be as fun as it once was. That was maybe a good indicator to give it a break I guess. Also with the C-virus covering the entire country, we want a safe haven we can call our own. Who knows, I just might have to make it Zombie proof also.

"Glady's! Stick a fork in me, I'm done!"

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Covid-19 and Moab, Utah

Well if you haven't heard by now, there is a worldwide pandemic going on. Turning our world and I am sure your worlds upside down at the moment. It is totally unprecedented. I am really behind on the blog and will try to catch everybody up now.

We have been trying our best to social distance ourselves from others. As you may know we live in a camper full time and travel full time. We have been staying in the smaller towns and any sight seeing we would do we made sure to stay away from people. We left Blanding, Utah and headed to Moab, Utah. It has been four years since we were there last.

Four years ago we had worked at the OK RV park for some really great people. There were also 2 little girls that liked us. Kids don't usually like us, but they did. Angie and Maci. So we just had to stop and see them. They are growing up so fast. They both like horses so they wanted us to see them.
That is Angie and her horse Edward
Maci and her horse. Watching those two girls with their horses, they seemed like naturals on them. Then they wanted to get Gladys up on one.
I think Gladys has been on a horse once in her life so she was a little nervous. But she did it and I think she had fun. Once up, Angie led her around.

It was a bucket list item for her because I guess her parents never rented a pony for her birthday.
Just a couple more pictures of the girls on their horses.

I did not get up on the horse and I am sure the horse was very thankful for that. To this day it is walking around without a broken back. Thanks for the fun afternoon. Our visit was cut short because of the pandemic. We decided to go out to the BLM campgrounds to see what was going to happen. We went to Williams Bottom Campground first. But because of the canyon we could not get cell service or any news. The next day we went out to Castle Valley near Fisher Towers.
That is a beautiful area. We decided to drive up the Onion Creek Trail. It is one of our favorites because there are about 20 creek crossings to go through.

It was another great area to be in. It has been cloudy ever since we got to Utah and that day was no different. I did say 20 creek crossing didn't I?
Moab started shutting down, they were talking about closing all of the BLM campgrounds and they were wanting the tourists to go home. They have a small hospital and didn't want it to be overrun with tourists if worse came to worse. We packed up and headed to Palisade, Colorado where we could make plans to beeline it north. We decided we could quarantine in the pickup camper if we had to. Our son called and asked us to take care of his kids because they wanted to pull them out of daycare. That was the excuse Gladys was looking for.

"Tango! start the truck!"

Off we went like wild banshee's headed to Pringle, SD. We asked Jim and Barb if we could spend the night if we brought them our latest test results. They reluctantly said okay after bribing them. Besides we had to deliver their chairs they left with us in Quartzsite. Here they are with their gifts.
Jim got a nudie pen and Barb got a Las Vegas sticker. Plus it also cost us a roll of toilet paper. It would have been cheaper to stay at the Holiday Inn. Barb made us ribs for dinner in the true RV-dreams fashion. It was delish! Our visit was short and we had to leave in the morning. Jim was taking all kinds of precautions. After a second roll of toilet paper he let us eat in the house.
Here he was trying to get the deer to wear masks when they were around him. We got up early the next morning because we had another long drive ahead of us to get to Fargo. Gladys gave me the green light and we were off. We said some quick goodbyes with tearful hugs, hoping that we all make it out of this pandemic and if we did we vowed to meet on New Years Eve in Time Square. Good luck to our BFF's. And to Jim, if you don't make it we will take good care of Barb.

We made it to Fargo without incident and jumped into our new roles. I was showing Virgo, the soon to be 2 year old how to fashion a respiratory mask out of a tortilla, MacGyver style.
You too can do that to save your lives if you have to. For Audie, we just dressed him in camo and will throw him in the bushes.
So that is where we are at at the moment. Social distancing in Fargo. We are out of our Hobbit House now, which had turned into the tin can for us. Way too many months in that thing anyways. I feel safe that no one will visit us because of the pandemic and if I do see you coming up the driveway I hope that you are Ninja fast to get through 12 gauge buckshot coming your way.

On a more personal note. Of all of the ways I thought we were going to go out of this world, like zombies, aliens, sasquatches or unicorns, it had to be the stupid Covid-19. As a Y2K survivor I expected something better..

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Goosenecks and Blanding, Utah

We left Lake Powell with plans made and our hearts, giddy. We were going to travel between weather systems because we don't like to travel through rain. We watched our weather apps for the opportune moment to leave. No rain at the moment in Page and our final destination was dry. 10 miles out of Page it started to rain. It rained on us all of the way to Kayenta, Arizona. So note to self, check the weather half way between destinations.

Southeast Utah if by far one the most beautiful places that we know of. Our destination was a place that we have checked out before when we were in Utah but never had the opportunity to camp there. With our pickup camper, it made it possible to stop and enjoy this special spot.

Goosenecks State Park. Thanks to all of the media induced panic over the Covid-19 virus, I am way behind on the blog which is good news for you. That means more pictures and less commentary!

The fun thing about this state park is that you can park your camper as close to the edge as you dare. If we had the fifthwheel you can hang the back end over the edge and have a spectacular view. But we were in the pickup camper.
That's us on the edge there. It is 1000 feet down to the San Juan River below. So watch your step. The rains were going to show up again the next day. We had hoped to camp in the Valley of the Gods but the road through there is impassable in the rain. So we decided to go to Blanding, Utah and explore from there. We waited for the rain to quit and then we went back to the Valley of the Gods to drive through it.

The clouds hung around all morning. When the sun is out the colors in the rocks are so vivid. It would have been nice to camp there. We were told that that is the darkest sky in America. So if you are into stargazing, this is the place you want to go. The road goes from the north end to the south end which is right near the Moki Dugway. Moki Dugway? What praytell is the Moki Dugway. The Moki Dugway is a road that is 3 miles long, it climbs 1200 feet up the side of a cliff. Doesn't that sound like fun?
Straight ahead is the road that climbs that rock face. It's hard to see but it is there.

It is a nice drive unless you are afraid of heights. Then you will be clutching your butt cheeks all of the way up. Now a couple of people told us about Muley point at the top of the Moki Dugway. Boy were we glad they told us about that. I think it was Steve C. and Mark G. so thanks. Right at the top of the Moki Dugway you take a left on the first dirt road you come to. There is no sign there so it took us awhile to find it. Go down the road 4 miles and it comes out to an amazing vista that looks down to the San Juan river. So doing the math, 1200 ft. up the Moki Dugway and then another 1000 ft. to the San Juan. That's over 2200 ft. down to the San Juan now.

 When you are taking pictures out here it is amazing the amount of elevations that you are in. The visibility goes for miles on end during clear days. That is why this area has always been our favorite for scenery. It is so breathtaking. Our last day in Blanding was going to be another weather day so we didn't do a whole lot. We went to the Edge of the Cedars State Park to learn about the ancient Puebloan people that used to inhabit this area.

The gentleman at the visitor center also told us to check out a cliff dwelling near our campground. It's not marked but he told us how to get there. It was called the Five Kivas Dwelling.
It was found in a ravine just outside of town.

Next up for us is Moab, Utah. 

The world is becoming a crazy place. So many things are out of our control. All we can do is wait and see what happens. For me, I have a beer in one hand and a Zombie gun in the other.

"Gladys! Watch your six!"

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Lone Rock and Lake Powell

With face masks on, we drove north through Flagstaff and made it to our destination for the day. Lone Rock Campground on Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon Recreation Area.
We have seen some other RVers post pictures of this place and we really didn't know about it until just a few years ago. So we wanted to camp there and try it out. It was overcast, cool and breezy. So we set up and just hunkered down for the day.When the sun came out I would go outside and try to enjoy the scenery. Finally the clouds left and the sun came back and it brought out some beautiful colors.

Lone Rock without the sun.
Lone Rock with the sun.
We were sitting out, watching a storm across the canyon. The rainbow was super bright.
It was also the weekend of the super worm full moon.
The next day we wanted to check out some of the sights. We have been to Lake Powell a couple of times before so we didn't do Antelope Canyon or Horseshoe Bend. Been there done that kind of thing already. We stopped at the dam for a sticker and some pictures.  It is quite different than the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.

After the dam we went out to Antelope Point. It was just a marina and not that photogenic. We found a BBQ in town for lunch and then I wanted to stop at a Machine Gun store. I wanted to shoot a HK MP5 because I have never shot one on full auto.

That would have been fun, but they only offer 3 or more gun packages. Really? I can't just shoot one gun and be happy with that. No. You have to at least pick a 3 gun package for $150. Then you can shoot a 9mm pistol (I own several of those), a 12 gauge shotgun (again, I own several of those), and the HK MP5. Well I didn't want to pay to shoot guns I already own just to shoot the one I want to shoot. Bye.

The Lone Rock camping area is also a OHV area which we didn't know. So as a bonus we unloaded the Ranger and went out and played some. 
 If you look real close, you can see our camper down by the waters edge. I dropped Lisa back off at the camper and kept riding the trails. It's not a large area but it will give you hours of fun. I found some "S" curves and had a blast going through those. So I went back and got Gladys so that she could video me getting wild.
It was a lot of fun. Those of you who know Gladys, you know she is not a big thrill seeker. But I did manage to talk her into doing the "S" curves with me and I think she had fun.             
Our time at Lone Rock has ended and we must move on.The Coronavirus is chasing us to areas that are less populated now. So if we never see any humans again, keep this in mind. If you come at us as Zombies, we will not hesitate to pull the trigger.