Travel Days and Boondocking Stays

Seems hard to believe that just a couple weeks ago I was sitting poolside working on my tan in sublimely warm and sunny New Orleans. Now here we are in Ferndale, Washington 2,800 miles away and I’m working on my laptop bundled under the covers at 6:00 in the morning. No, I’m still not a morning person, but this is about the only time we get half-way decent internet service. Yes, that’s a big bummer. πŸ™

But, I wanted to share a few pics from our whirlwind travel days. So before I lose my window of opportunity here, let me see how many I can download. πŸ™‚

So long for now mighty Mississippi River … and humidity!

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We’re headed through the high dessert for a few days. πŸ™‚

I’ve lost count of how many times we’ve passed the Continental Divide signs. But this is the first time I’ve had my phone close enough to snap a picture. Not very good quality, but I got it! LoL

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There’s just something about freight trains rumbling along the tracks I just love.

Freight trains in New Mexico.

Freight trains in New Mexico.

Sunset in Shiprock, New Mexico

Sunset in Shiprock, New Mexico

Sunset Shiprock, NM

Sunset Shiprock, NM

We made a quick stop at the Four Corners Monument. I think I had built myself up a little too much for this stop. It was cool, no doubt. But it seemed a little run down and dirty. I’m guessing maybe it was due to being off season?

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4 Corners Monument

4 Corners Monument

It wasn’t very crowded, but I still wasn’t able to get a picture without people or random feet in it.

Four Corners Monument

Four Corners Monument

From there we went on to Moab, Utah. The scenery on the way was stunning as ever.

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Beehive Rock, Utah

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(For anyone keeping score on the time, it’s been 3.5 hours since I started this post. Uggg)

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We spent the night at Klondike Bluff, a BLM area about 16 miles north of Moab on Hwy 191. It’s a trail head parking area as well, so there was a bit a traffic around sunset. It’s a perfect spot for an overnight stay. Dinner with a view of the snowy mountains in the background. There are so many opportunities for outdoor activities there and it’s so gorgeous! We will definitely plan a trip when we can enjoy the area for a few days.

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When we headed out of Moab on Monday morning we started to get a little nervous about some of the steeper grades ahead. So, in an effort to minimize any serious damage to our beloved F150 (with nearly 260,000 miles on her) we rented a truck in Provo, UT to do the heavy hauling for the rest of the way.

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As you can, I got the light load. Nothing but the bikes left in our truck. Thankfully the trip went smoothly for the final 900 miles of our journey. πŸ™‚ How about that Provo sky though, huh? So pretty there!

This is the first time I’ve ever been behind the camper so it was a different perspective for me. Now I have an entire album of the rear end of our rig. Β LoL

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Finally, hitting Seattle was sort of like coming home … if there is such a thing for full-timers. It was a perfectly sunny day and traffic was a breeze.

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I know home is where we park it and technically South Dakota is “home” now. But I really love how the Pacific Northwest feels, if that makes any sense at all. It’s such an odd thing for me to wrap my head around because I’m a total beach lover. πŸ™‚

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Well, this is the second day now that I’ve been working on this little post and I’m about out of patience so I’ll stop here. I think a little trip to see if we can find a park with better Verizon service may be in order on Sunday. I’m going crazy not being readily connected at all times! Yikes, I think I may be addicted. Ya think?!?

Thanks for stopping by.

~Cheers~

 

Oh by the way!

Here are the addresses for our Β boondocking spots Β – (With temps in the teens for our last two nights on the road we stayed in hotels πŸ™‚ )

Night 1 – Camping World in Katy, Texas. Easy access to spaces,safe area, a bit of road noise but not too bad. Β (27905 Katy Fwy, Katy, TX 77494)

Night 2 – Walmart, Clovis, New Mexico – Friendly manager, minimal parking lot traffic, just a few big rigs, safe area. (3728 N Prince St, Clovis, NM 88101)

Night 3 – Walmart, Farmington, New Mexico – The manager was very nice, no big rigs the night of our stay, just a handful of other RVs, safe area. With the exception of some kids riding through at about midnight blaring their horns for fun, it was very quiet. (4600 E. Main Street, 87402)

Night 4 – Klondike Bluffs North Parking Area – BLM Trail Head – 16 miles north of Moab on Hwy 191.

 

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I am a full-time RVer living a nomadic life with my husband as he travels throughout the United States for his career. Our mobile castle is a 38 foot 5th wheel with all the comforts of home and office. I do a little freelance writing here and there. Maybe someday I'll finish that novel. In addition to writing, I've developed a passion for health and fitness. It's taken my nearly 50 years to really nurture this passion, (eeeek!) but now that I'm on board I'm loving the journey. As a matter of fact, I love it so much I decided to become a full-time Team Beachbody Coach. Contact me today if you'd like to be a part of one of my private Motivation and Accountability Groups on Facebook or if you're interested in the Team Beachbody Coaching opportunity.

9 thoughts on “Travel Days and Boondocking Stays

  1. Looks wonderful! Love the BLM area by Moab! I’ve found great, free WIFI in libraries. There must be a zillion starbucks nearby?

    • I agree with you on the BLM areas. We try to stay off grid as often as we can. I just love the peace and quite and open spaces! πŸ™‚
      Uggg… the internet issue here. I did a little research and found out they just opened a new library here in town. It probably wouldn’t be a bad walk. But I’m a little nervous about lugging the laptop around in the rain. I guess I’ll have to bite the bullet and take hubby to work in the mornings so I have the truck here and I can get myself to a Starbucks or Woods Coffee. ;-/ Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  2. Hey W. Omg! Dan and I spend almost 3 weeks out there 2 years ago. We did the 4 corners, and yup thats about all it is. Although I did make a few purchases from the locals selling their works of art there. I guess I can pretty much shop anywhere. We also did New Mexico and Moab. We ababsolutely loved it all and you know what a beach bum I am! We def want to get out there again someday. Soooo much to see and explore. We have yet to get to the Pacific Northwest though. It is in our plans. We can only hope you will be there when we go! Glad you are getting to see all of those wonderful places. Now you will know where you want go back and explore. Miss ya pal. FLB

    • You guys are going to love the Pacific Northwest! In a way it reminds me of New England a little … only on a larger, more spread out scale. Everything seems “more” here somehow. The trees are greener, the sky is blue-er, the snow on the mountain tops is whiter, the air is cleaner. I hope we’re here too! What a blast that would be!!! πŸ™‚

  3. Wow, I totally understand your frustration and don’t look forward to that on the road. Are you normally able to get WiFi at campgrounds, or do you depend on using your cell as a Hotspot? We were about to buy a WiFi-only tablet, but maybe need to reconsider?

    • Oh Lynne, it’s making me crazy (crazier?lol) We’ve never really had any decent park supplied Wi-Fi where we’ve stayed so far. On the odd occasion when we did, I always feel a little worried about using it because for one I’m on it for several hours a day and I don’t want to eat up that much usage on someone else’s dime. And two, I’m not really sure how the security works or if there is any for that matter and I don’t want to have to worry about signing out and then into my own for banking, shopping, etc. So, we use a data plan through Verizon and our phones as hot spots. We jumped on the deal they were running last month for the “more of everything” plan. We were able to go from 50GB to 60GB and our monthly bill actually went down $200! πŸ™‚ I guess I shouldn’t really complain. This is the first time we’ve had really bad/non existent signal and in general I love Verizon customer service etc. πŸ™‚

      • Wow, Wendy, there is SO much we don’t know about RVing. It is just staggering. We are almost always somewhere with WiFi now, so our data plan is (giggle) 2 GB a month and that is SHARED lol. We have the more everything plan too, so we have 2 GB basic and then 3 GB bonus GB per month and never even get past 2 GB. That is going to change when we start traveling! Do you use 50GB a month just on blogging or do you run a business or something too? I cannot imagine…I guess we need to start drafting a travel budget and figure out what the reality will be!

        • I don’t think you’ll need to worry about getting as many GBs as we need Lynne. We still have a few family members from home on our plan. So the 60GB are shared with 4 smart phones and 1 regular cell. Plus, we don’t have a TV in our rig so we watch movies via Amazon and NetFlix on occasion and they tend to add up quickly. Congrats on the new tablet purchase! πŸ™‚

          • Ha! I just feel like there is more and more I don’t know and 60GB was blowing my mind! πŸ™‚ Thanks, Wendy! And we love the tab so far…

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