Tuesday, January 19, 2021

In the West...for now! 🐸

Westward HO!!  2021


 
 
Headed out for the West at the end of December....took one last run by the river in Gadsden. It was a beautiful day, excellent day to leave town!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spent first night in MS, the second night was in LA. Overall it was a good run! Except for the wind! It was quite breezy!










 
 
The third day...Welcome to Texas!
 
 
 
 
 Third night was at at "picnic area" & I'm really sad that the state of TX is slowly closing down these. Especially the ones that are on the secondary highways.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Made it into the DFW Metro by Friday evening. 
It has become rather difficult over the past few years to find spots to park for the night.  But if you will go to the farthest areas of the parking lots, be out of the way, NOT set up camp (or even look like you're there for the night)....parking spots can be found!
And it was a beautiful sunset!
 
I met some friends for the weekly get together for breakfast on Saturday morning. It was really good to get to see them. Stopped by a couple of them at their houses to visit a bit more before heading out.
 





Speaking of the "picnic areas" I have several that I stop at every time I travel across the Panhandle of TX. Many of them have great views and are usually not used much overnight any longer. The only real issue is that so many people abuse them. Household trash piled up at some, trash/garbage/tires dumped behind some of them. It is a shame some people will abuse something that is so nice for travelers. 
 
 
 
 
One spot that I have passed so many times I don't think I can count the times!
The Mescalero Sand Dunes Recreation area. It was so nice! There was one group when I got there...but they left just a few hours later...and Abbie & I were the only ones there for the night!


The dunes are just beautiful! The area is very well kept up. From late Spring to Fall it is a very busy place. But in winter, and with all the COVID issues....it was basically deserted!
 
SO NICE & PEACEFUL!!
🐸🐢
 
And a beautiful Sunset!!
 
I figured it would be closed up due to COVID....and boy was I right!! Made a side run to Ft Stanton. One of these days I'll get there when the gift shop is open!! They have put up gates at both entrances, fences along the front and it is buttoned up tight!! But once things settle down some, in a few months it should be open again & I'll try once more to get to the Gift shop for a decal!!
 

 
 
 
 
It is a gorgeous view from the turnoff to Ft Stanton of the valley coming up from Lincoln NM. The drive is really a nice drive. And the rest of the run into Roswell, NM is quite nice.
 
Spent one night on the northern boundary of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR). I spent almost 5 years on the range working out of the Pictorial Branch. Got to see a lot of things that were in development by the military at that time. Had a nice picnic table area and it was surprisingly quiet after sunset.


The last night out was at the VLA (Very Large Array) out from Socorro, NM. And as I suspected...it was also buttoned up tight!! But did have a spot there where they had done road paving and left a nice flat spot after it was done.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I have always just been so intrigued by the radio telescopes! And it looked like some of the Western Pronghorn antelope were also!  LOL!






 
 
 
Made it to my friend's place outside of Show Low, AZ. He built his own cabin...about 7 miles off the highway...and about 3+ miles from where the power lines stop! It is awesome. He's on solar, propane & generator when needed. There are quite a few folks living out in the area, all setup about the same way. They all even haul in water.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I have to throw this in!  Abbie caused a short in some wires before I left AL...seemed my alternator was going bad about 30 miles out from my destination. Well, thought I had taken care of the wires...and I had...but hidden so far back under the fender in the dark, I had not seen that it melted a hole in the top of the battery! So Lily now has a new battery!


 
 
 
I made a run into Alpine, AZ to see some of my friends there. Some of them call me their "transient local".  I paid up my PO Box for the next year because I will always be going to and thru Alpine in my travels each year. They have not gotten hardly any snow this winter, so they are still in deep drought. Hoping that they get some good snow in the next 2 months!


 
 
 
 That about brings me current with this year's travel. I'm going to be on the road soon and will let you know where I'm headed. I'm still working out just where I want to wander to!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hope this finds all of you in good health and staying safe!  And remember this.....
 

 "Glorious it is, when wandering time has arrived!"

.....old Inuit saying

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Shop Up & Soon to be headed "West"!!

Well, There is now a shop here! These a just a few pics of the going up process!

It was a 2 man crew, and it was amazing how fast they were able to put up the building!  

It was a two day process...which took 2.5 days due to rain! 


But we had a building by the evening of the third day! And it looks great!  And to add to the "excitement" of getting the shop up and being closer to opening there was also another big day!
 
 
 It was my granddaughter Julia's 10th birthday!! 


That was the excitement for the past few weeks!  I'm still doing the last minute things needed on Lily to be ready to hit the road in about 7-10 days. I'll be headed to Texas, Arizona and points West! Will probably be on the road for 3-5 months.
 
So hang in there with us....
 
We'll be looking for old friends and out of the way places to visit!!
 
Hope to c'ya out there soon!
 
Ray & Abbie
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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Time to Catch Up


Guess it is about time to catch you up on the past month 🐸! And it was a busy month.

Got quite a bit done on Lily. Interior is basically done. Have a "tarp awning" that stays on pretty well even in fairly high wind. Have gotten rid of more of the "things" I have been carrying around and so now have a bit more storage room in Lily. 

Made a 54 hour 35 minute run to Round Rock, Texas and moved Mother back out to Alabama. 1700+ miles AND moving someone....it was a rather interesting weekend! But the move was accomplished!

I've been kind of under the weather...fighting sinuses! And a couple of other issues...but seem to be on the mend & feeling better each day.


Don't know if you have noticed, but people seem to be panic buying....AGAIN!!  Bah-humbug! I had been trying to get some butane for my little stove...WallyWorld has put a 2 item limit on them and everywhere else has been out! But I found a supplier online...and I'm setup now for several months!  🐸 

 Abbie got her last "spa day" for the winter! We'll do a travel trim right before we hit the road in a few weeks. So we now have a great groomer here, will be looking while on the road before too many months. 🐸

That pretty well gets us "current"! Just finishing up things on Lily and preparing to get on the road....in a few weeks!

Take care, stay healthy & C'ya out on the road soon!

Frog & Abbie
🐸       🐢

 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

An Interesting Month.- Basically!

 It ended up being a rather interesting month! It did not go the way that I had intended for it to go! Even to include my first "test run" with Lily!

I'm on the Natchez Trace again, a year has passed since I was here. On my way back to Alabama from Texas. Had to make a unscheduled run due to a death in the family. 

Cary helped (rather he did...heheh) replace my water pump on Lily. "We" also replaced both the high pressure hoses from the power steering pump to the Hydro-boost and from Hydro-boost to the gear box.  It ended up that the first hose was not the leaker! But...both hoses looked like they were original hoses. So there are now NO leaks from Lily! No wet spots when she is parked. Such a good feeling!


It is amazing the pictures you end up with when you are not paying attention to how you are holding your phone!! 😏

Had an uneventful trip out to Texas. Except for the fact that I was driving into what seemed like a 20-30mph headwind. BUT...Lily still managed to do over 15mpg (except for one refill). It is so nice to get decent mileage. Right now she is averaging a bit over 16 overall on the road. So my mileage has almost doubled since getting Lily. It makes the gas budget go sooo much further, and allows me to do a few more things on my travels!

Spent one night at the "WallyWorld RV Park" in Vidalia, LA. Had no idea that LA had a Vidalia! But it had been raining for a while when I stopped for the night. And I think everyone pretty well knows that I detest driving in the rain! But as you can tell, the next day was absolutely gorgeous!

I made a bunch of stops on the Trace from Natchez to Jackson, MS. First time I have driven that 90 miles. Several were very interesting. And as pretty as the drive is, once you cover the first 20 miles...it looks very much the same the rest of the way. Except that there are a lot of trees down due to the storms that have passed through. Many are the huge old growth trees! Such a shame. πŸ˜” I was told that the straight line winds were pretty vicious!







 This is my view last night and today. I might be here a couple of more days. Just very peaceful, not too much Trace traffic (except during "rush hour") Currently watching little fish jumping all over right off the bank right in front of my spot. 

Considering driving the complete 444 miles of the Trace up to Nashville. But that decision will be when I see how mileage and monies do next few days.

Hope this finds everyone doing well. And I hope to see you out here on the road & in the woods one day soon!

And remember....

Don't worry about tomorrow,

When tomorrow gets here it's Today,

Today is Yesterday,

And......

Tomorrow is still out there!!!

 

C'ya!!

Frog