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Jan….I’m all set up at one of my favorite boondocking sites…it’s near the town of Bouse AZ just off Plomosa Road…not many campers around me…seems like there’s only about half the folks out here this year…that’s nice…fairly good internet so I can watch videos on Youtube for my nightly entertainment…I’d say 99% of the stuff on Youtube is pretty boring but if you poke around you can find some gems…got a nice aluminum table to keep my generator off the ground and out of the dirt…supposed to hold up to 175 pounds so it should work well…refining my set up once again.

The fire ring I built last year was still here…looks like some folks used it and left a bunch of wood in it…nice.

Pretty neat sky at sunrise this morning.

I had the landscaper come out and start making the site really nice

A couple of nice hikes today…about 3 miles…feels great to walk when it’s cool and dry. I put all my non metallic paper waste in a separate bag when I’m boondocking…then every couple of days I put it in the fire ring and burn it up…saves having to store a lot to trash until I get to a dump.

Nice little fire tonight…no wind and really calm….me too 🙂

After a nice pasta dinner, three cookies, an apple, and a handful of peanuts for dinner I reactivated my Dish Network sat TV and enjoyed a few hours of The First 48 and Forensic Files. I couldn’t find anything interesting on Youtube.

7 Jan….another beautiful morning today…temp around 40f and crystal clear…breakfast was Jimmy Dean sausages, small biscuits, and two eggs…all cooked in my cast iron skillet…i love that thing ….taking a long walk this morning…trying to loose about 5 pounds….no rush as I don’t have anyone to please but myself these days… talked to my buddy Anthony who lives in Las Vegas the other day ….he has a new expedition tent…told me he’s gonna come out in a few days… will be nice to sit around the fire and solve the world’s problems.

This is one of the things that makes camping in the high deserts of the southwest so special…

8 Jan…up and at’em at 0500 this morning…I go to be early and drift off to sleep listening to podcast…I’m usually asleep by 2100…plenty of sleep each night…I love the early mornings…nice and quiet…coffee stays hot in my insulated mug…good…blueberry bagel with cream cheese for breakfast is good too…BTW fuel cost me almost $500 to drive out here…all thanks to the insanity in government these days.

One of the best things in life is sitting by a fire out in the high desert when the temps are cool and the wind is dead calm…life is good 🙂

My buddy Anthony came out and set up his awesome tent complete with a wood burning stove
“vee “ Virginia from Canada also came out for a few days with her beautiful camper van she built

12 Jan…been here a week and it gets better each day…weather has been perfect and the company way above average…Anthony headed back to Vegas today….I’ll probably stay here a few more days then head north to the Mogollon Rim near Paydon AZ…. wanted to go there for years… the views are spectacular…about 8,000 foot elevation…. Temperatures are forecasted to be between 25 and 50°F with clear skies…. Just about perfect.

14 Jan… Beautiful morning this morning …temperature around 48…little warmer than yesterday… gonna work on my shower system today…want to move my water pump to relocate it to a better position and will give her a try later on this afternoon when it warms up.

15 Jan…Vee and I left our boondocking spot this morning…she headed to see friends near Quartzsite and me headed to The Cracker Barrel in Prescott for the evening. Tomorrow I head to the Mogollon Rim to set up camp on the cliffs overlooking the canyons.

beautiful sunrise this morning

27 Jan…Back in Florida for a while…hope to get back in the road the first of March…if all goes well…the van and all it’s systems are dialed in and working great…lots of rain lately…luckily I’m parked at my sister’s casa and able to plug in…I keep an air cleaner and a small dehumidifier running all the time here in the humidity of the south…it’s nice to have a bit of shore power to ease the cloudy rainy days power needs in regards to keeping the batteries topped off…with all the Covid crap and border crossing hassles I may just stay in the lesser 48 this summer…may even buy a little Honda Pioneer 520 to do a bit of exploring out west…I don’t need anything bigger or faster like the Honda Talon I had a while ago…we will see.

6 Feb…well it had to happen sooner or later…I’ve grown tired of bikes…don’t know if it’s forever or if I’ll get back to them in the future…who knows…what I do know is I had some of the best times of my life driving the passes and high desert trails out west in my Honda Talon…but I didn’t enjoy hauling it around with the big trailer…so it went away.

Over the past few months with bikes not on my mind I realized I really loved off roading with a 4×4 buggy…so…I just ordered a 2022 Honda Pioneer 520 side by side…small and light…only around a thousand pounds…I’ll haul it on a lightweight single axle open trailer and not have to worry about dragging anything big around the country like last time…should be here in a week or so.

It’s not fast so it’ll fit with my needs now to explore and sightsee low and slow…with all the covid crap I probably won’t be headed to Alaska this summer and will spend as much time as I can out west again…cheers.

10 Feb…oh yeah!…just picked her up…I love the gray color.

11 March…It’s been a long road…Mom is finishing up physical therapy and will soon move into a beautiful assisted living facility…she’ll have all the assistance needed for a good quality of life…my sisters and I will be able to relax a bit knowing she’s well cared for. My condo will be put on the market…when it sells I’ll be houseless but not homeless…I’ll be totally free to go where the weather is good and the people are above average…gonna love living in the van full time under the bridge down by the river 🙂

I hope to head out west next month to enjoy the high desert of Utah and the mountains of Colorado…looking forward to exploring with the new buggy…I have it ready to be street legal…will have it titled and plated in Utah…that way I can boondock and drive it into town to pick up my Boost and Ensure without having to break camp and drive the van.

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