4 weeks of a whole lotta nuthin’

We decided to wait out the rest of winter in Tucson and Phoenix before heading further north in the spring, so back to Tucson we went. Being back at Catalina State Park almost feels like coming home since we’ve been here multiple times and it’s still one of our most favorite places to stay. When you’re home,...
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Lake Havasu, not just for Spring Breakers

When we (ok, Mike) originally made our winter plans, we were going to split our time evenly between Borrego Springs and Lake Havasu City. After further research, we (ok, Mike) shortened our stay in Borrego Springs and lengthened our stay in Lake Havasu which turned out to be a good decision. The various sculptures in Borrego Springs...
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Waiting out Winter in the California Desert

From Borrego Springs we made the relatively short drive to Indio, at the southern end of California’s Coachella Valley. The drive along S22, the Borrego Salton Seaway, was remarkably scenic, reminiscent of Badlands National Park on a much smaller scale. Unfortunately the last five miles or so of the road are in such poor condition we...
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Borrego Springs Sculpture Tour

Our plan all along has been to stay in the southwest for the winter where the temperatures are warm and the skies are clear (good for solar power!). After our boondocking stints near Yuma and Quartzsite we headed west to California, making our first stop in Borrego Springs, a little town tucked out of the way...
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Dental tourism in Mexico…no, really!

Having no dental insurance, we decided to join the thousands of other RV’ers (and other non-insured folks) who travel to Mexico for dental and vision work. The cost of dental and vision work in Mexico tends to be anywhere between 50-75% of the cost within the U.S. so dental tourism has become a huge draw for many...
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Solar Rover, Part 3: Inverter Upgrade

In late 2015 we installed 600 watts of solar panels on Rover’s roof. You can check out Part 1: Who Go Solar? and Part 2: The Install for more background on our solar setup. The solar panels are just one part of our “boondocking electricity equation”, letting us slowly recharge our batteries during the day (if it’s sunny), where in the...
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Boondocking: the good, the bad, and the ugly

above: desert art at eye-level (top-left) isn’t fully appreciated until viewed from above with a drone! Being back in the Southwest meant we could finally put our solar panels to use! On the east coast and much of the south, the dense population and lack of open public land makes it almost impossible to find any free land...
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What Opie wants, Opie gets

above: sunset from our campsite at Catalina State Park, Tucson AZ I’m fairly certain Opie either sends commands to me telepathically or he’s just really good at making me feel guilty. Either way, Opie successfully made the Catalina stay all about him. Last year we spent a lot of time in Tucson sight-seeing which is...
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2015 Year In Review

It’s January 2016, and it’s hard to believe we’ve been on the road for 20 months. Where 2014 was about getting started and learning the ropes, 2015 was an amazing year of exploring the U.S, as we made a complete loop around the country. Here’s a quick look back at 2015, with a few selected...
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