A few surprises in the Chiricahua Mountains

February 13 – 15, 2017. We had already been up a long stretch of muddy road when we saw the yellow ‘Bump Ahead’ sign. It looked just like one you see on an interstate, except that the words ‘next 23 miles’ had been added at the bottom. We pushed on, finding a boondocking site in …read more

Organ Pipe & Ajo

January 27 – January 29, 2017. The Organ Pipe cacti are like us. They don’t like cold weather. We decided to head south to check them out at the Organ Pipe National Monument in Southern Arizona. We decided to break our pattern and spend money to stay in the park’s campground. There was a nighttime …read more

White Sands

January 3 – January 4, 2017. To visit White Sands we stayed at the Oliver Lee campground ten miles south of Alamogordo, NM. The campground itself is interesting. It is at the base of Dog Canyon, where water flows year round. There is 4,000 year old evidence of visits by Native Americans. And the canyon …read more

Missions of San Antonio

December 28. I’ve been to sites where the Incas and Mayans were conquered by Spaniards establishing a New Spain. I remember reading about killing, enslavement, and forced labor in mines. I was surprised to learn that the Coahuiltecan people of southern Texas had a completely different experience. Maybe it was because there was no gold …read more

Three National Parks

During our van build we took a little break at Thanksgiving time to visit some family in DC and Pennsylvania. We had our bed frame installed, so we decided to make it a mini adventure and do some boondocking and sight seeing. We spent a very cold night in a crowded Virginia hunting camp that …read more