Escaped Doodles

The end of May 2018 Denise and I made the jump to living full time in our travel trailer. Quite a change from "normal life".

This journal is a log of our travels with descriptions of the trials and tribulations we've gone through. Below are a few recent posts. Check out the links below for additional posts.

Oct. 15, 2019 - New Mexico - Arizona

Not a lot of amazing adventures this installment. We spend a total of six days at Navajo Lake. With this stay our New Mexico annual camping pass easily paid for itself. We took a few walks around the campground and to the lake. Kids went swimming a few times but it wasn't great for them, steep drop-off and a lot of people. It's a very active lake for fishing, at least this time of year. We suspect it's more a water sports lake during the summer heat. It seemed busy but only one of the four campgrounds near the dam was open.


Oct. 1, 2019 - Cottonwood & Chaco

After the North Rim we made a two day stop in Kanab to restock and wash. Kanab is a nice small town just over the Arizona boarder. We must have jostled some more hard pack in the black tank loose, as it would not drain upon arrival in Kanab. The good news is we're getting good at diagnosing and clearing blockages. Couple of hours later we have empty gray and black tanks, and a full fresh tank. Ready to go again.

After Kanab we went out Hwy 89 and up Cottonwood Canyon. The canyon goes north about half way between Kanab and Page.....


Sept. 15, 2019 - North Rim

We left Brenda Monday, Labor Day. It was still way too hot so good to get out of there. Headed for Flagstaff.

Dumped tanks on Sassy (the new Bigfoot Trailer) on the way out. The black tank would not dump, thought it was the valve. Too hot to fuss with so we just headed north. It was very busy on I17, but everyone was going the other way, back to Phoenix. Glad we're not in that traffic jam, and not going back to that heat, and not going to a city, and....

We stayed at Woody Mt CG in Flagstaff. Needed a full hookup to straighten out the black tank problems. The black still would not drain. So, after a few go arounds on the Internet Hugh figured out....


Aug. 1, 2019 - Sayonara New Mexico

We left you hanging when we got to Jemez Falls CG. Nice Forest Service camp but reservation only. Stayed one night and were able to stay for a second. Nice area in the mountains. An interesting formation called Soda Dam was just down the road.

We wanted to visit Bandelier NM but found out we can't go there with the dogs. Can't even drive in the gate with dogs in the car. So we blew them off.

From Jemez we went to Santa Fe. There are two campgrounds just outside the city, one National Forest and one state, and the plan was to head to one of these and spend two days around Santa Fe. However, it seems all these campgrounds are reservation only and even mid-week they were full.


Oct. 25, 2018 - Bullhead City | Valley of Fire

We made it to Davis Camp at Bullhead City, AZ. This is a county park/campground right on the Colorado River. We've used it several times as a stop over on the way to and from Arizona. The water/electric sites have good access to the water and a nice feel. We signed up for a week.

As stated in the last installment, we came here chasing the weather. And it was good. Highs were in the eighties and lows in the upper fifties while we were there. The first day a storm went through with some serious rain. Unusual for the desert, but not unheard of.


One Year on the Road

Oh the places you'll go, the things you'll see! It's been one year since we started this full time traveling adventure. We've been a few places and seen some things. We've at least touched Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, Arizona, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. Some 25,000 miles and a lot of campgrounds. Close to half of that 25,000 miles has been towing. But most of our time has been spent in South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.

It has been a most excellent but challenging adventure. Not a vacation, which we knew from previous long trips.


Who? Who the heck are you?

Well, there are two of us:

Before moving to Klamath Falls Denise grew up in Toledo, OH and spent time on the Cape in MA. She did a lot of bicycling including racing and touring. She has always enjoyed the outdoors spending time hiking and backpacking. Denise has had a dog or two for at least the last 40 years. She retired from Occupational and Massage Therapy in 2013.

Hugh grew up in Klamath Falls, OR also enjoying the outdoors.....