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Vicarious Living

I am no stranger to living vicariously – it’s the books, article, and images that often got me through the long periods between trips into the great outdoors. Vicarious living has also been a common theme folks have expressed to me about the blog and the RV journey .

So, imagine how happy I was to hear from Andy and Tan about their summit climb and to receive images that documented the feat. After a weekend training with those two and seeing how accomplished as climbers they were, I wasn’t surprised to hear they had successfully summited. Read more

Yellowstone Side Trip

After a couple of days of kayaking and fishing, I decided it was time for a change of scenery – decided to head up into Yellowstone National Park .

I hadn’t been to the Park in nearly 20 years – was, in fact, anxious to see how the place looked – 20 years ago the evidence of the devastating fires of 1988 were still clearly visible. I wondered how things were recovering. I also wanted to scout out a spot for the Bunkhouse near West Yellowstone for my upcoming planned one week stay before moving up into Montana Read more

Maiden Voyage

A few months ago I posted about getting a kayak to take along on the journey – based on some strong recommendations and reviews, I purchased an Advanced Elements Expedition – an inflatable kayak.

Months have gone by and I have passed on a couple of great opportunities during the trip to take my maiden voyage in the thing – with all the great lakes around here, I wasn’t going to put off getting on the water any more

Time to get aboard the S.S. Bunkhouse 🙂 Read more

“Never a bad word or a twisted rope”

Over 20 years ago I first laid eyes on the Grand Tetons – the staggering beauty of the range stunned me. And, The Grand was simply spectacular!! – I have seen it referred to as “America’s Matterhorn” – absolutely incredible.

Over the years, I had read that one could climb the Grand with some training and with the assistance of guides from the likes of Exum Mountain Guides – that needed to go on the “bucket list” Read more

It’s always something

It takes a village…

Just a brief post to remind us all – s#@$ happens – just got to keep it all in perspective 🙂

Came back from a great day in the field hiking and looking for wildlife to discover that someone had hit the RV

A hit and run no less…no note, nothing – just a “scar” on the driver side front corner and broken rear view mirror Read more

Grand Teton National Park

“There are no foothills to the Tetons. They rise suddenly in rugged majesty from the rock strewn plain…the soft light floods the great expanse of the valley, the winding silvery river and the resplendent deeply carved mountain walls.”

– Lieutenant Gustavus Cheney Doane, Leader of a small exploring party, 1876

One of my first stops in my transition from “suit” to “executive in transition” (per daughter #1) or “early retiree” (per daughter #2) or “unemployed” (per then wife) was a trip to Grand Teton National Park for a photography workshop. I fell in love with the place and, with that in mind, the Tetons are the banner image for the blog.

I was excited about revisiting after over 4 years. Read more

Hello, I must be going

Hello, I must be going

Ah, the classic song from Groucho Marx!

Hello, I must be going.
I cannot stay,
I came to say
I must be going.
I’m glad I came
but just the same
I must be going.

For my sake you must stay,
for if you go away,
you’ll spoil this party
I am throwing.

I’ll stay a week or two,
I’ll stay the summer through,
but I am telling you,
I must be going.

Yes, it was finally time to say good-bye to Colorado… Read more

High Energy RV’ers

Well, it was time to move on again

Hated to leave my mesa looking up at Mt Shavano, but new adventures were just up the road…

I had encountered single RVer’s since I had started this journey – most were members of WIN’s – Wandering Individual Network

They describe themselves as a group of single RV owners that love to travel and have fun – a high-energy group of mostly retired adults who hike, bike, kayak, dance, tour, sail, boat, raft, ride horses , etc etc etc – in other words, a group that generally makes most folks tired just thinking about all they do. Read more