Final Destination???

Is there a final destination? I have traveled halfway across this great nation of ours to my first destination for the summer. I arrived at Pearl Lake on the 13th of May. I am amazed by the sights around me. Snow capped mountains and lush green valleys. Now that I am here I realize that the journey continues even though I will be parked here through early July.

My Site at Pearl Lake

My Site at Pearl Lake

Hahns Peak

Hahns Peak

Pearl Lake Reflection

Pearl Lake Reflection

Along with taking in the beautiful sights I have been busy with getting the camp sites ready for the unofficial start of the camping season, Memorial day weekend. The park looks to be almost full as long as people don’t cancel due to the weather. They are calling for cold and wet with possible snow through Monday. That seems to be a way of life here in the higher elevations. I’m at 8100 feet here at the park. As I am writing this it is 39 degrees and raining. It’s been an interesting week here at the park. Getting to know their system and getting to know the park.
As the journey continues I will keep you posted. I hope those who read this can themselves get out and enjoy nature on an intimate level in some way. A hike through the woods, camping in the forest or even a walk through your local park.
I’ll post again soon, till then Enjoy the Journey!
Be Safe, Be Happy

Namaste

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Campsite View

Campsite View

Blowing in the Wind

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Blowing Hard

Literally I have been blowing in the wind lately. From Kansas to Colorado it has been blowing hard. I’ve been dodging tumbleweed numerous times along the road.

The winds are put to use out here and it’s good to see the renewable resources being used on a grand scale. I’ve seen hundreds of windmills in both Illinois and Colorado.

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A few windmills in action

Blowing in the wind can sum up my trip so far in a way. I had two destinations to make, those being my sons in Indiana and Pearl Lake State Park in Colorado. The travel in between has been a blowing in the wind of sorts. I haven’t had a specific route to travel each day. I study the maps and my apps the night before, estimating mileage and finding a spot I can stop for the night. It’s been fun and helpful not having a set goal each day. Especially with the winds of late. It can be a chore at times fighting the wind gusts as they hit me from the side. Unfortunately I haven’t had a following wind. They’ve all been from the side or quartering from the front so my mileage has tapered off the past couple of days.

Nebraska campsite

Nebraska campsite

Yeah! Colorado

Yeah! Colorado

So I made Colorado today. I’m staying in a campground in Sterling. Actually got to do some laundry. I’ll be stopping in a National Forest campground on the eastern slope of the Rockies tomorrow night and then on to Pearl Lake State Park on the western slope on Wednesday. They said it’s dry so I can go in Early. I’m getting excited about getting up there and getting set up for the first part of my summer. I’ll keep you posted on my new home for the early summer.

Till next time,

Be Safe-Be Happy

Namaste

Art…

Journey to the Center of the Earth (USA)

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So I found the center of the Earth (USA), the contiguous USA that is. It’s just outside of the little town of Lebanon, KS. There are signs along the road directing you to this nondescript place. Surrounded by ranches and farms they have set up a little park area about the size of a baseball diamond. They even have a motel across from the park but it seems it was not a worthwhile venture as it stands empty. I wasn’t the only visitor to the center of the Earth (USA). I met a family visiting from Florida and a couple of carloads of locals visiting the monument. Along the way to the center of the Earth (USA) I have come across many interesting sights. Getting off the major roadways and traveling the back roads has paid off. Now really, who can say they have visited the World’s Largest Ball of Twine? Not many I’m sure but I can.

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Also who can say they drove a quarter of the way around the world? I have proof I did.

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Really though my trip has been very interesting and I am sure it will continue to be so. As I come across interesting happenings I will continue to post them to my blog.
It’s now time to batten down the hatches for the next couple of days. Calling for some possible severe weather through Saturday night. I’m set up in Glen Elder State Park in KS. It’s located in the north central part of the state. Just a beautiful area. I’ll be here through Sunday morning then it’s on the road to Eastern Colorado for a few days before heading into and over the mountains to the Western Slopes of the Rockies.

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Last night’s weather front

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The long and straight road!
Till next time, Be Safe- Be Happy
Namaste,
Art…

Slowing Down

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Part of the reason for this adventure is to slow down and enjoy life. We’ve all heard it before ” stop and smell the roses “, but what does it mean exactly and how hard is it to accomplish?

The first leg of my trip has taken me to central Indiana to visit my son and his family. I took three days to get here when I could have made it in a day. My purpose was to slow down and enjoy the trip, not being in a rush to get to my destination. For the most part it worked. I took some lovely side roads, wanting to stay off the major highways as much as possible and put in no more than 300 miles in a day. The first day I put in about 250 miles, stopping for the night in a mall parking lot that allows overnight RV parking in Cumberland, MD. A big thank you to the many stores out there that allow RV’s to overnight in their parking lots. The second night after putting in around 200 miles I stayed in a great little campground in Zanesville, OH named Wolfies Campground. Just 2 miles off the main road and a nice quiet setting. Heading into day three I was going to travel some more back roads for the final 200 miles or so and figured my arrival time at my son’s around 4. My first mistake, setting a time limit. The trip was going well, traveling through some beautiful small towns and farmland. Low and behold as I was meandering along I came across a train crossing with a train stopped in the crossing. I was a number of vehicles back so I did not know how long it had been there. As the minutes passed by most of the smaller vehicles turned around in the road and sought a different route which left me along with a few tractor trailers waiting at the tracks. The cross roads out there are few and far between and there was no place to turn a trailer around. So as the minutes turned into an hour my patience was beginning to wane. I kept telling myself to breathe and relax and enjoy the fresh country air but I had made the earlier mistake of setting an arrival time. Mind you it was not a problem arriving later and it was all in my mind but the damage had been done. Finally an hour and a half later the train began to inch along out of the crossing freeing those of us stuck at the crossing.

So a lesson learned for myself. Try not to set a schedule unless absolutely needed and when circumstances interrupt a plan, be flexible!! Worrying about the little things keeps us from enjoying this journey we call life. ” stop and smell the roses ”

The picture with this blog is my view out my trailer door at the back of my sons property. A perfect place to stop and smell the roses. My son and his wife are living in rural Indiana about 45 minutes north of Indianapolis. Surrounded by farmers fields and beautiful homesteads.

Till the next time we cross paths,

Namaste,

Art…

What’s in a Name?

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What is in a name? We all have names not to mention the cute nicknames we give to loved ones along with the names of our pets.. Many of us like myself are named after family members or special people in our parents lives. We go through our lives with these monikers that identify us and shape us to some degree.

We also name inanimate objects. How many of you have given a name to your car or boat or something else that means a lot to you?

That brings me to the reason for this post. I grew up doing a lot of sailing and boating. I always loved the creative names you would see on all of the boats in a marina. I decided to name my trailer Betty Lou after my mother. I know she is always with me and now I will be sharing my travels with her. As to an explanation for “Saddle up Betty Lou”, I have 5 siblings and whenever we were out somewhere as a family and my Dad was ready to leave he would say “saddle up Betty Lou” to let her know it was time to round up the bandits and get them into the car. So anyway, it is a small tribute to my Mom.

Safe Travels,

Namaste

Art…

It’s not Goodbye!

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I1922124_719558274794276_9099935015987523593_n really dislike saying goodbye to anyone. The word seems so final and doesn’t sit well with me.

The past few weeks I have met with a number of friends, both old and new to say so long, see you again soon. It has been with mixed emotions that I leave them after a visit, knowing it will be some time before I see them again but also knowing my new adventure is just around the corner. If I didn’t get to meet with you in person, please know I am wishing you the best and so long till we meet again.

I thank everyone for all of the heartfelt good wishes and being a part of my life and may love guide your lives as it is mine.

I will be hitting the road on Wednesday the 29th so stay tuned for more postings from the road.

Till we meet again, So long and safe travels!

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Earth Day- Every Day

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I’m sure as many of you know today is Earth Day. The one day a year where we collectively celebrate the earth and all of it’s beauty. Let me throw something out there, let’s make every day Earth Day. This is the only place we have to call home. It seems to me as if we tend to treat the earth the way we treat most of the consumables in our lives. When it is beyond it’s usefulness we will replace it with a new one. Not so with Mother Earth. We get one chance at this.

I myself have been guilty of this in the past but I have been making changes in recent years. Much of my inspiration comes from friends who are doing their small part to care after our home. I am going to take the opportunity I have while camp hosting this summer to share my love for nature and learn more from the people I meet. It only takes baby steps to put forth a positive effort to protect our natural world for future generations.  I’m hoping my grandchildren along with future generations can experience and enjoy the wilderness areas I will be visiting this summer.

Till next time’

Namaste,

Art…

Looking Ahead

It’s Monday, April 20th and I am starting my blog to cover my travels this summer. I will be camp hosting in two Colorado State Parks this summer. For those not familiar with camp hosting, I’ll be like a goodwill ambassador at the campground. I will be there to answer campers questions, help in getting them to their site, light policing and maintenance of the grounds and be first contact in emergencies all the while staying in my trailer in a beautiful setting.

I will be leaving the 29th of April and stopping at my Son’s house just outside of Indianapolis for a few days and then be making my way on to Colorado at a leisurely pace arriving in the Steamboat Springs area around the 15th of May.

My first park will be Pearl Lake State Park about 25 miles north of Steamboat Springs from Memorial Day weekend through July 8th. My second stay will be at Sylvan Lake State Park about 15 miles south east of Eagle Colorado. I’ll be there July 10th through mid September.

I’m really looking forward to my adventure this summer and I hope you follow along as I try and keep up with posting interesting happenings along the way.

See you in my next posting. Until then may your travels be filled with many great adventures.

Namaste

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