The Mighty Five: Day 4

Canyonlands National Park was the second destination in our national park quintet. Established by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, Canyonlands is known for its dramatic desert landscape carved by the Colorado River. The park features towering rock pinnacles, remote canyons, whitewater rapids, and Native American rock paintings. The first formations we encountered were the Monitor…

The Mighty Five: Day 3

The trip from Grand Junction to Moab took about two hours, allowing us to arrive at the Moab KOA, get checked in and completely set up by early afternoon. We then made our way to the first of our Mighty 5: Arches National Park, home to the densest concentration of natural stone arches on Earth.…

The Mighty 5: Day 2

The longest leg of our trip started an hour late and extended another hour because of delays, turning a nine-hour drive into an 11-hour marathon. But we enjoyed spectacular views along the way, as well as long periods of silence thanks to spotty cell service (which affected our Amazon Music stream) and losing ourselves in…

The Mighty 5: Day 1

We began our Mighty 5 adventure with an overnight stay at Amarillo Ranch RV Park, a stone’s throw from The Big Texan Steak Ranch and Brewery, a kitschy Route 66 landmark saloon-style steakhouse that offers patrons a 72-ounce steak challenge. If you consume an entire meal in one hour, the $72 meal is on the…

August in Austin

Most folks with any knowledge of Texas weather wouldn’t dream of traveling to Austin in the middle of August for a camp-out, even under the towering trees at Pecan Grove RV Park. But Cliff’s attendance at a work-related conference necessitated a three-day stay, so wE decided to make a week of it. Doing so gave…

Presenting Cloud 9, 2.0

At long last, we took possession of Cloud 9, more than six months after we brought the rig to A&P Vintage Trailer Works in Paradise, Texas. Followers may recall that we took the Airstream to Ann Flanagan and Paul Mayeux for a washer/dryer installation and dinette modification. By the time we picked it up, we had…

After the Thaw

We returned to Cloud 9 after a winter cold snap plunged North Texas temperatures well below freezing for several days. Although we took precautions to ensure our rig survived a temporary dip below freezing, we failed to do the winterizing necessary to get through sustained temperatures in the teens. And so, with busted water lines,…