Smokey the Bear, Los Alamos, and The Very Large Array

After Roswell we drive through Las Alamos to dump tanks,  then head to see the birth place of Smokey the Bear in Capitan, NM.   After a quick walk through the free part of the visitors center we head to The Very Large Array.   A very cool stop.  It's also a poplar filming location which includes the Jodi Foster movie Contact, a Jon Bon Jovi video, and Terminator Salvation, to name a few.  Incidentally,  they assured us you can not sit on your car and listed for aliens with a set of headphones like Jodi Foster's character.  

We also meet up with Everlong Journey and do some free camping near the VLA.   Finally, I perform a "quick" coolant flush for the Cummins.

Next stop, Gila National Forest and Silver City!!!!!!!

ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO

What a nice, crazy, vibe in Roswell.   We toured an amazing art museum, met some great people, and camped at a Sam's Club!  What could be better?

We're glad we stopped by.  We spent two nights in the town.  Lots of neat shops on the main drag.  Plenty of photo ops with aliens. We included some of our favorite works form the area.

Pegosa Springs, Colorado

We really liked this little town.  Had great parking on the main drag and no parking meters! (looking at you Durango).   There are good boondocking sites 30 minutes out of town, but due to the rain, we stayed at the restaurant at the edge of town.

Pegosa is known for the awesome hot springs.  You can pay some of the commercial sites for access or you can go down to the park and have a dip for free.  There is a good sized farmers market on the weekends, and a great big recreation park in town as well.  Good free dump stations near the Walmart and cheap laudry as well.   Two thumbs up!

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 Headed to the Springs

Headed to the Springs

 Farmers Market

Farmers Market

 Parked near the springs

Parked near the springs

 Quick jog along the Rio Grande partner

Quick jog along the Rio Grande partner

Mesa Verde

We made is to  Mesa Verde.  The cliff dwellings were super cool (Mrs. Landmarks).  We had to camp overnight in the nearby Walmart.   Tried to do some boondocking but damn near got stuck in the mud.  After two nights in the Cortez area, we head to Durango.  Not much footage of Durango.  Boondocking is a bit tricky there.  Couple nights behind a grocery store and one night at a Home Depot.  The more touristy the town, the more RV savvy/anti-RV the locals become. 

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 Fancy coffee in Durango

Fancy coffee in Durango

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 Euro Travelers

Euro Travelers

Quick Stops in Landers and Cheyenne, Wyoming

After a great stay in the Tetons, we have to bust a move to Colorado to meet up with my sister in Frisco.  Landers was a cute little town with free city park camping.  Thank you Landers!  We rewarded their generosity with spending our money in town.  Cheyenne, Wyoming is a different story.  No Overnight Parking Ordinances made it difficult to find a free spot.   Luckily there was a company called Sierra Trading Company that registered their parking lot as a campground to circumvent the ordinance.  We spent no money in Cheyenne except for the Sierra Trading Company. Thanks, STC!

 Our free city campsite

Our free city campsite

 Landers WY

Landers WY

 Another glamerous overnight in Cheyenne.  Thank you Sierra Trading Company

Another glamerous overnight in Cheyenne.  Thank you Sierra Trading Company

Free Camping in the Grand Tetons

We spend two nights at the Grand Tetons.  Using Campendium,  two wonderful campgrounds ⛺️ are found.  The weather was perfect, the nights were quiet and the views spectacular!  Love love, love the Tetons.

 aaawwwwhhhh

aaawwwwhhhh

 Quick pic on a bike ride

Quick pic on a bike ride

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 Not too shabby of a campground..... free only makes it better!

Not too shabby of a campground..... free only makes it better!

 Bio degradable light saber

Bio degradable light saber

 Jenny Lake

Jenny Lake

 "I wonder what kids at school are doing right now"

"I wonder what kids at school are doing right now"

TACOMA

The aroma of Tacoma comes true, at least in our camper.   We started to notice a sulfur smell during morning showers.  Turns out filling up with non-chlorinated water from campsites can cause bacteria to start growing in the water heater and/or freshwater tank.  So here's a video with a quick run down of how i fixed it.

1.  1 1/4 cup of liquid bleach

2.  Mix with a galloon or so of fresh water.

3. Poor in freshwater4 tank

4. Run all taps hot and cold to get the treated water through all the pipes and water heater

5.  Let sit for at least 24 hours

6. Drain

7.  Refill with fresh potable water.

8 Run taps and hot water to flush remaining chlorine out of system.

Otherwise, we had a great time visiting family in Tacoma.  My sister took us down to the waterfront area for some coffee and people watching.   Next stop is Pasco, WA.  Hopefully our storage garage is not empty.

Bug Out

After crossing the Canadian border, we head to Winthrop, WA.   We found this great, free camping site, the only problem....... "Gerry". 

So, we were justing finishing dinner and an old truck pulls up.  It's pulling a beat up trailer loaded to the brim with junk.  At first, I think it's a ranger or something, but as soon as I approach the vehicle, I realize it's an entirely different situation.  "Gerry", starts asking about the camping area and if it's safe.  He then proceeds to tell me he has a gun, his dog is unsafe off the chain, asks if I have any drugs, shows me his malformed wrist from a nasty break, and how he fishes using electricity.  The breaking point was when he got out of his truck to show me how he fought some Mexicans in Spokane.  As if in slow motion,  Gerry slowly gets out, and towers over me at 6 feet 6 inches.  

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Although he probably meant no harm and was just odd and lonely, I envisioned myself rolling around on the dirt fighting for my life with my family a few feet away.  So I rudely interrupted Gerry in the middle of his demonstration of him pile driving a poor Hispanic man and told him I had to go and it was nice to meet him.

We decided to pack up and find a new spot.   I was in such a rush, I drove over our leveling blocks!   Watch the video for more.

 Great Hike

Great Hike

 Bug out spot number 2

Bug out spot number 2

A Quick Northern Lite Factory Visit and then Back in the USA

Thanks Canada!  We had a great time.  We are already discussing plans for trying out the East side next year.  From Prince George, we head to the birthplace of our camper.  As you might remember, we lost a window on our way to see friends in Virginia MN.   We took a quick look at the factory, drop 600 Canadian for a window, and head South for the border.  Kelowna, BC was quite the happening town, lots of money, lots of development.

 Northern Lite Factory Kelowna, BC

Northern Lite Factory Kelowna, BC

 Sweet Toad

Sweet Toad

 I had the MG "B" in high school (this is an A).  Nothing like an English car to teach a kid about mechanics and Lucas "electronics".

I had the MG "B" in high school (this is an A).  Nothing like an English car to teach a kid about mechanics and Lucas "electronics".

Time to Put on Some Kilometers

After the diesel spill delay, we had some kilometers to make up.  We made a beeline to Dease Lake and just pulled over on the side of the road and set up camp.  Next stop was Smithers where we experienced a flat tire on the driver rear dually.  Nice thing about a dually, he can drive a tiny bit with a rear flat with not much trouble.  The tire shop had any size tire i wanted, as long as it was a Hankook.  Onward to Prince George.  Wild fires everywhere!

 Fresh Meat!

Fresh Meat!

 Very Smokey in BC

Very Smokey in BC

Diesel Spill Delay

A solid 5 minutes into driving the next morning led us to a major diesel spill.  Apparently, a tanker truck driver had fallen asleep at the wheel and crashed his rig.  This occurred at 7 pm the day before while we were waterfall hunting.   The DOT did not close the road till the following a.m.  We were stuck on Hwy One for about 7 hours before they gave us the go ahead.