Our house is in the final stages of being sold. We signed off on it today. The buyers will complete their part by the end of the month. “We’re homeless,” Peggy declared. “No,” I suggested. “our home is wherever we happen to be.” So what if it happens to be 22 feet long and is pulled by a F-150 pickup.
Right now we are in Flagstaff, Arizona.It’s a lovely community filled with friendly people, great restaurants, a fascinating culture, and bookstores. The Grand Canyon is an hour’s drive north. Sedona is an hour’s drive south. A five minute trip out of town yesterday found us scrambling up and down steep canyon walls searching for thousand year old petroglyphs left behind by the Anasazi, ancestors of our modern Southwestern Native Americans.There are certainly worse places we could be.
But as delightful as this area is, we will be out of here this week. We are modern day gypsies, full-timers as they say in the RV world. The freedom of the open road is ours. We aren’t rookies at this. Once Peggy and I wandered around North America for a year. Another time it was for three years. We don’t know how long we will be this time. Our goal is something like ‘as long as we can get away with it.’ Given our combined age of 151, who knows...
Our focus will be on the wild areas of North America. Once again this will include the National Parks of the US and Canada. We’ve been to most of them, but this time we want to explore places we haven’t been, places where the vast majority of tourists aren’t. Today’s post on Mosaic Canyon is an example.
I’m not a huge fan of Sunset Campground at Furnace Creek. It’s a huge parking lot. The advantage is that it rarely fills up, which is not the case for the more desirable sites in the valley. I’ve used it three times over the years, mainly because my trips are never planned months in advance when registration opens up. When Peggy and I arrived, I expected that most of its 270 sites would be full. It was Easter weekend. What we quickly learned was that the campground closed for the season in four days. There were a half a dozen other vehicles in the huge area. When we left, there were two. In addition to normally being available, there are two other plusses: its close proximity to all of the services at Furnace Creek— and the views.
36 thoughts on “The Questionable Tastes of Bighorn Sheep… Plus Mosaic Canyon, Death Valley”
Yes! As long as you are able!
As usual your rock pix rock – and who couldn’t chuckle at Marry Poppins?
Thanks, Karen. We admit to having a weakness for rocks! 🙂 They are a lot easier to photograph than say a flower blowing in the wind or an antsy kid or dog.
Sometimes I fly in my dreams. They are among my favorites. Peggy had as much fun sliding down that marble as any little kid would. –Curt
Your kind of homeless doesn’t look half bad 😀
Grin… You’ve got that right, AC! 🙂 –Curt
Curt, enjoy your amazing adventure and wherever it may take you! What an amazing view from the campsite – the landscape almost looks alien and surreal. The photo of the moon is breathtakingly beautiful.Wow!
Alien and surreal are good words to describe Death Valley as a whole, Annika. And it changes constantly depending on what the sun is up to. Photography is great fun.
As for the adventure, it is doing something we love to do. –Curt
Beautiful as always Curt.
Traveling with a RV is not for everyone and full-timing even less so. Many “full-timers” are just snowbirds by another name. There are very few like you and Peggy. May you both be blessed with the health and strength to keep it up for a long time,
Thanks, Ray. Appreciated. Given that we have four years of full-timing behind us, we know it is something we love. –Curt
Great views of your spacious new backyard. I’d have slid down the marble too.
Thanks, Peggy. We have been enjoying our new backyard(s). Maybe that sliding down things goes with the name. 🙂
That moonshot really finished it nicely. Great show again.
Thanks, Gerard. Appreciated. Watching the news on Australia, it seems like you may get a government more sensitive to the concerns you have.
Congratulations on your sale Curt and being “Homeless”… traveling vagabonds really and so much fun. Love your pictures and those big horn sheep. they are the best.. gorgeous pictures and stories upon stories that delight! 💖💖
Thanks, Cindy. Vagabonds we are! The stories and photos will keep coming. Tomorrow we explore Mesa Verde. A couple of days ago we were in Sedona. I thought of you. –Curt
A very brave decision. I look forward to coming along for the drive.
Not too brave for us, Andrew. It’s kind of how we roll. 🙂 And we will be glad to have you along! –Curt
Amazing – that sunset picture is just breathtaking!
Thanks, MB. Death Valley makes it easy for photography. 🙂
It’s both fun and painful to follow your travels. At this point, gas prices have put my easy, impulsive traveling around on hold. The best solution I’ve found is to fill up on Monday, use what I need for work and errands during the week, and then use whatever’s left for wildflower wandering on the weekends. Many people are in even worse shape than I am; more than a few Uber drivers and fishing guides are simply giving up, while contractors, plumbers, and so on are resorting to fuel surcharges on the bill. Green energy is a fun idea, but… telling someone who can’t afford a tank of gas to buy an electric car can be rage-inducing. OK. I’ll stop! And you just keep rolling on, and sharing your finds. I sure do enjoy them, despite my own frustrations!
Peggy and I have poor timing when it comes to gas, Linda. Last time we took an extended leave to travel for three years was the last time that gas prices shot up to their present level. Both times we had vehicles not known for great mileage. We are fortunate in that our traveling costs are lower than our costs for owning a house and maintaining five acres of property, so things balance out somewhat. A tank of gas seems to cover us for our travel between locations and what running around we do while at each location. We are trying to stay between five and seven days and travel no more 150 miles between sites. It’s obviously having an impact on travelers. We haven’t had any problems getting into campgrounds by reserving ahead for a week.And campground owners are telling us that there are lots of cancellations. it’s hard to see the outrageous gas prices piled on top of everything else people are facing. –Curt
This is a test Linda
Well? Did I pass?
According to the WP guy.:) I used your site since you told me you were having problems getting my posts. Is that still true?
Nope! The last two have come through just fine.
I really need to check out Death Valley the next time I visit my brother – he lives about 100 miles from there. (Of course, I probably should visit more than once in a blue moon too…)
I’m looking forward to your take on Zion.
Yes , Dave. 🙂 Hit it in the spring when the flowers are blooming and Portland is still cold and wet.
Congratulations on the sale and the beginning of your new chapter! We will be hoping to hear that you are heading to Canada. Enjoy the adventures.
Thanks, Sue. If Peggy and I didn’t have our Europe trip coming up, we would be in Canada right now! 🙂
What an amazing place to camp!
What an incredible landscape, Curt and Peggy. I love that mosaic rock. I’m fascinated by geology in general, a prerequisite, I think, for enjoying these wild places. And isn’t it cool that deserts bloom? What a wonder this planet is. Enjoy your adventures!
Thanks, D. And what a wonder indeed. Geology was one of my favorite subjects at Berkeley. And nowhere is easier to get up close and personal than the desert. When I backpack into the Grand Canyon, I amuse myself by thinking of the millions of years of history I pass through with each step! As for desert flowers, we missed the bloom in Death Valley but were fortunate to catch up with it on hikes around Kanab, Utah. –Curt
Utah was just starting to bloom when I was there. It’s so amazing to me that flowers grow from that dry soil. 🙂
Nice shots of rugged terrain. I especially love the flower one and the moon at the end. But you’re right: I don’t know how living creatures could stay there long.
Adaptation is pretty amazing, Rusha. As for the flower and the moon, they were favorites of ours as well. –Curt
I love your travels. Your “earthy” shots are among my favorites.
Laughing: Always lots of earthy in our photos, Rusha. We love the natural world and landscape photography. 🙂 –Curt