Monthly Archives: April 2012

Bighorn Sheep Snacking on the Road

Bighorn sheep licking something off the road

This Bighorn Sheep was licking something off the center line of a road in Custer State Park in southwest South Dakota.


Recognize Goblin Valley from Galaxy Quest?

Theresa ponders the universe while standing on a stone mushroom in Goblin Valley

Visiting Goblin Valley was like exploring on an alien planet.  Which is probably why Paramount Pictures filmed the alien planet scene from their hit movie Galaxy Quest in Goblin Valley State Park.  Check out our Goblin Valley photo tour for more out-of-this-world images.

So Glad We’re Doing This Now

Yesterday evening in the RV, Timm and I were huddled around a map of the Canadian territories and Alaska planning the next leg of our journey. We sat across from each other at our kitchen table with the map spread out in between us.  I glanced at him with his reading glasses on through my own glasses and realized that we’re becoming old people. In my imagination, I saw many years into the future when we’re much older.  I said to him, “I’m glad we’re doing this now.”

Shadow and Timm at the top of Windy Peak in Golden Gate Canyon.


3 Month Trip Analysis

We left Kentucky on January 26, 2012, and so we’ve just completed 3 months on the road, which is about 1/3 of our planned 9-month adventure of a lifetime.  Being the geek that I am, I’ve meticulously logged various aspects of our trip in a spreadsheet.  I thought it might be interesting to share some of these statistics.  All figures are for the 3 months from January 26 through April 25, which is Day 91 of our trip.


Grand Staircase

Grand Staircase Diagram as shown in a display at Kodachrome State Park

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is so-named because it’s a staircase of colorful cliffs that step down from west to east, starting at Bryce Canyon, passing through Vermillion Cliffs and Escalante Canyon, surrounding Kodachrome Basin, and ending at Capitol Reef National Park.


Wahweap Hoodoos

Grand Staircase was one of our favorite parks so far on our trip.  And perhaps the highlight was the Wahweap Hoodoos, a large collection of white ghostly spires covered with dark caps.  Please check out our Grand Staircase photo tour.

Can I Have S’More Please?

While dispersed camping in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, we enjoyed a nice evening by the campfire roasting marshmallows.

,Timm relaxes by the campfire.

Here, Timm relaxes with the dogs, getting ready to roast another marshmallow from the bag on his lap.


Mama Don’t Take My Kodachrome Away

The road leaving Kodachrome Basin State Park

The funniest part of our trip to Kodachrome Basin State Park in Utah was that Theresa spent the day singing the Kodachrome song by Paul Simon.  “Are you sure you’ve never heard this?” she’d ask and then sing a few bars.  “Maybe my singing just isn’t good enough.”  Turns out her singing was fine, because when we returned to the RV and played the song on YouTube, I didn’t recognize it at all.  My musical knowledge from the 60s seems to start with Woodstock and end with Led Zeppelin.


Vertigo in Black Canyon

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Vertigo is the feeling that you are spinning when you are not actually spinning.  It can be triggered by looking down from a high place, such as the sheer cliffs of Black Canyon. 


Why We Downsized Our RV

The crash was a terrible experience that we hope to never repeat.  But it did have one silver lining: it was essentially a “do over” that allowed us to buy a new RV after having one month experience on the road.  We could look for a new RV that had all those things we liked about our old RV, and avoid those things that we didn’t particularly like.

Our old RV was a Class A motorhome.  Our new RV is a Class C motorhome that’s about 3/4 the length and 2/3 the weight of the old RV.  One of most-asked questions after we bought our new RV was, “Why did you buy a smaller RV?” 

Our new RV in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument


Best Friends

Shadow and Darby sitting in the warm sun in Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

Shadow and Darby are adopted brother & sister and best friends.  Darby is fiercely independent, while Shadow is very dependent, so they make a good team.  Here they are sitting in the warm sun after breakfast at our campsite in Vermillion Cliffs.