J-E-L-L-O

Now in our third year on the road as full-timers, we certainly have become aware and experienced in casting plans in “jello” , meaning don’t make firm plans that will almost be guaranteed to need changing, whenever and for whatever reason. Be flexible in your planning.

Having completed four months as camp hosts in Wyoming’s north country (northwest to be specific), we had made a “plan” to meander down to, and through Colorado, maybe toward Colorado Springs and then west to Pikes Peak and Cripple Creek. After that, who knows, ultimately making our way further west to familiar camping in the Silverton, Ouray and Ridgeway areas. After all, we still had at least a month to wander around before making a serious beeline south to Quartzsite for the winter. Getting there too early would mean it might be still a bit warm.

Then we got the call. Sharon’s dad, whose about to turn 98, was in need of some medical attention and the possibility of a biopsy. Due to circumstances, doctor appointments had to be made, and it became important and necessary that she be there. “There” being in Los Angeles.

As things turned out, the appointments were scheduled for October 8th and 9th. We were leaving our campground gig on October 1st. Not a lot of time to get back to our “Rancho de Deserto” property in Quartzsite, Arizona and get settled in before Sharon would head over to L.A. for a week, the first of what we think will be every other week for a while.

As I write this, we are in full “Jello” mode. I’m in “Q”, and Sharon is in L.A. , having driven over yesterday; a distance of about 240 miles. Not too bad, and at least one of the reasons we bought Arizona property only 16 miles outside of California . First doctor appointment is today. But before she left for her dad’s house, we had one other “plan” to accomplish.

Earlier this year, when Sharon made a week-long trip to her dad’s, it dawned on us that we only had one vehicle other than the motorhome. As a consequence, I was confined to Quartzsite. Banking is in Blythe, shopping is in Parker, and serious shopping was further away in Lake Havasu; all of which are too far for me to ride my bicycle to.

No sooner had we found our way down Interstate 15 from northern Utah to Las Vegas on our way to Quartzsite, when our online research suggested that we would be driving east of Phoenix within a day or two after arriving, to check out a truck.

As I mentioned, we are in full “Jello” mode. Sharon is in L.A., but I have a “Rancho de Deserto” truck to be used for local travel. Isn’t she cute?  Well… at least one of us has their priorities straight. And it probably isn’t me. 🙂

 

A Few Parting Shots

Wow! Where has the summer gone? As I write this, we’re down to our final 9 days of hosting at Falls Campground, a 54 site national forest campground in northwestern Wyoming. Soon enough, we will be heading south. But today, I thought I would post a few  parting photo “shots”.

The first is of our view from the campground where we have been hosting all summer. The Rocky outcrop in the photo is known as the Pinnacles, and is between the Wind River Range and the Absaroka Mountains. I know, being here hosting is a tough job. But somebody has to do it. BTW, Yellowstone is directly behind  this range. What a spectacular area. We’ve been truly blessed to live and work here for the summer.

If one were to leave the campground and drive across the highway, there is a forest road that takes you to Brooks Lake. Earlier this summer, we took this photo of the area around this very scenic lake, an area that also served as one of the winter scenes in the movie “The Mountain Men”. While hosting, we had many hikers, mountain bikers, and dual-purpose motorcyclists stay in our campground who were either heading north or south following the Continental Divide Trail that extends from Mexico to Canada. The trail passes through this area.

 

Without doubt, one of our favorite places are the Grand Tetons. Being about a 30 minute drive from our campground, we visited the Tetons several times throughout our summer here. Although we had many days when these magnificent peaks were hardly visible due to the numerous fires from Northern California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, Canada, we got lucky about a week ago when smoke had been erased by rain and, afterward, we had a cloudless sky.

 

In keeping with our penchant for chasing sunrises and sunsets, we would be remiss if we did not post at least one magnificent sky as a parting “shot”. Hmmm… is it a sunrise or a sunset?

 

These are just a few of the hundreds of photos that we took over this past summer. We hope you enjoy these and say to yourself  “I need to go there” or, even though you may have been here previously, you want to come back.

 

 

 

It’s Been Awhile

As I write this post, we are wrapping up our summer camp host positions in the Shoshone National Forest just “up the mountain” due east of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. To say this has been a wonderful experience would be a significant understatement. So much so, that we have hired on again for next summer.

The nature of our workcamping “gig” has allowed for a significant amount of time off, so to speak. Not only has this provided ample opportunities for exploring this wild and scenic corner of Wyoming but, also, it has afforded a certain amount of rethinking about future travels and, in general, how we want to spend the next several years and what, if any, changes we want to make.

One immediate change is that we have decided to start afresh as relates to this blog. Although our Chasing Sunrises and Sunsets name will remain the same ( www.sunrisesandsunsets.us ), we have privately archived all of our previous content in favor of this, our new site. In the very near future, we will reminisce about where we have been in our first two years “on-the-road” as full-timers, while laying out our future plans, god willing and the creek don’t rise.

We hope that you will join us by following along as subscribers. That is, once we provide a Subscriber link on our Home page. Sadly, this new site is unable to “migrate” our previous subscribers over and, unfortunately, we will need to hopefully get our old subscribers back while gaining new subscribers as well.

In the meantime, we hope you find us and, assuming so, also hope you will enjoy the ride.