Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

Our neighbor Jim's custom camper. His 1970 Ford is perhaps the oldest...

Another view to the west in the early morning light.

Another view of our campsite.

View of the campground from the hiking trail.

The desert is actually covered with flowers now but they are mostly...



Looking northwest toward the area our hiking trail took us.

There are quite a few of these little white crowned sparrows around...

(Ron Writing) Here at 4,400’ in the high desert it’s still getting very cold at night. It was 31° when we awoke this morning but at least there wasn’t any snow! We had some strong winds during the night but today it was calm with high thin clouds and temperatures in the mid 60’s.

This afternoon we were going to take a long hike on the Barber Peak Loop Trail. The trail head is right in our campground and it runs around Barber Peak just to the west. About a half-hour into our hike the clouds began getting much darker and then we had some loud thunder. We weren’t prepared for foul weather so we decided to head back to camp.

This is a very relaxing place. It is so quiet and the scenery is spectacular. Perhaps we’ll stay a little longer than planned.

This morning I had a nice chat with our new neighbor Jim. He and his wife have a home in Washington but they spend most of the winter boondock camping on BLM lands in Arizona and California. Jim is quite an innovative handyman. He has built two camping vans, one for himself and one for his wife. They travel together most of the year but go their separate ways to visit relatives part of the year. He started with a regular Ford van, cut the roof off, cut a big panel out of the side and then added his own custom made high roof and a slide-out. The inside is totally of his own custom design and make very efficient use of the space. He still needs to add a slide-out to his wife’s van but he said he’s going to first build the slide-out and all the associated hardware before he cuts the side out of the van. He said he’s getting so old he’s afraid he might die before he finishes the project and doesn’t want to leave his wife’s van with a hole in the side!

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