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Old 06-13-2014, 07:55 PM   #1
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Head for the hills 2014

We do this every 2nd year or so. Load up a pile of stuff and haul it from Mississippi to somewhere in the hills. This year we are going to 'split' on Father's Day weekend and head back toward the Tetons or in that general direction. Dolly, our 1963 Overlander, is going along for her first really big trip. She already has been 4,500 miles around the southern states on a few trips. We are keeping fingers crossed that she will excel on this Big Adventure.

We plan on posting notes, photos and video when ever possible so come ride along with us!

On edit...what a better way to start than with a sideways photo.
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Old 06-15-2014, 08:41 PM   #2
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Days 1 and 2 were makin' miles. We took I-20 from Vicksburg to Tyler Texas then jumped onto the state roads. Night 1 was in the parched city of Wichita Falls TX where it rained on us as we departed for day 2. We got some odd looks because of the canoe on top of the truck in a drought zone. Tonight we are in Small Town SE Colorado. We bought a Gopro camera and are having a ball making movies with it strapped on the Airstream.

So far, so good with Dolly. HWY 287 varies from silk smooth to pretty rough and she has done just fine.

Today's video...

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Have a great trip!


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Old 06-16-2014, 10:22 PM   #4
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We made it to WY today.... More to follow.
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Old 06-17-2014, 08:52 PM   #5
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Day 2 from SE Colorado into WY had a challenge, stopping in Limon CO for fuel I noticed the RR tire was low, the valve stem cracked. A $12 repair and we were back on the road. Planning on spending a couple of days here in Vedauwoo.

Here is the video!

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Old 06-17-2014, 08:58 PM   #6
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Days 3 and 4 camping in Vedauwoo WY at 8,300 ft. Pretty days, gusty winds up to 40 mph. Hiking and riding rural roads are the things to do. We planned on jumping up in the morning and hauling to a forest service camp just south of Jackson WY but they are having rain and snow tonight so we will stay in Rock Springs for 1 night...unless we change our mind.

Our home made 120W solar panel is working great, several hours of running the laptop and watching DVD's and it had no problem recharging the house batteries by noon.

The video...

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Old 06-23-2014, 01:03 PM   #7
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It's been a few days since we posted. Leaving Vedauwoo we wandered north skipping Rock Springs and found a BLM site with available ater and a dump station. We also found snow and sleet! The next morning after some scouting we located a forest service lake just north of Pinedale WY, boondocking for free.

I think we get affixed on long trailers not being able to get into some of these spots. We dropped the trailer to check out sites and were kinda concerned as the road kept getting tighter and tighter. No way we could get a 26' trailer in here...but at the end of the road what do we see? A monster 5th wheel. In fact, by the time the weekend arrived, most of the spots were filled with huge 5th wheel campers with boats hooked to the bumpers.

But I digress...
Fishing was amazing, we often had double hookups and lost count of how many trout we released.

So far, 5 days without being in a full hook up campground.

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Sounds absolutely delightful.

We spent about 3 weeks last summer, poking around the Rocky Mountains, almost entirely without hookups.

Had a great time, and those NF campgrounds practically to ourselves.

Mountain rivers rushing by, free firewood for the taking, solar showers, cool, crisp weather while the rest of the country was suffering with heat. It was great.

Wanted to expand our boondocking capacity, see how well and how long we could go, and did....really stretched ourselves. Lovely, lovely, lovely.

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I'm glad to see the Overlander get interjected back into "big trip" status.

Those of us stuck in the salt mines need someone to live vicariously through...thanks for the shot of enthusiasm. Excellent video work, BTW.

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Thumbs up great photos/videos

Thanks for sharing - watching is like a 'mini vacation'. Looking forward to seeing more.
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Awesome! I'm so FREAKING jealous . Loved seeing the pup, looks just like my Finn ....

What are you using to make the videos?
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You are having just too much fun with that camera! Great shots- fun to watch.
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Thanks for the complements! We are currently in our de-fault camping spot for Jackson Hole - Gros Ventre. Not anything special but it always has a spot (that reduces the anxiety of no place to stay) and is really central to a bunch of cool stuff. $23/night for no-hookups BUT if you want...electric is available for $48/night! So far we are 8 night with no hookups. Our camping neighbors are from NJ, Vancouver, California and Hawaii.

We took a road trip yesterday for some of the upcoming video. Jackson WY to Idaho to Montana, thru Yellowstone and back to the campsite. We spent 1.5 hours in a Bison-Jam, watched a Grizzly bear playing in a meadow, saw 4 Moose just down the road and only an hour ago had a Big Boy Moose wander thru the campground.

Tomorrow we plan on beginning the wanderlust back east and south, probably across northern Nebraska.

Mac the Border Collie is the best-ever camping dog, he met most of the campers in our loop (being a fine southern gentleman-dog, he did introduce us also)

We are using photos from a Nikon D90 DSLR, Iphones, a Sony BLOGGIE and a GOPRO, all combined into IMovie on a Macbook Pro to create the videos. Folks at home almost demand that we create and send them the videos!

More to come (hopefully)...
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wow, yes thanks for the inspiration for us here back in the "Salt Mines" . . . i love the videos on the roof on the road . . . and great choice of songs as well.
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