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Old 06-23-2011, 08:02 PM   #29
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Roger, we've been over Engineer and Cinnamon Passes a couple of times and they are fairly easy 4WD roads. There are actually two Engineer Passes near each other (a relatively useless fact, but some pass roads have several routes). The ghost town of Animas Forks is being fixed I believe—two many people were weakening the buildings along with rain, snow and such. The buildings I recall there were company housing for the big shots—usually the sup't, assayer, engineer, electrician and maybe a few others. The minors usually were housed in dorms.

There are a couple of roads there from the west—Ouray and Silverton perhaps and I think they may be an easier drive, but we've never gone that way. You can rent jeeps in Lake City and at the KOA in Ouray for adventuring. There are several 4WD drive roads from 550 to Telluride and Rico. The two to Telluride are Black Bear and Imogene (long "I" as in Eye-mo-gene) are not for the faint of heart. Always meant to drive them, but never got around to it.

I don't know whether it is still in print, but the Colorado Pass Book is very informative and gives a lot of good information. 4WD roads range from not very difficult to awful or just plain frightening. There's nothing like miles of shelf road off camber with gazillion foot drops and no space to get past someone coming the other way. Maybe you'll go around a rock and there will be a blockage or snow or someone coming—backing up is less fun. There are more people on them all the time and some have no idea what they are doing. I think we used up our 4WD road exploring credits some time ago and are content to take it easy. However, when we go to Canyons of the Ancients NM I suppose we will explore because we like to get away from the tourists.

Splitrock, I will PM you to discuss this some more as I think you have some interesting ideas and it appears some things are done differently than here. When I moved from upstate NY to Colorado, it took a while to get used to different customs, but new ideas are always valuable and I appreciate your suggestions.

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Gene,

Just curious, but of all the trips you have been on, do you have an absolute favorite one or part of the country that you have been to?

Best of luck on selling your property. Are you still thinking of moving down to the Santa Fe area eventually?

I always enjoy vicariously following you on your travels. It is becoming more difficult for my wife and I to get away as we transition into taking care of my in-laws business interests here in Tucson. At some point, maybe I can start a Road Trips thread also.

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Old 06-26-2011, 03:14 PM   #31
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Tim,

We seem to go to one or more coasts every year, often the Pacific because it is closer (in '06 we had a 3-coast year—Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic). My wife has lived in Colorado about 95% of her life and is a child of the high desert, so she craves big water. I like the ocean too.

Alaska and northern Canada are special to us and we've been there 3 times. We went to Newfoundland in '04 and want to go back—pretty amazing place too. I like being closer to wilderness and remote places and we avoid big cities most of the time. But traveling is usually good anywhere but the long drives to get somewhere far away aren't so good sometimes. We like being together without the distractions of life at home and that is part of the special nature of travels.

Still thinking of Santa Fe, but real estate market is bad.

I hope you can get on the road again, but I understand how family matters can change how you do things.

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The updated solar and electrical installations are complete. Two (200 w.) solar panels, new wiring, new controller, new Lifeline series 27 batteries, and a new converter. A more complete rundown can be seen in posts 160-187 here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...ml#post1010087

I also finished fixing the belly pan where 3 rivets wore through the paper thin sheet metal. I had though they left 2 rivets out but they had worked through some foil covered insulation and when I tried to put screws in, the rivets locked on to the screws and I could get the screws to set. Finally I pulled the screws out—they were stuck in the foil—and each screw had a rivet head caught on it. Unscrewed the heads and the screws went right in.

Hopefully we get on the road Tuesday and go to Cortez to see Canyons of the Ancients NM. Working on the electrical issues plus some other repairs have consumed the past week and I need a rest cure.

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One morning while lewster and I were delaying going outside to work, we saw a deer with a newly born fawn following her. My camera's telephoto doesn't work well, but maybe you can see the spots on the fawn. The other "spots" on the 2nd photo are not snow, but dandelions. It may have only been hours old as the fawn was shaky on its feet. The 3rd photo is Lew working on the wheel bearings. We also installed new self adjusting brakes and now we have them on both axles.

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Gene: What's the white spigot between the wheels?

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Old 06-26-2011, 11:19 PM   #35
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Hi, Randy. That's the fresh water drain valve. Mine is on the curb side.
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The fawn is sweet!


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Randy, to the left of the fresh water tank drain (a very difficult valve to open and close) are two spigots to drain the water lines. There's another one below the water heat to drain that water line. On other models, such as Bob's, they may be in other places.

Maggie, we originally saw the mother behind some trees and then saw a small head in the grass. Typically the mothers hide the fawns in tall grass when they go foraging for grasses and our plants to eat. A problem happens when a fawn is hidden in the hay fields and ranchers come along cutting the hay. The fawn is afraid to move and you can imagine what happens. We don't have hay and when I cut the grass I can see what is ahead. Eventually she got the fawn to follow her as she moved to another area. The fawn was trying to nurse as her mother was walking but my camera didn't get good photos of that. We have lots of deer in the spring and fall, but in the summer most have moved to higher elevations and in the winter they move to lower ones. We have what looks like a young brother and sister that have been hanging around here. Some females don't join a herd and stick around. Eventually the brother will go it alone when he is a little older. Sometimes we see two herds of females in the same area and one group will chase the others away. Sometimes we see elk too, but someone put up an elk fence (too high to jump over—6' to 8' high) at the top of the ridge behind our house and the elk have changed their migration patterns. There is very little surface water near our land, so bears and mountain lions are uncommon on our property, but are seen a few miles away. Seeing wildlife is one of the things we enjoy here.

Today we have to flush the water system, hitch up the trailer and pack it. By evening we will be exhausted and tomorrow we go to Cortez, but one of Barb's cousins is in a coma in Arizona and our plans may change quickly. Such is life and death, but we can't stop our lives waiting for the inevitable; we just take more clothes and food and be ready to drive to Arizona or wherever the funeral will be.

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That wheel better not be resting bare-naked on the trailer.

Glad to hear you are getting ready for another adventure.

Family matters will pretty much keep us in NYS this Season, but we will be up North a few times.

Good Luck and have some Stream-Fun!!!
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Bob, it was resting on the trailer, but our tires are rubber rather than wood as some of the older models have, so no damage occurred. We were gentle.

Family gets older as we do and funerals and sickness are more frequent. Others need help. We, fortunately, are in better condition than most, so we get to go to the funerals instead of being the subject of one. Cousin lived hard and died last night (he was 55), but no services scheduled until next month, so we are clear to go on our mini-trip. Barb has a 102 year old grandmother and many uncles and aunts in their 80's, so we always live with the knowledge that any phone call may be sad news. When we went to Alaska last year, the family agreed not to tell us if anyone died because it would be very difficult for Barb to fly back in time for any services while I stayed with the trailer in Alaska. We appreciated that special kindness and we weren't sure if that was what we really wanted, but we try to live and travel instead of constantly fearing the phone. There are no good answers to these things, but we try to make the best decisions.

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Gene,

We were up to Poland NY earlier this Spring, our first and only trip with the trailer so far this season. We love it up there…it's country and we kind'e hide the AS next to the house and pretend, all we need is a Lake and a fire-pit and we'd feel dock'n for sure!!
Sandra's mom is doing better and we will probably be going back a couple times a month. She's 95 now and except for the moderate stage of dementia she's doing pretty good. Sandy deals with it pretty well, but I sure miss the constant chatter and all the stories. It seems so long ago, her brother passed awhile back and he could spin some yarns. We in this World seem so FAR removed from it all. His first job after in the Adirondacks was as a teamster on a stagecoach, hard to believe how quickly time passes. A simpler time for sure.

We love it up there It's country… and we kind'a hide the AS next to the house, all we need is a lake and a fire-pit and we'd feel 'Dock'n for sure.

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Bob, I'm now an orphan too and Barb's family has accepted me despite my NY ways.

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wyoming at seminoe lake, a mama and her babies....what kind of deer is this??
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