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Old 03-03-2018, 06:17 PM   #29
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Dam Site Resort & Marina

We were coming back from our walk around the EB campground when we came up to a couple looking over a nest up a tree next to our trailer. Cindy and Mike are full-timers and have wintered in T or C four years. They suggested we take a drive to the south end of Elephant Butte Reservoir beyond the dam and our view of the water. We took a short drive outside Elephant Butte and found a windy road back down to the water...and found the perfect spot away from all the other campers. We found a manager for the Dam Site Resort and Marina and learned full hookups are $30/night but dry camping on the shore is only $10/night. There is drinking water and a dump nearby but I'm assuming this campground isn't known to most RV campers who frequent the state parks. I did use a filter to brighten up the area but the seclusion alone was enough for us. It was exactly what we wanted: a quiet spot to contemplate our soon to be completed winter journey and get ready to hit the grind for three months as convenience store clerks outside Bryce Canyon in a week and a half.
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Old 03-03-2018, 06:25 PM   #30
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Old 03-03-2018, 06:26 PM   #31
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The shadows are growing, the grass is bent, and there's a ripple on the water. Time moves on far too quickly...but we're sure as heck trying to slow it down.
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Old 03-03-2018, 07:57 PM   #32
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Love the old post office!

Sometimes you come upon an old Mercantile or General Store with the cage in the corner...equally cool.


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Old 03-04-2018, 07:24 AM   #33
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We are new to traveling in our 2016 26ftAS so you post is wonderful to read. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 03-04-2018, 09:48 AM   #34
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A great narrative, superb photography that I have come to expect from you, Jeff. Did you post any videos?
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Old 03-04-2018, 08:28 PM   #35
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Thanks TN. No, I haven't compiled enough experiences to make a video. We hope to work for three months to build back up our savings and then go explore through the summer and early fall. We recently inquired about working a sugar beet harvest and were hired to help in eastern Montana. We did some research and found it's a popular way for full-timers to make good money over a roughly two-week period of work in the agricultural sector. We have some time to get in shape so we can work 12-hour shifts two weeks straight. Hopefully we'll have enough new experiences to look back upon and make a video...we'll see.

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Started a new Instagram account

This ol' dog learned a new trick yesterday: I started up on Instagram. I don't have a really good smartphone but found the Flume app for viewing and uploading photos on IG using my MacBook Pro laptop. If anybody is interested in straight photography and no politics, you can find me at @airstreambasecamp. I am always interested in seeing others' experiences on the road too, and IG is a great place to follow others.

Hope to see you out there!

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Great photos and insights- makes me yearn to be out on the road! Keep it coming!
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Old 03-21-2018, 09:10 PM   #38
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There is something in the air of small towns I just love. I simply go for a walk to see if it's okay we stay longer than the posted 14 day limit and happen to strike up a conversation with a contractor, Ben, who was working on reviving the resort's old casitas. A couple hours later I'm at the helm of his sailboat staring down whitecaps and lake spray. Okay, maybe it wasn't Master and Commander but it sure was relaxing to be out on the water with a new friend.

Really loving T or C.
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Old 03-21-2018, 09:20 PM   #39
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Another find in town: Me Gusta World Street Food Truck. It's open late afternoons into evenings (closed T and W) and located behind the T or C Brewing Company on N Broadway Street. You can either eat outdoors on tables behind the truck or take your food into the brewery - a very nice, relaxing atmosphere.
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Old 03-21-2018, 09:38 PM   #40
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What Full-timing means to me…

Not long after recovering from quadruple by-pass open-heart surgery in late 2011, I decided to walk an hour every night, no matter the weather. At first, it was doing laps over and over in my apartment complex’s small parking lot. I can still picture in my mind the monotony of walking over asphalt speed bumps, past parked cars under car ports and telephone lines late at night… but I was getting stronger. Then I started walking under the lights around the sports complex in Tustin, California. Still, my thoughts and plans were always grounded in suburbia.

Then we saw an opportunity and jumped 3.5 years ago. Yesterday I walked my laps above Elephant Butte Reservoir located outside Truth or Consequences, New Mexico - a town whose location I had no idea of up to a few weeks ago. I smile and say hello to locals and tourists alike. During that hour of walking I thought back to my laps round and round in a parking lot located within the metropolitan area of my entire life up to that point.

Aside from good health, opportunity is the most valuable commodity a person can have...that pursuit of happiness. Opportunity is what feeds dreams; without it, one is just trying to survive. I now walk in a dream come true.
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A few days ago was our last one at Elephant Butte Reservoir and T or C, New Mexico before returning to Bryce Canyon to work a few months...and the Road has done it to me again. When we left that day, we had stayed in our spot 19 days at the Dam Site, 40 days in NM, and 35 of that in T or C. When one stays long enough, faces, names, and streets become familiar, phone numbers are exchanged, and offers to meet again are put in our back pockets for next time.

The other day I recalled reading an Ed Abbey book (Down The River) and wishing it would never end; I would check ahead and take a mental note as to how many chapters were left. And while I cannot write of experiences similar to Abbey, I sorta get how he could write chapters from his life. Back in our old life, there were many, many chapters in my life that started out too many times, "I got up early, ate a quick breakfast, and drove two hours on the freeway to the job site...blah, blah, blah." And more "blah, blah, blah." There were a couple memorable chapters with kids at the beach, the sons' football games, but only a couple pages of getting away to the Sierras to fish. After awhile, I could anticipate the next chapters and felt diminished due to the routine.

The Road, for us, brings to us chapters filled with new characters, new locales, and new challenges. And when I say the Road has done it again, I refer to a certain sadness in leaving a location. It doesn't happen all the time but I guess we've been very lucky because while I experience a bit of sadness leaving, I can look forward to the next chapters, and I don't quite know how most of them will turn out. If you're still deliberating about whether or not to full-time but have a good plan, I hope you can pick up the same book. You get to write a good part of it...but the rest gets made up as you go along. Here's to adventure.
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Old 03-21-2018, 11:52 PM   #42
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Again, I so appreciate your wonderful writing as well as your photography. You've got a solid life outlook. Continue to enjoy!
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