A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.





Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Moab, Utah


This is the kind of scenery we had from our home site outside of Moab.


                                            On the other side flowed the Colorado River.


How can one do any better than this?


This area is popular with rock climbers.
Can you spot the woman way up there?


The campground we stayed at was named for Doc Williams
who had a long and interesting life.


Everywhere you looked was picture postcard wonderful.



Friday, September 15, 2017

Not a Good Idea


I went hiking to explore some of the nearby canyons of this area.


One of them dead-ended to what would be a great waterfall when the rains happen.
Not a place to be when this occurs as the water could be like a flash flood.
I thought I would try to get up top.  I could go up to the left and 


beneath the fall and around up on the right.
It looked doable. 


But once I climbed the left part and got even with the traverse things took a whole new perspective.


Ah...nope, I don't think I ought to try this.


A couple of you asked about the geocache so I went back to get a picture for you.
Inside just the usual trinket stuff.  I didn't leave a note but did leave one of my blog cards in the box.
The notebook reads that this cache was set up by the Class of 2016 of Telluride H.S. and they set the cache in place on Sept. 17, 2010.  How about that!  Seven years ago this coming Sunday.



Thursday, September 14, 2017

Along the San Miguel River, Colorado


Well this is much nicer.  
We are at 7100' in elevation and 20 degrees cooler than before, now at 75 degrees.
This area is located between Telluride and the Utah border on Highway 145.


Wonderful scenery.


There are three more camp areas to the west.
We may stay at them too.
Notice the fly trapped behind the glass panel. 


You can imagine my surprise finding this right between us and the river only 20 feet away.


My guess it was abandoned long ago and over the years the river has filled it in all around with sediment at high water periods.  There's no getting this car out.


 I couldn't find any identifying markings or badges on it,
but it looks like a Hudson so I'll go with that.


And in the trunk a geocache. 
That makes about four I have found now only by accident.



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Leaving Rabbit Valley


It has been nice here but it is also all too familiar having just been here back in May.  
Plus it is kinda warm isn't it Beans?


Sunset time looking the opposite direction to the east at the clouds that develop each evening over Rocky Mountain National Park. 


So we are going to move south into some new for us territory and up in elevation for cooler weather.



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

More of "Stuff Happens"


This occurred two weeks ago while at Lake Cameahwait, Wyoming. 

It would get windy at times but nothing we hadn't dealt with before.  Then there was a sudden gust of wind and it blew open the large overhead skylight in the forward part of the RV.  It was of such force that it obliterated the cover into dozens of pieces of Plexiglass.  This was not good at all mostly if by chance it rained.  What to do?  

The cover was of two parts, an outer and inner.  The inner portion was the most salvageable and with a roll of duct tape I was able to piece it together enough to cover the opening and grey tape it in place. I felt this was good enough to prevent water to come in.  Two days later I discovered the duct tape was failing to hold after being exposed to the hot sun and only half of the cover was held in place. Fortunately I discovered this before it flew off on the highway somewhere.  I couldn't be replacing this tape every two days.  I went to Home Depot and found some tape similar to duct tape stating it was "All Weather Resistant."  I bought a roll, ripped off all the old and put the new stuff in place. Two weeks later as I write this, it looks as good as day one.  So nice to be able to buy a product that acutally does what it claims to do.


When "stuff happens" I always try to see some good in it and put it in a positive light.  I never liked this skylight.  It is of a poor design and was always being blown open in the slightest of winds even though it has a "catch" in each of it's two partially open positions.  One time I came back from grocery shopping and saw the thing standing straight up, wide open!  I panicked!  I thought Beans who liked to sleep up there would have gotten out.  She was still in her bed when I rushed into the RV.  Whew!  I made a note to never leave it partially open again while away.  Also the hot sun would pour in through the clear Plexiglas heating up the inside of the RV.  Above you can see the reflective panel I made to block out the sun.  The only good thing this skylight was good for was defrosting food and keeping fried chicken hot for a later meal.


They want a couple hundred dollars for a replacement cover.  Phooey on that!  I plan to get a quarter inch thick darkly tinted piece of Plexiglas and screw it down flat onto the opening, sealed all around with sealant, have a inch or so overhang then add a lip of aluminum trim around the edges for water to drip off onto the roof.  No more hot sun, no more blowing open and sadly, no more food defroster.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Return to Rabbit Valley


We came back to Rabbit Valley east of Grand Junction, Colorado where we were in mid-May.
Seems like we are the only ones here.  
Oh joy that summer vacations are over and school is back in session.
Not that there were that many people here the first time.

Interesting lichen patterns seen on a hike. 


Next I came across an all metal old oil can.  Some research revealed that round oil cans (before that they were square or rectangle) came onto the market in the 1940's.  When the mid to late 50's came around the top and bottom remained metal while the side was a cardboard material all in an effort to save metal in production.  During the 1980's is when plastic oil bottles replaced the round metal/paper  style and these plastic bottles will be around long after the end of mankind. 


It is warm here in Rabbit Valley, 90 degrees everyday so we don't do much during the day.


Last Saturday was our anniversary.
Beans and I have been together for 6 months.



Sunday, September 10, 2017

Signs of Change


This is Freeman Reservoir 9 miles in and up (8756')  into the Elkhead Mtns. of Colorado.  
Normally I wouldn't have made the drive but the dirt road was well graded with no washboard to it, 
so I went for it.


Oh the trees are beginning to change color.  
That means cooler temperatures and my thoughts turned to moving south. 



Our home site which wasn't near the water, none were, and we had it all to ourselves.


Another one of those old style hand water pumps put in long ago by the Forest Service.  
Good thing I didn't need any water as I could barely crank the thing over.



They were busy making baby snakes so I left them to their lovemaking and moved on.


Yep, snow flurries may be in the not to distant future.
We don't want any of that to deal with.


Saturday, September 9, 2017

My Neighbors


This couple, around my age, were from South Africa. 
They parked next to me for the evening in a Walmart parking lot at Rock Springs, Wyoming.


Having owned Land Rovers myself for 21 years I was naturally interested
in this model which was different from my two.


One of the reasons I sold my Rover was that it was a beast to drive and I eventually reached that stage in my life that I was wiped out after a day's drive.  
I wondered how this guy manages. 


The other reason I gave up on the Rover was the attention it gathered.
I simply got tired of answering people's questions about it.
If my Rover got that much attention this one received ten times more.
I lost track how many people drove by to look and take pictures in just one hour alone!


Here is their website http://www.overlandhb.co.za/home 
You should at least look at About Us in the left hand column.  The first Land Rover on that page, the long green one, looks exactly like my second Land Rover.
Then be sure to read the Incident Summary.
Oh my the "adventures" they have had!  My adventure meter doesn't go that high.


At our next home site this guy would have been our neighbor but it was early in the day and the terrain was kind of bleak so we moved on down the highway looking for something better.



Friday, September 8, 2017

Stuff Happens


This all took place weeks ago in August. 

Climbing the steep grade over the Bighorn Mountains in northern Wyoming I all of a sudden lost power.  Once over the top everything seemed okay.  During the next 1000 miles I kept experiencing strange feelings with engine performance at irregular times.  Once in Nebraska it couldn't be ignored any longer and thinking maybe it was a fuel delivery problem I had a new fuel filter installed.

Cooling off the motor.


Nice folks in small shop in Alliance Nebraska had us in and out in no time with a new filter in place.


The issue was still there.

Well why waiting for the big eclipse fandango I did some Internet research.
Ah the power of the Internet!  There it was when I knew what to look for
a crack in the turbo hose!


Gorilla tape and then grey duct tape to the rescue...sort of.
You can see where it blew out as we made our way to Casper, WY.


Here we were directed to Jack's for they were the only one's who would work on a Mercedes engine.  More nice folks who checked out the turbo (fine shape) and other hoses where another crack was found down lower.  Everything else checked out okay.


We stayed the night at their place while the replacement part came in from Rapid City, South Dakota.


The new part arrived the next morning by UPS.
Only the hose portion to the right was needed but it comes as one complete assembly.


 Read their shop rates, bottom line in particular, 
and you'll understand why I put the new hose on myself.


The Little House on the Highway runs like a top once again.