Working on Exploring

Retired life where he’s just the driver


The big question of where are we now and where are we headed usually doesn’t have a simple answer. As the world hunkered down, last March 2020, we had just arrived home and mostly stayed put. Pre-pandemic, this was not too far off of our plans and allowed Steve the time he needed to get a great start on the custom flatbed camper.

Hello 2021! Well we barely met our goal of getting the new rig out on the road February 2021, but we did it. The shakedown trip surfaced a few minor tweaks were needed. The tweaks along with a list of items still to be completed took us back to the shop until March 2021.

Next up is a CA, OR, WA round trip this spring followed by another visit to the shop. Then we’ll take the rig out for the summer months.

Road Travels 2021

Not sure we’re doing your standard road trip but we will be traveling to specific events, family, areas for business and projects. First up is the CA, OR, WA round trip in the spring. Our travel on the way up was not ideal because of the rushed timeline however it was made great by stay on Boondocker’s Welcome host property. None were far from the main route and all of them in areas we’d never travel. Something new to see along the way definitely helps the monotony of driving

The 2021 Map looks like this:

RoadTrip 2018-2020

Camping, seeing and doing spots on our perpetual road trip is shown on this cool interactive map. We embarked back in the fall of 2018 to take a journey in the Ford F350 + 2000 Lance Camper test bed and continued through Spring 2020. Now it’s 2021 and Maximus (our DIY 4×4 Camper) will be trekking with us.

Camping, siteseeing, hiking, kayaking places!

Favorites by Year


  • Sturgis, SD This was our first Boondockers Welcome host stay and we loved it. They were brand new hosts as well! The stay is etched in my memory bank
  • Bryce Canyon National ParkNeither of us had been to this park yet and I very much want to return with time to hike and even backpack
  • Camping off of Spencer Flats – one of our earlier hunts for free dispersed camping landed us here with a spot overlooking the Capital Reef Valley. Wow.


  • Canadian Parks! All the iconic sites in Banff and Jasper plus a few more as we drove east towards WA
  • Camping near Sedona on FR525We spent 5 nights up here in a beautiful site 5 miles from the highway. Enjoyed hiking and jeeping throughout the area.
  • Glacier National Parkthe full journey is very memorable, traveling in, camping outside the park, the park drive, several hikes
  • Grand TetonsMost favorite kayak overall along with enjoyable USFS camp area, wildlife and site seeing
  • South Padre Island National Seashore / North BeachOur 2nd time here and with less humid, cooler weather, it was grand


  • San Antonio, TXWe kicked off the New Year in San Antonio, TX.
  • Montana – this is our primary Hiking and backpacking state
  • Alabama Hills – Great, vast BLM area to explore; we navigated north of Movie Road to Hogback Creek and found cooler temps and complete solitude
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