Escaped Doodles

The end of May 2018 Denise and I made the jump to living full time in our travel trailer. Quite a change from "normal life".

This journal is a log of our travels with descriptions of the trials and tribulations we've gone through. Below are a few recent posts. Check out the links below for additional posts.

July 4, 2020 - Suspension

We're sitting out the Pandemic in Prescott Valley, AZ. We purchased a house here where we plan to spend summers, travel spring and fall, and winter around Quartzsite. But for now we are in PV setting up the house and waiting out the Pandemic. Hopefully back on the road fall but Corona is making changes in latitude difficult.

So, until we're back out having long distance adventures, we've decided to suspend this Journal. We hope you stay safe and healthy in the interim. Thank you for coming along thus far. We shall be back.


April 1, 2020 - Interesting Times

"May you live in interesting times." An old Chineese curse. Well, actually from Britain, but still a curse.

What a difference a month can make. We're now hunkered down in Prescott Valley waiting to see what happens with the Covid-19 Pandemic. It hasn't overrun Arizona as yet, but the numbers show it ramping up. What the?

I'm glad you asked. It all starts as a normal....


Mar. 1, 2020 - Brenda Life goes On

Wow, another month gone. Zoom.

We closed on our new house as expected. The day we closed we woke up to 4-5" of snow. A real surprise as we haven't seen snow in over a year. Surprise!

We moved in and spent the night after closing on the new house. Well, if you call a couple of camping chairs and camping mats moved in.

We went up for a week or so the last week of February...


Nov. 15, 2019 - Back to Brenda, AZ

We returned to Brenda and Desert Gold RV October 30. A few days to get oriented before the new shed shows up.

The shed did arrive Saturday as promised. It showed up on a large flat bed trailer with another shed being delivered.

First step was to drop it off the trailer into the street.

A small purpose built fork lift was used to move the shed around. This machine sat under one end while a set of wheels lifted the other end.


Nov. 1, 2019 - Prescott, AZ

We spent the last two weeks of October in Prescott. Well, Prescott and Prescott Valley.

First stop was White Spar CG. National Forest camp but at the city limits of Prescott. Getting later in the year so not too crowded, at least weekdays. Weekends still fill up. We saw a few more tarantulas at White Spar. Should be getting towards the end of their migration.


Oct. 15, 2019 - New Mexico - Arizona

Not a lot of amazing adventures this installment. We spend a total of six days at Navajo Lake. With this stay our New Mexico annual camping pass easily paid for itself. We took a few walks around the campground and to the lake. Kids went swimming a few times but it wasn't great for them, steep drop-off and a lot of people. It's a very active lake for fishing, at least this time of year. We suspect it's more a water sports lake during the summer heat. It seemed busy but only one of the four campgrounds near the dam was open.


Oct. 1, 2019 - Cottonwood & Chaco

After the North Rim we made a two day stop in Kanab to restock and wash. Kanab is a nice small town just over the Arizona boarder. We must have jostled some more hard pack in the black tank loose, as it would not drain upon arrival in Kanab. The good news is we're getting good at diagnosing and clearing blockages. Couple of hours later we have empty gray and black tanks, and a full fresh tank. Ready to go again.

After Kanab we went out Hwy 89 and up Cottonwood Canyon. The canyon goes north about half way between Kanab and Page.....


Sept. 15, 2019 - North Rim

We left Brenda Monday, Labor Day. It was still way too hot so good to get out of there. Headed for Flagstaff.

Dumped tanks on Sassy (the new Bigfoot Trailer) on the way out. The black tank would not dump, thought it was the valve. Too hot to fuss with so we just headed north. It was very busy on I17, but everyone was going the other way, back to Phoenix. Glad we're not in that traffic jam, and not going back to that heat, and not going to a city, and....

We stayed at Woody Mt CG in Flagstaff. Needed a full hookup to straighten out the black tank problems. The black still would not drain. So, after a few go arounds on the Internet Hugh figured out....


One Year on the Road

Oh the places you'll go, the things you'll see! It's been one year since we started this full time traveling adventure. We've been a few places and seen some things. We've at least touched Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, Arizona, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. Some 25,000 miles and a lot of campgrounds. Close to half of that 25,000 miles has been towing. But most of our time has been spent in South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.

It has been a most excellent but challenging adventure. Not a vacation, which we knew from previous long trips.


Who? Who the heck are you?

Well, there are two of us:

Before moving to Klamath Falls Denise grew up in Toledo, OH and spent time on the Cape in MA. She did a lot of bicycling including racing and touring. She has always enjoyed the outdoors spending time hiking and backpacking. Denise has had a dog or two for at least the last 40 years. She retired from Occupational and Massage Therapy in 2013.

Hugh grew up in Klamath Falls, OR also enjoying the outdoors.....