Heading West

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Heading West

We picked up the updated Gamer on Thursday morning, February 12 and headed north out of Denver with four days to get to Springfield, OR and drop her off for solar panels.

Not surprisingly, we had Tumbleweeds campground all to ourselves

We always intend to leave bright and early but somehow morning departures get pushed closer to noon for one reason or another. On Day 1 it was due to inspecting the Airstream and getting any immediate issues resolved before we left Timeless Travel Trailers. After a short hike up to Wyoming we decided to quit before sun-down so we could deal with any issues we ran into while there was still daylight. State and national parks are our favorites so Curt Gowdy State Park between Cheyenne and Laramie was it for the night.

Our bed is now perpendicular to the trailer so one of the original side windows is now above the bed.

First coffee at our snazzy dinette

Day 2's start was delayed by twiddling with the new hot water heater and dumping our grey water tank (that's the one that holds the sink and shower water). The goal was to get to or near Idaho by end of day so we had a long day ahead.

Thoroughly modern RV parking at East Canyon State Park, Utah

Scanning the route ahead the best stop at the end of Day 2 was East Canyon State Park, about a half hour East of Salt Lake City. We arrived close to 11 pm and had all the joys of locating a site and setting up in the dark with temperatures below freezing. We've done it enough that we get it done pretty quickly but this time we missed the water station at the park entrance - the water is turned off at each site since the pipes freeze in winter  - so it would be a moist towelette shower in the morning. Huzzah.

One of the best things about arriving at night is waking up to see where you are. This sunrise greeted us at East Canyon State Park on Day 3.

Day 3's start was pushed back so we could walk around the park, fill up with fresh water and dump both grey and black (poopie) tanks. By the time we were done with that it was time for lunch of course.

Fine fast food from Maddox Drive In, Brigham City, UT

Further delays ensued while looking for a place that sold wine. We have our priorities. After two attempts in Burley, Idaho we succeeded and were off.

Drive 1,000 in three days and you get a treat

With no state parks and no other good options in Idaho we pushed into Oregon on Day 3 in order to get to Crystal Crane Hot Springs which is in the high desert between Boise, ID and Bend, OR. After hours of white-knuckling down two-lane roads we arrived and were not disappointed. You've got to treat yourself to get through the miles.

The large pond at Crystal Crane Hot Springs, Burns, OR

We're planning an early start to Day 4 of course - we'll see how that turns out - but Springfield, OR, our final destination this trip, is only 5 hours away. We hope.

^N

Curt Gowdy State Park, WY: $22/night. Full hookups. Water and dump station.

East Canyon State Park, UT: $28/night. Full hookups. Water and dump station.

Crystal Crane Hot Springs, Burns, OR: $28/night, includes 24 hr access to large pond. Two sites with full hookups (requires 2 night stay), the rest have water and electric but no sewer.

 
 
 

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Baseball Distractions

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Baseball Distractions

Michael checks out the LED testing on the scoreboard at Coors Field. The view of the mountains to the North is grand.

After a grueling 12-hour drive from Red Oak, TX to the Mile High City that started on Sunday and ended on Monday we're finally here to pick up the tarted-up Gamer. We went to Timeless on Monday morning to see her progress and make sure nothing had been forgotten. Something had, so it's a good thing we booked our hotel through Wednesday.

The Crawford is travel-themed - of course. One wall in our suites is decorated with wooden hangars from hotels around the US. The centerpiece however is from my hometown of Montreal.

We're staying at the Crawford Hotel which is in the renovated train station downtown. It's great and even better that it's two blocks away from Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies. Despite being punchy from the long drive and the short rest afterward Michael and I took in a tour of the yard because baseball and why can't spring training get here already?

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The Waiting Game

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The Waiting Game

 

Convertible work/dining area

At the end of the 2014 baseball season and another glorious World Series Champions parade through liquid sunshine in downtown SF, we drove the Gotham Gamer south to Bakersfield before heading east to Texas. After a brief detour to the Grand Canyon we rode on to Red Oak, Texas. We had to unload the Gamer before delivering her up to Timeless Travel Trailers in CO. During the summer we'd designed some modifications that would allow us to more easily both work and live full-time in the trailer. These were scheduled to take place - conveniently - between the end of the 2014 post-season and the beginning of 2015 Spring Training. 

 

Sofa/bed and folding desk in the bedroom

In the meantime we've played the waiting game in Toronto and Red Oak, getting in shape for Scottsdale.

^N

 

We've built a pretty sweet mobile gym too!

 

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If I wanted to sell an Airstream...

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If I wanted to sell an Airstream...

Golden Clear Creek RV Park is the most amazing location I can imagine for getting people's attention, combining a beautiful setting with a constant stream of fun-loving people heading up the walk to do some tubing on the adjacent river.

There were several hundred people walking by each day, and a very good percentage of them stopped to stare at the shiny new Airstream, many of them asking questions if I was outside.

^M

 

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Birth of a Gamer

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Birth of a Gamer

We didn't set out to buy an Airstream today. Research, that's what we called it... comparing various models and trying to determine which would be the best for a married couple to both live and work in, with (eventual) separate work areas available as needed.

Our search started out in the Bay Area (CA), meandering on to Denver, where Timeless Travel Trailers is located. We planned to have them modify whatever we ended up purchasing to make it more suitable for the dual-work-area home we were imagining.

We were starting to feel settled on the International Signature 27FB, after seriously considering but ultimately passing on a bunk model (great space, but you really lose a lot of outward visibility, and the bathroom has storage & appeal issues), when we decided to go ahead and  check prices... to our surprise, the price offered on a nicely-loaded 2015 model was a lot less than we expected. So, long story short, a week later I was giving the newly-christened Gotham Gamer a shakedown cruise in beautiful Golden, CO!

Break it in without breaking it, that was the goal.

^M

 

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