United States of America · 30 Days · 88 Moments · February 2015

Ken & Donna Pastorius

Roadlovers Southwest Adventure


4 March 2015

Upon arriving home, we got stuck in the snow in our driveway when the camper was pulled off the shoulder of the drive.
Our first stop after leaving home for out west was McDonald's in Kalkaska. Our final stop before arriving home was again, McDonald's in Kalkaska for my last Carmel Frappe.
We spent our last night on the road at the Comfort Suites in Grand Rapids then drove 206 miles home to Petoskey.

1 March 2015

JJ's daughter, Emma with Jazz

28 February 2015

Evening with cousins John and Trish and their families.
After church, John and Caroline took us out to The Rib Crib for dinner.
Went to the Saturday evening church service at North Point with John and Caroline.

27 February 2015

Stopped in to visit my Uncle Elgin, who just turned 90 and aunt Barb, Mt. Vernon, Missouri.

26 February 2015

Had a late lunch at the Big Texan Steak Ranch
The frozen, heavy snow that feel during the night

25 February 2015

We spent the night at a rest stop on I40, just at the Arizona/New Mexico border

24 February 2015

Views in Petrified Forest National Park
View in Petrified Forest National Park.
Views in Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified trees, including one that spans a river
Entering Petrified Forest
Gift shop and museum at the entrance to Petrified Forest National Park. I bought my wallet here.
We spent the night at Little America a Travel Center, just east of Flagstaff and this is what we woke up to and 22 degrees.

23 February 2015

Having Mexican dinner at Salsa Brava in Route 66.
Driving from Sedona to flagstaff on 89A. It was a rainy and cloudy all day.
At King Mine and Ghost Town in Jerome.
At King Mine and Ghost Town in Jerome.
Don Robertson with his Studebaker, straight right antique racer. And a photo of Don with Parnelli Jones, sitting in his racer.
At King Mine and Ghost Town in Jerome.
At King Mine and Ghost Town in Jerome.
In the other side of the mountain on 89A
This was the drive over the mountains, on 89A, from Prescott to Jerome

22 February 2015

At General Store in Seligman on Original Route 66
At Hackberry General Store in Route 66
At the Hackberry General Store on Original Route 66.

21 February 2015

Pictures from the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge.
Underground in the Hoover Dam
Spending the day at Hoover dam

20 February 2015

Spent the night at Meade National Recreation Park.
Friends we met at Sunset Campground in Death Valley. Dan and Beverly Butler from Grass Valley, CA
Saw this coyote walking in front of us as we were having coffee outside the camper this morning

19 February 2015

Hamburgers on the grille for dinner after a long day of hiking.
Donna's collection of battle wounds from our hike back into Golden Canyon.
Along Artist Drive
At Badwater
Hike into Golden Canyon
Hike into Golden Canyon
Hike into Golden Canyon

18 February 2015

Death Valley is a certified International Dark Sky.
Furnace Inn Resort
Entering into Death Vally

17 February 2015

The view from our dinning room window at the Chevron Truck Stop where we will camped for the night
In Lake Havasu City at the water front area and in front of the Original London Bridge.
Stopped off at Walmart's in Parker, Arizona for supplies. This picture only proves we are not the only RV'ers who love Walmart.
We loved having another morning of eating our breakfast and slowly drinking coffee, while taking in this view. It was then time to hit the road.

16 February 2015

What a perfect way to celebrate my 62nd birthday, enjoying morning coffee with Donna and looking out the dinning room window at the desert in Quartzsite, Arizona. Our visit into the town of Quartzsite was a bit disappointing, but to be fair, we also hit Quartzsite at its winding down time of the season. I think their peak time for the RV'ers is from the middle of January to the middle of February. All the RV dealers are gone now and many of the vendor spaces are closed or about to close. But that certainly doesn't take away from the beauty of boondocking in the desert. Last night, we slept so well, enjoying the desert fragrance and being woken up several times by the howling of coyotes, very close to the camper. We had another beautiful evening, cooking dinner on the grill, watching the sun set over the mountains and then be blanketed by a stunning canopy of stars.
What a perfect way to celebrate my 62nd birthday, enjoying morning coffee with Donna and looking out the dinning room window at the desert in Quartzsite, Arizona.

15 February 2015

This morning, at 8:30, Gary, Donna and I, took off for a 25 mile ride in the desert on quad runners. It was a beautiful day and an experience I will never forget. It's amazing how big the desert is and how easy it would be to get lost. Fortunately, Gary is very experienced and was familiar with the desert, so we just hung close to him.

14 February 2015

But this morning as we were getting things ready to go, I decided to check the tire pressure on the truck and found that the drivers, inside tire was flat. Fortunately, Jerry has a compressor, so I proceeded to fill it up and discover that my extension valve stem has a crack in it. I looked up the nearest tire place in Google maps and drove it to them but they have no extension stems and but also explain to me about how they have a tendency to dry up and crack. So they just took off the extension stem and filled the tire. They were very helpful to work with so I gave them a five star on Google.

13 February 2015

Visiting with some friends that Donna use to work with at McLaren Hospital in Petoskey, Michigan, now living in Phoenix, Arizona. We had dinner with them and visited long into the evening. Also gave us a chance to do some laundry.
Had a chance to stop by and visit with some friends of mine who I work with at the KOA Resort and Campground in Petoskey, Michigan, during the summer. They workcamp at Meridian RV Resort in Apache Junction during the winter. It was so good to catch up with them this afternoon and enjoy the beautiful RV resort they get to live at.
Another beautiful morning waking up at a Walmart parking lot on Highway 79, north of Tucson, Arizona. We'll be heading towards Apache Junction on Highway 79.

12 February 2015

In Sabino Canyon
It was a beautiful drive up Mt Lemmon. We had very high winds but beautiful sunny day. We went up to the 8000' elevation. The ski resort up there didn't really seem have any ski activity going on.
We spent the night at the base of Mt Lemmon. It was so dark when we parked there, we had no idea if the view we would wake up to. Didn't turn out too bad
This is the view from our camper dinning room window

11 February 2015

Visited Saguaro National Park today. I guess I would never have imagined deserts to be so beautiful. We did a lot of hiking but every where you turn, you're scraping yourself against some very sharp needle! I thought wearing shorts would be a good idea because it's the desert, right? Not my best idea, but it was still a beautiful place to hike and visit. Tonight, we are camped at a pull off at the base of Mt. Lemmon.
We spent the night at a Loves truck stop on I70, about 40 miles east of Tucson, Arizona. Between rest stops, Walmart's and truck stops, our favorite is tucking our camper in between the big rigs. Both of us love to sleep, listening to the hum of the Diesel engines running all night. Many RV'ers prefer quieter parking lots of Walmart's but for us, nothing lulls us to sleep as a Diesel engine. Must be why I prefer a diesel mys

10 February 2015

Pulled over by border patrol looking for drugs and illegals
Having lunch on the dunes
Walking the dunes
Entering White Sands National Monument.
Waking up at Walmart in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

9 February 2015

About 20 miles before we reached Guadalupe National Park, I felt I was experiencing some transmission issues with the truck seeming to down shift erratically. It also seemed to coincide with me turning on the A/C. I called ahead to Rudolph Chevrolet in El Paso, to see if they could check it out. Fortunately, the entire 125 miles to El Paso, I experienced no issues but I didn't have the A/C or either. I should also mention that my Tow/Haul light is not working but with a lot of miles and many hill to clime, I thought I should check it out. It turned out to be a pain to remove the camper from the truck because not all 4 legs would work at the same time without have the umbilical cord between the camper and truck was connected ti each other.

8 February 2015

After relaxing this morning, looking at the Guadalupe's and enjoying coffee, we decided to take a 4-1/2 mile hike up the Devils Hall trail. About half the clime is on a pleasant trail, along the river bed but the second half is unreal! The trail leads into the river bed (which is dry) and having to clime and navigate over huge boulders. But despite the workout, the hike was beautiful And the scenery is just amazing. My pictures really don't reflect how beautiful it really is here. This evening, we grilled hamburgers and sat outside, again overlooking the Guadalupe's and enjoying another cup of coffee. We can already feel the temperature dropping but is still a very pleasant evening. Looking forward to having some wine to celebrate today's hike.
After relaxing this morning, looking at the Guadalupe's and enjoying coffee, we decided to take a 4-1/2 mile hike up the Devils Hall trail. About half the clime is on a pleasant trail, along the river bed but the second half is unreal! The trail leads into the river bed (which is dry) and having to clime and navigate over huge boulders. But despite the workout, the hike was beautiful And the scenery is just amazing. My pictures really don't reflect how beautiful it really is here. This evening, we grilled hamburgers and sat outside, again overlooking the Guadalupe's and enjoying another cup of coffee. We can already feel the temperature dropping but is still a very pleasant evening. Looking forward to having some wine to celebrate today's hike.
Not too shabby of a view from our dining room window this morning. Camping at the Pine Springs campground in Guadeloupe Mountains National Park.

7 February 2015

This afternoon we had an amazing time at Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Spent the night at Carlsbad RV and Campground, on US180, just south of Carlsbad. The campground is mainly resistance of mostly oil field workers but it was a nice place to spend the night and get a long hot shower in the morning. For those not familiar with the truck camper life style, we take daily hot showers, but super fast, so not to loose our precious water supply and fill up our drain tanks.

6 February 2015

5 February 2015

Day 3 - Today was just a day for travel, so not much to report. Drove 567 miles while listening to a book on CD, called "Shadow Divers" and spent the night in at Truck Stop in Vernon, Texas.

4 February 2015

Only drove 211 miles today as we spent much of the day visiting The Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse in St. Louis. As we were leaving St. Louis, the temperature was dropping and a fine mist was starting. The further we drove, the mist turned into ice and driving became a white knuckle experience. So, we decided to call it a day on the early side and spent the night at a Loves Truck Stop along I44.
Didn't realize my fresh water drain must have been frozen then thawed and drained out all our water. Filled it up at Loves along 55, north of St. Louis

3 February 2015

We drove 540 miles today. Traveling seemed slow today with snowing most of the day. It was particularly bad around the south end of Lake Michigan, where traffic was more of a crawl. But the further we were out of the Chicago area, the better it got. We spent the night at a Rest Area along I55, just north of Springfield, Illinois
Stopped off at a Mobil station to fill up. 2.749 per gal. I also noticed air was down to 75psi in the drivers side tire. The extension valve stem seems to be broken. I removed it.
Stopped off at the Kalkaska McDonalds for and early lunch
So, here we are, at the end of our drive, camper packed and securely anchored to the bed of the truck. This can only mean one thing....ROADTRIP!!!