Tucson, Lots of Saguaros and Some Other Stuff
A many-armed saguaro cactus

Tucson, Lots of Saguaros and Some Other Stuff

This week our travels took us to Tucson Arizona, I was not sure what to expect other than a lot of cacti. It did not disappoint on that count. The drive was an easy couple hours of interstate from our last home in Willcox. We had decided to stay in the Casino Del Sol parking lot. I was a little nervous that RV parking would be prohibited or frowned upon, but I was proven wrong. Overnight RV Parking Area of Casino Del Sol We arrived to find hundreds of RVs covering the entirety of the back parking area. This made me happy because nothing beats free camping. Jackie wanted to spend a fair amount of time in Tucson which was an easy sell for me, considering it was costing me nothing and I'm a huge cheapskate. Of course, our stay wasn't free with the cost of sightseeing, but that was money that would have been spent anyway, and…

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Wild West Arizona – Willcox and Chiricahua National Monument
Walking through the rocks of Chiricahua National Monument

Wild West Arizona – Willcox and Chiricahua National Monument

New Mexico was a blast but like all good things, the New Mexico portion of our trip had to come to an end. As we bid adieu to New Mexico we said hello to Arizona. Our first stop was the small town of Willcox, a sleepy cowtown, bordering on ghost town. It seems like Willcox has seen better days. Still, I found it quite charming in a "Hey Dude" sort of way. Downtown Willcox, desert wholesome After four nights of being disconnected from hookups, we were in need of a good battery charge, water fill-up, showers, and dumping services. We decided to stay at the Cattlerest RV Park which featured it's very own western style saloon. After arriving, I approached the dimly lit bar to inquire about site availability. Upon entering, I realized I couldn't see anything due to the previously mentioned dim lighting and the fact that I only had my prescription sunglasses. Considering the fact that…

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Alamogordo to Deming – By way of Aguirre Springs
Aguirre Springs Campsite

Alamogordo to Deming – By way of Aguirre Springs

The full hookup convenience of our RV park in Alamogordo was nice and all, but what we really needed was something a little more rustic (think cheaper). We ended up in Aguirre Springs campground, just east of Las Cruces and it did not disappoint. For a mere $7 per night, we got one of the most beautiful campgrounds we've ever frequented. In-between Alamogordo and Las Cruces New Mexico lie the Organ Mountains, a rugged range made up of canyons, woodlands, springs, and rocky spires resembling the pipes of an organ. The Aguirre Springs campground is a BLM administered site nestled on the eastern slopes of the Organ Mountains. https://youtu.be/x6QttAI-Xm4 Alamogordo to Las Cruces with a stop at Aguirre Springs Campground The tiny cover charge gained us access to a campsite with a garbage can, a covered picnic table, a charcoal grill, and a fire pit. Quite a bargain, although considered "dry camping" due to the lack of water,…

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And We’re Gone
Our Home in Alamogordo NM

And We’re Gone

Yes, it’s official, I’m writing this from beautiful Alamogordo New Mexico at a RV / Trailer Park. As Jimmy Buffet once said, I’m glad I don’t live in a trailer, although a trailer would be a lot more spacious. Our final week or so preparing for departure got a little stressful with trying to move all our crap out of the house, cleaning it up for the new renters, not to mention last minute RV repairs. We filled our 10’x20’ storage unit to the brim. At the end we were basically moving stuff into the storage unit as an alternative to throwing it away since our garbage was completely filled every week. As it is I had to make 3 trips to the landfill just to dispose of the final remnants of our stationary lifestyle. We finally departed on March 1st 2019, pretty much out of necessity since a major winter storm was bearing down. I checked the…

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Delay, Vomit Spray, Still No Departure Day… But Hey!
Good Times

Delay, Vomit Spray, Still No Departure Day… But Hey!

Well, here we are still in Loveland. We were expecting to be hitting the road right about now, but I sort of knew in the back of my mind that we wouldn't get our asses in gear without a hard deadline, which at the moment is March 15th (when we have to be out of our house, but more on that later). Since the last post we've made some good progress and also had some setbacks, but overall I'm pretty happy with the progress we've been making. We had a going away party with our friends which was quite fun, lots of beer, margs, fajitas, chips and dips. The party was at our house due to the original hosts having a sick kid. We'd moved most of our furniture the weekend before so we made do with folding tables and camp chairs. A good time was had by all, and the kids had a blast tearing through our…

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Mini-Retirement Week 1: Not That Exciting
Lucky looking like he's ready to go.

Mini-Retirement Week 1: Not That Exciting

While it was nice to not have to think about work anymore, my first week of mini-retirement was fairly uneventful. I had a bad cold all week culminating with the breaking of my right eardrum so now I can't really hear out of my right ear. Lucky is sitting in the driveway covered in snow and looking like he wants to hit the road. There's still quite a bit of work to do on the camper before we leave including: Dicor the whole roof perimeterReplace the main door handle (Old one broke and now it's stuck closed)Replace outer compartment locks and thumb latchesInstall water sensors in front cap area to provide advanced warning of any water issuesInstall two Maxxair vent covers We're slowly ticking things off the list around the house. I cleaned up and listed the Buick on Craigslist, it sold a few days later for $2500 which was a nice surprise. I also cleaned up the…

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Unemployed and Loving It: or Is There Life After Career Suicide?
Trying to avoid this.

Unemployed and Loving It: or Is There Life After Career Suicide?

Well here I am, officially unemployed as of about an hour ago. No job. No place to go during the daytime. No paycheck. I’m a little freaked out, but hey I’ll probably get over it…. Anyway, today marks a new chapter of life. The job that I just left is the only ‘real’ job I’ve ever had. It was my first job out of college and I did it for almost 15 years. I’ve got to say its an awfully strange feeling to quit a job, especially with the unconventional plans we’ve concocted. It was nice though to hear from well wishers some of whom I’ve known for the entire 15 years. I’m feeling more sadness than I expected, maybe that’s good though. Now the goal is at least a one year mini retirement of traveling the US and Canada in a 24 foot RV. We’ve still got about 3 weeks left of preparation in order to be…

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Getting Started…
Livin' the dream

Getting Started…

Hello world!  Ok, lets be real, no one is going to read this, at least not anytime soon.  Yes I know 99% of blogs have no readers... but hey 99% of people in the world have never started a blog so what the hell.  Anyways, this is a brand new internet blog that will document the Scott family's transition to from full time working suburban dwellers, to gypsies with no jobs living in an RV whose interior living space is just slightly larger than the average garden shed.  This first post will be an introduction, so lets begin. Who are we? Clan Scott is you're average family of four living in the suburbs of Colorado's front range.  Tim has been working in the software biz for the past 15 years and Jackie, a real life (though not medical) doctor, was employed in the biotech field before becoming a full time stay at home mom.  Our sons John and…

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