Retire-less! My definition is “work to play” instead of “work for pay.” Gail and I work hard playing. We were retire-lessly moving through northern Arizona and mostly southern Utah. We pulled the Airstream 2,600 miles in a month since leaving Portland on March 27th. The past two days we are in Boise, Idaho. Side note: we just rolled past 20,000 miles on the Airstream since we took delivery on the Flying Cloud, May 30, 2012.
The past month we visited 3 National Parks, 3 National Monuments, a National Reserve, a Navajo Nation, BLM “permit only” Coyote Buttes, 2 state parks, other BLM land—and 1 week mountain biking Hurricane. Pushing the retire-less envelope full of fun, foot-stomping, pedal-pushing and eye-pooping experiences camping and exploring the “free-to-see” wondrous natural world!
We carry at least one, sometimes two, Nikon’s to capture nature and sunsets. However, the 10X-15X “Ollo” lens on Gail’s iPhone clicks off amazing close-up bursts too. Gail has an eye for seeing the beauty in small wonders, like flowers you may just walk by. I carry a 300X zoom lens just for the chance encounter to shoot bighorn sheep, elk, condors, moose, birds, lizards—anything that moves! Thinking I need 550X! Then, every evening we decide what digital pics to keep or trash. We have 20,800 pics in the iPhoto library now.
The photos are the by-product of all the outdoor stuff we do on the road! We work in the joy of cooking a meal with scratch ingredients or making lunch to go on a hike. We search out famers markets, Co-Ops and natural food stores to restock our pantry and refrigerator. We prefer Whole Foods Stores and have shopped many in our travels out West.
Work, work, workkkkkk we love—all very, very retire-less! By now you may be tired of seeing all the landscape pics filling up all my blogs so on this one we blend some small wonders in with the big wondrous natural world at Capitol Reef National Park.
Gail saw the dazzling beauty in a caterpillar.
The caterpillar’s hair is wild!
I captured by luck (more than once) bee in flight carrying pollen.
Cassidy Arch named after Butch Cassidy, rumored to camp there. 500 feet above the Grand Wash. I walked over it! Whoa!
One of Gail’s fav’s
So small, I wonder who you are
Pic shot on hills from a ridge high above
Each lizard has unique skin colors.
Marmot on the road again.
Capitol Reef National Park—the Big Wondrous!
Big Wondrous Capitol Reef stretches 100 Utah miles! Whoa!
We are taking it easy in Boise, Idaho, at the Riverside RV Park (nice clean, amenities) by the Fairgrounds on the Boise River greenbelt (27 miles long) used by bikers, walkers and joggers. We biked to downtown along this scenic rushing river. Across the street is a car wash big enough to pull in the Airstream and Tundra to remove several layers of dust. Nice washing machines at the RV Park to wash numerous pair of sand-filled socks. Good mountain biking near by too. Next stop is somewhere in Oregon, near our home base, Portland. For now, chow!