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We decided in April 2014 that we wanted to go traveling rather than stay in our current jobs and put up wth the 9 month long Calgary winter. 6 months later we we on the road in the 5th wheel that is hopefully our home for the forseeable future.

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Getting Ready

We decided in April that we wanted to retire and try to head South before the snow came. We had no idea of all the things we would hav to buy, organize, get rid of and create before the big day finaly arrived.

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The Journey Begins

We left Calgary on    October 31st 2014 just ahead of a blizzad that brought 2 ft of snow and -19 temperatures. We managed to lose our 5th wheel after 4 blocks!!

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Oak Flats Campground about 40 miles east of Pheonix, in the hills just behind Superior AZ. We explored a number of boondocking sites in the area but this one felt like home. There was a nice meadow outside the campground proper that would handle a rig our size without needing to back up - a major consideration at this stage in our journeys.

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LED LIGHTS

LED lights will typically use 10-15% of the power that equivalent incandescent lights and so are a great energy saver when boondocking.

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HEATING

While all trailers come with a heater the built-in furnace has some significant limitations

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Solar Panels

Solar is the quiet answer to your power needs. With the right gear you need never hook up to shore power again!

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We decided to visit Craggy Wash to meet up with friends Scott and Lora and can thoroughly reccommend it! It is a lovely site with lots of places to explore. We were also able to get a service to come ut and pump out our black tank for a reasonable price.

Craggy Wash is a valley located on the North side of Lake Havasu. It seems to get a little less wind than some of the sites on the Clorado river valley and was very pleasant. There are lots of things to see and do and lots of terrain to explore both on foot and by quad. craggywash1 resize This is a panoramic view of our campground craggywash_panorama

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 We moticed that the type of hummingbird we saw was very different from when we were in Yuma - we were seeing almost exclusively Costas hummingbirds rather than the Annas we always see further south

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Another notable find was desert bighorn sheep. A herd of about 10-15 wandered through near to our camp and hung arounf the area for a few days. No big curls on these and I assume thery were females since there were a few lambs visible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There were plenty of lizards around and Kali enjoyed chasing them and we were glad she wasnt any good at catching them. We saw a couple that ere over 2 feet head to tail but sadly didnt have a camera handy