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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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stevevilleSteveville is part of Dinosaur Provincial Park. Its an overflow campground at the far west end of the park but camping is free. Its located just north of the Red Deer river in a grove of old cottonwood trees and is not usually too busy outside of long weekends.

 

 

 stevevilleM1Steveville is a bit of a magical place for us. It is hidden away in a large grove of old cottonwoods and there seems to be an almost magical soothing peacefullness there. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The old trees have lost limbs to wind and weather and there area amazing shapes, even faces, hidden in the grnarled branches. You can spend a lot of time just looking and imagining the stories the trees have to tell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Had a lot of fun watching and listening to a pair of great horned owls while we were camped there. They were very territorial and would hoot and holler if they suspected that an intruder was invading theri territory. The first  year we were there we didnt see any chicks, but there were a number of owls in the area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another feathered visitor and this one is a long way from home. This is a baltimore oriole and there were at least two in the area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 We spent a lot of hours watching a pair of starlings feeding thier brood. Lots of open mouths waiting for bugs. There were about 5 or 6 pairs in the area and it f=got very noisy when the chicks were hungry.