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Montezuma Castle

 

What a fantastic look into the past!  Sinagua farmers as early as 1100 ad built this five story, 20 room dwelling on the cliffs.  Going higher than 100 feet off the valley below early American settlers were wowed at the site and assumed that this was Aztec in origin.  The occupants lived and farmed within the rich ground of central Arizona.

Some believe that the area was abandoned in the late 1300’s as the farming became thin and so did the waters.  They would have moved on to better ground.  There are other cliff settlements further north from this location such as the Tuzigoot settlement.  

There is a lot of history in this area and it is well worth you stopping by.  The Montezuma Castle is a national monument and is preserved as best as they can thanks to the US National Park service, the US department of the interior and the National Monuments Arizona.  What a site to behold.  Located just off the 17 south of Flagstaff Arizona.

More info on this site – National Park Service

This was a great afternoon that I recommend to all, Kev.




 

 

The Great Meteor Crater

So our journey southward has begun again this year.  We left Canada on the fourth of November and began the trek.  Our first major stop was Memphis and Graceland which was amazing. (Post on Graceland will be shortly).  

From there we jumped on the I40 which we will be on until Flagstaff Arizona.  Just five miles south of the 40 is the meteor crater.  The best preserved and first proven meteor impact crater on earth.  Seen in many Hollywood films such as Starman, this crater is enormous and very famous.  The original meteor that hit here was only 150 feet wide but that’s more than enough to simulate over a twenty ton nuclear bomb!!!

The crater hit here about 50,000 years ago and came in at 26,000 mph, wow!  From what they tell us that’s like flying from LA to New York in only 5 minutes.

Folks, if you are ever near this area I highly recommend you stop in here and view this awesome site, it really is incredible.

That’s it for now, we will be heading out tomorrow morning and will be looking for a longer stay somewhere else where I can bring all up to date.  Colleen is happy, I am happy, long live the travel…

Kevin

One Year In And Counting …

Well, here we are.  A full year now since my wife and I took the leap, the ‘chance’ selling our home and moving into a fifth wheel trailer.  No more sticks and bricks, no more man cave in the basement but… no more mortgage!

It’s a huge thing not to owe a mortgage, a bank loan and car payments!  We not only sold it all but we left our jobs and hit the road!  Now, I should still have eleven years left before I retire but what are we going to be like at that age?  (if we make it that long that is)  I’ve seen people work their entire lives, sweat hard and endure all kinds of stress.  They long for the day when they retire and escape but when they reach that age their health has declined and are no longer capable.  Now all they can do is stay home, watch from afar and daydream (or regret) at what could have been.  I’m not saying this happens to everyone but yes, it does to a good number of fine people.  We don’t want to just dream at would could have been so we took the chance.

It has been quite a year.  We have traveled over twenty seven thousand kilometers and have seen so much.  From the east coast to the west coast we traveled across America, from Chesapeake Bay to the hills of Hollywood we have done more than we thought we ever would, and we have only just scratched the surface.  We have also met some wonderful people who we now call friends.  Really … I didn’t think things could be so good.

We have also learned along the way.  Learned how to be trailer techs, learned to be careful and learned how to be happy.  Do we have any regrets?  No, well maybe that we didn’t do this much sooner.  We have also learned how to be together, lets face it, the trailer can’t be more than 200 sq feet but we did it and you know, we have never been happier individually or as a couple.

With the support of our family we have now seen a year of full time Rv’ing and we are hooked!  Still young enough to enjoy it, healthy enough to hike the desert hills and still very much happy about with ourselves.  As our journey rounds the ‘first’ with many more to come (hopefully) we look forward to the challenges and adventures together.  We invite you to continue to follow us, watch us grow and see just what is possible.

Live, Laugh, Love Life and see it all.

Colleen & Kevin

Taking Chances : An RV Revolution   




 

Spring/Summer Update

Sorry folks, it has been a while since my last post.  I ended up with some computer issues that now seem to be ok.  We are back in Ontario, at the home base so to speak.  I am now working (driving) for a local company for the summer to help us build back enough funds to return to the journey in the fall.

While back we did end up with a trailer issue.  We had been smelling what we thought was either a dead mouse or grease every time it got hot out.  Upon further inspection it seemed the cause was the black tank, there must have been a slow leak that turned big.  We didn’t notice it on the last part of the journey as we winterized the trailer in Montana and just hotel-ed it all the way back.  Anyway, our little baby is now in the shop getting repaired.

Soon you will see a new route map as we begin preps for the journey south again.  Our destination is Yuma again this year but we are getting there a different way.  Stay tuned for that.  We will also be adding some video from the road using several camera’s in the truck pointed in and out.  Should be quite comical I think.

So there you have it, we are nestled into Ontario while we work for the winter getaway.

Kevin