A day of art, food, history in Grand Junction
What do you do when you find you need to fill up a day while your truck is being worked on? If you are lucky enough to be in Grand Junction, Colorado, you head toward Downtown Main Street and become, what else--tourists. Lucky for us there is much to do and see, alo
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Colorado River State Park - hot, hot, hot
James M. Robb Colorado River State Park is one park split into five sections, from Fruita on the west end of Grand Junction, about 30 miles to Island Acres to the east, with three non-camping stops in-between. We camped for one mid-week night at the Island Acres Cam
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Canadian women RVers produce 'YogaRVing'
A long RV road trip can take a toll on one's body. 'YogaRVing' is the perfect DVD for RVers who want to 'take along' an exercise program for the mornings when they want to do 15-to-60 minutes of yoga. Produced by two Canadian women RVers-- Sally Hauca, a longtime yog
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Joe Vachon - an itinerant green blacksmith
A short while back in Durango, Colo., we spotted a funky converted school bus parked on the fringe of the local Wal-Mart Supercenter. Its owner and creator, Joe Vachon, is a contemporary itinerant blacksmith. Vachon's work-in-progress bus doubles as his home an
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Jimmy Smith takes a nap, eats ice cream, reflects ...
Earlier today, I shared with Jimmy a thoughtful interview I heard on NPR where Tom Ashbrook talked with best-selling neurologist-author Oliver Sacks on growing older. Sacks recently turned 80 and wrote an Op-Ed piece for the New York Times called "The Joy of Old
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New tires in Moab, front end rebuilt in Grand Junction
No matter how much you go over your rig before leaving on a long RV trip, there is always the possibility of a little shop time along the way. A couple of weeks ago, Jamie, our friend in Utah and an expert mechanic, did a 10-point check of our F-350 and alerted us to
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Another good man, this one at Valley Sunset RV Ranch in Delta, Colorado
Even in his 50s, Ron Zimmerman, a former U.S. Marine, has an impressive presence. He factors in at about 6-feet, sports a greying Fu Manchu moustache, carries a muscular upper body with numerous tattoos, and rides a Harley Davidson. I was really curious about his
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Rocky Mountain high - Haviland Campground, north of Durango
The turning point on our  RV Summer Journey was the Haviland Campground, about 18 miles north of Durango, off U.S. Highway 550, the San Juan Byway on the way north to Silverton and Ouray. Because we were attending a wedding nearby, I made reservations months in ad
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Good people at Transfer Campground in southwest Colorado
We stayed an extra day at the Transfer Campground, northeast of Mancos, Colorado, because of the good people camping around us and we wanted to get to know them a little better. In the campsite to our right was James Francis, a gentle guy from east Texas, and his
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Transfer Campground near Mesa Verde National Park
Beautiful and stunning as it all is, after almost two weeks of primarily camping in very dry, very hot and very stark areas in Utah, this Pacific Northwest gal was in desperate need of evergreen trees and aspen groves. So we headed east from Canyonlands National Park
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