Death Valley Superbloom 2016

This was just a quick day trip, okay a long day trip, but a day trip nonetheless. Six of us woke up early and headed north on Hwy. 395 to see the superbloom in Death Valley. Because of three rain storms last October, flowers were predicted to be blooming in greater number and we wanted […]

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Overland Expo West 2015

This one will be the one we all remember. Already being referred to as Snoverland Expo, this year’s event featured snow, rain, a little hail, and mud — lots of mud. Due to a work trip, I drove my rig to Flagstaff a week early and parked at the Flagstaff airport. I returned Friday and […]

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Desert Rendezvous 2015

Each year the guys and gals at www.americanadventurist.com set up a desert clean up somewhere in the desert of southern California. This year was the fifth annual Desert Rendezvous near the Fish Creek Wilderness Area south of Salton Sea. Part of the fun is not knowing the exact location, just receiving the coordinates of the […]

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A Few Upgrades

Our last camping trip started with a stop to XPCamper in Grass Valley for a few minor upgrades. My camper was the second production camper built. There were a few minor refinements after the first few campers and there were some options the previous owner didn’t have installed. This short post documents three items I […]

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Gold Country & Sierras

We needed to make a pilgrimage to XPMecca in Grass Valley, CA so we made a four-day weekend of it. We drove eight hours north and parked in the XPCampground, aka Marc’s parking lot. Not the most scenic “campground” but we’ve stayed in worse places. We tooled around gold country in a rental while the […]

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Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Our final stop in Costa Rica was in a little town on the Caribbean coast, Tortuguero. Our stay wasn’t in the actual town itself but rather at a lodge┬ánearby. The area is surrounded by natural canals with the only man made canals being the actual “driveways” up to the resorts. This remote camp required over […]

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Arenal/La Fortuna, Costa Rica

From Monteverde we took a mini bus to Lake Arenal and crossed the lake to get to Arenal Volcano. We never saw more than the base of the volcano due to clouds but it was an amazing and active part of our trip. We went on a night float down a river to look for […]

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Selvatura, Costa Rica

We spent all day at this nature park in the cloud forest above Monteverde. It’s host to a variety of activities, including zip lines, walking bridges, butterfly gardens, and hummingbird gardens. Ziplining through the cloud forest was especially amazing. we had a little rain but it wasn’t bad and didn’t detract from our day. ZIPLINING […]

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Monteverde, Costa Rica

Most of our trips involve adventures of our own making but this year we celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary and decided to take the trip of a lifetime, Costa Rica. We booked all land travel and tourism through Anywhere Costa Rica. Entirely through their website, you indicate what types of things you’d like to do […]

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Truck Build — the Millennium Falcon

All of our vehicles have had names so there was little doubt this one would too, but it had to earn its name. At some point on our first trip, one of the wimpy Dodge anti-sway bar (aka sway bar for some reason) end links broke. We had heard a loud pop but weren’t sure […]

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Desert Rendezvous 2014

We attended the 4th annual Socal Desert Rendezvous this weekend. Its more of a campout for 100 or so friends along the Bradshaw Trail so its hardly and expedition but a lot of fun. Its still a bit odd driving the XP Camper due to all the questions I get asked. This trip was no […]

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Death Valley December 2013

DAY 1 This is the beginning of our adventures in our new rig, a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 with a 2012 XPCamper. Our first trip was to Death Valley where we camp regularly nearly every winter, but this time we decided to explore some canyons we’d never seen. We came in from the south, through […]

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