Thread: My Journeys

  1. #1251
    Best of luck with the new rig!!

  2. #1252
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Carmel, Indiana
    Congrats Jerry. The new rig looks great. Happy for you. jd

  3. #1253
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    On The Road.....
    Hanging out in the mountains of southern California. Will update soon.....

    My profile picture is Montana (of JerryYukonMontana).....never have I had such a good friend in my life. He will be missed forever.....

  4. #1254
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Grand Juntion, CO
    Outstanding photo composition!!

    '05 Jeep Liberty CRD
    Misc. mods: GDE tunes (ECU & TCM), lift, tires, locker, armor

  5. #1255
    Join Date
    May 2017
    San Diego
    Absolutely! The Alabama Hills/Sierras one of my favorite sights.

  6. #1256
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    On The Road.....
    Sam.....the dogs are without a doubt, very happy dogs.....

    SoCal73.....hopefully no more problems and thanks for following along.....

    Littlehouse.....the truck handles the camper really well. It’s not at all top heavy and I think that that’s just an illusion as there’s so much weight at ground level. I had air bags installed which unfortunately are leaking but once they’re repaired it’ll be even better.....

    Sticky9.....thanks and yea that Renegade was stressing me quite a bit. Now waiting on a buyer is stressing me quite a bit. Damn I can’t wait for that chapter to be over. Thanks for following.....

    shellbackcva59.....Thanks !

    longhorn1.....I appreciate that JD.....

    ROKTAXI.....I won’t lie.....I liked that one too but I appreciate you pointing it out. Great place to hang out.....

    Mccaf.....the Alabama Hills are amazing. On the way north I slept there my first night on the road. In the morning when I lifted my eyes above the truck rails I thought good God this place is incredible.....I’ve got to return and explore.....

    And it was because I liked the Alabama Hills so much, that I decided to return south following in almost the exact same tracks as I took north. Driving north I was on a schedule but driving south I had time on my hands. We made a few stops in Oregon to walk in the forests and we had time for the dogs to get their swimming in.....



    The skies were perfect.....


    We no longer go from parking lot to parking lot.....


    We checked out Mono Lake from a viewing point high above the lake, just north of Bishop, California.....



    Then we parked along the lake’s edge with plans to reorganize the truck and the camper. But I moved on when I realized it cost $3 to park there.....I see no value there.....




    We moved further south and spent the afternoon in a KMart (yes they still exist) parking lot. I needed a place to unload all my gear and rearrange everything. The Bishop, California parking lot turned out to be perfect.....


    My plan was to camp near Bishop one night but I just wasn’t having any luck finding a spot. So we continued driving south, and really, all along, my mind was on returning to the Alabama Hills.....
    Last edited by JerryYukonMontana; 02-11-2018 at 04:56 AM.
    My profile picture is Montana (of JerryYukonMontana).....never have I had such a good friend in my life. He will be missed forever.....

  7. #1257
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    On The Road.....
    We arrived in the evening, darkness had not quite set in. So we had time to scout around and find ourselves a neat little spot near a large rock wall.....


    And soon the night sky was upon us.....


    As soon as the sun rose we were out in the rocks bouldering and hiking the day away. It’s just a phenomenal place.....put this one on your bucket list and you’ll thank me one day. There were two things, beyond the absolute beauty of the place, that stood out to was so still and quiet, and it was incredibly clean. I found one piece of trash. What a contrast it is.....Lake Mead and the trash that abounds there.....and here, where there seems to be none.....




    Lots of climbers hang out around here. Brings back memories of younger days.....




    This morning we were up early to watch the last sunrise.....


    On the way out I captured this last photo.....a happy good bye to the Alabama Hills.....

    Last edited by JerryYukonMontana; 02-11-2018 at 04:53 AM.
    My profile picture is Montana (of JerryYukonMontana).....never have I had such a good friend in my life. He will be missed forever.....

  8. #1258
    Congrats on the new truck and camper. Someone mentioned your emotion when discussing the Renegade, I could also tell you seemed unhappy with it. Glad you made the change, and bought a Ford to haul that camper, hope it treats you and the dogs well.

  9. #1259
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    On The Road.....
    jrod420.....Thanks.....I think it’s interesting that readers picked up on how disgruntled I was with that Renegade motor home since I did my best to mask it (I thought). One of my self imposed rules posting on Expedition Portal is to always keep my story and comments as positive as I can, whenever possible, as I don’t think anyone is interested in reading negative

    .....from the Alabama Hills we continued driving south towards the border of Mexico, with Joshua Tree National Park in our sights. We spent the night just outside the park boundary, and headed into the park the following morning. It would be my first trip into the park so it’s fair to say I was a bit excited. But with the dogs, we were only allowed to walk along the dirt roads and the dogs were always kept on leash, so that limited us quite a bit.....


    The park seemed like a nice place, but with the crowds I prefer something like the Alabama Hills. The plan was to spend a full day in the park, but a half day sufficed for us.....



    On the way out I made a quick stop at the south visitor center and saw this guy.....


    I don’t imagine that you’d know who that is, so here’s a front view I found on the internet and copied.....


    Yep, that’s John Boehner, Speaker of the House from 2011 to 2015. And what a nice guy he is. He hopped out of his SUV, grabbed a cigarette and came over and chatted for 5 or 10 minutes. Seems like such a normal guy.....

    Anyhow, after leaving the park, the GPS had me take a short cut from the park gate to Mecca, California where we drove through a pretty cool canyon.....



    We passed along the eastern shoreline of the Salton Sea.....


    Continuing south we made it to the Holtville Hot Springs in Southern California for a late evening wash / soak. It’d been 9 days without a shower so the hot spring’s shower was even better than I remembered from last year’s visit....


    Then we headed into the desert for some free camping on the BLM Land.....

    Last edited by JerryYukonMontana; 02-15-2018 at 01:03 AM.
    My profile picture is Montana (of JerryYukonMontana).....never have I had such a good friend in my life. He will be missed forever.....

  10. #1260
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    x4, I'm also glad to see you back! I really enjoyed the Alabama Hills, and Manzanar pics as I was there a few years ago on my way to Baja. And need to still finish my writeup. Its great to know what you like, and what works for you. If the system works, makes sense. I understand what you mean about the Earthroamer, that price is a killer. I was comparing them with the GXv versions, with prices and the ability to customise i like better. ( )
    which dont have some of the extra fluff the earthroamers do. However it's a one piece unit. The truck and camper though, you can always separate and upgrade individually which has its advantages. Im looking at the possibility of a major job change that could keep me on the road 6 months at a time, so i really appreciate the insight you have shared with your experiences. Thank you

    Happy Trails & Safe Travels
    Happy Trails & Safe Travels
    Freelance FireFighter & A-EMT Remote Medic,
    04, chevy 2500, flatbed, icon stage 2 suspension, chip,intake,4:88,rear locker

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