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0524 2nd Mesa, Hopi Reservation, AZ

0524 2nd Mesa, Hopi Reservation, AZ

In the morning we arise and walk. There's a group of 3 wild dogs running around the campground. One older slow one. One middle aged friendly one. One young, very playful one. The young one and Sherman play a bit. If we were in a place Sherman could run, they'd have a...

0523 Canyon de Chelly National Monument, AZ

0523 Canyon de Chelly National Monument, AZ

We wake with first light, get up and walk to the end of the mesa we're camped on. Standing there surrounded on 300 degrees by river gorge walls leading down to the San Juan River. It's an amazing feeling, standing on a little rock point with half mile deep and...

0522 Goosenecks State Park, UT

0522 Goosenecks State Park, UT

We get up and walk the 2 miles into Painted Hand Pueblo. This is a site with many petrographs. While walking down the road I notice that Sherman is a little on edge. As we're walking I notice that the bushes growing along the road are mostly blocking his view of...

0521 Canyon of the Ancients, CO

0521 Canyon of the Ancients, CO

The trail and jeep roads are calling. We walk for an hour. Near the van I see a spine on the ground. As I look around I find another with ribs. Then another. Another. Four in total. One of them is laying in a large fur patch. I find a total of four of these also. I...

0520 Delores, CO

0520 Delores, CO

We get up, eat, walk, and go to the store/gas area to take a shower. First shower in a week. Though sponge baths work just fine for quite long stretches of time, standing in a hot shower is one of the miracles and pleasures of life!  i take a shower and find this sign...

0519 Mesa Verde, CO

0519 Mesa Verde, CO

It's a cold night. The thermometer says 34 degrees in the van. That means it's mid-20's outside. There's a breeze, so I start the van and turn on the heater. When the inside temp hits 50 I get dressed and we hop out -- leaving the van running -- to walk around the...

0518 Mesa Verde, CO

0518 Mesa Verde, CO

Last night as I was rearranging boxes in the van I had a flash on where my other winter jacket was. I was right. It was in the box with my pants and shirts. Song I don't have to be quite as layered to be warm. About this jacket before I came long trail last fall....

0517 Chaco Canyon, NM

0517 Chaco Canyon, NM

We get up and take a quick walk around our part of the campground looking for sites whose reservation list doesn't include tonite. I find this home right near our current site. I find the trail leading to Overlook Trail which goes along the canyon rim near the...

0516 Chaco Canyon, NM

0516 Chaco Canyon, NM

We awake early. Where we stayed... Not my typical forest... Go to Love's for coffee and wifi. I know I'm headed into an area where I'll have no signal, so want to download a few podcasts. I've been binge listening to "Philosophize This". The story of Philosophy from...

0515 Gallop, NM

0515 Gallop, NM

It was very windy all night, the gusts rocking the van. At 2 AM Sherman does his typical move from his blanket and curls up behind my knees. We wake up and I have to solve the morning pee logistics. If we just hop out of the van and pee like we usually do I'll have to...