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Last night a ranch guest asked me “Are you still gypsying around?”  I said “Of course. Wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Need I say more?

The view from our RV in Lake City, Colorado

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Howdy workampers! We may need a hearty workamping couple for the summer season at Vickers Ranch in Lake City, Colorado. This is a paid opportunity with lots more bonuses like this:

The owners have asked Jim and I to assist in their search for a second couple they might need, to help out doing everything from:

Guest Relations

to Chopping Wood

Building Fences

to Maintaining Guest Cabins

Doing Laundry

to flipping burgers on Friday nights

and more!

It’s not the easiest work in the world and you must not be afraid to get your hands dirty. But the Vickers are amazing, wonderful people and we wouldn’t have gone back for the last six years in a row if we didn’t have a blast every summer! Read about our workamping seasons at Vickers, here.

Plus with scenery like this, what more can you ask for?

Interested? Contact us ASAP for details.

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Life is good, and warm. Last week we went from this 30 degree weather in South Park Colorado.

To the refuge of Southern Utah.
80 degrees and loving it.

and in the process of picking up stakes
from this isolated boondocking spot

We traversed across the Utah / Arizona border and saw
the horrific reality of what’s happened to the Colorado River.

As we headed to Las Vegas to play zombie for Jim’s birthday
I couldn’t help but wonder what Edward Abbey would think.

And on we roll . . .

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Last week after fleeing another snow storm at Jerry’s Acres and descending down into Fort Collins to say goodbye to friends and family, we woke up to this:

Unfortunately that morning we had a 9 AM appointment to get our trailer axles aligned. Little did we know how much dealing with three inches of snow on the RV rooftop would slow us down.

After breaking camp, the last task was to retract the slide. I pushed the button, but no luck. The slide rooftop was weighed down with heavy, wet snow that wouldn’t budge.

The clock was ticking, we had to get going. What did we do? Well, see for yourself:

Yes, that’s Jim standing on a crate placed on top of an icy picnic table. Not the smartest thing to do, but it was our only option. When brushing the snow with a broom didn’t help, he got out the hose and watered it down. Bingo! We were on our way and only 20 minutes late.

And now we know why so many RVers carry ladders!

With that learning experience behind us, we’re headed west to warmer places where we won’t be dealing with his kind of scenario for a long, long time. See you in the desert!

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Every year we push our luck here at Jerry’s Acres, until finally the view outside looks like this.

JerrysAcresOct2013

Obviously, this is a clear indication that it’s time to get moving.

Preparing to fly away for winter takes about two weeks. Our punch list looks like this:

  • Clean the RV
  • Pack the RV
  • Run errands in the big city (vet, doctor, grocery, etc.)
  • Perform last-minute honey-dos on the truck, rig & cabin
  • Get food out of the cabin kitchen, move it into RV
  • Finish critical business-related activities and meet deadlines, since when we get on the road we’ll be out of commission for a few days as we settle into our new routine.
  • Winterize all systems on the house
  • Shut down, batten down the hatches and get the hell out!

It’s a lot easier to do all of this drudgery when we’re not being pummeled by snow but I’m not sure we’ll have that kind of luck this year. Winter seems to have settled in.

We’ve got some axle work that needs to be done on the RV after we leave here, then that’s it, we’re on the road until who knows when.

Look out sunbelt states. The journey is about to commence.

Hope to see you there!

 

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