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PNWY.....so you're back from your trip to South America I assume ? Hopefully all went well.....I'm looking forward to reading your trip report and seeing some pictures.....

So we finally left Las Vegas and began our push further south, but our next stop wasn't really far enough south to make any real difference in those daytime temperatures unfortunately.....but it was good to leave the big city. As we drove south we stopped briefly at a scenic viewpoint along the highway to gaze out over Lake Mead and Hoover Dam.....

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I have no idea the number of times I've passed this way in years past, but I swear that Lake Mead always seems to be half full (or empty).....

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We crossed the Colorado River, left Nevada behind us and entered into Arizona, and I'd guess maybe eight miles beyond the river crossing and Hoover Dam, we pulled into the parking lot for the Arizona Hot Springs Trailhead. This trailhead parking lot would be our home for the next few days and nights.....

The 6.5 mile roundtrip hike down to the hot springs begins in a wide open desert wash, but it quickly changes as you descend into the wash toward the hot springs and the Colorado River, and the trail enters into a beautiful slot canyon.....

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I'd guess the canyon walls reached up at least several hundred feet. It was great.....

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After descending approximately 800 vertical feet, the slot canyon ended near the shores of the Colorado River. The icy waters of the Colorado River were crystal clear and it was a truly magnificent sight for the eyes.....

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The trail then meandered along the river shoreline and after maybe ten minutes hiking downstream along the river, the trail turned up into yet another slot canyon, and made its way to the hot springs. Just before reaching the hot springs I had to climb this iron ladder.....

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And then there were the steaming hot pools and it was paradise.....

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It's a long hike just to soak in some hot springs.....but I love to walk / hike, so really it was just no big deal for me and well worth the effort. I did the hike several times.....

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And it felt so damn good soaking in that water.....

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Jerry, I really enjoy following along. Some places I have visited, others I haven't. My list of spots to visit/revisit continues to grow.

Merry Christmas and many happy travels in the coming year.

Jack
 
Ace.....I didn't take the dogs down to the hot springs because the waters have Naegleria Fowleri in it and I wasn't sure how that might affect the dogs or if it does affect dogs and I wasn't willing to risk it. But they did get some good hiking in while we were there (as you will see).....

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Bluedog225.....thanks so much. Regarding your question, this current trip started October 12, 2017 so I'm just getting into the 15th month (if that's what you're referring to ?). I started the truck camper traveling July, 2005 but I've never done a trip lasting this long. This one has gotten out of hand ! Thanks for following along.....

JD.....thanks. Not sure where I'll be for the holiday week.....possibly (and hopefully) Mexico. Hope you have a great holiday as well.....

Jack.....thanks so much for taking the time to post up. I sure do appreciate that. I'm revisiting a lot of places on this trip and it's been interesting for me since I don't think I've ever traveled so slowly and I'm seeing so much more by traveling this way..... happy holidays.....


Of course I once again felt horrible leaving the dogs behind in the camper while I hiked in the mountains, and then soaked in the hot springs, so the three of us took a hike to the Liberty Bell Arch, and then beyond.....

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Starting from the same trailhead as the hot springs, we hiked several miles going up (as opposed to down for the hot springs) into the mountains.....

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It was such a contrast from hiking into the slot canyons where my views were totally obstructed. Now we had totally unobstructed views for miles and miles.....

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After several miles of hiking we approached the Liberty Bell Arch.....

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It was pretty cool but honestly I wasn't super impressed.....

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Another mile of hiking beyond the Liberty Bell Arch took us to Colorado Overlook.....and I loved it here.....

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And I even think that the dogs loved it here. We just sat there up high on those cliffs, overlooking the Colorado River, and gazed out into the mountains. Once again.....magical.....all alone in our thoughts.....and I like that.....

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The weather has been unsettled lately.....and as you well know that usually makes for a colorful sunset......

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This too was a good place.....then we continued south.....
 
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Ace Brown

Adventurer, Overland Certified OC0019
If you’re going into Baja I’ll be watching for you. I’m crossing at Mexicali East on December 27. First stop Pete’s Camp that afternoon.


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ITTOG

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Jerry I am so glad you have been on the road for 15 months. I greatly enjoy your photos and commentary. But I do hope you enjoy it as much today as when you started. I look forward to my phone notifying me of your updates. I think I am living vicariously through your travels.

I hope you and the dogs have a Merry Christmas.

PS don't forget to post,

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Ace.....I've kind of stalled here in the deserts of northern Arizona but I'm certainly headed towards Mexico. I recently read online that all of Mexico has ULSD available and that's been one of my major sticking points with crossing the southern border. Will you be posting an ongoing trip report ? I'll hope to meet you and your gang along the way.....

ITTOG.....thanks for following along. I plan to continue posting up so long as I'm living the life on the road. Small correction.....I'm actually 14 months and 5 days traveling.....not quite 15 months. Regarding your question about my contentment with travel.....I love it as much as I ever have. But I am tired.....


From the hot springs, we jumped back onto Highway 95 and drove south until we connected with Interstate 40, then drove east a few short miles and stopped in Kingman, Arizona. The main reason for a stop here was to load up the propane tanks. Propane in Nevada is nearly double in price than it is Arizona.....I have no idea why. We stayed in Kingman, Arizona for a few nights, then we were back on the interstate, drove west this time, and then back onto Highway 95 south. Driving south on Highway 95 I saw a spot in the desert with about a dozen RVs so I pulled in and we spent 4 nights hanging out and making a few new friends here.....

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The days were spent visiting, reading or walking the back roads and exploring the desert.....

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One cloudy afternoon this guy flying high in the sky passed us by.....

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And this little guy flew into the camper. For the life of me I just couldn't figure out what the orange growths were on his tiny rear legs.....

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We had a great spot in the desert to call our temporary home.....

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With time on my hands I decided this area could use a little cleanup.....it's been quite awhile since I lent a hand to Mother Nature. We hauled out 45 pounds of trash.....

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The weather continues to be unsettled.....

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So most evenings ended with a nice sunset.....

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The desert is good.....but I'm missing the forests and mountains, the lakes and rivers, all of Montana really, and find myself counting the days to return north.....

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Slowly we're moving south.....
 
Jerry, Anytime someone mentions Kingman i am reminded of the rail car explosion. Something most HAz-Mat certified, and fire fighters study when getting certifications. So much was learned, but at a great cost.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingman_explosion


Yes I made it back, and am getting my travel thread updated-just not as fast as I would like. But am hoping to get it caught up this week. I did daily updates on my social media, so that will help with the thread on here, as I can copy and paste and fill in the detail. I sure enjoyed my time in BAJA, we were all in gas vehicles, but i remember diesel being at the majority of the Pem ex stations.
 

ITTOG

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Jerry, Anytime someone mentions Kingman i am reminded of the rail car explosion. Something most HAz-Mat certified, and fire fighters study when getting certifications. So much was learned, but at a great cost.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingman_explosion


Yes I made it back, and am getting my travel thread updated-just not as fast as I would like. But am hoping to get it caught up this week. I did daily updates on my social media, so that will help with the thread on here, as I can copy and paste and fill in the detail. I sure enjoyed my time in BAJA, we were all in gas vehicles, but i remember diesel being at the majority of the Pem ex stations.
I am a chemical engineer and Kingman is used for training and safety topics at chemical plants as well. What happened was not a surprise as it was known this could happen. If I remember correctly the final report indicated the plant safety didn't notify the fire department. Very sad and preventable.

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Yeah, BLEVE was known about, and even documented. Not enough water, quick enough keep the train car cooled. I think thats what sticks with me as a firefighter. They had water on it, but nearly enough. Sometimes you just need to do the math, and more is better.
 
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