ProPride 6,000 Mile Update

The more I use this, the more I like it! Hitching up the trailer takes seconds, not minutes. But a while back I ran into a small problem.

Propride upper caps dented

ProPride hitch removed from the packing box

When I unpacked the hitch, the upper dust caps were dented. The dents didn’t affect the functionality of the hitch, and was really just a cosmetic issue. However, they caps really should have fitted a little more snug.

Eventually one fell off, lost in the wind while traveling.

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How I Save Time With Bloglovin’

bloglovin iconThis may not be news to you. There are websites and apps that can search blogs for new posts and notify you or simply assemble the unread new posts of your favorite blogs. Well it was a recent revelation to me.

I try to streamline everything in my life in an effort to save (not waste) time. Surfing the Web can be the largest black hole in the universe of time wasters. I mostly limit my Internet time to a few favorite blogs and occasionally visit one backpacking site and one camper trailer site.

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Backpacking 500 miles the Mojave Desert (part 5)

In November and December of 2000 I backpacked from my house in Palm Springs to Lake Mead and back.

Part 1 can be viewed here.

Part 2 can be viewed here.

Part 3 can be viewed here.

Part 4 can be viewed here.

Mojave 500 mile map

I purposely had a short day as I left the shore of Lake Mead. I needed to stop at the Alan Bible Visitor Center and research the next section of the hike. I would be heading south generally following the course of the Colorado River. My conundrum was whether to walk on the west of east side. I knew the Black Canyon Wilderness Area just below Hoover Dam was rugged and access to the river for water wouldn’t be worth the effort. So I had to walk around it.

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How To Hang Toilet Paper

I will be 65 years old in a few months, and apparently don’t know the proper way to hang a roll of toilet paper in the bathroom.

I was enlightened on the subject this past weekend on a camping trip. The source of this awakening wasn’t a roll of toilet paper, but a roll of paper towels. For years we have used a countertop paper towel holder in our campers, which made sense because our tent trailers didn’t have kitchen cabinets due to the fact the roof has to be lowered when traveling. Our current travel trailer has less counter space than our 2006 Niagara tent trailer did, so I suggested to Joyce we buy one of those holders that mount to the bottom of the kitchen cabinet. She agreed, but it took her several weeks to locate one that met her specifications, whatever those were. She did not entrust the paper towel rack procurement process to me, because she knows I would have gone on Amazon and bought the cheapest item available, via my thought process that cost triumphs aesthetics.

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The Digital Life: Music


Technology is changing our world at an alarming rate. But we don’t necessarily need to be alarmed. Like anything in life, change can be good or bad. Occasionally I write about technology, such as in my embracing technology post.

I decided to start posting anything technology related to a category named, The Digital Life. This will be the first one, an overview on how I am using technology with my enjoyment of music.

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Dometic Sunchaser Awning & Other Stuff

Dometic Sunchaser Awning

For us, a trailer awning is a critical piece of camping equipment. The awning extends your living space, or as it should, it limits the need to spend time inside the camper. When we are at camped, we spend most of our campsite time outside talking, cooking, working on a suntan (me), or just napping. If it is raining, you can sit under the awning staying dry and enjoying the percipitation, although the camping goal should be to spend most of the time hiking, biking, boating, or even fishing.

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Nomad Camp

It was a fabulous weekend.

Sunset in the Mountains

Sunset in the Mountains


Nomads move for various reasons. Pastoral nomads move their flocks for better range. Environmental nomads move for environmental reasons, usually for seasonal weather changes. For thousands of years, the native population of the desert where we live moved up canyons and into the surrounding mountains in the summer to avoid the heat.

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