Barb’s trash can experience

Eyeing a narrow trail through the brush as a short cut to the trash bins, Vegas and I started trekking onward, when there was a rustling in the grass and a large brown snake came flying up and over the trail directly in front of us.  We both turned and ran as fast as possible back to the payment.  I thought maybe Vegas would resist me, but she was getting out of there faster than me.  We located the sidewalk a couple of rv pads down the way and walked safely with no incidents to the trash bins.  Located in the vicinity of the bins was a large colony of black-tailed prairie dogs, some standing up and chirping at us and other running as fast as possible into their holes.  Vegas wasn’t sure what to make of this.  We did not see any buffalo but maybe tomorrow, it looked like they hang out in that area often.

Caprock Canyons State Park

Vegas not on the sidewalk!

Vegas not on the sidewalk!

“Hay sierras debajo de los llanos” (there are mountains below the plains) was a common phrase used by early Mexican travelers who crossed through this area. We got here at 2:00 and the temperature was 101 so there is no hiking or biking the 25 miles of canyon trails. This afternoon it’s Netflix and Uverse but tomorrow morning we will be hiking with temperatures in the low 70’s.

This is the home of the official Texas State Bison heard. We saw a few when we cane in and I expect to see many more before we leave.


Maiden Voyage

The trip from Lordsburg New Mexico to Austin Texas was full of adventure. We stayed close to the US – Mexico border as much as possible and were amazed  at how many check-stations we had to go through.

We boon-docked the first night in Las Cruces  New Mexico at a rest area. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The next morning we were off to White Sands New Mexico.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Fort Davis was our next stop and my first experience with a macerator. A macerator is like a garbage disposal for your black water and gray water holding tanks. When you are ready to dump the macerator pumps the waste out for you.

The next night we stayed in Big Bend National Park and were able to camp in the Chisos Basin. The warning signs said no vehicles longer than 24 ft. but the Unity made it like a champ.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The next day we headed to Seminole Canyon State Park where we hiked the canyon. From Seminole we went to Concan on the Frio River. This area is known for tubing down the river.

Once we got to Austin we started equipping our Unity for the year-long journey across this nation.

A Taxing Situation

The sales tax on new vehicles  in Arizona is 8.25% but in Texas it is 6.25, since we live in Texas and like lower taxes we had the local dealer make an out of state delivery. This entailed having the dealers driver, drive our Unity to the New Mexico state line where we took delivery.



For one year Barbara, Vegas and Lonnie will travel this wonderful country in an RV called a Unity. This RV is made in Canada by Leisure Travel Vans and is highly sought after. The waiting period to purchase a new Unity is approximately eight months but from time to time they can be found at an RV show for immediate delivery. This is how we found ours and had to fly to Phoenix Arizona to take delivery.