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Happy New Year! 2021 and I’m still in the van…

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The van just turned 32! Fifteen years on-the road…

Born at the St. Louis Assembly Plant in Hazelwood, Missouri during the golden age of American manufacturing. Rocinante started it’s career as a working truck for a painting contractor. On a hot day you can still smell the paint. The painter was a gambler and he used the van to settle a gambling debt. The gambler was a drunk and banged it up a little bit. The next owner used it to take an auto body course and fixed it up pretty nice taking out the dents and putting on a fresh coat of paint. Rocinante is not only my van, but also my double: a little rusty, past its prime, and engaged in a task beyond its ability.

Snowstorm In Joshua Tree National Park!

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This video, shot by another visitor, shows the huge snow that fell in Joshua Tree NP on 12-26-2019. It looks like about one foot of snow fell in the Jumbo Rocks area. The snow has a different look than usual and makes the desert very beautiful.

I visited a couple of weeks later…

Van Dwelling in a Winter Storm

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Found myself laid off from work and homeless in winter. Made due by renting a storage unit backed my van into it every night and plugged in a space heater to keep warm. Ended up rigging up a shower in the storage unit, so got a warm sleep, got up took a hot shower and got out of there early to find places to go and to look for work. Ironically found work in the spring but if I kept living that life I’d have a lot of money put away.

Monument Valley

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Highway 163 in Utah toward Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Monument Valley has been featured in many forms of media since the 1930s. Director John Ford used the location for a number of his best-known films and thus, in the words of critic Keith Phipps, “its five square miles [13 square kilometers] have defined what decades of moviegoers think of when they imagine the American West.”

Yosemite National Park!

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Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, and biological diversity.

Locations in the video: Glacier Point (0:05), Washburn Point (0:31), Bridalveil Fall (0:37), Tunnel View (1:01), El Capitan (1:20), Mariposa Grove (1:45), Tuolumne Meadows (2:37), Tioga Lake (2:47), Lembert Dome (2:53), Tenaya Lake (2:58), Olmsted Point (3:16), Yosemite Falls (3:22), Vernal Fall (4:31), Nevada Fall (4:51), Half Dome (5:05), Mirror Lake (5:52), Sentinel Dome (6:03), Taft Point (6:32),

 

hiTekHOBO.com Durango Silverton No. 473

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Off the Grid in Slab City, California

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Visit Yellowstone… before it’s too late!

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An eruption of Yellowstone in our lifetimes would certainly put into perspective the comparatively meaningless political drivel that most people bicker about.

Get Out There!

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Freedomland USA

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The first time I sat in the driver’s seat was the classic car ride at Freedomland. There was a guide-rail underneath the car so you really weren’t driving, but any 7yr old could get the thrill of cruising down the highway without paying for gas. It was right then that I knew that someday I’d get the behind the wheel and drive until I found what I was looking for. Purpose, a new start, or a beautiful starry night.

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