The Gila

Let’s get this straight right up front. There are no gila monsters in the Gila National Forest. Now we can all relax. After we drove around in a bunch of white sand, we headed west to Silver City, New Mexico. One thing we have found to be immensely helpful is to find the nearest ranger… Continue reading The Gila

Wild Camping

Real life, out in the wilderness camping. Some people call it “wild camping” or “boondocking.” The official US Forest Service term is “dispersed camping.” But it all means the same thing: camping no more than 300 feet from the side of the road in a National Forest or on BLM land. We headed to the… Continue reading Wild Camping

Marfa. Open Thursday through Sunday.

Oh, Marfa. Apparently you’re only open Thursday through Sunday. We got in to the Tumble In RV Park and went looking in town for a late lunch. Our choices were Dairy Queen and Stripes. Ain’t happening. We did some research and found Jett’s Grill at the Hotel Paisano opened at 5 so we hit the… Continue reading Marfa. Open Thursday through Sunday.


So we had a few days to kill before our campground reservations in Marfa. We backtracked north and headed to Lakeside Campground at Hords Creek Lake. Texas is full of dams, as it turns out. This Corps of Engineers managed lake supplies the drinking water for the tiny town of Coleman and surrounding area. We… Continue reading Backtracking

Davy, Davy Crockett!

Now THIS is a campground. Within Davy Crockett National Forest in East Texas is the Ratcliff Recreation Area. (There are neither rats nor cliffs. Ponder.) This place is only a 45-minute drive west of Angelina National Forest, and had we known how much nicer it was, we would have driven away from Caney Creek in… Continue reading Davy, Davy Crockett!