Mike & Lois

Meandering in Milo and Mazie

Mike & Lois

We are native Ohioans. We retired in 2022, sold our home, and bought a motorhome that we live and travel in full time. Milo, our 2009 Tiffin Phaeton 36 QSH and Mazie, our 2020 Jeep Wrangler Willys help us meander the US looking for adventure and meeting people along the way.

North America » United States » Arizona » Quartzsite December 25th 2022

We enjoyed a potluck and campfire on Christmas Eve with many new friends. There was even an outdoor Christmas tree! Patti & Karl coordinated the group gathering with friends here at La Posa South and some that stay in resorts in town. There was plenty of food and fellowship. Nice to be around so many friendly nomads as we spent a holiday away from family. Lois decorated the RV indoors with festive pine garlands, string lights and ornaments. On Christmas day, Patti, Karl, Stacey, & Walt joined us in Milo for a Christmas dinner of beef tenderloin with trimmings.... read more
Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve Campfire
Christmas Eve Sunset

North America » United States » Arizona » Quartzsite December 23rd 2022

Our campsite for the winter was at La Posa South BLM (Bureau of Land Management) just south of Quartzsite. We joined Patti & Karl, Stacey & Walt, Moira & Chuck, and Kimberly & David in a great site that backed up to a wash (a dry creek, most of the time). The site is about a mile and a half from the BLM entrance.BLM land is boondocking; there is no electricity available and water is centrally located. We get electricity from our solar panels (mostly) or our on-board generator feeding our lithium batteries. We fill 5 gallon jugs with water and pump it into our fresh water tank. Mike installed a propane adapter on the RV, so we can hook up a seven gallon portable LP tank. We bought a 36-gallon "honey wagon" to empty our ... read more
Solar Panels Raised

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson December 19th 2022

Our next stop was Tombstone Territories RV Resort located southeast of Tucson. We visited nearby Tombstone- walkiing the boardwalk streets and watching a re-enactment of the Shoot-out at the OK Corral. Mike found a new belt buckle in one of the Tombstone gift shops. Lois picked up postcards and we bought some pecans and pistachios at a farm in Benson. The next day we drove into Saguaro National Park East. The Visitor Center movie was interesting and worth sitting through. We drove the 8-mile one-way loop with great overlooks and stopped to hike part of the Mica & Cactus Forest Trails. It was like being on another planet.... read more
Rincon Mountains
Rincon Mountains

North America » United States » New Mexico » Deming December 18th 2022

The drive to our next destination was very scenic with snow-covered mountains surrounding us. We passed through the White Sands area and Las Cruces to arrive at the Stagecoach RV Ranch. We played pool in the cinder-block clubhouse and enjoyed a beautiful sunset behind the mountains.... read more
Taste of winter

North America » United States » New Mexico » Roswell December 16th 2022

Our trip west would not have been complete without a stop in Roswell. We camped at the Trailer Village RV Park on the edge of town. The International UFO Museum & Research Center endeavors to be the leading information source in history, science, and research about UFO events worldwide. There is a large display of information and visual formats related to the 1947 Roswell Incident and other unexplained phenomena related to UFO research . The truth is out there in the desert! The best part of the trip was the awesome t-shirt Mike got in the museum gift shop; picture an alien with rainbow dreadlocks (he couldn't resist).... read more
New Friends
They are everywhere!

North America » United States » Texas » Lubbock December 15th 2022

We enjoyed the chance to see a nephew, Josh and his daughter, Emily in Lubbock. They took us to Rudy's for BBQ and taught us some new board games. We stayed at Loop 289 RV Park. It was a nice level site and we got caught up on laundry. We were able to refuel the RV at a truck stop in town.... read more
Loop 289 RV Park
Rudy' s BBQ

North America » United States » Texas » Canyon December 11th 2022

It had been 19 years since we last visited awe-inspiring Palo Duro Canyon. Lois drove the RV down the often steep switchback road to the Juniper Campground, about 6 miles into the park. The first day we hiked the Riverside and Cliffside Juniper trails, which included a side trek to a large crevice up a boulder-strewn path. The next day we made the rigorous 6-mile hike up to the Lighthouse rock formation. The last 30 or so yards was very steep with a sheer drop-off on the last turn. Mike was encouraged to crawl across this section by a fellow hiker from Columbia, South America. Definitely out of Mike's comfort zone! The following day we went into Amarillo for a workout at Planet Fitness, lunch at the Big Texan steakhouse, and a short drive on Rt. ... read more
Interpretive Center
Topside view

North America » United States » Texas » Shamrock December 10th 2022

We love driving on historic Rt. 66 whenever we have the opportunity. This campground, Texas Rt 66 RV Park, is right on that historic road. Crystal and her husband drove through 4 years ago and bought it. There are two tornado storm shelters buried in the ground in the centerof the sites with room about 10 people to wait out a storm. The gift shop in the office had some reasonably priced souvenirs and camping basics. The nearby town of Shamrock has a preserved old-time Conoco gas station.... read more
Conoco Station

North America » United States » Oklahoma December 9th 2022

Another day, another state, Oklahoma, just east of Oklahoma City. The Wes Watkins Reservoir had concrete picnic tables and an unusual 23mph speed limit. It is a first come, first serve (no reservations) campground, but we had no trouble securing a site. The nearby city of Shawnee offered a Planet Fitness for a workout and a carwash for Mazie, our Jeep.... read more
Concrete picnic table

North America » United States » Arkansas » Ozark December 8th 2022

The Aux Arc COE was another gem campground right on the Arkansas River. Our campsite was paved asphalt with an adjoining parking space for our Jeep. It included a sheltered aluminum picnic table and a fire ring. We walked over to the nearby river locks and watched boats pass through.... read more
Qzark-Jeta Taylor Lock and Dam

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