Life on the Open Road (April 2006 - May 2008)

The continuing saga of a single fulltime RVer who travels the western US. This is part one of my journey, from April 2006, when the blog started, to May 2008, when the blog continues at

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I have been a full-time RVer for 18 years, primarily "boondocking," camping free without hookups, in the Western US. I am connected electronically with the world via satellite TV, phone and internet. My batteries are charged solely by solar panels. I welcome your comments and emails.

Friday, June 02, 2006

City of Rocks National Reserve

This is a place we had never heard of, located WAY out in the middle of nowhere, near Almo, a little town in southern Idaho. It sounded interesting, so off we went, traveling 25 miles of dirt road to get there. There are lots of unusual rock formations, which make it a rock-climber’s paradise. Although the guy in the picture had a rope, we saw climbers go hundreds of feet straight up without any ropes or safety gear at all.

The California Trail cuts right through the park. Thousands of wagon trains passed through here on their way to California during the years of the gold rush. Although the ruts are pretty much gone, there is a rock here that is covered with the names of pioneers written in axle grease.


Blogger the peripatetic poodle said...

Almo, Idaho! Gosh, I went through there my freshman year and never saw the City of Rocks.

If your journeys take you near Boise, I recommend the old mining town of Silver City, thirty miles to the southwest. Back in '98, the road was too bad for trailers, but Diana's SUV could handle it. It's no Bisbee, but has its own charm: it just barely has a commercial pulse, and still has a few residents.

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