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.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

The Saga of Marshal South

We're off to climb Ghost Mountain to see the improbable homestead of Marshal and Tanya South. With us are Barbara and Ron.

The remains of their 16-year occupancy, which ended in 1948.

A cistern on the right, which we calculated to hold 500 gallons.

Randy looks down into history. Marshal South authored over 100 articles and poems for Desert Magazine during their time here.

A catch basin, one of several, carefully located to catch whatever rain fell, then transferred to the big cistern. Barbara thought it would make a great hot tub.

A trash pile - Randy says the bulk of the cans once contained condensed milk, beans and canned meat.

This nearby Agave, or Century plant caught Randy's interest. They grow for 20 years or so, then surge upward, seed, and die.

Many fantasize living a radical lifestyle. Here was a family that actually did it. Inspirational! For the full story, click here.


Anonymous roamingbarbara said...

Another interesting posting (although I think that's cheating to post the sign.) Great shots in iffy lighting. (And who is that bathing beauty) LOL

8:25 PM  
Anonymous Linda (cousin) said...

Very interesting. I read the whole story. Amazing but sad.

8:36 AM  
Blogger Desert Diva said...

What an amazing story - I love the "ruins" in the desert.

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Corrie Clay said...

I went and read the story too. How do you find all these interesting places?

6:55 PM  

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