JoDo Chasing Rainbows

100 miles finished!!!

I met my goal of 100 miles hiked on August 19. It felt like the last five miles were a struggle. I have finished that goal. My goal for the season is 150 miles. To meet the criteria you cannot count any of the walking you do for work. If that was the case, I would have it this goal by the end of June. Here is a sampling of my last hikes.

Fairy Fall and Imperial Geyser – Donna came with me for my second visit to this beautiful location. Total miles – 8.

Garnett Hill Loop. This is a trail in the Tower area. We got to walk along the river which was nice. This was 8.4 miles of pure beauty.

Clear and Ribbon Lake – I did this hike with our recreation department. I was the only person over 25 on this hike. We walked so fast that I thought I wanted to die. I took only three pictures for fear I would get behind. I love Clear Lake. I though Ribbon might be bigger but it was quite a disappointment. This was another hike where a bison made us go off trail through trees over logs. There are some really cool thermal features on this trail. We did 7.9 miles on this hike.

Biscuit and Mid Geyser Basin – Donna and I got up one morning real early to walk these two boardwalks. Normally it is so crowded we would not even try to get in the parking lot. It was a beautiful day. Enjoy the colored steam off Grand Prismatic. I have also added a picture from the overlook you can compare the two views.

North and South Rim of the Grand Canyon – these are not particularly long trails but they are very hilly. My knees let me know it was time for a break after I finished these two trails.

I am glad that I finished. I have received my certificate of achievement, t-shirt and 100 mile key chain. I get more swag once I hit 500 miles of hiking in the Yellowstone eco-system. It’s always good to have goals…

RV Maintenance

I have concentrated on all the fun stuff we have being doing for the last four months. Since we live in a rolling home we have to take care to make sure Sweet Georgia Brown will continue to work properly once we start traveling again at the end of September.

We do our best to keep our RV in tip top shape. Here is the list of monthly maintenance

  • Check tires. We keep our tires covered when we sit more than fours in a row. Donna checks the tread and air pressure. We have a RVAIR air compressor so that we can add air whenever is needed.
  • Check the undercarriage to make sure no fluids are leaking.
  • Check the house batteries.
  • Run the generator with a load. Your generator needs to be exercised because it uses the gas from your engine. It will become gummed up if not exercised.
  • Run the RV engine. We added fuel stabilizer back in May since she isn’t being driven. We want to keep everything moving so that we don’t have issues.
  • Check entry points for rodent intrusion. We have lots of chipmunks, squirrels and mice around. We have added steel wool to places we think are possible entry areas into the basement area of the coach. Each month we check those entrances and other places where a rodent might want to take a ride.
  • The slide gets lubed one per month and the slide topper is cleaned of any debris.
  • The awning is opened and closed. This is when we do arm maintenance. It is too windy for us to leave the awning out for long periods of time. Since we have a 19 foot electric arm awning we need to make sure the motor on the awning stays in tip top shape.
  • The basements locks get oiled once per month.
  • Lastly, the outside water filter gets changed every 90 days.

This has been our routine since we got here. We are looking forward to seeing trusted mechanics when we head to Georgia for a visit next month. That’s when we will know if our preventive outside maintenance is working.

Fairy Falls Trail

One of the most popular hikes in Yellowstone is the Fairy Falls trail. It is a little over 5 miles if you just got to the falls. If you add Imperial Geyser it is about 7 miles round trip. I have been out there twice. The first time by myself and the second with Donna once I let her know that it is a almost completely flat trail.

I want out there alone to get more miles for the 100 miles club. This trail has so many folks on it you can hike alone. You really won’t be alone. There was a person within 10 feet of me the entire hike. I think this is so popular because the beginning of this trail has the overlook to Grand Prismatic which is the Mid Geyser Basin region. You can also bike part of this trail. It is also very family friendly since it is flat. I highly recommend going the extra 3/4 miles to Imperial Geyser. There is a pool, geyser and mud pots back there. It is extra cool to be in that area.

My first time to the falls:

My second time to the falls:

Update on 100 mile hiking club

I try to hike at least once per week. I am making progress on my 100 miles. It is hard though because it is not wise to hike alone at Yellowstone. There are only a few places where I can go alone. I have not met that many folks who want to hike as many miles as me. That being said, I am almost half way to 100 miles. By time this posts I should be closer to 90 miles.

Here is a sampling of where I have been since my last post. Slough Creek – 10.2 miles to a back country camp site.

This was a great hike. I signed up for this hike through our recreation department. It was me, Katie and three gentlemen from Lithuania. They were so funny. There humor was so dry that I got a cough by the end of that hike. Great view. Wonderful animal sightings. As with any hike in Yellowstone, it started with a long uphill climb. I am glad that I did not know how long it was uphill because I would have probably skipped the hike.

Natural Bridge – 3.19 miles on mostly flat surfaces

Natural Bridge trail is right next to our campground. We were waiting for a really nice day to due this hike. It was so nice that I think I might do this one every day. There were so many folks on the trail that I could easily do this one alone. We were never out of sight of people.

I know that I will make my 100 miles before September. More to come…