So, here we sit at Basecamp, Florida and will remain here until we get everything ready for our next adventure. You can see the outside of Magic Van has changed, but there are also a few refits going on inside. I'll keep you posted!
Before After Thanks Guys!
This is a stock GMC Savana cargo van. We bought her to create a camper similar to our old VW camper. We spent time building the inside with cupboards to suit our needs and took a couple of shake down trips to see how we all performed. We decided that in order to really go for the type of camping lifestyle that we wanted we would need to convert her to a 4 wheel drive and add a few "finishing touches" to make her work for us. So, take a look at what our Magic Carpet Ride, Peace & Love, camper van has become. She has turned into a radical rock climbing, forest exploring, accident/injury deflecting Super Power! The only thing missing is the force field, but that's my job and you can bet she'll be 'protected' when I get through with her!
We took a road trip to El Cajon, California in order to deliver Magic to Weldtech Designs, who agreed to take on the challenge regarding the second stage of Magic's conversion from a sleek, but less capable ride, to a radical Warrior Princess of the road!
Jeremy, owner/designer of Weldtech Designs, is a very busy guy! We were thrilled when he agreed to take Magic on and convert her into this beautiful road warrior. As I said before, Weldtech Designs is in El Cajon, California, so it was a bit of a ride from our hometown of Fellsmere, Florida. But being the kind of road trip people that we are, we just packed up, grabbed the GPS, hopped into Magic, and took off! Onward, Magic, to your date with destiny and your transformation process.
What do you think? I'd love to see your comments, so feel free to post them below.
Peace & Love Friends,
Sharon and Philip
Love and Loss
It is with great sadness that I announce our sale of our beautiful sailboat and long time companion, Evergreen. She was a real friend and lover - taking us to great places and adventures over the Sea and sheltering us from the storms along the way.
Alas, we have to part with her. Keeping a boat such as this in retirement requires a higher income than we enjoy. So, we are selling her to someone who I know will be excited to have her and will hopefully love & enjoy her as much as we did - if that's possible!
While are very sad to see her go and our greater Sea adventures along with her, I would like to introduce Magic Van!
(Did you really think we were going to stay home and give up adventuring? Ha! Not a chance)!
Well, you don't know what we can find
Why don't you come with me little girl
On a magic carpet ride
You don't know what we can see
Why don't you tell your dreams to me...
Stay tuned for more great adventures with Magic and the Merliers,
or the Magic Merliers, if you will!
The Water Flows
It's sure been a long time since I posted here! No, Evergreen has not actually been shipwrecked thank the Goddess, but we have been seriously grounded for awhile.
We are experiencing the decade of our 60's and while we have always been relatively strong & healthy, we are human, physical, and vulnerable. We are currently caught in the net of this vulnerability and must address a health issue before can sail on. We are sad to miss our adventures through the cool Canadian waters this Summer, but a debt has been called in and we must now pay the fiddler to keep on dancing our dance of life.
Sometimes, life is a compromise, but don't despair! We hope to be back up and running soon, so while we may not see Evergreen, or some of our beloved Canadian friends this Summer, we hope to enjoy more adventures soon.
I'll keep you posted!
Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is located on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona. Antelope Canyon includes two separate, scenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as "Upper Antelope Canyon" or "The Crack"; and "Antelope Canyon" or "The Corkscrew".
The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tsé bighánílíní, which means "the place where water runs through rocks". Lower Antelope Canyon is Hazdistazí (advertised as "Hasdestwazi" by the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department), or "spiral rock arches". Both are located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation. (Wikipedia)
If you have never been here. folks, you want to put this on your 'bucket list'. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen!
The sandstone reflects the light according to the temperature of the rock creating the colors. The warmer temperatures are the yellow, orange and pinks The cooler rock is lavender, blue, and purple.
Come join me for a stroll through this most remarkable canyon. Click on the pictures to enlarge them. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did! Feel free to leave me a comment.
One of the most beautiful places I have ever been is Bryce Canyon, Utah. Come walk through the Queen's Garden with me, but remember to bring your imagination!
Did you know that rocks could talk? They sure can! They convey all kinds of information both geological and personal. Take a look at the pictures below to view two types of ancient rock language - petroglyphs and pictographs. These images are about 10,000 years old! They have survived the weather and time to give us clues to what the ancient people who made them might have been trying to say.
The first 6 images are reproductions and not the real thing. Petroglyphs were produced by etching. The ancient people who made them used rock tools made out of a harder rock than the sandstone upon which they were etching. The black substance that is on the rock walls upon which they etched is a type of lacquer that leaches from the sandstone during the natural weathering process over time. Pictographs were made from a paint that ancients produced from hematite. The iron in hematite is what makes the color red. I think it's amazing that so called 'primitive' people could produce a paint that has lasted for 10,000 years!
The Amazing Grand Canyon
We arrived at Grand Canyon National Park just in time! We spent two days touring around and enjoying the awesome views, but had to beat feet South to avoid a weather system that would dump very cold rain and snow! Back to the desert for awhile!
I welcome you to Travel along with the