Checkin up on Zeke

One of the main catalysts for Rolling With Grass is our Zeke. In May of this year he was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer. Kate and I had discussed selling everything and going Fulltime RV but that was on a 3 year plan. Once the diagnosis came in Kate asked if Sept 1st would work and I said yes, so did Zeke.

Zeke did a few treatments of Chemo for the cancer and went into remission for a few weeks. Then it came back and a few more treatments later the lymph nodes were no longer receding. This was around early August so we decided to forgo additional Chemo and give him prednazone and see how long he could stick it out.

That was six weeks ago. Yesterday Zeke got a little sick so we went to a local vet this morning to do a check up. He stopped being sick last night and was eating this morning so we were a little relived. At the vet they did a blood test and everything looked pretty good other than the cancer part.

The good news is that he is doing well and still waggin his tail. We are just gonna ride this puppy out (see what I did there) and keep on keepin on.

First planned stay: El Malpais National Conservation Area

I know this is a pretty microscopic view of our extended road trip but thats the ADD kicking in. We determined on the last trip that the maximum distance to be driven in one day is 300 miles. At a 50MPH averages which includes stops for fuel and bathroom and lunch means thats 6 hours of driving in one day, which is almost a full time job. The other requirment is that we have decent cell coverage for the Verizon hotspot. As long as I have Verizon LTE access I can do streaming video and generally at better quality than a business Cox cable connection gets.

El Malpais National Conservation Area

Based on that self imposed sanity clause and leaving from somewhere near Flagstaff on Sept 1st towards Fort Collins, CO we have determined that the Joe Skeen campground in the El Malpais National Conservation Area is going to be our first location. At 261 miles we are well within our distance requirement and it looks to be a pretty awesome campsite for FREE with some decent cell phone reception so work will be happening.

Google Map view of the first day of driving:

Great writeup on staying at Joe Skeen campground in El Malpais Conservation Area

Fun blog from Me and My Dog on staying at el malpais national conservation area.

For More Information, Contact:

Paul Yoder
PYoder@BLM.gov
http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/recreation/rio_puerco/el_malpais.html
PO Box 846, Grants, NM 87020
505.280.2918 (Ranger St. 9a-4p)