We spent the last week boondocking outside of Grand Canyon National Park. We found a great free site about five miles from the entrance. The site was a little tight but we squeezed in and enjoyed a few glorious half days exploring the Grand Canyon and some pretty decent remote camping during an otherwise typical work week with questionable weather. We did however have great weather during a couple of trips in the park for some hiking and exploring. We did one with the dogs on the South Rim Trail and then a second hike down the South Kaibab Trail into the canyon a ways.
In the previous blog we introduced everyone to the two clubs that we joined that provide a network of locations that allow overnight RV parking at a business. Part one
goes into a little more detail of both programs. Upon leaving the second of two RV Golf Club overnights we still had a few nights to kill before our reservation at an RV park in the Bay Area. We decided to try out our Harvest Hosts
membership by staying at a few wineries. Per the policy of Harvest Hosts we are not going to publicly review each specific winery but rather share our overall experience and pictures in a general way. Once you join the club, which we highly recommend for RV'ers, there is a map/list with all of the actual locations across the country. You can research each one to read reviews from other members, what they offer, who to contact etc... This post will be more of a review of our experience with the program overall.
Our month at the spa in Desert Hot Springs
was up and I (Jeremy) had a golf vacation with family in Georgia coming up, but we already decided we were not going to take the RV all they way from our current location on the West Coast just for that. I booked a flight a while ago for the golf trip selecting the San Francisco airport because of frequent flyer flight ticket availability and because it was near where my brother and his family live. We decided that this was maybe a good place to leave Robin and the family of pets for a week while I go on a guy's vacation with my brother who would also be leaving his wife and kids for the trip.
About a week into our month of boondocking in the Arizona desert, I am quite certain that both of us at one time or another proclaimed "We are never paying to stay in an RV park ever again!" The freedom to spread out and live completely self contained and yet "off leash" was thrilling, ultra affordable, liberating and just plain fun. Continue reading
By far the most common question that we get as full-time RVer's is "What is your favorite place that you have been?". I know from other full timers that we are not the only ones that get this question and not the only ones that struggle with it. Our answer is usually something like "It is not one place or type of camping that we like the most but the variety of places that we get to live and diversity of experience that we like the most"
. Although that does exactly explain how we feel that answer usually seems to leave people a little disappointed. In this blog we will attempt to use "A Tale of Two Deserts" to better illustrate where we are coming from with this answer. Continue reading
Having recently completed our Solar RV upgrade
, we have just started spending considerable amounts of time unhooked or boondocking completely off grid. We can stock at least enough food and water to last about 7-10 days before we have to dump tanks, re-fill water and re-stock the fridge.
After having spent the better part of the last two years primarily in parks with at least partial hookups like electric and/or water, we had grown pretty accustomed to cooking and eating full, made-from-scratch (or mostly from scratch) meals right from the trailer. We are primarily plant based, whole food eaters that occasionally indulge in fish, seafood, eggs, dairy and potato chips. Meat however, has happily been off of our menu for a number of years and we don't miss it a bit. Continue reading
We spent the final two weeks of the year camping in Arizona in our newly solar powered home on wheels after having crisscrossed the country twice in a little over two years of mostly full time traveling. From Colorado to Florida to California to Maine and back again with a few stops inbetween it has been quite a journey. We spent some time this week reflecting on this strange and at times challenging lifestyle, what we have given up to maintain it, as well as what all it gives us back in return. Continue reading
We finally got around to completing the Solar portion of our RV power upgrade and it actually works! I have placed a dedicated page to cover this modification here.
This is the time of year that those of us who live the nomadic life begin to scurry around to prepare for winter. As the weather in the southeast began to deteriorate into a wet, chilly fall we found ourselves hightailing it westward. Continue reading
Although as I write, we again find ourselves immersed in a 72+ hour tropical depression, it is hard to complain considering our surroundings for the week.