Alright! IO seems to be up and working again (the issues last night were due to a problem with the server that hosts IO), so I’m not going to bed until I get this post up.
I started a tradition a while back of taking pictures through Cas’ windows at the various places I camped to show what my home and office views are like. Up through 2015, these pictures totaled no more than maybe 12 a year, because much of my year was spent parked for months at a time at various work-camping gigs.
This year everything changed, and when I realized I had 18 pictures already by the start of June when I started editing them on Saturday, I realized I was going to have to split this into two parts. So here’s part 1, which starts at the beginning of the year with a mad dash of a few hundred miles out to Quartzsite, AZ to help give a seminar at the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous, I was about ten minutes late.
My very first boondocking site near Quartzsite at the RTR, taken on 1/9. Scoping out a site took so long, I had no clue what I was looking for, haha. But the effort paid off!
At the Quartzsite Xscapers Convergence on 1/17. Do you recognize this bus? It’s Cherie and Chris of Technomadia, who hosted an outdoor movie night one evening, what fun!
Saddle Mountain – a truly gorgeous boondocking area between Quartzsite and Phoenix. The quieter environment was much appreciated between rallies. Taken on 1/31
My third and final rally in Quartzsite (who says boondocking has to be a lonely experience?), this time it’s the Fiberglass RV meetup, I was RV #127 to show up – quite the crowd!
Arizona and sunsets just go together. Boondocking in Ehrenberg near the border with California on 2/10. Note: The Colorado river is extremely cold in February, even this far south with daytime temps in the 80’s.
My first entirely solo boondocking spot, did the research all by myself! This is Picketpost mountain east of Phoenix, not too bad huh? Taken 2/28.
The dry lake bed outside the north entrance to Joshua Tree park (near Joshua Tree, the town) may not be much to look at but the location is convenient and I witnessed one of the best sunsets of the year here, the photo that ended up as the cover of The Little Guide to Dreaming Big. This pic from inside was taken on 3/18.
The Acton KOA (in Acton, CA) was a bit pricey but the mountains are beautiful and the green-ness was a welcome change of pace, I also got to hike a tiny bit of the Pacific Crest Trail that goes through the campground! I was here for a “home” visit to qualify for adoption from a dog rescue I was interested in. Taken 4/12.
Spent two nights at Oak Flat campground by Castaic, CA. There were a lot of oak! The new grass growing rampant underneath them was pretty. Taken 4/13.
My campsite at Delta Bay Park and Marina had a pretty view of a little picnic area. Taken 5/6, I liked the effect the rain had on the window.
It probably sounds a lot like 2016 was a fantastic year for me from posts and photos I’ve published lately (and it was!) but while a lot of experiments this year panned out well, adopting a dog did not. I ended up transporting Jessica the Papillon mix from San Francisco to Los Angeles slowly over the course of nearly three weeks. One stop we made was Mt. Madonna County park – redwoods! Taken 5/8.
I boondocked at Sawtooth Canyon Campground in Lucerne Valley, CA on two separate occasions, once in April and once in May. This pic was from my second stay on 5/17. Natural rock window at my campsite!
I just, wow. The Alabama Hills in the Eastern Sierra are amazing. Red rock formations with snow-capped mountains behind. If you’ve never been, you need to boondock here! Here’s a little cave right outside my campsite, taken on 5/25.
McGee campground near Crowley Lake, CA is only $5 a night. Definitely worth it for this view. Taken 6/4.
Part 2 will come in January after the year is complete. Hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane!
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I’m not sure about Campbellsville and Murfreesboro, but Haslet campers finally have (optional) overtime this week! I’m working 52 hours (all in the stow department, as Inbound is where the overtime is at) so thank you for your patience as response times to comments, e-mails, and FB messages haven’t been as speedy.