October 25, Friday
After a fun couple weeks in the Salt Lake City area with Marshall and Kelly (there was even a trip to a trampoline park!), we part ways and I continue on my own south and east for another good Halloween weekend in Fruita, CO with a different group of camping friends. Shenanigans ensue.
There’s food, drinks, Halloween dress up, and even a little bit of mountain biking. This is the second time I’ve met up with these people for this event, and I’m glad I came.
And then… November.
My Patreon community has been in on this for a while now, but November was suppose to kick off a six week trip to Baja, Mexico with yet a different group of RVing friends. But it fell through due to mechanical difficulties with the organizer’s rig.
I was really looking forward to this trip, both for myself and for all the new content it would have given me for the blog and YouTube channel. Instead, I’ve found myself camping in the same old haunts I’ve spent every winter at since early 2016 when I started boondocking. Which means, no new locations to cover.
Which brings me to a serious question.
On my end, it feels redundant to talk about the same camping spot multiple times, I don’t want to bore you with repetition as I know your lives are just as busy as mine is. But I know some of you are newer and probably haven’t read those earlier articles, and others may enjoy the yearly refresher. Do you want to see new posts about places I’ve covered in previous years or no? Let me know in the comments below.
But moving on, November was quiet and nothing new, but otherwise pretty good.
I spent all of it camping alone, which is the first time I’ve spent this long a chunk of time traveling solo in quite a while! I love boondocking with my friends and getting together for hikes and trips into town and other fun, but I still also very much value my me time, just sitting in my big chair with a book and reading under a clear desert sky, and watching the shadows change on the mountains. It’s a slow life. It’s nothing glamorous. But I still just can’t get enough of it. Some people dread spending time alone with themselves, I rather like my own company.
I’ve seen some nice sunsets in November, reacquainted myself with the desert via frequent walks, and marveled at the peace and quiet that comes from camping solo in remote places. Of course it’s not always rainbows and roses on the road. I struggled to find good enough cell signal to get work done part of the month, had one of my shoes chewed up by a nocturnal critter (okay, that one was 100% my fault for leaving my shoes outside overnight, haha!), and had a couple rainy days that kept me cooped up inside when I’d have rather be wandering free. But all in all, a good enough month.
Probably the hardest part of November was the self criticism.
This is the time of year when my creativity ebbs and the motivation for creative projects is at it’s lowest. It would probably be diagnosed as Seasonal Affective Disorder if I went to a doctor, and it’s something I’ve had for years (here’s my write up about it from two years ago if you want to know more).
You see, at this point I’m very, very close to having Work-camping For A Living ready. The book is 100% written and edited. I’m working with someone in the industry now to get it formatted for kindle and paperback. I’m so close! And I really want it done, so I can share the wisdom from all those years I spent work-camping with all of you nomad hopefuls out there who are curious about work-camping as a way to fund your own RVing lifestyle. I know this guide is going to help a lot of people, and I’m very proud of it. But progress is slow, and I’ve been beating myself up about that a bit.
But it is coming! So thank you all for your patience and all I can say right now is, I’m doing the best I can. It’ll be ready when it’s ready, and I’ll keep chipping away at it as I’m able. 🙂
Which brings us to December.
Fall has ended and consistent cold weather is once more forcing us full-time road nomads to the warmer parts of the country where our paths are much more likely to cross. RVer social season is underway, and I’ve already met up with a couple of my RV friends, with more on the way. The month of quiet contemplation is over, now it’s time for a month of social abundance! What are your plans for December?
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