Alabama Hills Revisit and Website Upgrade

April 3, 2018 | 40

March 9, Friday Yesterday, our caravan of five left Keyesville Rec Area near Lake Isabella, CA and traveled up 395 to Lone Pine. By the time I arrived on the scene, a site had already been picked out and all I had to do was get level. The sun set shortly thereafter, so pictures had…

How to Have a Great Caravaning Experience

March 27, 2018 | 18

Those who’ve followed me a while know I’m a die-hard solo adventurer. For years I have enjoyed meeting up with other RVers at one location, and then happily moved off on my own again when I felt the itch to travel. So after the unofficial Xscapers meetup in Anza-Borrego State Park, my decision to caravan…

Haunted Roads, Snow, and Boulders

March 21, 2018 | 19

Last travelogue left off with our caravan of five solos staying at a Forest Service campground in the mountains near Castaic, CA not far from LA. We did some hiking, called the cops on our loud and intoxicated neighbor, and generally stayed inside during the cold weather and got work done. Feb 28, Wednesday Hanging…

That Time We Got Our Campground Neighbor Arrested

March 13, 2018 | 23

One other thing of note happened while our caravan of five was at Oak Flat Campground near Castaic, CA. We had to call the cops on one of our neighbors. The number one biggest reservation I hear from single women thinking of hitting the road is personal safety, And this incident was exactly in line…

From the Ocean to the Mountains

March 6, 2018 | 22

At the end of the last post, Kelly, Marshall, Michael, Joni, and I drove up the Pacific Coast Highway (hwy 1) from Santa Monica to Point Mugu State Park in Malibu, CA for a night. An expensive camping option, but one that gets us close to the ocean. Feb 22, Thursday This morning I awake…

Hiking and Driving

February 27, 2018 | 13

The middle of February finds me at Anza-Borrego State Park in southern California boondocking with several other Xscapers who are still in the area after the Annual Bash in Quartzsite last month. Feb 14, Wednesday It’s been far too long since my last good hike! In the afternoon, a group of us pile into vehicles…

Balancing Blogging and Travel

February 21, 2018 | 19

When I go to someplace I’ve never been before, lets say a new national park, there are always conflicting thoughts about how to document my experience there. If I take a lot of pictures and video, I’ve captured the moment to share with the internet. But because I’m focusing on how best to share the…

Anza-Borrego Calls

February 13, 2018 | 25

I stick around Winterhaven, CA on American Girl Mine Road (AGM) for a while after the Xscapers Annual Bash officially ends. On the 30th I take a walk and enjoy the super moon (no, I didn’t wake up to watch the lunar eclipse). It was pretty special to see it peek through the clouds while…

Reduce Your Mental Burden

February 8, 2018 | 22

Okay, so I’ve talked before on IO about the mental load that you carry from having a lot of material possessions, and that after downsizing, as painful as the process might be, everyone agrees that they feel freer and lighter. It turns out, this principle applies to more ephemeral burdens too. We carry a lot…

The Future of RVing

February 3, 2018 | 38

Recently, I received an e-mail from a reader that brought up a topic I haven’t addressed on IO before: the future of RVing. And I thought my opinion on the subject was something worth sharing, so here it is. More and more people are hitting the road – full-timers, part-timers, and vacationers. Making reservations in…

Xscapers Bash Part 2 and How to Make Friends on the Road

January 30, 2018 | 14

January 19 (continued) This year the Xscapers Annual Bash is set up differently than previous years. Instead of two weeks spent in Quartzsite, there’s a part 1 and part 2 to the event, with the first week being in Q, and the second week being down near Winterhaven, CA along American Girl Mine (AGM) Road…

Quartzsite 2018: RTR and Xscapers Annual Bash

January 26, 2018 | 15

January 11, Thursday Rubber Tramp Rendezvous (RTR) time! I depart Kofa Wildlife Refuge, AZ in the morning and make the short drive north to Quartzsite. Specifically, Scaddon Wash BLM area east of town. As usual, the RTR (hosted by Bob Wells of CheapRVLiving) has grown again this year, and I’m parked farther out so as to…

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