The Element of Surprise

April 21, 2017 |

Some of my best memories as a nomad have come from experiencing things I had no notion existed ahead of time. My recent post about Tower Arch is a good example. Discovering there was a huge arch within walking distance of my camp was a joy. There’s something to be said for the element of…

Hitching up, Backing up, and Dumping

April 14, 2017 |

It’s funny how often the things that stress us most about a new a endeavor end up being so much easier than we imagined once the time actually comes. One of those classic ‘making a mountain out of a molehill’ scenarios. Learning how to hitch up, back up, and dump the waste tanks are three…

Slide Rock and 89A

March 23, 2017 |

March 21, Tuesday Seven miles north of Sedona on 89A lies Slide Rock State Park. It doesn’t look like much on a map, a short road with a parking lot and a couple buildings. When you see it in person though, the beautiful red rock walls of Oak Creek Canyon clue you in as to…

Record Keeping for a Blog

March 10, 2017 |

It’s tax season again, and on Wednesday I shaved an additional 15 minutes off of last year’s time for a new record of four hours, of which only an hour and a half was spent inputting numbers into TurboTax. The other two and a half hours was bookkeeping for IO, so that if I get…

Getting Dental Work Done in Los Algodones, Mexico

February 17, 2017 |

Every winter, thousands of people visit the small Mexican town of Los Algodones for what has been coined ‘medical tourism’, specifically dental care, eyeglasses, and medications. At about 1/3 the cost of dental care in the US, the price is right, but is the quality there? And what about safety concerns? On Tuesday the 7th…

2016 Amazon CamperForce Review

January 23, 2017 |

Want to know what the pay is really like for Amazon’s CamperForce program? I’ve sat down and done the math, and here are my numbers for the 2016 peak season at the Haslet site: Total weeks worked: 10 weeks, 6 days. Total hours worked: 442 Overtime hours worked: 18 Base pay: $11.50/hour Overtime pay: $17.25/hour…

2016 Full-time RVing Cost of Living & Income Report

January 16, 2017 |

Wondering how much it costs to live full-time on the road? You’ll quickly learn when researching this question that the number varies wildly from RVer to RVer. This can be frustrating because it makes it harder to narrow in on how much it’ll cost you. But another way to look at it is this: That…

AAQ: On Boredom, Loneliness, and Names

December 4, 2016 |

While working at Amazon this holiday season, I’m running a weekly “Ask A Question” post since I’m not sightseeing much and have limited time to write. Have a question you’d like answered? Read more about AAQ here. Jim asks the first question for today, which I’m summarizing a bit for the sake of brevity: As…

2017 Health Insurance Update

November 30, 2016 |

In 2015 I wrote a pretty lengthy article on South Dakota health insurance for pre-medicare RVers. You can review that article for the full story but here’s a recap: From 2012-2014 I had a low cost, high deductible plan that would cover me in case of emergency only, everything else I paid out of pocket.…

AAQ: Variety Show

November 26, 2016 |

While working at Amazon this holiday season, I’m running a weekly “Ask A Question” post since I’m not sightseeing much and have limited time to write. Have a question you’d like answered? Read more about AAQ here. Today I have answers to several shorter questions I’ve been asked lately. Are you ready? Here we go.…

Boondocking Review

November 5, 2016 |

While on the topic of experiments after the dehydrated food update, now feels like a good time to address the bigger experiment I did this year. As longtime readers know, this was the year I finally got solar power and a propane heater and tried boondocking. It was also the first year I didn’t work…

AAQ: Dehydrated Food Update

October 31, 2016 |

If you missed last week’s explanation about what this “Ask A Question” thing is about, you can find it here. For today’s question, Robin and Kate asked for an update on the dehydrated food experiment I first wrote about late in July. As a quick recap, I bought a box of dehydrated soups from an…

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