Alabama Hills Revisit and Website Upgrade

April 3, 2018 |

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 |

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 |

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…

From the Ocean to the Mountains

March 6, 2018 |

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 |

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…

Anza-Borrego Calls

February 13, 2018 |

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…

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

January 30, 2018 |

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 |

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…

On Being Yourself

August 1, 2017 |

We all have days where we lose, and days where we win. When we lose, it’s acceptable to commiserate and seek emotional support from our friends and family. But when we win, it’s a different story. We can announce our success, but can’t celebrate too loudly or for too long or it’s seen as bragging.…

Water and Fire

July 18, 2017 |

This is part three of a travelogue on my trip to Lasqueti, BC. If you haven’t read part 1 and part 2 yet, go back and start there! July 4, Tuesday Of course, no island adventure would be complete without a trip to the beach. The Pacific is not known for being warm, but with…

Goodbye Slabs, Hello Open Spaces

February 7, 2017 |

January 30, Monday Things have been going well in Slab City, CA. Today’s little field trip is out to the water tank near Salvation Mountain. An artist has drawn a self-portrait on the tank and some of the other concrete surfaces and it’s really well done. There’s graffiti tags all over too. These people have…

Slab City, CA

January 31, 2017 |

January 27, Friday This morning I achieve another first on the road: I leave camp before sunrise. Those of you who follow IO regularly will know how monumental of an achievement that is, usually I’m lucky to be taking off by 10 am. This startling occurrence is the product of both forethought and luck. I’d…

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