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…

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…

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…

On Being Yourself

August 1, 2017 | 75

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 | 30

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 | 12

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 | 27

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…

Quartzsite Part Two – Xscapers Convergence

January 27, 2017 | 20

On Tuesday the 17th I depart the RTR for another gathering taking place on the other side of town, the Xscapers Quartzsite Convergence. Xscapers is an extension of the Escapees RV Club that is aimed at working-age RVers. Membership in one gives you access to the other, they’re essentially the same thing – the ‘Xscapers’…

Social Time at the RTR

January 20, 2017 | 26

On the 8th, I take Julie back into Phoenix in the morning to drop her off at the airport. The sunrise as we’re getting ready to go is quite nice. We shower and have breakfast on the way. I leave her at Phoenix Sky Harbor with plenty of time to catch her flight, and I…

AAQ: On Boredom, Loneliness, and Names

December 4, 2016 | 22

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…

AAQ: Variety Show

November 26, 2016 | 21

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.…

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