My neighbor's wife is on a diet.... It seems to be working !
I don't think there will be any Halloweeners around here tonight, at least I hope not because I don't have any candy. Any candy I buy is promptly eaten up by me long before anyone else can have a chance at it.
It's been kind of cloudy around here for the last few days which is good because it kept the temperature down a little bit and more importantly pictures turn out better when there's some clouds in the sky. And like I've said before pretty sunrise and sunset pictures require not just clouds but clouds in the right location, And when everything comes together I believe Arizona sunsets are second to none.
I still don't know if I'm going to leave here before next weekend or not because now the weather forecast has a much less chance of rain Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. I don't know why I bother reading the weather forecast, it seems like it's only semi-accurate predicting tomorrow's weather and worthless predicting weather a week away.
When I do leave here I'm pretty sure I'm going to Ben Avery's gun range near Cave Creek, Arizona. It's one of my favorite places to be and has $10 a night boondocking. I'm sure there's cheaper places to stay in the area, but I can stay right across the street from the range with water, dump station, and dumpsters available. Plenty of shopping is only a couple of miles away, and with all of the big box hardware stores in the area, it's a good place to tackle any DIY trailer projects I may have.
This balloon woke me up at sunrise this morning flying over the Arctic Fox. It's amazing how noisy these things are at the crack of dawn when you're trying to sleep.
Since I couldn't make up my mind what I wanted to write about on my second anniversary of becoming a full-time RVer, I decided I would just write about some random thoughts on living the boondocking lifestyle.
First of all I thought it would be interesting to throw some numbers out here. I normally don't talk about what it cost to live the life I do because it's different for everybody. Very few of the costs that I have would be applicable to the way you live, and vice versa. But there is one cost that I keep up with that would apply to a lot of people that want to boondock, and that would be the cost of spending the night in your RV someplace. Sometimes it's going to be free, sometimes is going to be really cheap, and sometimes its going to cost you more than you would like to spend, and I try to keep those nights to a minimum.
The first year I started as a full timer, and that would be October 2015 I spent $2,800 total for the year on camping fees. And I believe that averages out to about $230 a month. That number is pretty high, but I was apparently in a learning phase because for the year 2017 [from October 2016 to October 2017] I spent $1,480 for the year, which averages out to about $124 a month. So If You 're going to be a boondocker It apparently takes a little time to learn the system and find out what works best for you.
FIVE OR SIX THINGS I WOULD NOT WANT TO BOONDOCK WITHOUT.
1- Solar panels and big batteries. To me this is the heart of staying happy and comfortable while boondocking.
2- A catalytic heater. Even though I try to stay in warm places. It still gets pretty chilly in the evenings and the mornings. The catalytic heater keeps the Arctic Fox warm without the noise and the wasted propane from the furnace.
3- A computer and a phone. Yes I know that's two things but they go together because I use the phone data for my Internet a lot of the time, without which I wouldn't be doing this blog, or have any communication with the real world.
4- My Fantastic fans. Even though I try to stay in cool places, sometimes it gets hot. And since I can't run my air conditioner while boondocking my Fantastic vent fans and my Fantastic floor fan keeps me comfortable.
5- My camera. I can't imagine staying in all the beautiful places I do without being able to take a picture. It would break my heart.
6- A gun. While boondocking your frequently on your own. There may be no one around to help you and you have to be responsible for your own safety. Having said that, of all the boondocking I've done, not just while full timing but for the 30 or 40 years of camping I did before that, I've never had to pull out my gun. I've never even felt the need to pull out my gun. But it's always been a comfort knowing it's there.
A FEW QUESTIONS I'VE BEEN ASKED ABOUT BOONDOCKING.
Have you been a boondocker all of your life? ---- Not yet.
Whats your favorite boondocking location? --- The next place I'm going to.
Do you ever get bored while boondocking? ---- No, it's not possible.
What do you do while boondocking?----- I mostly relax and try to remember what the rat race was like.
Do you ever get afraid while boondocking out in the middle of nowhere with all the weirdos running around?----No, not at all. Most of those weirdos are just other boondocker's.
What is the most important thing every boondocker should have? ...… Curiosity, a love of nature, and a lazy streak a mile wide.
What is the best kind of RV to use for boondocking? ...… The kind that you can afford.
Well that's about it, the only thing left to do is have my fulltimer second anniversary dinner and spend some time looking back in utter amazement at how fast time goes by when the stress, problems, and struggles of a normal life are finally behind you, and every new day brings peace, contentment, and the joy of a life being lived.
This is the road that runs by my boondocking location. I had planned on walking down the road to the bottom of the Canyon and taking some pictures of the Verdy River, but after looking down the steep winding road that seemed to go on forever, I decided I would do it tomorrow..... Or never
The Forest Service was doing a controlled burn in the area and this is what it looked like from my campsite.
I went into Cottonwood this morning and looked around. It's a nice little town that has about everything you need but not so big that its hard to drive around in.
I stopped at a Fry's grocery store and got some groceries, even though there was a Walmart right down the street. Walmarts always have pretty much the same things for sale so I figured that Fry's would give me something different to try.
I found a Mexican restaurant in town so I might just go there to celebrate my two-year full timing anniversary. It looked like a big nice place, which is kind of odd for a Mexican restaurant since a lot of them seem to be small family run establishments, and those kind seem to have the best food.
The temperatures have been getting up to the mid-80s the last two days, and I know that sounds hot but it's actually not. Right now the temperature in the Arctic Fox is 80 degrees and I have two vent fans running, a couple of windows on the shady side of the Arctic Fox open, and I'm perfectly comfortable. How can that be you ask?
It's the magic of single-digit humidity. There's not a drop of sweat on me, I'm not sticking to my chair, and my clothes aren't sticking to me. Low humidity is wonderful, it's the reason that I don't need an air conditioner when it's 90 degrees outside, and one of the reasons that the desert is so popular in the winter.
I went down to the Verde River to see what it looked like. It's pretty easy to spot water in Arizona, it's the only place that has decent sized trees near it.
The Verde is not a spectacular river, but it's all the rage around here. This area is kind of deserty and to have this much water running right through the middle of it is a big deal. And in case you're interested the water really is green.