Today November 23 is the one month anniversary of me going full-time and living in the Arctic Fox. So I thought I would take this opportunity to take stock of the situation and see how things are going both good and bad. First of all I realize that one month is not a good indicator of the future. For instance it's hard to tell what the costs will be because I was still dealing with costs from my previous life, it's going to take a while to get those past costs out of my budget. Also there's a learning curve to this drastic change of lifestyle, for instance in the past I would go to a Walmart to buy some groceries and come out with $20 worth of groceries and $80 worth of snacks, I can no longer afford to do this.
So looking at this past month one of the things I've learned is to slow down, that's not as easy as it sounds because it's a habit to always think you need to be someplace else. If I went to a store I was in a hurry to get to the store, when I was in the store I was in a hurry to finish shopping and get back, and when I got back I was in a hurry to do something else. There was no reason for all the hurrying it was just a habit. I am slowing down but it's going to take a little time to learn to enjoy it.
I've been more lonely than I thought I was going to be which is strange because I've always considered myself a loner. But I found myself missing Colorado and my family there more than I thought I would. I haven't left Colorado forever in fact I'm going to spend my summers there so I thought this would feel more like being on vacation but so far it just feels like I don't have a home anymore.
So far my worst problem has been dealing with the Internet. The places I've been staying have had no Internet or marginal Internet so I've been having to use my phone as a hotspot to do things like post to my blog, and that sucks up gigabytes at an incredible rate. Trying to put videos on my blog is using up way more data than I thought it would and I had hoped that once my daily life had smoothed out I would be making a couple of videos a week for the blog but now I don't know how I can afford the data. I guess I'm going to have to learn more about finding free Wi-Fi.
I think the best thing so far is the freedom, I go to bed when I'm sleepy, I eat when I'm hungry, and what I'm tired of the scenery I hitch up and leave. I guess it doesn't get much better than that.
I walked around the neighborhood this morning and took a few pictures of the houses that people have built here at the escapees North Ranch RV park. And I finally noticed that there's something different here and that it's not a normal neighborhood, but it took me a while to figure out what that difference was. But looking at the pictures I took this morning finally made it clear.
RV parks have always been that way, you will have a million-dollar motorhome parked next to a $20,000 trailer. Because RV people have something in common that is more important than a person's income, for some it's the love of travel, or the ability to spend a few weeks in the most beautiful places in America or maybe as simple as following the sun and always being where its 70° most of the time. But for a lot of us I think it's as simple as enjoying a sense of freedom, the freedom to make everyday decisions based on what you would like to do instead of what you're supposed to do, the freedom to stay at an RV park and be around people or boondock out in the desert where you're all alone, and the freedom to go when you want to go. And I think it's those things that bind us all altogether
So whether you're staying temporarily at an RV park like I am, or living in a beautiful house with a motorhome parked in the driveway were all the same------ were Escapees.
I finished my second video this morning and I think it shows a great boondocking area. It's only
about 5 miles from town, there's plenty of room for a lot of RVs, I had good Verizon reception,
the roads are not a problem getting there, and it's clearly marked by the BLM as a camping area.
There were three or four RVs boondocking there when I got there, and as you can see in the
video there was plenty of room for more.