Sunrise at my first boondocking spot at Santa Rosa State Park. This boondocking area is just a quarter-mile long, dead end dirt road with room to pull off and camp on either side. It has picnic tables back in the trees. And since there was only one other person there, it was very quiet and relaxing.
I moved to a new camping spot today; the boondocking spot I was in yesterday had almost no Internet and sometimes no phone service, and three solid days of rainy, cloudy weather with virtually no solar charging had pushed my batteries to the max. So instead of spending a day without electricity, I decided to pay the four dollars and get an electric site.
Ordinarily, I would've moved to some other place where it wasn't so cloudy, but since I'm returning to Denver. I've got a deadline of being where I need to be for the Memorial Day holidays, which traffic-wise starts on Friday the 26th, which means I've got to get back to Denver before that day.
I'm hoping to make some changes to my solar charging system so I don't run into this problem again, but I'm limited in what I can do about the problem based on numerous things, but mostly the amount of weight my truck can handle.
Having an electric plug-in is great since I haven't seen the sun in three days. But the price I'm paying is the crowds. It's a weekend, so the campground with hookups is full. But where I was yesterday and the day before was first come-first serve boondocking sites, and there was hardly anybody there... So yeah, I've got electricity now, but that electricity comes with many RVs blocking up the view. So I've gone from a view of nature to a view of neighbors, and I much prefer it the other way around.
This is the first come-first serve boondocking site where I spent one night with very little Internet and almost no phone. But there was plenty of nature to walk around in since the whole area was almost empty.
And this is where I am now, a normal site with electricity, and packed with people. Not much nature, but lots of humanity.
The line of little shelters you see is another first-come first-serve boondocking area. That's the dam in the background.
This beach bird is always hanging around the beach, probably trying to pick up chicks.