Not having anything interesting to do today I decided to take a break from relaxing and gather up all my expenses from last year and find out what my full-time lifestyle has cost me. Not that it makes any difference in my life, I spend what I spend, and it is what it is, it would be more useful to know the number of brain cells I lost last year, at least that would explain why I can't remember what I spent any this money on without reading it off the spreadsheet.
CAMPING-- $1,700-- that sounds like a lot for someone that's supposed to boondock all the time, and that works out to a little less than five dollars a day. But remember I have a very loose definition of boondocking. To simplify my life I decided in the very beginning that anytime I'm not hooked up to any utilities I will call it boondocking even if I'm at an RV Park and paying money to stay there, if I'm not hooked up to anything by my definition I'm boondocking.
TRUCK--$1,784-- this includes insurance. I also had new brakes put on the back of the truck, and some other maintenance work done but my 2007 GMC 2500 Duramax 4 x 4 truck has about 180,000 miles on it, runs great, and still passes Denver's extremely strict pollution control laws.
GROCERIES-- $2,851-- that averages out to about eight bucks a day. But when I'm boondocking in my daughter's yard in Denver during the summer I frequently eat with the family, so my grocery bill in the summer is mostly for snacks.
EAT OUT-- $166-- as usual restaurants are going broke waiting for me to come in and eat, and if it wasn't for Popeyes red beans and rice I could probably cut that amount in half.
TRAILER-- $619-- I think most of that was me buying different rearview cameras trying to get the wireless cameras to work on the Arctic Fox, which never did but fortunately I kept them and put them on the little Bronco pop-up camper where they worked just fine. So I still prefer wired cameras for the Arctic Fox.
FUEL-- $2,152-- What can I say, diesel fuels expensive, and some of the little towns that I'm boondocked near charge more than the average for diesel fuel.
MISCELLANEOUS--$786-- I don't remember what any of this is, which is the reason I put it under miscellaneous because it was probably something I shouldn't have bought and I wanted to forget about it as quickly as possible.
PERSONAL-- $7,317-- most of this was when I got tired of shaving and had a full body hair removal done.... Noooo wait a minute, I remember now, I sobered up canceled the hair removal appointment and bought the little Bronco popup slide- in camper instead.
HOBBYS-- $1,051-- I'm not sure how I spent that much on my two hobby's, I take pictures, and I ride around on my little dirt bike. I don't know why those things should cost that much. Maybe I have another hobby I can't remember. Whatever it is it must be fun because it's costing me a lot of money.
UTILITIES-- $3,590-- this includes my storage room, propane, cell phone, Mifi, and any money I need to hide for tax purposes.
TOTAL-- $22,016 -- I guess that sounds pretty reasonable considering it includes buying a used slide in pop-up camper, 400 watts of solar panels and a 20 amp solar controller. I figure if I'm somewhere in the general area of $20,000 a year I'm doing okay, and since I live a very happy and comfortable life that amount appears to be enough.
Like I mentioned before Ajo Arizona is right on the border of an Air Force bombing range and every once in a while the A-10 Warthog's and F-16s fly around the area practicing their bombing runs. Their usually pretty far away so my pictures are shaky at best.
I still have pictures from the Arizona high school rodeo last weekend, this young man was in the roping competition.
These barrel racing horses are pretty high strung and sometimes they just refuse to participate.
This kids in trouble. The quickest way to get hurt riding a bull is to have your hand stuck in the bull rope, they don't call it a suicide wrap for nothing. He got out okay but every spectator holds their breath while this is going on
If you turn over a barrel your race is pretty much over.