My snow-covered boondocking spot next to my daughter's house.
It got down in the low 20s last night. I had my furnace set to 55° so the basement and the holding tanks wouldn't freeze. And I'm guessing that we got 3 or 4 inches of snow during the day, but it's been warm enough that it was melting before it piled up and hardly anything stuck to paved areas. So it wasn't much of a snow event but the temperatures were pretty hard to deal with since the highs for the day were below freezing, and I'm simply not used to that anymore, nor do I want to get used to it.
Sometimes it's good to get a reminder of why I'm living the way I'm living and not sitting in the same spot year after year, staring at the same view day after day, and having to deal with weather like this all the time. I know most people prefer to live that way, and I'm actually the odd one. There is no right and wrong way to live your life, traveling like I do works for me but for someone else it might be a miserable way to live.
If I had to name two things that I enjoy the most about my full-time life first would be the freedom, and second would be the challenges.
The freedom kind of speaks for itself with the obvious ability to come and go as I please. You see I'm not sitting here in Denver in the snow and the cold because I have to, I'm sitting here because I want to. I could've left Denver last month if I had wanted to, or I could sit here till Christmas if I want to, which I'm actually contemplating for next year, but I WANT to be here right now, despite the weather, and that's what makes me free.
The challenge of full-timing is a little harder to explain but I like to think of it as not being in a rut. When living in a rut I was able to go through the motions of living with hardly any thinking, just stay in the rut, follow it to the end of the day, and for the most part I'll have a day just like yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that.
That's the beauty of the rut, I can do it on autopilot, every day is just like the day before, and everything I do is the same thing I did yesterday, brain in neutral, put one foot in front of the other, and when I go to sleep at night and wake up in the morning my feet will hit the floor at the beginning of the rut that I will follow throughout the day.
Once I looked over the edge of my ever deepening rut I saw there was a better way to live, and to me boondocking was the way to get the most out of the full-time lifestyle I was learning to love.
RV Park full-timing has a lot of benefits which is why it attracts most RVers. But I find a lot of those benefits are not beneficial to me. They interfere with my ability to come and go as I please, the social aspects of an RV Park are of no use to me, I can't stick my camera out the door and take a picture, in less I want a picture of my neighbors RV, there expensive and getting more so, but most importantly it doesn't offer as many challenges as boondocking does, and the challenges are something that I enjoy.
To me being a full-timer and a boondocker is Is what makes my life so great. I don't know what I'm going to do from day to day, most of the time it's similar and mundane, but I never know. My life here in Denver is fairly predictable because I live in the same spot for the summer, but in the Winter living my life on the road is where I feel the most alive because I actually have to think, prepare, make decisions, and overcome challenges, and I believe it's overcoming those challenges that make me feel like I'm thriving instead of just existing.
Some of the flowers still look okay because they're frozen. By tomorrow they will all be laying on the ground.
These Roses hung around too long, And now there Summer's over.