Thanks to being small and highly mobile, I was able to find a little spot all to myself, in a very crowded boondocking area, that bigger RVs can't get to
I pulled into the Yuma VFW boondocking area at about 10 o'clock this morning, and it is the most crowded I've ever seen it. In fact, if you got rid of half these RVs, it would still be the most crowded I've ever seen.
I wonder what caused this? It could be the time of year, and folks are coming here to wait for the Big Show in Quartzsite. Possibly the place has become more popular for some reason. Many more people owning many more RVs would be a good guess. Or some boondocking areas closer to the Mexican border in Yuma may have been overrun with illegals, so boondockers had to come here.
Yuma is a very popular place for RVers. This time of year, it would be surprising to me if the RVers didn't easily outnumber the locals. The town is big enough that it has a Walmart, plenty of shopping, and some really huge RV parks that mostly cater to the 55 and over snowbirds. There used to be a great border crossing near Yuma called Los Algodones that I used to go to but now I feel it's too dangerous. And the Colorado River runs right through it. This is why Yuma is here; it was the safest place to cross the river.
I found an empty spot in the back of the boondocking area, but it could be better. I'm facing the wrong way, and huge trees behind me will block the sun at certain times of the day, so I'm wondering if my solar panels will like that. There are so many people packed in here, and I'm not seeing a lot of solar panels on these RVs, so I'll have to see if I can stand the racket from a bunch of noisy generators. I had planned on staying here a few days, but now I'm still determining if I will. But it's not a big deal; if the place bothers me, I'll hop in the truck and leave.
I believe anyone driving by would think that this is an RV Park, and I wouldn't blame them.
I can't believe so many people want to park awning to elbow while their boondocking, it doesn't make any sense to me. And a lot of these people aren't just spending a couple of days here, they've got all their stuff spread out like they're going to be here for a while.
But fortunately its not my job to make sense of anything anybody does, and we all want to live our lives the way we see fit.... And after all I can't be "holier than thou" since I'm staying here to.
I took this picture last night in Quartzsite showing a mom, dad, and there young son, sitting around the campfire boondocking in a van... It would be a better world if more families did this.