Boondocking

Boondocking

Boondocking is parking for free out in the boonies.

I had been nervous to just go somewhere and park. Lots of obvious reasons: number one on my list is that ever present desire to not get stuck. What if the roads are too narrow, what if I need to turn around?

Another hurdle is that this is Colorado, and everyone in their mother is here camping in the summer. It has been a bit of a hustle finding regular camping spots let alone a free one.

Even up until this week there were two nights I didn’t have a place to park for next weekend, and I have a show on Saturday – everything was booked. Finding a spot was mandatory, as I don’t want to leave the trailer without the truck somewhere out there. Thank goodness for RVParkReviews, I found a new (to me) local campground in Westminster. I don’t have high expectations for it to be gorgeous, but it’s a spot (and reasonably priced!).

Back to the boondocking. A few months back, I joined a site called Boondockers Welcome where people offer up their land for you to park on.

Boondocking. Middle of Nowhere!

So, I reached out to a user, Hatchet Jack (ominous? no.) to see if I could park during my show in Grand Lake, which I was going straight to from the trip back from Montana. I would need to park for 3-4 nights, and my motivation was that I didn’t really want to stay in the National Forest campground, Green Ridge, where I had parked in June. I was up til 1am with my neighbor running his generator. While a nice setting, I didn’t really feel the need to experience that again, and it was tight quarters.

Jack said that I was more than welcome to come and stay, and we coordinated his location and arrivals. He has 40 acres and a great place to park that has such a great view, private and perfect! I heard coyotes one night, and watched the sun rise the next morning. Tons of elbow room, just what I needed to recharge, not to mention the price.

I also got to really test out my solar panels, and all works well there. I was looking forward to using a new toy, the ChargeTech charging station. As you know, I am really starting at square one with how this trailer works. Despite having solar and a battery array, the damn plugs don’t work when boondocking. It’s a thing having to do with the voltage. One of the many things I wish I knew that ahead of time. And yes, I could get an inverter, and I just may do so, but I also really don’t need outlets except for 2 things: iPhone and MacBook Pro.

I opted for the battery pack, as it has a lot of charging power, it’s portable, so I can also use it at shows if needed, and it has a regular outlet on it. So if I am dying for toast, or want to plug in a string of lights for the booth, those are options.

I didn’t get to use that back up option though… it was delivered to my address, but was gone within 2 hours of delivery*. Thanks to Amazon, they refunded me and I purchased another, but it did not arrive in time for this experiment.

Today, I have rolled back in to Hatchet Jack’s spot for my second stay. I am setting up my booth for a show in Winter Park. As I determined, my gas money commuting to these shows is definitely less than a nights stay in a campground, and that commute is lovely! I will be trying out the battery pack tonight to charge the iPhone.

*What I eventually did find out was that at my address, a pair of newly weds scooped up my package, along with other wedding registry packages that were delivered, then they went on their honeymoon. It was returned 3 weeks later when they returned to find the mistake. Now I have two.

One thought on “Boondocking

  1. So awesome that people allow others to stay on their land, and want nothing in return but for them to clean up after themselves. So different from here!!

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