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6 days of boondocking bliss in the Arizona wilderness

A few weeks back I wrote about the 10 elements to the perfect boondocking campsite.  At the end of that article I mentioned that we rarely find spots with all 10 items on our wish list.  Well, a few weeks back, we hit the boondocking lottery with this one.  It took...

Safford, AZ BLM Camping

Safford wasn't our next destination but it was an easy overnight stop to break up our drive.  The silence, wide open space and lack of neighbors was a welcome change from our week in Phoenix.  It was such a welcome change that we weren't in a hurry to get back on the...

RV Camping Gear Guide: Boondocking Favorites

I'm beginning to think I love sharing our gear with you guys as much as Mark loves sourcing it.  What happens is, he thoughtfully researches every purchase (something he is really good at and I am not) then I get to use or benefit from said purchases.  THEN...he...

Usery Mountain Regional Park: pretty but prickly

We kicked off the first week of 2018 at Usery Mountain Regional Park outside of Phoenix, AZ.  By the end of our six days there, we had a pretty long list of pros and cons regarding this campground.  While absolutely beautiful (see photos below), we'd found ourselves...

10 elements to the perfect boondocking campsite

Our first few months of living on the road has been divided between campgrounds and boondocking.  We thought a week boondocking with limited resources followed by a week at a campground with amenities would be a nice balance.  While it's been working out great, we're...

Hello 2018: Boondocking outside Sedona, AZ

We were craving some privacy and wilderness so it was time to move on from Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood.  However, we weren't ready to say goodbye to the area so we simply set out to nearby Coconino National Forest.  I have no doubt the Sedona/Cottonwood...

RV Camping Gear Guide: Travel trailer essentials

If we've learned anything thru owning a truck camper, 30' travel trailer and now a 17' travel trailer, it's that you're just getting started when you purchase your RV.  No matter what you get, they never come outfitted to serve all your comforts and needs.  Outfitting...

Hiking The Subway: Zion National Park

During our stay in Hurricane, Utah some friends invited us to hike The Subway in Zion National Park.  We only knew two things about The Subway: 1) it's one of Zion's most popular hikes 2) a permit is required and can be very hard to get.  Our friends said if we wanted...

12 days camping outside Hurricane, UT

Last year while driving thru Utah we blew our transmission.  A very long and expensive weekend from which we learned the following: Things can always be worse.  We were luckily in a town when the truck broke down.  A few days prior we were in the middle of nowhere....

Our Top 10 Favorite Pieces of Camping Gear (or so I thought)

A quick note:  This post was written before buying our Casita and moving on to the road full-time so it's slightly out of context to our current situation but still applies! Our Four Wheel Camper combined with an awesome array of gear is what makes our camping trips...

Heading South with stops at James M. Robb & Green River State Parks

The house was sold, our contracted jobs for the year were done and on November 5th it was finally time to hit the road.  Of course there was a Winter Weather Advisory that day to add a little bit of fun to our attempt at getting out of Colorado.  In an effort to avoid...

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