• California

    Camping at Trona Pinnacles

    I’ve wanted to camp at Trona Pinnacles ever since Technomadia wrote their review on Campendium in 2015 and it didn’t disappoint. We caravanned with our friends Brenda and Hector and when we arrived, they unhitched their car and we scouted the Pinnacles for a private campsite. We found a great spot not too far from the main parking area. It had multiple fire rings and could easily fit multiple rigs. There are so many different roads to explore, everyday we checked out different sections of the National Conservation Area. 2017 Cost of Camping: 113 nights free camping 236 nights paid camping 349 days this year – thru 12/16 Total spent…

  • blog

    Death Valley National Park in a Day

    When I told Hector that I’d never been to Death Valley and we only had a day to see the park, he took it upon himself to plan the perfect itinerary. We started the day with a sunrise hike on the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. The dunes are located close to the Stovepipe Wells Campground so we didn’t have to get up any earlier than we normally do. After the dunes, we went back to our rigs for breakfast and to pack lunch. As you can see the campground isn’t anything special, but the location is great and it actually has a bit of cell service. After breakfast, we headed…

  • Airstream Blog

    November at Lake Mead

    The max stay at Government Wash is 15 days and we definitely pushed our luck this past month. A friend of ours asked a ranger about stay limits and he said if we don’t bother them, they won’t bother us, but it’s not a place we can make a forever home. We didn’t actually stay the entire month. We put the trailer in storage for a few days while we celebrated my birthday on the Strip. The only photo I took was this shot of bubbles coming out of the toilet in our room. Early in our stay, we went for a hike at White Owl Canyon. It’s a hike…

  • food

    Fermented Food

    This past year I’ve overcome two digestive issues and have made a lot of progress with one remaining. Because of all this, my diet is really basic and boring, so when I was told I could add in fermented food, I was really excited to learn more. Fermented food contains microbes that are good for the gut, and since store bought fermented food doesn’t have the microbial goodness that homemade ferments do, I’ve gotten really into making my own. For my first ferment I did butternut and sage. It was ok, though more like taking medicine at a meal rather than a tasty treat. Next I made basic sauerkraut with…

  • Arizona

    Lake Mohave Boondocking

    It had been over a year and a half since we last boondocked. I don’t count overnighting at Walmart, or dry camping at a campground, or even any of the moochdocking we did last year as boondocking. What I mean is, it had been 601 days since we last dispersed camped on public land! This spot couldn’t have been more perfect (minus a few issues you can read about in my review). We were completely alone with no other RVs in sight and an incredible view. It has been in the 90’s while we were here, so early in the week we cooled off in the lake. After the fact,…

  • Arizona

    The Quompound

    This past week we stayed with our friends Earl (AKA as Tres to me) and Eric’s place in Williams Arizona where they’re building a compound of quonset huts. If you want to learn more about it, or download free plans check out Tres’ website Clever Moderns. We’ve all been working during the day, and in the evenings we gather for dinner. Tres told me this wasn’t “moochdocking” since I cooked so many meals, though we did enjoy the convenient water and power. 2017 Cost of Camping: 64 nights free camping 229 nights paid camping 293 days this year Total spent on camping this year: $7687.21 Daily average cost of camping:…

  • New Mexico

    2017 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

    We haven’t been to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta since 2006, when we camped out right next to where the balloons take off every morning for a week. This time around, we scored primo moochdocking at our friends Brenda & Hector’s home in a wonderful suburb of ABQ called Corrales, which many mornings was right in the path of the balloons. Last Saturday, we woke up really early and went down to the Balloon Fiesta Park to watch the dawn patrol and the first mass ascension. Pictured above are Brenda, Hector and two random children that don’t belong to them. Thursday night we returned to the Balloon Fiesta to check out…

  • blog

    Brenda’s Spa Treatments

    Yesterday, Brenda treated me to an all natural home-made herbal facial treatment. It began with a beautiful scrub that she concocted from honey, clay, roses, oatmeal and a bunch of other good ingredients. We followed the scrub with an incredible soothing face steam. First, Brenda boiled water and then poured it in these metal bowls that we filled with lavender, chamomile, baby roses and two other ingredients that I can’t remember the names of. We covered ourselves with towels and let the steam open our pores. Pictured above is Brenda! After the steam we did avocado and clay masks. I did take some photos, but they’re pretty gross. After the…

  • New Mexico

    Back in New Mexico

    This week has been a bit of a whirlwind. It started last Saturday night when we met Skyler and Tori at a rest stop in Taos for the night. We were so intent on catching up for the few hours we had that I didn’t take any photos. Sunday, we moved over to Little Arsenic Springs Campground where we met up with Dan, Marlene and the kids. It was so good to see everyone again. I wish we didn’t have 3 just days together, but now that we’re back in the west, I know we’ll be hanging out again sooner than later. After Little Arsenic, we headed back to Taos…