• 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,…

  • Texas

    Boca Chica Bust

    Yesterday, we drove to the tip of Texas in hopes of doing some beach camping. As we pulled into Boca Chica State Park I checked the tide tables. Years ago, we camped on the beach at Padre Island National Seashore and had to hitch up in record speed after 5 days of camping due to the tides. When we arrived at Boca Chica, according to the tide chart, high tide happened about an hour prior. We thought that was a good thing, since it would give us some idea of how far in the water would come. We could have pulled off to the left, but there was limited hard…

  • New Mexico

    Carlsbad, NM Boondocking

    If you’re looking to escape the highly social RVing scene in Arizona this winter, we’ve got the place for you. We spent the past week camping off Dark Canyon Road, about 12 miles north of Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Since we had to drive both days last weekend, we opted not to go to the caverns. We’ve been once before, and now with the elevator out of service, it wasn’t really an option because we have to work during the day and the park recommends starting your descent into the caverns by noon. I haven’t left camp once since we got here. Usually, this makes me really stir crazy, but…

  • California

    FINAL CAMPING COSTS OF 2015

    Last year wasn’t our cheapest to date, but it was still a pretty darn good year. We’re still at $0 for 2016 with a return visit to American Girl Mine Road (where we launched Campendium almost a year ago), but expect this year’s camping costs to skyrocket as we head east. 2015 Cost of Camping: 157 night paid camping 208 nights free camping 365 days this year Total spent: $3,708.53 Daily average cost: $10.16 2014 Cost of Camping: 175 night paid camping 190 nights free camping Total spent: $4,281.79 Daily average cost: $11.73 2013 Cost of Camping: 123 nights paid camping 242 nights free camping Total spent: $3,471.29 Daily average…

  • blog

    Borrego Springs Boondocking

    Last month I got an email from Pam giving me a heads up that our normal boondocking spot at Clark Dry Lake in Borrego Springs was significantly smaller. This weekend, we confirmed the bad news, but fortunately found that there was a wide open space available next door off of Rockhouse Road. Yesterday, we were joined by our friends Dave & Kelly, Vince (who we met a year ago at Teton View) and Tim & Amy of Here for the Beer. Dinner Last Night: Vegan Sundried Tomato Meatballs. These were awesome, and the fakey parmesan is delicious. 2015 Cost of Camping 157 night paid camping 196 nights free camping 352…

  • Colorado

    Stillwater Pass

    I think we finally learned that we can’t expect to find really good empty boondocking sites on Saturdays. This past Saturday, we arrived at Stillwater Pass outside of Rocky Mountain National Park and drove past 3 miles of camping sites until we found a place where we could join some other RVs for the night. (pictured above) The spot wasn’t so bad, it just wasn’t one we could work from because the cell signal was only 1x of Verizon. Lucky for us, a great site opened up on Sunday afternoon. It has 2 bars of (un-boosted) Verizon LTE and great views of the National Park. Curtis update: We went back…

  • Colorado

    Keystone CO Boondocking

    We found a campsite across the road from our initial spot under the power lines. We decided not to list it on Campendium because they’re turning it into a trailhead next year so the only camping would be much farther down the road and impossible for most to access. Yesterday we were joined by our buddies Chris and Shawn. Even though you see two Airstreams up at this spot, I wouldn’t recommend it to others. We bottomed out a few times on our way in. Our spare tire sits under the trailer toward the front, and it dragged across some humps in the dirt road getting in. I hoped it…

  • Colorado

    Hunting for a Good Free Campsite in Keystone

    On Saturday we had a leisurely hour drive north to Keystone, Colorado. The ranger in Crested Butte recommended a couple locations in the area, but as we’ve learned in the past, it’s hard to trust RV campsite recommendations from someone who isn’t an RVer. One of her suggestions was also on freecampsites, so I figured that was our best bet. Instead we found some side of the road camping where there were more “no camping” signs than not. So we decided it was a no go. From there we went to the ranger’s second suggestion, even though it didn’t sound too appealing. She said if we went to the landfill,…

  • Colorado

    Leadville Boondocking

    There’s something to be said about having someone scout a campsite for you. We always had County Road 48 in our back pocket as a place to camp in Leadville, but wanted to find something new. While we were in Crested Butte, I spoke with a ranger who told me of this spot by Twin Lakes. She said she was going to a bachelorette party there that weekend and she thought we’d love it. Then I spoke with someone else who thought that he had the best spot in the area, so I got the GPS coordinates from him. It turns out the coordinates were off, and it led us…