One Month Anniversary

Today is our one month anniversary of life on the road.  We’re getting in a groove and really starting to enjoy the minimalist vagabond lifestyle in our little 270 square foot home.  The highlight of course has been hiking the amazing parks our country has so smartly set aside for all of us to enjoy.  It also helps that we’ve slowed down the pace and are spending more time in the parks we really love.  We’ve also moved into California, which is one of the most beautiful states in our country.  We really enjoyed Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, and the summer-like weather has been a real treat.  Though that’s about to change with a strong winter cold front hitting tonight that’s expected to plunge nighttime temperatures to near freezing.

Tomorrow we’re taking our RV into the shop to work on the 110V-to-12V converter, get a wheel alignment, and fix a chipped windshield from a rock thrown by a semi in Tucson.  Our RV friends tell us to expect to fix our windshield at least a few times on this trip, especially while driving the Alaska-Canada highway.  Fortunately our RV insurance covers the repair bill.  It’s much cheaper to fix a little dink than to replace an entire RV window.

Next we will be going off the grid for a few days in Joshua Tree National Park and try our hand at boondocking, also known as dry camping.  That’s when you go without any external hookups—no water, electricity or sewer.  It will be interesting to see how many days we can last before we must head back to civilization to refill our water or dump our sewer.  We expect we’ll run out of fresh water first, perhaps after 2-3 days.  There will also be no cell phone service or Internet, so we will be truly disconnected for a few days.

Actually we’re starting a string of parks where we’ll be mostly off the grid except when driving between them or heading into the city for supplies.  Upcoming parks after Joshua Tree include: Mojave National Preserve, Death Valley National Park, Giant Sequoia National Preserve, and John Muir Wilderness.  We’re hoping to end up in one of our most favorite places on Earth—Yosemite National Park—for our 20th anniversary on March 24.  Nighttime temperatures in Yosemite are still regularly dropping into the low teens with snow, so Yosemite has some warming up to do before we arrive.

Theresa and Timm in the Palm Canyon Oasis in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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