My life is a joke right now, here is where my head is at😅 (Hopefully I’ll look back at this in a year and go “aww haha remember when that felt like it was gonna last forever?”) Day 70-something of isolation. I only know because FB friends keep track. Things are starting to get weird. I bought an oversized visor and pair it with my weird Walmart poncho because this Colorado sun is insanely intense. (Never thought you’d hear me say that, eh mom?) I am shopping for crocs. I feel like one of those bears you see in a zoo, mindlessly circling in its little cage out of boredom. I wake up to take care of my dog and click clack away on the computer. And stuff my face hole. I am tired of cooking and thinking of what to cook to stuff in my face hole. Sometimes I lay in the hammock before, during, or after stuffing my face hole. Sometimes I feel like we are all just earth viruses, convincing ourselves that our lives have purpose when maybe we’re all just here to stuff our face holes and pillage more earth? 😳

I miss the views and neighbors from my last spot and wonder how long I’ll last in the woods with nothing but plants to look at. Plants are nice, don’t get me wrong, but... plants plants plants. Pflanzen, auf deutsch. 
I can like actively feel covid-pression settling in. I’m having a hard time remembering what the point of everything I usually do is. Sometimes I half-heartedly plan RV upgrades or bookmark makeover stuff or travel ideas but then I wonder... besides sitting here in the woods, when am I actually going to RV again, as a verb, and is this worth the time/effort/bandwidth? Clearly the lack of travel/new experiences is taking its toll. Or maybe the senior club visor is having an effect on my brain. Sigh. Like, really? Travel/socialization is THAT necessary for me? 
Ultimately I don’t think I’d still be RVing if it wasn’t for joining @xscapers. A year of solitude was fine when I started but I’m not built for that long term. And now that everything is called off, life feels very upside down, like watching an hourglass that’s taking forever without even knowing what happens when it ends.

That odd description is where I’m at right now.🤣 2020.. you bastard!!

My life is a joke...

I feel like this is how you get ticks. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Still hammock heaven!! @enohammocks #outdoors #heaven #hammocklife

I feel like this is...

My outdoor living room is a set of hammocks. Trixi loves to lay near me and nibble on soft grass and shimmy on her back to get some good scratchinz. 🤩
#colorado #tinyliving #rvlife

My outdoor living room is...

Am I dreaming? No? Not a bad landing spot to ride this twilight zone out.

Am I dreaming? No? Not...

Today we left the desert. It was my first time driving for any significant amount of time since New Year’s Eve, since my rig was in storage while in Mexico. Either I have terrible driving stamina, or my rig is really hard to drive, because today’s drive was a struggle. I think both. And not having AC in almost 90 degrees doesn’t help. .
Since getting back 6 weeks ago, we’ve been sitting in one spot trying to secure a safe place to move to next in one go, to avoid unnecessary travel at all costs. This means we way overstayed our BLM limit - 6 weeks instead of 2 - which while I feel guilty about, was the best choice for isolating. I am grateful to the BLM for their lenience during this time - I didn’t see any enforcement. Maybe we just didn’t get caught.. who knows. Either way I am beyond appreciative.
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The desert is the best, most magical, beautiful, peaceful spot to go if you need to unwind from craziness around you. It was perfect and serene and beautiful.
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Out of the past 6 weeks until today, I only interacted with ONE outsider to pick up my mail. Today in one drive day, I had to interact with 3, none of whom seemed to understand “don’t invade my space” and “don’t breathe on me.” I have, however, seen a few thousand bees (holy bee swarms, do NOT keep any doors or windows open in springtime in the desert) and maybe a snake.
I’ll miss the warmth and the flowers and being able to wear a tank top and shorts at 7am.
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It was difficult to drive past so many beautiful places today that I would’ve normally loved to stop at and stay a few weeks. What a different RVing world we’re in now, compared to the carefree years I spent stopping wherever I wanted. 😭

Today we left the desert....

Here is a friendly reminder. It costs you nothing to treat other people with respect.

Here is a friendly reminder....

Is it just me or are noseprints on a window like a love letter from a dog? 😋
I suppose it’s a good time to start sharing old photos here since we’re all stuck in isolation, huh?
The Tetons are seriously one of my favorite places to visit. The mountains are breathtaking. Did you know that the reason they’re so jagged and extreme is because they’re a relatively young mountain range that hasn’t been worn down yet? And yes... Grand Teton means big titties. 😂

Is it just me or...

Hey road family! Today I launched a website @nomadparky aimed at helping full timers find a safe landing pad during this craziness.

The problem? IT’S EMPTY. It needs people like you to get the word out, so people with parking spaces, land, or campsites can add their listings to make it a useful resource.

If you know of someone who might have a safe place for an RVer to hunker down, whether for free or for rent, please share this with them and ask them to become a host.

You can specify everything from max RV size to whether there are hookups (and what kind!) and whether you are hosting ONLY as a COVID refuge, or just in general.

Feel free to share this post and hopefully this turns into something we can all use 💛

Hey road family! Today I...

3 Things that Actually SUCK About Full-time RVing

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Hey friends, thanks for stopping by again – ever since writing about what I’ve learned in 2 years on the road, I’ve been thinking it’d be good to share the downsides, too. People often ask what the struggles of life on the road are, and although there aren’t a lot of negatives to being a fulltimer, the negatives can be pretty brutal.

So here’s my list of the WORST THINGS about fulltime RV living. 🙂 There aren’t many – but some of them may surprise you, some of the ones that aren’t here may surprise you as well. Enjoy, and please share if you find this relatable or humorous!

 

 1. WIND

Surprising? It shouldn’t be! My #1 gripe with living in an RV is wind. This means 2 things: 1) living in an RV is pretty great if that’s my worst problem, and 2) weather is a beast when you live in a home on wheels.

Other inclement weather like rain can be pretty big downers, too, because you’re still stuck inside – but wind is the worst.

Why? Well, for one, you’re stuck inside especially if you’re somewhere dirty and sandy.

Your RV might rock and roll with the wind. Enough to scare you.

You can’t drive anywhere if the gusts are bad enough. Things on your RV might break.

You can’t open the windows if it’s windy AND hot… so you just suffer inside with the windows shut.

It’s noisy. It’s hard to sleep when you keep getting blasted with gusts of wind if your RV has anything that shakes or creaks, especially things like mudflaps or antennas.

Even when all of the windows are shut, the dust will still get in. When I spent a month in Moab earlier this year, we had a couple crazy 24+ hour windstorms that left every surface in my RV covered in fine red dust, despite all the windows being closed shut as hard as possible. And it was HOT!

2. PROXIMITY TO LOVED ONES

Maybe this gripe should be #1, but I put it at #2 because it’s totally optional (as is everything in road life.) Although it’s a huge bummer to be away from family and friends, it’s always a choice and the great thing about having a home on wheels is you can drive wherever you want to meet up with loved ones if you’re lonely. But, it really is a struggle as a solo RVer. I miss my boyfriend, I miss my family, and I miss my friends. This is all temporary though and the adventures I’m having while young and able-bodied are priceless!

The great thing is ever since joining the Xscapers, I have a huge community of great friends on the road and it’s much easier to bump into people now!

2.5….. Seeing incredible sights all alone and having nobody to share it with!

This one doesn’t get its own number because it fits in with proximity to loved ones, but it’s a little different, in that I’m not just far from the sticks-and-bricks-lives of the people I love, but I also usually have to enjoy my adventures alone.

That’s not always the case, though. Between the Xscapers and a few trips from my favorite people, I have gotten to see some amazing sights with loved ones… like Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon national parks with my mom, Austin, TX with my beau, and Mexico/Los Algodones with my Xscapers crew.

3. LEGAL LIFE LOGISTICS

Have you ever tried to get a bank account as a nomad? Did you know that the Patriot Act REQUIRES everyone to have a legal residence address that the government can find you at as needed? This makes things like banking, voting, legal auto registration, & insurance issues a bunch of painful, annoying hoops to jump through.

While I could gripe about all of that all day, I’ll just say it’s best to figure out all of your logistics while you still have a permanent address, and all of those issues still don’t interfere with the beauty and freedom of RV life on the road.

Also, not to keep beating a dead horse, but this is another reason to join Xscapers/Escapees… they advocate for full-timers on these exact topics, as evidenced by the recent voting rights questions that St Brendan’s Isle is experiencing in Florida right now.

 

BONUS… your house is your vehicle!

This one isn’t annoying enough to get its own place in this post, but it is worth mentioning. The best thing about RVing is also the worst – if something goes wrong on your RV that you can’t fix yourself, your ability to stay in your living quarters during repair are dictated by who can do what repairs and where. If something breaks or you get stuck, you have to solve that problem to keep living your life.

I’ve been very lucky (and thankfully, handy enough, and surrounded by others who are even handier) so far that I’ve never had to be put up in a hotel or worry about what I’ll do with miss Trixi during RV repairs, but this is definitely an issue to accept as a reality you’ll have to deal with eventually on the road.

Do you think I’m spot on with these issues? Off the mark? Do you feel the same? Let me know in the comments! <3what I’ve learned in 2 years on the road

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3 Comments
  • Barb Blehm
    July 14, 2018

    We’ve never lost our bank account because of full timing. And if you have a mail order address like South Dakota then you have a real address of there’s a problem. There are many of these. So I’m confused why this is on your list?

    • Hannah
      July 14, 2018

      Thanks for stopping by Barb! I didn’t lose any accounts but have been unable to open new business accounts. All banks require a physical address and forwarding services no longer fulfill this requirement due to the patriot act. I also have a number of residential addresses I can use (including my own domicile residence address), however throughout numerous tries, no business has been willing to accept any of them because I don’t have a) utilities, b) proof of a lease (and when I did send this they rejected it), or c) property tax proof. I found that every bank I tried to open an account with required pretty much the same items and accepted none of my proof. They wanted to know where I physically lived, would not accept my legal physical address, and would stop talking to me/close the app once I told them about my nomad status.

  • Andrea Cozette Hatfield
    July 21, 2018

    Until my camper van is paid off, I live full-time as a truck driver in my sleeper cab. I totally get the wind issue. The truck will rock and move during high winds and sometimes can be unsafe to drive if the wind is too strong.
    I also understand the loneliness of not having someone to share adventures with. I’ve been there although now I’m lucky enough to have a man who loves it as much as I do. Good luck.

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