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...

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5 Comments
  • Leslie
    July 4, 2013

    This Etsy Seller has stolen one of your pictures:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/154157630/deep-blue-nail-polish-by-makeupdork?ref=correlated_featured

    • Hannah
      July 5, 2013

      Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention! What an unfortunate picture to steal… and what a great eye you have to notice that it’s mine! <3 Thanks again - I'll be contacting Etsy about it (though the process doesn't seem easy.) Oi vey!

      • Teresa
        September 22, 2018

        Dearest Hanna,
        LOVE LOVE LOVE, your blogs and pics!…and thank you so much for writing the “book” lol!
        You have given me better insight and understanding to what may lie ahead if I pursue this RV thing! I’ve only just looked the 1991 Fleetwood Jamboree (Rallye) over-inside and out and under the hood. I havent been on the roof yet or even talked to the owner yet on the details, but I was with a former RV salesman AND a mechanic, and they gave me 2 thumbs up.
        No roof leaks, and the inside is un impeccable shape. Of course the outside is a bit cosmetically challenged but not too gross!
        I’ve toyed with this idea of selling most of my belongings and pulling up roots for a few years, this particular RV spoke to me tho. We shall see as I go ahead later this week and get into the possible buying details…
        Asking is $6800 w/54,000mi. New tires. Seems in the ballpark but I have no problem “low balling” especially if details reveal any issues.
        I’m not convinced yet I can even handle being a full time RVer but am thinking I might try traveling as a seasonal worker (campground or whatever) starting spring of 2020. Then eventually settle in Florida. Possibly?!! I’ll be 60 that year, hopefully with still enough energy to do this on my own??
        ??????….
        What is the proper roof coating?
        Invest in rear track bar?
        Are solar panels worth it?
        Ever turned away from camping (KOA) because older RV?
        Now I’ve written my own book!
        Thank you muchly!
        Teresa
        PS. I think you ROCK and have big…courage! And I don’t care much how it looks, many can only wish:(

  • Teresa
    September 21, 2018

    Hey Curly Nomad!
    I only just stumbled upon your very first blog relating details of your rather disastrous “maiden voyage”
    I’m looking at purchasing the exact same model/year as your RV. Have you been satisfied with it? I would surely appreciate any advise or input you may have about your RV…!
    Thank you so much,
    Teresa

    • Hannah
      September 21, 2018

      Absolutely! However keep in mind, I bought mine with 23k original miles on it, so I can’t speak to how yours will be if it’s aged more or wasn’t maintained well. Mine was owned by a marine who really took care of it, and has been (knock on wood) shockingly reliable. It’s now at a bit over 40k miles, I think around 41 or 42, and other than the initial breakdown I have never been stranded on the side of the road due to mechanical issues. It doesn’t handle the best – but honestly I’ve heard most class C’s don’t – and it’s really important that you invest in the basics like new tires, new belts, and and overall inspection, but other than that you will probably have more problems with the RV/”house” end of it than the mechanical end, and only because it’s older. Even with a couple of normal interior issues it has been FAR more reliable than many new RVs my friends have owned, and they seem to have been far sturdier built during that time period. Inside the RV I’ve replaced the water pump (easy job, $80-100 part), furnace blower motor (also ~100 part, not necessarily easy), and had to pay to have the black tank reattached after almost shaking it off, which was my own fault for driving on a crazy road. I also replaced the entire roof membrane this summer because at that old, it’s unlikely to hold up, and I did find one leak and couldn’t just recoat it because of the coating I used in the first year. As long as it doesn’t have existing water damage, the appliances work, and the mileage on the one you’re considering seems fine, GET IT! And I recommend coating the roof the right way the first time so you don’t have to replace it like me. And yes I recommend doing this because no RV roof is going to last from ’91 til now.. period. 😛 If you have any other q’s I’m happy to help. Sorry for writing a book. Good luck!!