Today marks 2 weeks since I’ve crossed back into the US, and I’ve only interacted with the public to pick up my RV and pick up mail. It’s odd because this is my typical lifestyle when not at some social event, but now it’s out of necessity instead of preference.

The desert has been an excellent place to hunker down, but being a fulltime RVer right now is strange and a little scary. The large majority of my road friends do not have home bases - and nobody knows if they’ll be “allowed” to stay where they are. Many in campgrounds are getting kicked out left and right when RV parks are deemed “non-essential” and BLM has closed areas with facilities. Right now we’re in a great spot, but I worry about interstate travel and more public land getting restricted, because eventually it will be too hot to stay here and we’ll need to move. I also want to avoid going “home” to family property in WA considering they are such a hot spot right now. I am definitely safer in the desert. So every day is a tossup... I think I speak for all RVers when I say it lacking a home base has never been this uncomfortable. Luckily right now we’re in a state/area *known* for and built on boondocking, so I doubt they will remove us (or even have capacity to enforce removals if they put restrictions in place) - but I still worry a bit. 😅

Anyways. That is #fulltimerv life in a ‘rona world. The good news is the desert is teeming with springtime beauty right now, and I am loving the peace and wildflowers around our little encampment. Enjoy!!

Today marks 2 weeks since...

I am sooo beyond happy to be back in the desert, with endless space and outdoor freedom, great weather, and obviously those Arizona sunsets. I have a bunch of things I need to catch up on posting from Baja but being back “home” in the states has been a massive sigh of relief. Not just with the pandemic, but I was definitely ready to get back home and have gratitude for the US in a new way (aside from the current healthcare 💩show happening.) Baja was fantastic and I loved every new experience there but like Dorothy said, there is no place like home. 😍 #desertlife #rvlife #fulltimerv #desertsunsets #arizona #boondocking #freedom #usa #merica #desertlove.

I am sooo beyond happy...

Instagram vs Reality swipe - “trying to get beach selfies with my dog” edition. God the water was so perfect. 💜
It’s Thursday, and a blogger I used to follow always did a “Things I Love Thursday” (TiLT).. and given our communal need for optimism right now, I’m going to start! So here are some things I love right now....
✨My mama for hand-sewing face masks ✨sunsets in the desert✨warm ocean waves (I can still imagine them!)✨that feeling when you crawl into bed under an electric blanket✨torrential rain that surprises you into the present moment✨waking up to sunshine streaming through my windows✨dreaming of a gazillion ideas for my tiny home on wheels✨perfectly cooked mashed potatoes✨having a fridge full of sweet produce like strawberries and bell peppers✨the taste of a damn good box of wine that you haven’t had in a while ✨that feeling when you put slippers on in the cold mornings✨the satisfaction of getting life chores like mail and banking done ✨ that first sip of coffee in the morning.

What are some things you’re loving today?

Instagram vs Reality swipe -...

Caught mid-shiver on my last day enjoying Baja’s beaches 💜

Caught mid-shiver on my last...

I haven’t posted much lately because life in Mexico is GO GO GO and I’m digging relaxing and working when it’s not. It has been a fun 6 weeks and we thought we’d stay down here all spring but both @dustydeezel and I are getting a little Baja’d out. But I’m looking back through so many pictures I haven’t posted and man it has been FUN! There are city letters in each city and I probably got 10 different San Felipe pics 🤓😛

I haven’t posted much lately...

Sometimes it feels like I’m cheating on my faithful ole’ gal while I’m enjoying the trip in this rig and dreaming of a modern pull-behind. But I feel better knowing she is safely tucked into a comfy spot next to another Jamboree. 😝

Sometimes it feels like I’m...

Some magic in Baja.... PETTING A GRAY 🐳😍😍🤩 Turn your sound on. The excitement from the group is palpable!! There is no bait or training involved here.. they simply come to this extra buoyant lagoon to give birth because it’s easier for the babies to learn how to swim, and for some reason love scratching themselves on the boats and getting love from the humans. This same lagoon is also the location of a commercial salt producer because of the high salinity.

I was lucky enough to snatch Tye’s phone from his pocket when this giant one swam up, thinking it might only visit for a moment as many others had. But this one LOVED neck scratches and came right up to the boat, turned over, and let us all give it a good scritch-scritch-scritch multiple times, happily closing its ginormous eye and gently relaxing each time it circled back. So grateful to have this moment captured. 💜

Whales are incredible, the earth is amazing, and life is good. This was an unforgettable activity and every day I am more and more grateful to be here.

Some magic in Baja.... PETTING...

Anybody else feel a little guilty sharing travel pics? Maybe that’s part of why I’ve slowed down with posting every little thing.. Baja is amazing and I don’t want to rub it in your face. But I guess that’s why there’s an unfollow button. Just remember you are only seeing the highlight reel. 😅 
So here’s where we’re parked right now, and this is high tide. It’s pretty wild how far out and close up the water comes.

You can spot miss Trixi in the passenger window.. she loves the beach and watching the waves just as much as the humans do!

We’ve been completely spoiled traveling in bae’s new rig for this trip. It fits all 3 dogs dogs + 2 humans pretty fantastically - but now that I’ve been here and seen the beach camping, I’m dreaming of downsizing to a perfect Baja-ready tiny rig. Something bigger than a van, but smaller and more nimble than my 27 footer old beast! Maybe a truck camper? Maybe just a smaller class c? Or a custom 4x4 passenger van? So many dreams to dream 😍

Anybody else feel a little...

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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!!