Hey road family! Today I launched a website 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...

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...

I Found My (RV) People at the Xscapers 2018 Bash!

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Hannah, Brian, Kelly, Sondi, Shawn, Marni (not pictured: Julie)

For once in my life, I’m writing to you from the event that I’m discussing. I’m currently at the Xscapers Bash 2018 in near Yuma, and I’m having an unexpected blast.   It’s not that I thought it wouldn’t be fun, but I had no idea just how amazing it would be!

When I first started RVing, I wasn’t sure exactly what it would be like, but I imagined I would be exploring a lot of natural beauty.  I figured I’d be alone a lot, but had truly no idea how big of a community there is behind RV in. It was never something I aimed to get into – it’s just something that happens naturally.

Eventually after being on the road for a few months and exploring a lot of the RV hashtags on Instagram, I began following people who I could relate to. Two of those people were Kelly and Marshall.  So to make a long story short, at one point far earlier this year I was able to actually meet up with them in person and loved it, then later (now) decided to come down to Yuma where they were going to be at the Xscapers bash when we found that it was not so far from where I was from.

My original plan? Just to hang out, not really engage in any of the activities that you had to be a member for, instead just enjoy being around my friends.

The result?  I’m a member now after meeting this amazing community! A crap ton of new friendships, and amazing realization that there ARE people I can relate to,  being able to meet up with Internet friends that I haven’t met yet, and a whole bunch of fun, alcohol and food.

We’ve gone on pack walks, daytrips to Mexico, had all night karaoke parties, cooked each other food, helped each other with repairs, and more.

I mean,  these are the first people who aren’t shocked that I live in an RV! They also live in RVs!

These are the people who know what it’s like to search for water! To find an amazing boondocking/ camping spot! To enjoy the peace and quiet in completely solitary boondocking!

These are the people who have already realized that the checklist that society pushes is not necessary, and then you can carve your own path and live every day exactly as you want to. Sometimes I find a hard time relating to people who experience every day life in cities, because they’re still so caught up in following the rules, and I just can’t relate.

What I’m trying to say is that it’s an incredible feeling to find people who truly get where you’re coming from when you leave society and carve your own path.  At one point during this convergence, I thought to myself, gee.. I wonder when everybody has to go home and go back to work? And then that fleeting moment past when I realized that nobody has to go back to work – they’re all here together living life just as free as me. I guess it probably doesn’t seem that amazing, but to me it’s amazing, because this is the first time that I’ve been around such a big group that really gets it. A group of people who have already made the same big life choices that I have, and no longer has to question it.

The moral of the story is I started RVing to find nature, and I found so much more. I found an incredible community of like-minded people who truly have each other’s backs, in a world where most of the time you never know who does have your back anymore or who has a hidden agenda or is only faking it for the moment.  In a world where friendships are temporary, and so social media driven, we may stay connected through social media, but we are still a community even when we’re hundreds of miles away.

Thank you, Xscapers, for a fantastic bash and for bringing together such a cool community!

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4 Comments
  • It's Her Van
    January 27, 2018

    The post that finally convinced me to join Xscapers, lol. I’ve been hemming and hawing, but this yanked me over the finish line. ? Happy travels!

    • Hannah
      January 31, 2018

      If you go to any of the meetups, I promise you won’t regret it!!

  • Michael Berding
    January 28, 2018

    We’re all happy you joined in the fun with us!

  • Deanna
    February 14, 2018

    Omg you were there! We were only there the first weekend Jan 13-15 . We also met the most amazing friends and had a similar experience. Best $40 I’ve spent ;). I’ll PM you!

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