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...

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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