Nine years ago this month, we bought Liberty, our Silver Eagle bus conversion and moved in on Mother’s Day. We had researched RV living and thought we had it figured out. Until we bought a bus, we were concerned about the weight of things we put into our “house”. After all, RVs have weight restrictions! But as a friend told us, Eagles are built to carry 50 fat people and all their luggage in comfort, so weight turned out not to be a problem.
We were also concerned about electrical and water usage. We had an image of Walmart parking lots and truck stops, places that were RV friendly and offered free overnight parking for boondockers. Boondocking is essentially camping without hookups (electricity, water, sewer). Some people call it dry camping and it may incude, as it does in Quartzsite, staying in completely undeveloped places like the BLM land in the desert. But as we soon learned, living in a home with residential wiring, a generator and very large fresh water and holding tanks, any fears we might have had about those problems was unwarranted. Our boondocking has been limited. We said, when we lived in Liberty, that we considered a 30-amp plugin to be roughing it. Now that we are in a 30-amp RV, it is still very important to us to be plugged in as much as possible.
In the years that we’ve owned the Landing in Kansas, we have all the hookups inside our metal building. We have just over an acre here, so we have room for friends with RVs to come and park for a night or a week. We are members of an internet group called Boondockers Welcome. The group website has a listing of all the members and their property locations, so other members can request to stay a day or two. We can then accept or deny a request. Most of our visitors have been just overnight. It works out well for everyone. Our country location is darker than a Walmart parking lot and quieter than a truck stop! This week we’ve had two separate couples stop overnight. Each time, they were gone in the morning before we finished our coffee and opened the building doors. It’s nice to be able to share what God has given us.
Ever since we got back from Yuma, it has rained A LOT! We’re thankful to be located on a rise (our friend Wilbur calls it Mt. Willis), because the road past our house has been the only way out of the town of Sedgwick when flooding had the roads west, north and south closed. The school complex was surrounded and the school closed for the year a day early due to flooding. That also resulted in the 8th grade graduation ceremony being postponed a week, to this coming Wednesday. That will be Jadelyn’s last hurrah as an 8th grader. We’re looking forward to her valedictory speech! We are so proud of her!
This afternoon we are headed to a graduation party for our best friends’ grandson. Other than that, we’re ready for last minute clean up and packing for a Thursday morning departure for Colorado. We are looking forward to a summer of tourist-ing since we won’t be volunteering at Golden Bell. We will be at home in Travelport RV Park in Lake George, CO. I’d say come see us, but you’ll have to provide your own bed!
See you on the road!