The ROADS CHRONICLE – A Traveler’s Diary [April 17, 2020]

Today is a day of dual milestones for us…

How long have you been isolated? We typically live a rather isolated lifestyle, but we have officially hit the one month mark on ‘official’ isolation. The biggest difference? Outside of difficulties finding potable water, I would have to say I miss just having the freedom to go somewhere and see something – or someone – if you wanted. Even if we didn’t want to do anything or see anyone in particular, the fact that we can’t now, makes it all the more enticing.

Thankfully, we have been fortunate enough to have found some really nice boondocking locations since leaving Seattle on March 17. We’ve found some private campgrounds are still open here and there, but the “go to” for us is Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land. Currently only their dispersed areas are available to camp on, but that suits us just fine.

Current Boondocking Spot

We also hit another milestone! Today, we have owned Boone (our class A RV) for exactly one year. If you don’t know the story, we were full-timing in our Little Guy Max for about six months and had gone to Las Vegas to visit some family. Russ had mentioned he would like to look at something larger for when we were going to be stationary during workamping jobs but the only issue was cost. We promised ourselves we would incur no new debt when we took on RVing full-time. Our truck was paid off, so I told him if he found a rig that equaled the value of the truck, it would be possible. He agreed and we went out to look at several dealerships in the area.

Honestly, I didn’t think we would find anything.

And we didn’t for most of the day. Obviously, we had to limit our search to an older, used RV. Anything decent was in the $30K and up range. We were working on a budget of about $15K. Then a salesman told us about a consignment dealer – Las Vegas Park and Sell. This place is not in the best part of town and the lot is packed like sardines. There were three rigs that fit our needs and budget. I really didn’t like any of them. They were old, dated and quite frankly, some of them smelled. Here comes the ‘but’….

But then I saw Russ getting excited about all the solar on one of the rigs. It was at that moment – it hit me that we were shopping on a whole new level from when we first began our RV journey. We now knew how we liked to camp, the places we liked to go and how we needed to use an RV. Looking closely at the 1999 Damon Daybreak crammed into the middle of the lot, it checked off a lot of boxes. We named our new-to-us RV “Boone”.

Was it scary to make the switch? Yes! But over the last month, we have been truly grateful we made the decision when we did. It has allowed us to live off-grid for extended periods of time with very little change from our normal day-to-day activities.

Since it is Friday, here’s a “flashback Friday” look back on our original tour of Boone from when we first got him (we must have looked so silly when we were capturing the cover photo for this video!):

And if you are curious about our renovations:

We ultimately kept our Little Guy Max (aka “Teddy”) too and it is currently being stored at a family member’s house. As much as we love Boone, there are some limitations on the places we can go with such a big RV. Our Little Guy Max can go just about anywhere, and over the course of the last year, we have made a long list of the places we will take Teddy to in the future.

We have had many people say to us how lucky we were to find Boone. The truth is, we would have passed him by before we started RVing. But we had learned a lot on our first six months on the road and we continue to learn more every day. Whatever goals you have, keep working towards them and keep learning – you’ll get your Boone. As we celebrate our “Boone-iversary” in isolation, we leave you with this quote that has guided us for some time….

Luck is when preparation meets opportunity

-Seneca

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3 thoughts on “The ROADS CHRONICLE – A Traveler’s Diary [April 17, 2020]”

  1. Well, that was fun seeing the transformation of Boone. And Abbey is so cute on the sofa. She owns it. Little glimpses of Billie were a nice treat. Keep safe and keep the pics coming. Thanks!

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