After 134 days on the road, we are currently boondocking at Grayrocks Reservoir near Wheatland, WY. We have driven a total of 5,347.2 miles in the RV through 13 states and have stayed in 35 different “campsites”. Whew! We have spent $2,207.20 on our campsites, which averages out to $16.47 per night of camping or about $552 a month for “rent.” Not too bad!
We have been in everything from 7 degree cold, to 85 degrees warm and have experienced rain, snow, frost, sleet, hail and have even learned a new weather term: graupel, from our time in Colorado Springs. Our campsites have ranged from 2′ below sea level at Bayou Segnette State Park outside New Orleans to 8,600′ above sea level at Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO.
I also thought I’d clear up a few misconceptions about our life on the road. Lots of folks seem to think that we get up in the morning and plot our day of exploration over our morning coffee & bagels, and then we spend it hiking and taking pictures to post for you. Oh, if only! But we are neither on permanent vacation, nor are we retired. Instead, we spend a lot of our time just like you: chained to a desk. We just have better views out of our windows most days! Eric is working part-time as an IT consultant but, unlike some IT jobs, he is working with the IT team at Monroe County and must available during their work hours. Some weeks he can get everything accomplished in 3 days, but he is often working at least some part of 4 days during the week. Most days he logs on at 8 AM our time, but occasionally has to get up early for an 8:30 AM eastern time meeting. Those will get more interesting as we move further west and the time difference gets larger! We have also tried to stick to a work-week schedule of always blocking out Wednesday as a travel day. This does restrict our movement a little but it makes it easier for his colleagues to know when he is & isn’t generally available. While Eric is working, I’m doing all sorts of glamorous things like blogging, cleaning, paying bills, grocery shopping, going to the laundromat, etc., and most of those things take a little more planning than they used to due to time zones and constantly changing geography.
So it’s not all glamping and play time, but we do feel extremely fortunate to be full-timing. Eric is usually finished with work in the late afternoon which leaves us a little time for taking a short hike or drive, or some fishing if he’s lucky! We usually travel 2 days a week: either Wednesday & one day on the weekend, or sometimes we’ll take Wednesday as a play day and travel both days on the weekend. We knew we wouldn’t be able to let moss grow on our shoes and still make Alaska this summer, but our pace hasn’t been too taxing. I suspect we’ll slow down a LOT once we’re back in the lower 48 in September or October!
All in all, life is extremely enjoyable. We haven’t had a single argument brought on by living in a small box. We are finally getting to travel and see all the great sites we’ve been dreaming of. The cats are ecstatic because they get to go on walks all the time and they are continually entertained by squirrels, chipmunks, prairie dogs, and birdies right outside their window. Life is just darned good.