You may have noticed that I rarely talk about my daily life, and there is a simple reason for that, it’s boring!! I mean, every day is the same: Homer and I go for a walk every morning and evening; in-between I work on projects or write for the blog or work on the websites; I make meals and if someone else is in camp I visit with them. After dark I watch TV. Nothing very exciting in any of that! But, there is quite a bit going on right now so I thought I would change things up and try out a post on my daily life. To liven up a little, I will throw in some pictures from the last month or two.
I’ve Added an “Off-Grid, Mobile Living Store” to the Blog.
Over the 11 years I have been vandwelling I have bought and used lots of things to make my life better. Some worked just as expected, some far exceeded my expectations and a few were just crap. To help you separate the good from the bad and the ugly, I’ve created a store (there is a link to it at the top of the page). Fairly soon I expect to add some products I am selling directly, but for right now it is just links to Amazon.com of items I use and recommend. While I own and use nearly all of these, there are a very few that I do not. Those items are owned and used by my friends who highly recommend them to me. The way it works is if you click over to Amazon from my blog, I will make a little money on everything you buy and it won’t cost you anything. I think of it as a win-win, you get tested and proven products that will serve you well at a great price, and I make a little money. Give it a try!!
I Met RVSue and Her Crew.
I have never understood the idea of following other peoples blogs. I mean, why would I care about your boring life? Then I found Sue’s blog and fell in love with it (find it here: http://rvsueandcrew.com/). I can’t explain why I find it so interesting, but I do. So I was glad to get a chance to camp near her for a few days and visit with her. She is a great lady!! We have a lot in common: we both blog and have great readers; we both live in small trailers and tow them with a Chevy express van; we are each devoted to our furry best friends; we both boondock and love hiking. Getting to know her was a real pleasure and I am sure our paths will cross again! In fact I think it will be in just a few days near Wickenburg!
I am Going on a Cruise.
My mom loves to go on Cruises! She has taken many of them and all over the world, including a month-long cruise to the Mediterranean. She had planned to take a cruise with my aunt and had already bought the tickets. But when health problems kept my aunt from being able to go, rather than lose a lot by getting a refund she asked me to go with her instead. I am not a cruising person but there is no way I can pass up a chance like this. So I have my airline tickets and I am flying into Orlando, FL April 16 and we start the week-long cruise on April 20. We are going to Belize, Mexico, the Grand Caymans and a few other places. I am really excited about it and I’ll take lots of photos and tell you all about it!
I’ve Been Taking Trips Into Phoenix
I have a love-hate relationship with cities; on one hand I love the variety of shopping and the money it can save me, on the other I feel like a tiger trapped in a cage whenever I am in one. I’ve been camped pretty close to Phoenix and I’ve made a few trips into town and I have to say I like it better than any other big-city I have been to. I was in downtown and I actually enjoyed it. Of course I got lost and stopped to ask for directions, and the people were friendly and helpful. It had an overall very positive vibe to it.
I also got to shop at Costco for the first time in a long time. All the packaging is so big there that it’s hard for me to justify the membership. But, their brand of dog food is very cheap for its high quality. If you look at the first few ingredients of most dog foods, you’ll see it is usually corn. In fact one popular brand has 2 of the first 3 ingredients as some variety of corn. Dogs aren’t supposed to eat that much corn! So I only feed Homer food that is free of corn and wheat. The problem is that stuff is expensive! So when I discovered Costco’s brand was high quality and cheap, I signed up. I think I save enough every year on his food to pay for the membership and there are enough other things I buy to make me glad I’m a member. Being near a big city has it’s advantages.
The Desert is Green, Gorgeous and magical.
I moved today to BLM land about 20 miles north of town and the desert here is gorgeous! The grass is so thick and green that it literally looks like a manicured lawn. Usually I just drive out in the desert and pull over to camp, but it felt odd and almost wrong to do it on grass. It was cloudy today, so I don’t have any pictures that really do it justice. Tomorrow I will try to capture just how pretty it is in some photos. I think this may be one of my all-time favorite campsites. I am close enough to Phoenix to have great shopping and still be getting 4g internet signals (which is really fast), but at the same time the road back here was kind of rough so I don’t think I will be seeing anyone else. But the best thing is I am up on a hill and I get to look down onto the lights from Phoenix and they are spectacular! I wish you could all be here to see this!
I’m Working on Something BIG!
I don’t want to say what it is because it may not happen and I don’t want to jinx it by talking about it prematurely. But, if it happens it will be one of the coolest things that ever happened to me and I hope it brings a lot of positive attention to our wonderful way of life!