Madden Peak

Thank you for so generously inviting us to camp a few days in your backyard! You didn’t notice us? That’s because you own more land than you could possibly see in your lifetime, even were you only 16. “You”, of course, is plural; and a grammar Nazi would prefer that I write “we”. The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management have custody of over 600 million acres of Federal land. It has always been fashionable to bash government employees, but from our experience those guys and gals do a pretty good job.

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Free Full Hookups in Kansas and OK

There are perhaps a dozen spots, each with electricity, set right next to a gem of a baseball field, the home of the Lyons Lions. It’s 350’ to dead center, with dugouts and a dark green batter’s eye…. There’s a community dump station and a potable water source, plus ample shade. You could stay there for up to two weeks, but ‘Hey, Toto: We are in Kansas.”

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Boondocking in Salida

We found a so-so spot in the Bighorn Canyon campground. A day later we improved locations, this time securing a high site near the river, close enough to hear its music after dark.

Salida is Kat’s kind of town. Downtown is an old but well-kept, a mix of cafes, galleries, offices, shops and bars. The river runs right through old downtown, and the City of Salida operates two shady, manicured parks right there on the river.

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Another Boffo Boondocking Site

Ivie’s Creek, northwest of Salina, UT, on Hwy 50 has it all. There’s a lovely old mountain checkered with firs, Ponderosa pines, and aspens to the west. There is a broad plain down in the valley along with Scipio Lake to the northeast. Nights are dark enough to please every amateur astronomer and most pros. The spring-fed creek is clear enough to suit a brewer, cold enough to take your breath away, and shallow enough that non-swimmers can safely wade in it. Its music rivals The Vienna Philharmonic’s….

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It’s a Small World

Following the ranger’s advice we found the first of two dirt roads of interest, and turned into it pulling the big ‘Stream. Fifty yards in we spied a white Casita trailer with a white van as its tow vehicle. Could this be RV Sue and the Canine Crew? That’s when we saw a little dog with perky ears, white with black spots, starting to bark. That would be Spike.

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Prickly Pear Margaritas Alongside Lake Mead

All I can think of is the lyrics to a Janis Joplin song called “Get It While You Can”. She was singing about something else, but the message is “See it while you can”. It’s beautiful, blue, and cool in early spring. The waterline is maybe 100 feet below us but there are still millions of sun-bleached mussel shells in the packed sand around our boondock site.

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Boondocking the Grand Canyon

If anybody reads us hoping to encounter interesting literature without paying for a subscription to either The New Yorker or Mad Magazine, this post and nearly all of our others will disappoint you. This one is meant for the handful of frequent RV’ers in our audience, to each of whom we feel a duty to help on that rare occasion when we think we can. We owe so much to the RV blogs Watson’s Wander, Aluminarium, and Wheeling It: it feels good to be able to give something back.

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