Be "open" in your choice of overnight parking. Adopt a "slow way of going" travel routine. Enjoy more and spend less!
If we're not rv boondocking along some creek or beside some mountain lake we're usually traveling between such places. When all we need is a few hours rest, not wanting or needing a hookup of any sort, I just can't justify in my pea sized Cowboy brain dropping $25 - $35 for overnight parking.
So here are the most common ways we handle our overnight parking:
Now don't get me wrong, I don't consider wal mart overnight parking to be boondocking.
Set up at the bottom of a Sonoran Desert hill with a gorgeous view of the blue mountains across the valley is boondocking! Wal Mart overnight parking is just that. Parking for a while in a parking lot. We value it highly for what it gives us, but it is not boondocking.
What it gives us is the savings in our travel expenses to allow us to travel and see more!
Relax, don't get uptight. Enjoy the day! I think the biggest mistake people make ( I know it because I used to be the same darn way!) is to engage in the "National Lampoon Vacation". Hammer down, 5,000 miles, 19 states, 98 attractions in only two weeks!
They roll through so fast, trying to make miles, that they couldn't describe what they saw if their lives depended on it! Their pictures are a blur, literally! They were going past at 75 mph! They didn't see a thing.
Stop and smell the roses. Force yourself to slow down for a few days. Push yourself into the slower pace, the easier routine. After a few days you won't have to force yourself. Leave that hectic pace and pressure to go go go, see see see, run run run, behind.
Hear that Eagle scream as you stand in the shade under a Ponderosa pine for a bit, just being. Listen to the wind in the grass
as you watch the shadows change up in the rim rock across the canyon, and the sun sinking out of sight below the western horizon. It's amazing what you'll see from a widespot in the road, just overnight parking!
We don't have to be anywhere. If we slow down, the territory we're in will have time to soak in a bit. We'll have time to appreciate the beauty that's all around us.
And guess what? That slower pace is going to (hear comes a fuel saving tip )save you money! Slower speed, fewer miles, fewer gallons of fuel burned. More pic niks! ( fewer meals at restraunts).
The relaxed pace may even get you healthier and result in lower blood pressure! And fewer doctor bills!
Overnight parking is just a part of RV Boondocking. But it's an important part, and you can shape it to be nearly as enjoyable as that backcountry camp! A good time and save money at the same time?! Sweet!
See you down the road. Maybe in some pretty little widespot, overnight parking on the way to our Boondocking camp!
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