Life on the Open Road (April 2006 - May 2008)

The continuing saga of a single fulltime RVer who travels the western US. This is part one of my journey, from April 2006, when the blog started, to May 2008, when the blog continues at

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I have been a full-time RVer for 18 years, primarily "boondocking," camping free without hookups, in the Western US. I am connected electronically with the world via satellite TV, phone and internet. My batteries are charged solely by solar panels. I welcome your comments and emails.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Advanced Boondocking 5 - Roadsides and Side Roads

Thoreau said it 150 years ago: "Let the night overtake you everywhere at home." We did just that recently at this lovely pullover along the Clackamas River on Hwy 214 in Oregon. We stopped to eat a bite and got charmed into staying the night. A nearby osprey nest with 2 insistent chicks furnished the evening's drama. Mom splashed into the river and got a fine fish for them.

Here are two more roadside campsites we used recently. Of course, we avoid camping beside busy roads. The rule of thumb would be roadside camping on side roads.

Randy's friend and travel companion for many years, Arnold Eckland, would not worry himself about where to spend the night. On many occasions when Randy would stop to discuss the matter, he would look around and say, "What's wrong with right here?"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are lucky. Your central nervous systems work differently than mine: on a relatively quiet road, every car wakes me up.

But I can sleep in a casino parking lot between the Las Vegas Strip and I-15 with no problem.

8:05 AM  
Blogger Lilli & Nevada said...

That is our kind of boondocking as well. Glad that your enjoying what Oregon has to offer

7:57 PM  
Anonymous bushrod said...

What's the matter with right here? Did he really say that?

11:24 PM  

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