What is Boondocking?
The word boondock comes from the Tagalog "bundok" meaning "mountain." Answers.com gives the definition "rural country," "the backwoods" while MSN Encarta also includes "place remote from civilization." In this book I refer to both camping and boondocking, with camping including organized primitive campgrounds and other dry camping locations, while the term boondocking specifically means camping in more remote areas in undesignated campgrounds, or designated camping areas but without designated campsites.
The true boondocking experience is camping off the beaten path, in a hidden desert canyon or on the banks of a trout stream, often without other RV neighbors, and with no amenities other than Mother Nature and the indigenous critters that also make the boondocks their home. These campsites are the hardest to find, and often the hardest to get to, yet are often the most rewarding for the quiet, solitude, and nature experiences they offer.
The primary lure of boondocking is simply because it is not a closely-packed, full-service campground. There are no neighbors so close you can hear their conversations—or arguments. I like space around me. When I look out the window I want to see hills or water or trees, a herd of elk, a flock of ducks, a covey of quail--not another RV.
With that comes not having to close my drapes for privacy from my neighbors, or if I want to walk outside in my Joe Boxer shorts, nobody is there to complain. I don’t have to listen to someone’s TV set or generator well into the night when I would rather be listening to the"yip-yip howl" of a band of coyotes. A neighbor's porch light doesn't shine into my window, or kill my night vision so I can't see the night hawks swooping low overhead, or the forest birds settling into their roosts for the night.
I want to look out and see the millions of stars twinkling in the Milky Way above me undimmed by light pollution. I want to hear the wind rustling softly in the pines, the gurgle of a stream, the call of a whippoorwill, a great horned owl hooting from a nearby perch. I want to watch northern pintails, blue-winged teals, and harlequin ducks paddle across a mountain lake, a doe and her fawn grazing along the shoreline, and a glossy iridescent rainbow trout leaping out of the mirror smooth water to snatch a mayfly.
This 65-page eBook will help you to become a proficient and efficient boondocker. It will show you how to: camp without the restriction of campground appendages whether in primitive national forest and BLM campgrounds or at your own "un-designated" campsite discovery, find those picturesque national forest or secluded desert canyon campsites, make the most of your RV's built-in self-contained features, conserve your onboard resources--and save tons of campground fees while enjoying nature in the wild.
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BOB DIFLEY, when he had a real job, was general manager of Northern California for an RV rental and sales company, has been a fulltime RVer for sixteen years, and is a writer, photographer, hiker, kayaker, runner, mountain biker, snowbird, and boondocker. His travel, destination, environmental, and nature articles and photos appear in MotorHome, Trailer Life, Good Sam's Highways, Coast to Coast, Woodall's Regional Publications, and RV Journal magazines. He wrote the Backroads & Boondocking and The Green RVer columns for Western RV News & Recreation, as well as articles for general interest publications. He is a seminar presenter at RV Rallies and for ten years taught seminars and classes at the Life On Wheels RV Conferences. He writes a weekly blog, Camping and Boondocking on our Public Lands, and for Good Sam Camping. He also has been an interpretive program presenter for Arizona’s Lake Havasu State Park and for Lake Havasu City Library. He and his wife, Lynn, spend their free time exploring the nation’s deserts, mountains, shores, forests, national parks, and wildernesses.
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