Oh to be in the boonies again. It speaks to my primal side, opens my horizon and makes me want to skip & yodel with joy (thank goodness no-one is here to see it). I do LOVE boondocking. It can take some skill to pull it off “beast”-size as we are, but it’s always worth it when we get there, and winter in the SW IMHO is simply the absolute BEST place and time to do it.
We’re currently on BLM land in the Albama Hills just outside of Lone Pine, CA. This outerworldy landscape of rocks and mountains has been the background to endless Western Movies making this one of the most filmed areas in the US. We scoped out this area last year while we were staying at nearby Tuttle Creek and immediately decided to stay here if we came back. With its fascinating clusters of rocks and endless dirt roads there are plenty of places to find a quiet spot here. And what’s even more fun is that we got to introduce Lu & Terry to their first bona fide boondocking experience! It took a few weeks of cajoling (can you say bulldog Nina on the case?), but we finally convinced them in the end…and as expected they are loving it!!
As an extra bonus for our little pack we got to meet RV Sue. After just barely missing each other several times on our trip down 395, we finally caught up to her right around the corner and snuggled into the rocks here in the Alabama Hills. She’s just as lovely as I imagined. A very laid-back gal from the East Coast who’s fallen in love with the West and become a total desert rat…I can dig that.
And her doggies are just as lovely too. When we arrived on our bikes Spike and Bridget tumbled out of the Casita to meet up, touching noses with Polly and giving us plenty of welcome licks (Bridget is quite the lover). RV Sue is quite the inspiring woman, living simply, travelling alone with her 2 best pals and boondocking most of the way. We’ve had a few good chats and expect we’ll find her again somewhere out in her beloved desert this winter. Very cool lady!
Sadly BOTH RV Sue and Lu & Terry are leaving today. RV Sue is at the end of her 14-day BLM limit and Lu & Terry are getting out to avoid a wind storm we’ve got forecasted for tomorrow (plus, they’re due to start workamping in San Diego next month). After almost a month of caravanning and being total social RV butterflies that means we’ll be on our own again….almost wierd….can you say happy hour for two? We’re sad to see our buddies go, but have enjoyed our time together and have no doubt we’ll meet back up on the road.
As for us? We’re going to hang out in our little boondocking paradise for the next week or so, taking our time to explore the cool rocks, maybe uncovering some new arches and perhaps discovering a few more hikes. I’ve got a couple of cool posts scheduled including a little boondocking intro primer (or re-primer if you will) and an update on some of the excellent sights we’ve seen in the area over the past 4 days. In the meantime just imagine me galloping around in my own imaginary Western right here in our back yard “Hi-yo Silver”….!
NOTE/ For a great write-up of this area including the geology and history of the Alabama Hills check out Lu’s post from yesterday. And for more detail on Movie shoot locations check out Bayfield Bunch’s post from 2011 In Search Of Randolph Scotts Campfire.
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