Shiny New Friends, Shiny New Boondocking Spot – Lake Mead, NV
It was a stunning sight. After an hour’s drive across a landscape so arid it almost seemed alien, the shimmering blue waters of Lake Mead erupted like an oasis in the desert….exactly like an oasis in the desert. It was a contrast so unexpected it made me gasp. Here in the midst of land so dry and rocks so brutally bare the sight of them made me ache, the blue sweetness was a soothing balm for the eyes. There is no way this should be here, and without the three and one-quarter million cubic yards of concrete that is Hoover Dam it sure as stone wouldn’t be. This was the first body of water we’d seen in 4 months and it was love at first sight. The aqua shores pulled us to their grasp and beckoned us in….”Put your a** in the sand and stay a while“, it said (or something equally poetic…)
But this was not the only shiny excitement we’d be having that day.
Just down the road RV blog buddies Aluminarium had invited us to join their boondocking site. In fact they’d not only scoped out a stunning water-view site big enough for both of us, they’d moved their Airstream there to block it off and had gone into town to buy smoked salmon and margaritas to welcome us in true Vegas style. How’s about them apples??
It wouldn’t be far off to say we felt like frikkin’ rock stars. As we moseyed into our huge, pre-reserved RV site and pointed our big ‘ol front window to the wide-open blue, I once again thanked our lucky RV stars to be living this lifestyle. Who else but RVers would invite you to share their home-space for a week if they didn’t really know you? And how many folks pay millions for a view like this? Neither of these things happened to us before we hit the road. We barely knew our neighbors back home and we sure as $$ couldn’t afford water-front property. Yet here we were making brand new friends and paying $10 (for a week) to bask in an experience that others wait lifetimes for. It felt pretty darn special…
Over the next 7 days we settled into a sweet daily rhythm and got to know our new boondocking buddies. This lovely young couple work fulltime on the road in their snazzy 27-foot Airstream with their gorgeous old doggie Curtis. Like all the RV folks we’ve met on the road we immediately felt a strong connection, all the more so because we’re both avid boondockers and foodies.
During the day we each worked in our respective solar-powered rigs, followed by afternoon walk/swim with doggie down by the lake, joint happy hour in our massive “sitting area”, the occasional dinner and long evening chats. The days were so very quiet and relaxed we managed to finish off our taxes (whooooo hoooooo!). This immediately set the tone for extra-special happy hours exchanging new cocktail recipes with our buddies (can you say Cosmopolitans and Outriggers?), doing drunken happy hour interviews (did they really catch us drooling over Airstreams?) and even making it into town for yummies at I Love Sushi. Ahh, the life of an RVer…
Our week here also taught us that old dogs can learn new tricks (that would be us dogs, not the dog dogs, if you see what I mean…). Despite being hardened boondockers we realized our life was missing some key improvements. I can’t honestly say Leigh and Brian invented ALL these ideas, but they’re the first ones I’ve met to put them all together and that, my friends, makes it geeeenius….
Doggie Nightlight-Bling – Do you know how hard it is to find a black dog on a black night in the boonies? About as hard as a darn black dog on a darn black night! Well, why not take your handy-dandy headlamp, hang it around doggie’s neck and you have automatic doggie nightlight bling? Doggie becomes a self-moving light and you can actually see where you’re going. Totally GENIUS!!
Dump-Station Showers – Many of you might be horrified by this, but it’s actually quite a brilliant idea. While hooked-up to the dump station (and as long as no-one is waiting) why not have a nice, long shower without using up your tanks? For fulltime boondockers where every drop is precious this is like having full hookups for free. You use all the water you want, dump it right away and arrive squeaky clean and fully tank-loaded to your new boondocking site. Totally GENIUS!!!
Netflix General Delivery – Did you know Netflix will send DVDs to General Delivery (at the post office)? Neither did I! Leigh and Brian carry a Netflix account and just change the General Delivery address each week. For $8/month they get all the movies they want in any boondocking location they want without ever using up any of their previous bandwidth to stream. No hassle, no rush and most importantly no bandwidth lost. Totally GENIUS!!
And yes, I’m totally stealing all these…..
Our buddies moved off this past week-end, and we’re feeling the itch to go too. This has been a gorgeous spot, but also a tad busy so we’re headed to another (hopefully equally gorgeous, but rather more quiet) boondocking spot on northern Lake Mead tomorrow. I’ll be reporting again from there…
P.S. Leigh keeps a short and sweet blog at Aluminarium where she often includes excellent vegetarian and vegan recipes. If you’ve ever wondered how boondockers manage to eat good food, her blog has got lots of gems….