Out for a drive south of Chisinau, Moldova. Photo taken December 6, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Purcari Winery, Republic of Moldova.

Where are they going next? Transnistria. The country that doesn't exist! Arrive December 8th.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Our top 10 campsites of 2015!

As you can see, we've got a few top 10 lists on the go. We're also counting down our header photo over the next few days with our top 10 header photos of 2015.

Our regular readers already know that we're not "RV park" type of campers. We don't like to have neighbours too close by and we like to have a nice view out of our windows. That's just what's important to us. That usually entails some form of boondocking, and we sure did our fair share of that this year!

So...in chronological order...(if you click the date, it will bring you to the blog post from that day)...

January 8, 2015 

In the mountains south of the Copper Canyon, Mexico. Cost: Free.


Overlooking Mexico's Copper Canyon. Cost: 20 pesos ($1.65).


Camping with the burros at Imperial Dam, Arizona. Cost: Free.


Theodore Roosevelt National Forest, Arizona. Cost: Free.


Burnt Corrall Campground. Best view of the year, I think! Cost: $7.00 per night.


Near Flagstaff. It was not as cold as it looks! This was a great spot. (Thanks Grace!). Cost: Free.


A perfect boondocking spot east of Salt Lake City. Perfect. Cost: Free.


Eagle Creek Campground near Yellowstone. Cost: $7.00.


Toadstool Geologic Park, Nebraska. Cost $3 day use plus $2 more to camp. Nice!

And finally...


Right here where we are just now at Valle de Bravo, Mexico. We love it here! Cost: Not sure yet! It will depend on how many nights we stay. Probably around $8.00 per night.

We hope that you enjoyed camping with us this year. We enjoyed having you along!



29 comments:

  1. You are so welcome! Those are some beautiful spots for sure. You two are amazing at finding that perfect place. So nice that you are in a favorite spot right now!

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    1. We loved that spot Grace and we will make our way there again at some point.

      We don't always find the "perfect" spot but we almost always find something that is better than a Walmart parking lot or a truck stop.

      We are loving this spot! :-)

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  2. I showed this post to my husband and he said, "copy down some of these sites." I replied, "I'd forget where I put the list!" I'll just keep this post handy, how about that? We also prefer not to be camped cheek-by-jowl in some packed campground! Nice photos tell the story.

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    1. Sometimes it is nice to be at a campground in a National Park or State Park, when there is lots to do in the area and usually places like that are nicely spaced out but to be in a commercial private park where you are packed in like sardines is just not for us, that's when we really love to boondock.

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  3. We're heading down to Mexico some time in April. Hopefully your spot at the lake will be available! Thanks for posting the list. Have a great Christmas.

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    1. If it isn't available I am sure that Chago will find you one that is just as good.

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing all this info! I know I will definitly be checking out some of these sites.
    Merry Christmas!

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    1. You are most welcome and there are plenty of other great boondocking spots from previous years as well.

      Merry Christmas to you as well!

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  5. Hey you two!

    John and Rosemary here.

    John is a court officer in New York retiring in a few months. I pulled he trigger a few years ago via downsizing!

    We just bought a 2015 Itasca Navion and plan to be on the road come the first spring day. Can't wait to do what you two are going.

    If you would like to touch base please contact me at rosemarypatterson@gmail.com.

    Happy trails.

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    1. You will have a ball out there on the road! We hope that spring will come early for you folks.

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    2. Love, love, love this blog! SO inspiring! We are just about to retire and do the same thing! I´m in Mexico right now as a Peace Corps volunteer, but planning on camping as son as its over. Rosemary, you posted that you bought a Navion. I was wondering where you will find the correct gas (diesel) in Mexico. We were told that it was hard to come by.

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  6. Have to check out valle de bravo. Never been there. Next season when terry can travel. See you in Guanajuato. I have just spoken on the phone to everybody on the caravan. Get the impression it will be a good bunch.

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    1. We love the Valle de Bravo area. I don't think a caravan would be able to fit in where we are right now but it should fit into the place just down the road that is in the Church's book.

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  7. I love the recap and pictures of some great places! You have landed some pretty nice spots! Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks Randy, we do happen to get a few duds every now and then but even they are better than staying at a Walmart or truck stop. ;-)

      Merry Christmas to both you and Pam.

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  8. You hear so much negative about Mexico. Do you feel safe when boondocking there? Are there places you avoid? Thanks

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    1. The media always like to tell you the bad stuff but none of the good stuff. We like to show people that the media is very wrong in most cases. The main thing about camping in Mexico is to do your research! Buy the Church's Mexico Camping book, it is getting a little old now but there are updates to it online. Yes, we feel safe boondocking/drycamping but we generally do it spots where there is some security, not really boondocking in the same sense. We don't normally stay in areas close to the border or where there has been talk of a lot of cartel activity but we also have heard that certain Mexican states should be avoided but again it may only be a certain area in that state because there are places that you can travel without any issues within that state. One of the most important rules, at least for us, is to never drive at night and plan to travel shorter distances during the day. Traveling in Mexico is never quick!

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  9. Live in Florida full time, but planning a trip to Arizona Jan & Feb to do some boondocking and to some of the places that you and Ruth have been. I look forward to your blog everyday. Keep up the work and be safe.

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    1. There are so many opportunities in Arizona for boondocking, you will have no problem finding these and many others. So happy to hear that you enjoy our blog and our adventures.

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  10. Where was the spot in Salt Lake City, UT.?

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    1. If you noticed the note below the picture is says east of Salt Lake City, so it isn't in Salt Lake City. Click on the date and the link will take you to the day/night that we spent at this location and there is a map in the post and the GPS coordinates.

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  11. The boating equivalent of boondocking is gunkholing, it's so much niced to swing on the hook (anchor) than pay for a slip in a busy marina. Our boat is long gone, but there may be a Sherman in our future. Thanks for sharing your favourite spots.

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    1. Yep, pretty much two in the same! :-)

      I would love to see your adventures if/when you get a motorhome. It is such a wonderful way to travel, at least we think it is.

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  12. Thank you so much for sharing your camping spots.

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  13. I like your current view - but I tend to like the water views. The wild burros were pretty neat though.

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    1. We love this spot too, we are having no problem relaxing and doing nothing here, which is a big change for us. ;-)

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  14. Where is Burnt Corral Campground and how do you find all these spots ? Do you drive up and down roads until you find something ? Once you find a spot, do you stop then, or keep searching for a while to see if you find something better ? I have always wondered about the boon docking search. I know there is some information available but seems some people like yourselves have a knack for finding the good spots.

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    1. Burnt Corral Campground is in Arizona in Tonto National Forest near Theodore Roosevelt Dam.

      Yes, sometimes we drive up and down roads, but not often. Usually, we have an idea of our route for that day, and we look for things along that route using a variety of resources. Sometimes, we just kkep our eyes open and we know what to look for. Often we look at each other at the same time and say "there's a possibility!".

      Sometimes we see a decent spot and keep looking for better and then backtrack (never by more than a mile or two!) to the first spot we had seen.

      Yes, I think it's a learned art...

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