When someone learns my wife and I are hitting the road for an extended RV trip, they invariably ask where we are going. If we mention Nevada, they consistently respond, “oh, Las Vegas” and proceed to recommend their favorite RV park, casino and buffet. I then inform them that we are actually going to explore old mining camps, obscure native American sites, do a little canyoneering, visit unique geological formations, freely ride our off road vehicles (ATV and Motorcycle), hike scenic areas, maybe explore an old pony express station, and enjoy the peace and quiet of camping out in the boondocks where the stargazing can’t be beat and the sunrises and sunsets are beyond description. This typically brings a dumbfounded expression from the person who posed the question as they say “ooh-kay” and quickly retreat thinking I am a little off.
So imagine our joy when we rolled in to the sleepy ghost town of Tybo, Nevada and were greeted by a couple (and their dog) boondocking in their RV. Not only did they enjoy camping out for weeks in a deserted town, but they also enjoyed exploring mining ruins of yesteryear, hidden canyons, forgotten sites and other unique places in the back country via their ATV. We spent over an hour talking about our interests and places we’ve visited. As we shared stories of our adventures, we soon felt like we had known them forever. They, too, receive quizzical responses from friends and family when they state they forgo the glitter of Las Vegas for the solitude of the boondocks. Needless to say, contact information was exchanged and we have agreed to share unique places to explore as we discover them.
Finding there are others out there that enjoy the same off beat things as you, just another enjoyable adventure in RVing!
Follow Dave’s RV adventures as he travels the West in search of forgotten and unique places. For Dave, home is where you park it, the more remote the better!