This past summer while camping at Hahn in Spring Mountain, ID. I had a very enlightening experience boondocking in total silence.
Waking up just before sunrise, I slipped out of the RV to await the sun rising over the distant mountain range. As I sat there, I realized there was only silence. There were no insects buzzing, no vehicle noise , no aircraft noise, or any sound coming from the RV. It was nothing but quiet. It seemed I was concentrating just to hear something, anything. Yet, no sound was present.
When I present my boondocking seminars, I have always touted the peaceful solitude of this type of camping. When you select a good site there is little, if anything, man-made to be seen from your campsite other than your RV. There are no buildings, no wires, no vehicles, no picnic tables, no fences, no trash, and no other RVs. Sometimes you can’t even spot an aircraft in the sky.
I like to tell my audience that when I am camped in places like this, I feel I am as close to God’s perfect creation as I will ever be. Experiencing total silence in a far removed solitude boondooking site as mentioned can really bring perspective to one’s life. I encourage RVers to seek out such a place at least once in their RVing experiences. Who knows, you may experience your own “aha” moment while your ears are straining.
To find a quite place to experience, without driving the two miles of rough dirt road to Hahn, here are a few suggestions:
- Visit forest service campsites (at the end or beginning of the camping season) during weekdays when
you are likely to have the whole campground to yourself.
- Disperse camp at the end of a dead end forest service spur road far from the highway.
- Head to the desert southwest and find a dispersed camping site a couple miles off the
- Try winter camping at a sno-park location midweek when there is little likely hood of
other RVs being present. The snow will help to muffle any manmade sounds and most
animals will be snoozing the winter away, allowing you to experience total silence.
At total peace within your environment, one of the best adventures in RVing!
If you know of additional quite places to camp or have an outstanding quite experience of your own, please share.
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