A few days ago we celebrated Thanksgiving. In addition to my home, family, friends, Savior and good health I am thankful for my RV, the opportunity to boondock across the western United States and current technology that allow my wife and I to do so comfortably and confidently.
When you really sit and think about it, us RVing boondockers are a lucky bunch and should be very grateful. Let’s take a look:
– I am thankful for my RV. A RV is literally a rolling home on wheels. They allow us to go where we want and when we want with all the comforts of home. We can shower with hot water, cook on a stove or in an oven, sleep on a full size mattress, use a flush toilet within the confines of a heated RV, enjoy our favorite beverage over ice compliments of our RV refrigerator and eat meals at a dining table just like home. Best of all, we can enjoy all of these comforts while camped in the middle of nowhere.
– I am thankful to live in the western states of the freest country in the world where there are hundreds of thousands of acres to camp for free in some of the most scenic places imaginable.
– I am thankful for my job which allows my wife and I to work from the road for extended periods of time and the technology listed below that allows us to do so.
– I am thankful for cell phones that allow us to place calls and text messages from the comfort of our RV when it is parked miles and miles from the nearest town.
– I am thankful for the quickly developing 4G network across the west, which allows us to stay in touch with family and friends via email, manage websites, process credit card payments, send and receive work files and connect to the internet for a host of other modern day conveniences regardless of where we are camped.
– I am thankful for Google Earth which allows me to find forgotten places, unique geological formations and our boondocking campsites long before we arrive. It allows me to view the roads that access them and most importantly the coordinates to get us there.
– I am thankful for the Global Positioning System (GPS) along with inexpensive software and receivers which allow us to navigate to the most remote campsites, ghost towns, mining camps or little known slot canyons with precision. I am also thankful that the same system can steer us back to the RV after a long day of exploring the west.
– I am thankful for my Spot Satellite Messenger that, regardless of cell phone coverage, allows me to:
1) Send our adult children the coordinates of our ever changing camp locations and that we are okay.
2) Dispatch emergency road service to our exact location when needed.
3) Have first responders dispatched precisely to our location in the event of a life threatening emergency.
– I am thankful for satellite TV which allows us to watch our favorite shows and catch up on the latest world news from virtually anywhere.
Finally, I am thankful of all of the adventures in RVing the above items have allowed my wife and I to experience.