We again find ourselves camped along the shores of California’s Salton Sea. There is something about this place that draws us here.
I am not sure if it is the stark harsh environment, the incredible amount of diverse bird life or its unique history with Southern California, it is not like any other place we know.
As we sip a vintage red while watching another unbelievable sunset over the Laguna mountains we reflect on the charmed life we have been living.
In this country we can decide on a whim to travel anywhere we want without regard to what is happening in the rest of the world.
Traveling around the globe for many years has clarified our view of America’s place on this earth. Our perspective tends to be a little different than others, we learned a long time ago we have it pretty darn good in America.
During our younger years we were lucky enough to work in Alaska during the summer months and travel internationally during the winter months.
This seasonal lifestyle enabled us to work hard for 6 months and then be free as a bird for the next 6 months.
Fortunately this lifestyle is not for everyone and we were lucky to find many undiscovered places that are now considered to be on the gringo tourist trail.
Today international tourism has become big business and sometimes threatens to influence and overwhelm foreign cultures and delicate ecosystems worldwide, even in this country.
Though we are not in our 20’s anymore, travel continues to challenge and inspire us but times are changing and so must we.
For the last 5 years we have had a blast driving and hiking across thousands of miles of America and Canada, enjoying the beautiful topography, geography and meeting its demography in our little motorhome.
It continues to be a fabulous adventure.
At home in Alaska we are lucky to live in the middle of millions of square miles of wilderness. Living remotely has its advantages and disadvantages.
We cherish Alaska’s wide open spaces and lack of congestion but when we travel south to the lower 48 in the fall we must re-join society. This transition can be hard for us, and sometimes is overwhelming.
Since starting this blog we usually have spent the coldest months of winter in the deserts of the southwest.
Recently we have noticed that some of our favorite desert haunts have become congested and it has become much harder to find solitude.
This seems to be happening at many sites that are near or adjacent to major highways with easy access.
As more boomers like us retire and hit the road in RV’s, free camping locations are becoming packed. Due to the cost of living some folks are financially forced to live in their RV’s full-time while working just outside of city centers.
Add in the weekend warriors that migrate out of cities on Friday nights and crowding can become a real problem.
Many dispersed and boon docking camping areas are now over populated and overused with each passing year.
Places 5 years ago that had a hand full of campers are sometimes filled with all types and styles of RV’s. Crushed vegetation, garbage and human waste is becoming a problem at many sites.
I will be the first to admit as a travel blogger I have been part of the reason for this increased interest in dispersed or free camping.
Bloggers like me have been expounding about the joys of boon docking and the grand times we have had while traveling through spectacular landscapes.
What started out as a way to keep our families updated about our whereabouts has turned into a travelogue inspiring others to experience what we had found.
We are not anti-social, we love experiencing undiscovered nature with friends and firmly believe everyone should have the same opportunity. But as humanity spreads we have come to the conclusion that it is time for us to move farther afield.
We asked ourselves should we stop traveling altogether? (not a chance) or do we change our methods of travel. Eventually we came to the conclusion that if we want to continue to enjoy this lifestyle we must adapt and change.
We will need to find a better way to get to that remote campsite, that ridge overlooking a distant valley, the crossing of that creek, so that we will be able to travel farther afield.
This will mean leaving the traditional routes behind and following that narrow gravel road that leads into the unknown. We having been longing for more adventure and new discovery for several years now.
This change will require a different type of vehicle that is capable of transporting and supporting the four of us to more rugged and remote locations for longer periods.
New destinations will be in the Southwest US, Mexico and possibly the Southern Hemisphere.
It may also mean a different type of blog, one with less routing and location details yet with more inspirational visual content.
We have been considering this change for quite some time now and we are actively working on a plan of action that will enable us to find those out of the way places.
It may be awhile before it all comes together but in the the long run this change will enable us to continue the adventures that we so love.
If we are lucky maybe this could go on forever… or at least until it stops being fun.
Stay tuned for further developments.
Enjoy our latest video ” This Could Go On Forever”. Crank up the HiFi and watch it in HD!
Next stop Alaska, keep you posted.