Links for truck camping

Some of the links take you to a place to buy the item. It doesn’t cost you more, I get a few cents from the transaction.

Weather

I am always looking for weather reports. I use weather spark  for a nice look at averages. This helps me decide on the direction for seasonal travel. For the daily hint the best one so far is the National Weather Service. Then I go crazy and look at were the wind is fierce on the wind map from hint.fm. This is a data driven site that takes huge amounts of data and makes images. Way cool. (Surface wind data comes from the National Digital Forecast Database. These are near-term forecasts, revised once per hour.)

Entertainment

Many people watch movies. For some reason I don’t. But I listen to podcasts … on my morning and evening walks. My new favorite is Recode Decode (Recode’s Kara Swisher, Silicon Valley’s most revered journalist, hosts candid interviews with tech execs, politicians, celebrities and more about their big ideas and how they’re changing our world. Tune in every week for enlightening conversations with people like Tesla CEO Elon Musk, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and many more). I also listen to Call Your Girlfriend, 99% Invisible, To The Best Of Our Knowledge, The Moth, and TED Radio Hour. Of course I have a huge stack of books that go to bed with me at night.

Directions

I use paper maps. DeLorme and/or Benchmark. I am old. What can I say? I do use Google maps for directions in confusing towns, but love to dream with the paper maps.

For more detailed geologic info I go to a wonderful site that really illustrates and explains each state. Here I find out where the mountains are, where the county lines exist, and where the elevation changes.

I use freecampsites.net to find interesting places to camp that cost little or nothing. The National Forest, by law, has to have maps of each district within the forest. These maps (called MVU Maps) are a boon to campers because they show where you can camp for 14 days. For free! You can also get the maps digitally through Avenza. Sometime it costs, sometimes free, depending on the map.

Work

You can volunteer with the Forest Service here. Other federal volunteer positions are here. I worked for Rocky Mountain Recreation Company, was paid, and had a great couple of years.

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Quartzsite in a Truck Camper

Truck camping in the Quartzsite LTVA is more social than I am comfortable with, but get over it fast as I am asked for dinner, given an organic apple, hugged by friends from last year, librarian remembers my name, much unexpected joy.

The library gets pretty full in the season. Libraries are a major part of anyone’s life if they are truck camping. This is where, for no money, you can use their internet, read local newspapers, check out books, buy books and get out of 95 degree sunshine to sit in an air conditioned place. Heavenly. I try to donate money whenever I can. The libraries in tiny towns are usually under funded and under staffed … but the turtles are taken care of!

Staying in touch with family and friends is so easy thanks to local libraries.

LTVA Camping

Lilith loves coming back to the same spot as last year. Sheltered from the worst of the wind, great solar opportunities, warm sunshine when it gets chilly in February.

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Truck Camping without a Cooler

Truck camping without a cooler is my way of travel. I hated getting the ice, worried about keeping chicken fresh, too much trouble, too much room it took up for the rewards it offered. Without a cooler eggs can stay good for 10-12 days if bought from a grocery store, Spam now comes in envelopes, greenish tomatoes ripen in the window. I have never put mayo or mustard or ketchup in the fridge.  Broccoli doesn’t last past a day if the weather is warm. Cabbage is great if you peel off the leaves instead of cutting the head in half. Rock hard avocados last for a week or so. Tortillas last, I think,  forever. Almond milk lasts for a very long time.

I miss lettuce, cheese, and yogurt. I miss seafood (but have been given fresh caught trout!). I hanker for ice cream sometimes. I develop a craving for chicken livers sometimes, and swing into the nearest Chesters.

An avocado on top of ghee toasted buns with siracha and Braggs. Delicious.

truck camper avocado lunch

An easy lunch with peanut butter, sesame Wasa crackers, Granny Smith apples and some siracha. Perfect. No dishes to wash.truck camper lunch

The salad below was made from 1/2 can of black beans, 1 tiny can of corn, 1/2 can of tomatoes, some spicy pickles, some chipotle powder, and a capful of ginger/sesame salad dressing. It was heavenly, and enough leftovers for breakfast. The can of beans was the start. While at the WRTR a woman said “Don’t you eat beans? I have 1 can every day.” I was startled since I had never thought of canned beans as something tasty. I was very wrong. This meal above kept me happy all day.

truck camper Canned Salad

Breakfast of Spam, eggs and bean dip. 1/2 for breakfast, 1/2 for lunch. truck camping breakfast

The links take you to a place to buy the item. It doesn’t cost you more, I get a few cents from the transaction. Well, not Chesters as much as I love their chicken livers.

 

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Truck Camping or a Trailer?

The truck, Lilith, is wonderful. Sometimes I do wish for more room, more shelter. That is one of the joys of being a camp host. People come up to Burro Bridge in all kinds of cool vehicles and trailers and accoutrements. And no one is shy talking about their choices.

open trailer

This couple rented this Alto trailer above to see if they wanted to buy one. The back slides down when they move it. Very aerodynamic! They loved most of it, and could figure a way to make it work. I think that they will buy one.

This one below, a R-Pod, stole my heart. So tiny. Even has a shower inside. It is so perfect for 1 person and even do-able for two.

R-Pod trailer

The picture below is more in my budget. It sells for around $180 in Walmart. It is easy to set up for 1 person, says a 30 year old fisherman. The back wall is extra. I decided that it is too big to carry around.

fishermen's tent

Maybe what I have is enough. It is only a few days that the weather is so bad I cannot be happy outdoors. I have a tarp that is 8’x 10′ and should do for a few more years.

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Wilderness Rabbit Hole

I was camp host to many elk hunters. The campground is adjacent to  the Lizard Head Wilderness Area. It confused me that it was set up to preserve the wilderness, yet allowed/encouraged hunting the animals living in the wilderness areas.

Lizard Head Wilderness

I started investigating the idea of wilderness.

“A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” – Howard Zahniser (author of the act)

Wikipedia says: “Within wilderness areas, the Wilderness Act strives to restrain human influences so that ecosystems [the Wilderness Act, however, makes no specific mention of ecosystems] can change over time in their own way, free, as much as possible, from human manipulation. In these areas, as the Wilderness Act puts it, “the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man,”untrammeled meaning the forces of nature operate unrestrained and unaltered.”

Wikipedia also says: “Along with many other uses for the American people, wilderness areas are popular for diverse kinds of outdoor recreation but without motorized or mechanical vehicles or equipment except where specifically permitted. Scientific research is also allowed in wilderness areas as long as it is non-invasive. The Wilderness Act was reinterpreted by the Administration in 1986 to ban bicycles from Wilderness areas …”

Heck, you can’t even bike. So hunting? Guns and modern bows are as “mechanized” as bikes.

There is no mention of hunting wild animals in a wilderness area, yet there are lots of hunters in the Lizardhead Wilderness.

“Hunters and anglers play a major role in sustaining Colorado’s natural resources through their willingness to pay for conservation through the purchase of hunting and fishing licenses,” said Bob Broscheid, director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

“…. hunters and fishermen generate $1.8 billion every year for Colorado’s economy, up from $845 million in 2004. That supports 21,000 jobs across Colorado. It may or may not surprise you to learn that the Colorado Parks and Wildlife found that almost as many people want to watch wildlife as they want to shoot it. Wildlife watching generated $1.2 billion and supports 12,800 jobs.” This came from an Aspen Times article in Sept of 2018. 

So, what do you think? Should actual “wilderness areas” have hunting?

 

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