Reflections on Truck Camping

Starting out

I started in Utah and was so surprised at how frightened I was.

  1. Frightened of the weather,
  2. of strange men,
  3. of breakdowns,
  4. of injury,
  5. running out of money.
  6. Almost everything.

The fears lasted two weeks or so. Then they faded.

  1. The weather was challenging at times.
  2. The strange men shared coffee and stories.
  3. Lilith was healthy and willing every day.
  4. “Bites that itched” has been the worst injury.
  5. Nowhere to spend money.
  6. Running out of coffee.

This spot was terrific. I felt the ones who had lived there. A turkey showed up and kept me “entertained” for days. That damn turkey would hop up on the table while I was having coffee. And try to get some. One day the clouds started building and I became hyper alert. The sand was deep and I was parked just off of an obvious wash. A canyon flash flood would be no joke. Lilith has 4wd, but it was deep. Dropping down, into the canyon, had my heart thumping. Getting out might be dicey in the best of weather. I left quickly. Useful fear.

So I moved to another Utah spot to look for meteorites. What joy.

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6 Responses to Reflections on Truck Camping

  1. Hilary Burgess says:

    Thanks for this post. I’m now about 2 weeks on the road. I knew Arizona would be hot in the summer but I underestimated how crippling it can be. I can’t go outside. Fear still has a grip on me, but I’m trying to dial it in and find out the source. Fear of money is not really about money. Onwards.

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    • Mas Prema says:

      My thoughts are with you. That heat slows me down extremely. I love it for some strange reason. I pour water over my head and shirt and wonder how the plants and animals survive. Onward!

      On Wed, Aug 25, 2021 at 4:38 PM Truck Camper Hints wrote:

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  2. Cindy Rogers says:

    Fear…Friend and Foe! Funny how fear fades, once we step into the experience. And step beyond “paralysis by analysis”. Smart move to get out of the wash, once that rain/water settles into the sand you could be there for days waiting for it to dry out…or worse😬

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    • Mas Prema says:

      Thank, Cindy. I have learned to be very cautious when it comes to washes and deep sand. Use to be fear. Now it is respect and caution.

      On Mon, Aug 23, 2021 at 5:44 AM Truck Camper Hints wrote:

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  3. Frederic says:

    Gorgeous scenery! Interesting how our fears derail so much of our process.

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