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Point Mallard, Decatur, Alabama

2/3/18

When and Where

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
Adventure Date: 02/03/2018

The Federal money runs out on Feb. 8 and the federal lands to the west could shut down again. Not knowing what will happen is a major trouble for the OFM Teams. The OFM gets a couple of questions nearly every day. “When are you leaving and where are you going?” are the two normal ones. The answer is we do not know yet because of the potential for most of the good places in west Texas and southern New Mexico to get shut down when congress messes around again. 

We are not saying either side is right or wrong. This is not about the politics of the sides. This is about trying to get ready to roll and having some place neat to roll to. We know we are wanting to hit up Big Bend NP, Amistad NRA and Guadalupe Mountains NP this spring. We also know we have reservations for Decatur Alabama on April 27 for a long stay and play with the grandkids and their parents. When those parks closed in 2013 for 16 days, the state parks in Texas and NM and most of the commercial parks all got more camping business than they could accommodate. We got caught in that mess in 2013 and are trying carefully to not get caught in it again.

In the mean time we have one more item (money) coming (supposedly) in the mail that we would really like to get into our possession before we roll. The Castle and Sierra are as ready as we can get them until a rolling date is available.

It looks like our best activity is to keep on fishing for the BIG ONE as a great way of trying to have tooooo much fun.

8 comments:

  1. That would really be bad for you if the parks shut down. I guess you may either have to fight the crowds for a spot at an RV park or go boon docking. What ever happens I hope you can still have too much fun.

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    1. DD, you seem to not understand. When the gov closes the forestry service and BLM also closes. that takes out most of the boondocking in west Texas and NM.

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  2. I didn't think about the boondocking sites being on federal lands. I hope they get things cleared up before the deadline. I missed seeing several national parks during the last shutdown and I'll never get the opportunity again.

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  3. Good luck with you adventures and catching the BIG one!

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  4. You might be toooo worried about the possibility of a federal shutdown. Yes it will affect National Parks but I don't see how it can affect boondocking on most federal lands there's simply too many places with too many ways to get on them for them to simply close them off.

    During that last shutdown I was in Quartzsite on BLM land and it had no effect on me whatsoever, and later on I talked to some folks that had been at an LTVA and it had no effect on them either.

    If the department of interior had enough manpower to tell 100,000 RVers in Quartzsite to leave, where would they expect us to go? It would create a mini disaster. And if the department of interior furloughs most of its people who's gonna be there to keep you off of BLM land it's not like there's a big gate they can close.

    As for me I'm going to continue living my life the way I enjoy as long as there's a State Park, a Walmart parking lot, a truck stop, state lands, RV Parks that let you boondock for a few bucks like Escapees, County parks, and even city parks, I know I'll have a place to stay.

    After all, freedom, self-reliance and independence are the keystones of boondocking.

    Tom

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    1. I think La Posa South actually has a gate. And I've been there when they locked the dump stations. That second one would certainly curtail my ability to boondock there.

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    2. Your absolutely right. But what I meant by saying it didn't affect me was there are other places to dump and take on water. Also in all the years I've been going to Quartzsite I've only stayed at an LTVA once. So if anything I would call that shutdown an inconvenience.

      Tom

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  5. I was on BLM labd near Quartzsite when the shutdown happened a couple of weeks ago. The only effect I saw was that the services in the LTVA stopped. Trash built up at the dumpsters and folks had to go to the commercial places and pay to dump and take on water.

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