Morning Peace

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Dry Camping or Boondocking


Adventure Location: Decatur, Al.

Adventure Date: 5-30-2021

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It is time to discuss a controversial definition. We did not know it was controversial until the last couple of months being here in the East again. For some reason the OFM Teams have had several folks stop and ask about his rig and travels because they are going to be getting a rig and “seeing the country”.

Inevitably they mention the solar panel array on top of the Castle and boondocking comes up. Then it gets interesting as to what they consider boondocking.

According to the well viewed youtubers, boondocking is always way away from “civilization” all by your selves with no hookups and no other RV in sight.

Others say “dry camping” is no hookups in a developed campground but near stores etc.

So to make it very clear about this, when the OFM writes dry camping or boondocking he is talking about not having water, electric or sewer hooked to the Castle while camping at that location. It does not matter if the location is 30 seconds from a Walmart door, in an Interstate rest area or in BLM or Nforest dispersed camping area or campground somewhere. For us, it is the STYLE of camping not the location.

In the meantime We are preparing to go see the fireworks display just outside the campground tonight. It might be a great way of trying to have tooooo much fun.


  1. I had no idea the poplar tree blossom had such an interesting structure!

    1. It was a major surprise to me that it was a tree blossom.

  2. Even being "Off the Grid" on BLM or LTVA lands is considered boondocking because there are no hookups available.
    It's truly a great way of having tooooo much fun.

  3. Boondocking, dry-camping, either one works for me, as long it is refers to actual camping. But I'm pretty insistent that there is a distinction between camping and overnighting. I see far too many out there "camping" when parked at a Walmart or Cracker Barrel, or rest area with slides out, awnings and furniture deployed, and outdoor entertainment centers fired up, when they should actually be keeping a low profile and "overnighting" instead.

  4. My favorite recently acquired word is "moochdocking". Apparently, that's where you camp in the driveway of a friend or family like we did at my Dad's house, And like the Boondork does every summer. :)

  5. There was an article in the Portland Press Herald yesterday about a shortage of campers for sale. Post pandemic, people are looking to buy used campers here in New England - those that are available are selling like hot cakes.
    the Ol'Buzzard