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Old 02-13-2016, 10:58 PM   #1
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Your Ten Day Boondocking Dream Trip...

What if someone in the Rocky Mountain West was following this thread, willing to pack up their trailer and share their prior camp site experiences and teach others to become comfortable in a Base Camp setting?

What if there was a ten day window to accomplish this?

What if the places to explore varied within the 12 months of the year?

What if there was no cost to be among a group of fellow adventurers?

What if YOU had a Western Dream Trip that would require ten days from the first rendezvous to completion.

What is that dream? Where are those places to visit? Why is this important to you?

The Airforum Boondocking Thread has a number of experienced trailer campers among us. They may be willing to step forward and make the efforts required to promote Airstreams, other trailers, tents or wheel barrows... to explore within a comfort zone not possible on your own.

It is better to have asked and failed, than did nothing and succeeded. I am only one that has stepped forward in this respect. Others may be considering doing the same. You accept the risks that go with traveling out of the safety net of paved roads, power lines and lack of cell phone service.

Speak up or let this Thread die quickly to be buried by more important issues like... what is a good toilet paper to use in my trailer? etc..
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So I'm in the beginning of my two-year western boondocking odyssey and I still need to know what is the best toilet paper to use.
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Old 02-14-2016, 10:45 AM   #3
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If it is for Anywhere, Everywhere... Costco's.
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Old 02-14-2016, 01:50 PM   #4
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OK... what about sitting down and discussing "composting toilets".

Come on folks, this is for those with unlimited credit card options.

#1- Hike into the trees and find a spot, shovel and bury method.
#2- The plastic bag inserted into the trailers toilet, discard with your pet waste.
#3- Five gallon bucket. a) with bottom, toilet seat attached, plastic bag, pet waste OR
#4- Five gallon bucket. b) bottom removed, shovel hole, toilet seat, bury.
#5- Service Station that has a restroom... indoors.
#6- Colorado Ghost Town... options #1 to #4

KimberlyA and I understand there are limits some of us go to reach our comfort zone. Mine are rather simple. Think like you are a Neanderthal needing to use the restroom. What would be considered ANY improvement? Now go to Costco.
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What if you had a MENTOR LIKE RAY and NANCY EKLUND? I did and am so very grateful for that experience. Jan and I were somewhat apprehensive of joining with AIRSTREAMERS (shiny bullets) in our Interstate , but we were graciously accepted and included in the New Mexico Quemodo Adventure. With "baited breath" we are looking forward to our next lesson in Wyoming and beyond. Really wish Brent had been able to arrange time so we could begin in June, but realize some people still are working and can't just go anytime. (Lucky us)
As Ray has said, are there any other Mentors out there??? AEW
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Ed... do not go to Tin Cup or St. Elmo, Colorado with "baited breath". The chipmunks will overwhelm you and Jan for more bait than you can provide at 9,000 feet more or less. Thin breath at the best, as I see it.
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Old 02-14-2016, 02:33 PM   #7
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What if you had a MENTOR LIKE RAY and NANCY EKLUND? I did and am so very grateful for that experience. Jan and I were somewhat apprehensive of joining with AIRSTREAMERS (shiny bullets) in our Interstate , but we were graciously accepted and included in the New Mexico Quemodo Adventure. With "baited breath" we are looking forward to our next lesson in Wyoming and beyond. Really wish Brent had been able to arrange time so we could begin in June, but realize some people still are working and can't just go anytime. (Lucky us)
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Ed, come on out to the Bighorns anytime. With a week or two notice, I can almost always swing a 3-4 day weekend. No planning necessary for the Bighorns. We'll just "wing it"
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We like the Big Horns, boondocked up there out of Buffalo last year in a huge meadow off of USFS 35 I believe.
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Hi Ray,

I'm not quite sure where you're headed with this thread. Are you asking which spots we think should be part of a 10-day trip? Or, are you asking for volunteers/tag alongs to participate in a 10-day trip? I'm interested either way and hope to do some remote camping in NE and SD later this year.

By the way, I prefer Scott Rapid Dissolve.
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We like the Big Horns, boondocked up there out of Buffalo last year in a huge meadow off of USFS 35 I believe.
Mrprez, USFS 35 doesn't ring a bell, and I can't find it on my map. We'll meet on the Wyoming trip in August. We'll swap stories then.
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Ray, we've not boondocked at the same site for 10 days, but as old tent-campers with a bunch of jerry cans, a bucket, shovel, ax, and a generator, I think we could manage it.

One of our favourite places is the San Rafael Swell-- that incredibly scenic part of desert Utah you cross on I-80 between Green River and Salina. We prefer the North San Rafael Swell. It is known to locals, notably the ATV crowd, but there are places they can't get to, and lots of cool hikes where you probably won't see anybody. We've camped at the Wedge overlook (nicknamed the Little Grand Canyon,) in a dispersed site in Buckhorn Draw, and in the dry BLM CG at the San Rafael bridge in Buckhorn drawn. I think the BLM still charges $6/night there, so with a seniors pass, it's even more of a steal.

No water at any of these sites. No hookups, Wi-Fi, cell phone service. If you camp at the Wedge or the campground you'll probably have a few neighbours but then many are out there for the same reason you are.

It does get super hot in the summer (we once recorded 107F) and it can snow in the winter, so the shoulder seasons are good times to visit.

We really try to conserve our battery and water: hot tips available. I think we've managed up to 5 days without using the generator.

Why do it? Robert Service said it best:

"It’s the beauty that thrills me with wonder,
It’s the stillness that fills me with peace."
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Len n Jeanne,

I love the Swell! It's a great piece of Utah not that many people know about. I do think you mean I-70, not I-80.

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Nancy and I have been there twice... if we are at the same place.

It is on the south side of the highway. Large open grassy area among trees. You would not know it was there, other than the unmarked turnout. There "might" be an aspen tree with some initials. Some large rocks on the east side. Elk hunters use it as a hunter's camp. Nice place and gets you prepared for the drive down the east side at sunrise.

The road may have a a prefix A after the highway number. Been over ten years ago. Was worth the over night tent camping that day. I may have to pull out my Wyoming Atlas to see if I can do better... but why make it too easy to find.
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Hi Ray,

I'm not quite sure where you're headed with this thread. Are you asking which spots we think should be part of a 10-day trip? Or, are you asking for volunteers/tag alongs to participate in a 10-day trip? I'm interested either way and hope to do some remote camping in NE and SD later this year.

By the way, I prefer Scott Rapid Dissolve.
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Myself, much like the 2016 Wyoming ten days. Four camp sites work for ten days. Usually a loop in one general area to keep the driving time at a minimum.

Nancy & I know places scattered around, but this year will tag some special spots. We usually do not go back to some places, since there are thousands begging to be discovered. Indian Petroglyphs to just wonderful breath taking view... all works for us.

Ten days, four campsites... equals 40 camp days, doesn't it, Brent? Maggie?

We do not have solar on our latest Airstream. We haul a generator. I am not one of those who cries and whines about a generator being used. Maybe a couple can plug in and pay for our gasoline... sound like a win / win.
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