When we began dreaming about the adventure of living on the road in our big, beautiful rig, one of the self-constructed limitations we imposed upon ourselves was the need to Boondock.
What is Boondocking? Glad you asked!
Boondocking is the ability to be fully self-sufficient whether we are plugged into the grid or not.
I must admit that I was not too keen on boondocking nor gave it much importance, but for the past week we have been making our way up the coast boondocking from spot to spot.
First, we were at Doheny Beach at a campground- ON THE BEACH! Too cool! Then we made it north of Ventura to the best hidden beach campground called Emmawood where we slept overnight on the side of the road- thank you Emma!
Finally, we made it to Monterey Bay. We attempted to low-gear climb an enormous grade to camp on top of the Bay mountains, only to be turned away and were told to check the fairgrounds. Alas, by the time we made it to the Fairgrounds, they were closed. Despondent, I looked across the street and saw a long, narrow parking lot at the back of a Mexican Taqueria/Karaoke Bar/Discoteca. This is when boondocking became vital!
After ingratiating myself to the owner, he and I moved a few dumpsters around and we had a home for the night.
Is boondocking always necessary? I sure hope not, but it’s necessary from time to time.