Chennault Aviation & Military Museum (Monroe Louisiana), Rocky Springs Campground (Hermanville, Mississippi)


Hello, everyone!

Once we got into Louisiana, we ended up boon docking in Monroe Louisiana at the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum through Harvest Host. We enjoyed the nightly stay, but location was a little iffy since we were located in the middle of town. There were plenty of things to see outside ranging from old WW2 planes, to memorial Plaques of soldiers killed during the war. We had the option of parking where ever we wanted in the parking lot, and everyone there was very nice and helpful. Below is the information if you are a member of Harvest Host, and are looking for an overnight stop if you are going to be in the area.


Contact: Alexandria Powell, Public Relations Mgr or any employee
Address: 701 Kansas Lane,, Monroe, LA 71203
Located: at Monroe Reg’l Airport; 1½ mi N of I 20 exit #120, parking is paved
Telephone: (318) 362-5540
GPS Coordinates: 32.511548 -92.054327
Hours: Tue-Sat 9am-4pm, Mon overnights OK
More: In honor of the Flying Tigers, aviation & military memorabilia, airplane restoration


We only stayed 1 night at the air museum then headed off to Mississippi to what I believe was one of the best places we stayed at so far. Do understand that my point of view of a nice place to stay may be different for others. I enjoyed this place because of the campground being so secluded in the wilderness, free camping with running bathrooms, large fire pits, being able to collect our own fire wood, and lots of history… Now if you are basing a nice spot on full hook up and internet, this place is not your place. To get any type of phone or internet service was a 1 mile hike in the woods to the old ghost town of Rocky Springs.

We ended up meeting with a nomad and his dog from Tennessee (called himself Lone Wolf), and the camp host Mike that grew up in Mississippi over some beer, whiskey and a good size campfire. Mike got a camp host position there because his truck broke down and he wasn’t able to get his trailer moved out, so the forest services said he should put in to be a camp host for the park so that he can stay (most free camping sites around the country is 14 days max. stay) so he did.

Hiking in 1 mile to the old ghost town of Rocky Springs was by far the best ghost town I have ever been to. The town started in the late 1700’s, and grew to a population of over 2500 residents. In 1878 Yellow Fever came in and killed quite a bit of residents, which the town rapidly declined. 10 years later, the fever struck again, and killed more, destroyed crops, and devastated  the town for who ever was left. By 1930 the post office was the last building that was still in full operation that finally shut down. The town became a complete ghost town by 1940. As you visit today, the only remains of the town is the church that still holds a service the last Sunday of every month, the original grave yard, a safe from the post office, a cistern.

Besides the lack of internet, there are a couple more down falls for out here that you should know. It is 7 miles for propane fill up at the bar, 13 miles to the nearest gas station and grocery. The grocery store has lots of empty shelves, and if your buying bread, buy it before you show up or you will be looking at over $4.00 for a loaf of bread. Below is the information if your coming into Mississippi on Hwy 20. It is located about 20 miles south of Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Natchez Trace Pkwy.
Hermanville, MS 39086
GPS: 32.0868, -90.7994

Mississippi is one of my favorite if not favorite state I’ve seen so far, where Alaska is up there also in comparison.



Have a great day everyone and we will see you in Alabama.


Wagon Trail RV Park (Canton, Texas)

Well, we made it to Canton, Texas to the Wagon Trail RV Park in Eastern Texas about 100 miles from the Louisiana border. We arrived just a few hours ago but decided to get this blog out before we are back boon docking with no internet access again for a couple days. Believe it of not, but if you haven’t been in eastern Texas, then you would never believe how green it is. As we start getting into the Louisiana climate, we start seeing more green then we have seen the last 2 months that have been following along. With our passport America cards, we stayed at this site for $15.00 per night. One thing that I’ve noticed is the parks are getting pricier, but the fuel is getting cheaper. We were going to boon dock another night but had a hard time finding free camping in this area until we get into Louisiana. The place is nice, has showers, laundry, internet, and full hook up. We will be back on the road in the morning searching for our next boon docking location and will be posting when possible.


We will see you guys in Louisiana, and possibly Mississippi on our next blog. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask and we will answer as best as possible of what we have learned so far in the last 2 months

Permian Basin Petroleum Museum/Seabee Park


Good bye Van Horn, you will be missed but not forgotten.

One thing I may have failed to talk about Harvest Host, is that you can stay at more places then Wineries… Your membership also includes breweries, distilleries, museums, farms, ranches, and attractions. We decided to see something different then a winery and ended up boon docking at an oil Museum in Midland, Texas. The best thing about it I that you have plenty of things outside to see that doesn’t require admission to get in. We were the only ones boon docking that night so it was nice to have the open area to ourselves. This was a lot nicer then having to boon dock at a Walmart that night. If your with Harvest host here is the information on this place.
Permian Basin Petroleum Museum
Contact: Shannon Gregg
Address: 1500 Interstate 20 West, Midland, TX 79701
Located: 2½ mi SW of Midland or 1mi W of I 20 exit #136. Parking is paved.
Telephone: (432) 683-4403
GPS Coordinates: 31.970276 -102.084597
Hours: Year Round, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2-5pm, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas eve & day, New Years day.
More: Museum store & tours, self-guided outdoor exhibit. Gem & mineral collection, Jim Hall car collection.

After our first overnight experience sleeping in a museum parking lot, we drank our coffee, and headed farther east to the town of Abilene, TX to boon dock at the Seabee park. This is a free overnight camp spot for those of you on the road that are looking for a spot to camp at. Plenty of water front, a place to empty your garbage, and trails to wonder off on. There are bathroom units at the park also to keep your black water tanks down. We didn’t have many people during the day, and the night was completely empty of cars and people. If you go to this park, go towards the end of the road because there are plenty of full off sites for RVs. Where we were parked, we had a ton of rabbits running around, and I got to see a bobcat about 20ft away this morning… No there is no picture because by the time I had the camera out, it was gone in the brush.

As you can see, we are slowly leaving the desert, which means a happy wife. We will see you in eastern Texas on our next blog. Goodnight everyone and have a good week.

Here is a little education for you if interested on learning the history of oil and where we are today.


Welcome To The Lone Star State (Van Horn, Texas)


FHD0328   Imagining El Paso, I always pictured an old western town with gun slingers and western saloons… Driving through El Paso, I imagine Los Angeles all over again. With 80 mile per hour speed limits, 4 lane highways, and white knuckles on the steering wheel pushing to get out of the city, this is a city that I hope we wont be going through again.

Once out of El Paso, we travelled on until we reached the little town of Van Horn where we found the Desert Willow RV Park that accepted passport America so we ended up getting 2 days for a whole $12.50 per night. The park has the best internet that we have seen so far on the road, free cable with Show Time and HBO, full hook up, showers, a dog run, and laundry.

The town of Van Horn is a 1 street town that seems close to borderline of becoming a ghost town. With the old gas stations, unique roadside art, and the antiques you find in yards and in front of businesses, its a pickers dream, and a place that reminds you of movies, or a place you would find on Route 66. I love the old towns like this because it shows the history in reality instead of TV or some magazine.

The oldest building in town is the Clark Hotel Museum that was built in 1901 to function as a saloon and post office. The building was later enlarged to function as the courthouse in 1911. 1920 came and Fred Clark transformed the building into a Hotel which also served as a place for high school graduation ceremonies, and theatrical programs for children. Unfortunately they are closed for our stay here, but if you are travelling HWY 10, this should be on the list of places to see… and its FREE!!


You have to have a love for history, and old towns to appreciate this place. It will either be extremely boring, or a gold mine for history bluffs like myself. I loved this town, and is why we spent 2 nights instead of another overnighter. Tomorrow morning we will be back on the road again for another 2 days of boon docking. We were originally going to take HWY 10 all the way to Mississippi, then up into Alabama, but we decided to take a different route of taking HWY 20 to HWY 30 into Arkansas, and Memphis Tennessee. Have an awesome Saturday everyone.




Border Patrol & Winery in New Mexico

After we left Copper Mountain RV Resort in Arizona, we headed off towards New Mexico to see what this state had for us… Propane was not one of them. If your traveling through New Mexico, get your propane in Arizona or Texas. We came across one gas station that would fill our propane tanks in the state. This is including truck stops.

We found this spot that we wanted to boondock for the night (Sonoran Desert National Monument) solely because they had life size dinosaurs statues that we thought would be interesting to see so we went. To make a long story short all we got on that trip was a 1 ton truck with a 35′ 5th wheel on a dirt road passing “no entrance” signs and caution  signs of possible smugglers in the area. We had to keep driving the dirt road due to no room to turn around, until we found a tight spot that we were able to get a 90 degree turn around with a few forward and reverse trips. We start heading back to HWY 10 and all of the sudden we have 4 quads and a side by side racing down the road towards us, and I’m thinking “great! They think we are smuggling Mexicans in our trailer” but then they turned off another road. After all of that, we decided to travel about 40 miles East of Tucson Arizona and boondock at the rest area for the night.FHD0269

Night 2 went a lot better, and less noise. After about 6 attempts to use our harvest host membership we finally got to use it at the Sombra Antigua Winery 30 miles North West of El Paso Texas. This was an awesome first experience and the owners also offered us electricity and water hook up. They had another dog that our dog could run with in the fields, the kids had room to roam the area, and explore, while Brandy and I did wine tasting (and me beer tasting). We did end up buying a bottle which surprisingly we both enjoyed (since we are not wine drinkers). Below is the information for this winery if you are in the area and want to make a stop or your with Harvest Host and would like to stay a night here. They have room for 2 spaces up to 45′

Contact: David & Theresa Fisher
Address: 430 La Vina Rd., Anthony, NM 88021
Located: 30mi NW of El Paso TX; 6mi W of I 10 exit 162; ½ mi dirt road. Parking is on gravel.
Telephone: (915) 241-4349
GPS Coordinates: 32.023762 -106.67889
Hours: Thurs-Mon 12-6pm or by appt.
More: Live music most Saturdays, located near El Camino Real, limited water & elec avail.

Have a good night and we will see you all in Texas for our next adventures.




Copper Mountain RV Park (Tacna, Arizona)

We ended up leaving Quartzsite a couple days ago from Boondocking to head farther south just East of Yuma, Arizona to Tacna, Arizona. We originally were going to go to Yuma, but do to high cost, age restrictions everywhere, and lots of park rules, we decided to head east to see what was around. We came across Copper Mountain RV Park, and boy did we hit a gold mine! If you are a passport America member, you will look at a cost of $15.00 per night (If not a member its $30.00 per night). Monthly rates are $235.00 per month plus electric. For this price you get free cable, Wifi at the club house, full hook up, horseshoe pits, pool tables, card tables, shuffle board, fitness center, showers, laundry, and plenty of other weekly activities like BINGO and camp fire gatherings. For the dog lovers there is a full dog run, and a dog training area with the only green grass in the state.

Across HWY 8 is you gas station, a small grocery store, and places to refill your water. I thought $1.00 for 5 gallons of water was cheap back in Quartzsite but out here you can get 5 gallons for $0.50. Fuel is about $0.40 cheaper also. Tonight is our last night then we are heading to another area to boondock tomorrow night, and using our harvest host membership to boondock at a winery the night after. One thing that we have learned recently that we wished we would have done at the beginning of our trip is to boondock every few days, then full hook up 1 day. then boondock a few days and so on. This will save you lots of money that are trying to pinch pennies, but will give you that one day to live like the Hiltons to replenish your water, drain your tanks, and get a shower.

Have a great night, and we will see you on our next destination. If your heading this way and need any info on this park, please don’t hesitate to message us.




Boon docking (Quartzsite, Arizona)


Boon docking is an experience like no other! We have spent the last few days in Quartzsite, Arizona boon docking at the High Jolly BLM camp. As some of you know, most the land around here is free camping for a max. of 14 days, then you need to travel so many miles to a different area with a max of 14 days with a 28 day time frame in between. Yes it is free camping, but you have no hook ups, maybe phone and internet if your lucky, and you will need to bring your own water source to get by on… Basically, you are on your own. Water out here is very cheap (well water for the tanks are $0.05 per gallon, and drinking water is $0.25 per gallon or 5 gallons for $1.00) For a fee, there are plenty of places to dump your waste in the area that will range from $5.00 to $20.00. We ended up stocking up on paper plates, bowls, cups and plastic silverware to avoid using water for dishes. We have 1 2.5 gallon water container, 7 1 gallon water containers, and a 7 gallon water container that we use for our drinking water, coffee, and juices, our main tank is used for sewage only, with showers at truck stops, or state parks. Showers will either be cheap or cost you an arm and leg. We have seen showers as low as $0.25 for every few min. all the way up to $10.00 for a 30 min. shower. If you are by yourself, to save water and money, the best thing to do is shower with a bucket in the shower in your RV to collect the grey water to re use for your toilet. this will save money, and water. If you have a family like us… be prepared to pay a few bucks for showers out here. The cheapest showers are at the Laundry mat which are $8.00 per shower.

Now for the solar… We are glad we have it, but are very happy with having a 3800 watt generator as a back up. Our 500 watt system will power all of the lights, 2 TVs, our fridge, a game system, and the water pump until the unit over loads. Right now, we are not getting propane flowing to our fridge so we have to have 100% electrical power which has the generator running a lot more then we are wanting. The solar will last so long for the day but we need to monitor our system to make sure we have enough energy to run for the night. Until we can get this fixed, we will be forking out fuel for the generator to keep our fridge going… Its all part of the show when you decide to go on your own. You just have to suck it up, find the problem, and fix it.

We mainly came out here for the big Gem and RV show that happens every winter around this time and if you haven’t been to the show yet, make this a must see on your travels. We spent 2 days there, and still didn’t see the whole place. Expect to spend 2.5 to 3 days here to see the whole show. The place is huge and has everything from new RV’s to workamping positions that are hiring right then and there. We talked to all of the workamping companies there but are already set up for Alabama this year. If you are looking for positions opened, send me an email and I will send you the info of places looking for workampers.

We will be leaving tomorrow (1/22/18) and heading off to Yuma Arizona for a night, then off to East of Tucson, Arizona for some more Boon Docking. Have a great night and if you are or going to be in the area in Yuma, come on down to hang out. Not sure where we will be in Yuma, but if you know of some good areas, please do let us know. We use to schedule everything until we hit the road… now we just take it day by day with no real place planned to see or go to.



Desert Bar & Nellie E Saloon (Outside of Parker Az.)

Well… we made it to the desert bar & saloon. For those of you that haven’t heard about this place here is a little background on the place:

The original name is Nellie E Saloon which use to be an old copper mine camp that a guy names “Ken” (sorry, cant find the last name) bought in the mid 70’s and slowly transferred into the “Desert Bar & Nellie E Saloon.

This place is a must see place if your in the area… but do understand that you will love the uniqueness of the place and think “I’m glad I saw this place” or your going to be ” Broke my axle, blew my tires, and had a 10 trek to the nearest highway.” From Parker Arizona, you will have about 5 miles in the desert out towards the Parker Dam, then another rough 10 miles give or take on roads that are meant for ATV use. The road is rough and gets rougher the closer you get.

I took 2 of the kids out there today and saw multiple vehicles coming back right after opening. Come to find out these people decided not to risk it as the road became rougher to drive on. I just about turned around due to the last thing I need is my wife pissed off that I broke the truck to go to a Saloon. (Sorry guys, the ladies frown on that). Once I was about to turn around we saw the saloon around the corner.

If your not a country western music fan (Jonny Cash, or Hank Williams) then this place isn’t for you. With live bands when opened singing country western music, best burgers(1/2pound patties min.) and dogs (1/4 pound hot dogs), and all of the unique things to see in this saloon in the middle of nowhere, this is definitely a gold mine and what I’ve learned today a bucket list for some. Kids are welcome here for the full timers and snow birds that follow us with families, just keep a close eye on them because this place gets packed which brings me to the hours of operations, and when they are open during the year to why it gets so packed:

Months of Operations: October – April

Days of Operations: Saturday & Sunday

Hours of Operations: 12pm – 6pm

THIS IS CASH ONLY! Do not bring a card or you will be making the trip back to camp or a bank to get cash.

For those of you that decide to make the trip out here… Good luck, and stay safe. Like I mentioned earlier, if you don’t have an ATV of 4×4 I wouldn’t recommend the trip. It gets rough, and there is no cell reception at all. There are plenty of boon docking spots on this road, with plenty of ATV riding (jeeps, trucks, quads, dirt bikes, side by sides, you name it, you can do it) and for the gun lovers, plenty of areas to go shooting.

Have a great night everyone, and keep away from the flu going around… Its a nasty one. I will be starting to do reviews on places that we have stayed at since I know some of you are fulltime RVers, some getting ready to make the transition, and others still curious about the life style. We will be out of here on the 18th back on the road to Quartszite, AZ next then we are taking HWY 10 or HWY 40 towards New Mexico. We haven’t determined which route we will take so if you have traveled these HWYs would love feedback.



Great Trip To Walmart Yesturday

A huge influence that got us to make the final step of going fulltime RVing was watching many videos on YouTube of fulltime RVers and how they can manage to live this lifestyle. A favorite is Nomatic Fanatic that will take you right along the adventure. The guy’s name is Eric, and he just travels, and videos his experiences with his cat in a class c motorhome. If you ever get a chance, check out his station.

I took a trip to Walmart yesterday and out of all places I saw the Nomatic Fanatic RV boondocking at Walmart. I ended up getting the opportunity of meeting him in person and his cat Jax. Hopefully we will be meeting more at Quartzite this year (Drivin & Vibin, Keep Your Day Dream, caravan Dan), and some of the other nomads traveling the country.

If your not familiar with it, Quartzite is a small town in southern Arizona that goes from a population of about 3,000 in the summer to half a million in the winter months. Due to the nice weather, dirt cheap to free long term camping, and the largest RV show in the world, its no wonder why this place is a true hit when it comes to staying in nice weather in the winter months for cheap. If boondocking for free on BLM, you have no water, or dump station (which you can get from town). The max. stay is 14 days, then you have to travel so many miles away from that campsite to where you can camp at a new area. The paid boondocking will cost you $180.00 for 7 months but will get you water and dump stations for free, plus you are able to stay long term. We will be doing the 14 day max on BLM since we don’t be staying long term.

Well, that’s all for now so have a great day. Hope you like the new lights for the trailer and my new ‘expensive’ fire pit.


One Month In



Well, we have made 30 days so far and just wanted to give a little rundown of what we think so far, things we have learned along the way, and also the goods and bads of what we have noticed so far.

We spent a good year in a half researching fulltime RVing before we made the big decision to give it go. Once we had a date, the countdown was on and finally got to a point of no return. The feelings we went through in the process was mixed with excitement, depression, fear, and curiosity of the unknown. There were many times, I would ask myself “what on earth am I doing”, and start second guessing my decision. Those of you that are looking to make this transition must understand that it will not be easy in the beginning, but does get better. You will change your mind multiple times back and fourth which will soon drive you crazy. Once on the road, it may take a week or 2 to start adjusting to the change, but once you’ve made the step to go for it, and the adjustment kicks in, you can look back and see what you have just accomplished.

Your not retired yet, how can you do this? Is a question I’ve had from more then one viewer of this page. The reason why we didn’t wait for retirement is because to many things can happen do to health complications. We have read to many stories of people waiting until retirement to do this, then something happens, heart attack, significant other dies, and the list goes on and on and on. I do Auto CAD and different workamping positions to make our money. We pick our jobs, pick our places, and leave if we don’t like it. I believe every single person has some kind of skill that they could use to make money and the beauty of it is that if your bills are low, you don’t need to make a lot to get by. So far on our travels we have seen everything from photography, to barbers at parks, people that paint and sell rocks.

The Goods: We have the option to live where we want, when we want. Once you go fulltiming, the United States is your playground. Our bills, are fuel, food, and emergency expenses unless we choose to stay at a paid park. We get to see and have experiences that the majority of people will not do unless its on a vacation. Our home is camping all of the time.

The Bads: Tight living quarters, you are on your own so your RV set up becomes as important as your Social Security Card, internet and cable can get pretty tricky in spots even with subscriptions, and rangers, if you have a family or significant other you better get along really well because you will be seeing each other all of the time, clogged toilets are not unheard of, and draining the tanks isn’t a trip to Disneyland. Showers are short and not the sweetest, water usage, and other power devices need to be monitored closely.

Some may see that the good out way the bad, others may see the bads out weighing the good. There is no right or wrong answer to it. It falls on who that person is, and how they want to live there life.

Have a great Sunday everyone and stay warm.