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Old 12-11-2012, 10:31 AM   #155
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Jim IMO "boondocking" is highly overused and mostly misused. It isn't in Webster but the root word Boondocks is.
Definition of BOONDOCKS

1: rough country filled with dense brush

2: a rural area : sticks



We prefer boondocking with some examples below.

Boondocks around Silverton CO


Boondocks out near Alamosa CO


Boondocks, out near Comb Wash UT


IMO NOT boondocking but dry camping as it's an organized campground north west of Moab which in spite of the angle of the shot has campers on 2 sides of us.

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Boondocking can be a hard to define activity. We use our coach 12 months of the year usually a week at a time. We go to a couple of Washington State Parks and always use non-serviced sites. Is that boondocking?

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No- that's "drycamping".

The one consistent definer of "boondocking" is that it isn't in a defined/organized campground.
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However, dry camping in WalMart in Fort Stockton TX does feel like Boondocking as you can't find a WalMart that is more in the Boondocks

Doesn't really matter what you call it as long as you are where you WANT to be not where you HAVE to be.
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Our first experience boondocking was in New Zealand. There, if it isn't marked "No Trespassing" or "No Camping", it is legal to pull off on the shoulder for the night and relax.
Since about 80% of NZ is rural, it's almost easier to find a roadside spot than to find a "Holiday Park" with hookups.
We pulled off to the side of a rural road up the side of a mountain on the South Island. We had a view of a beautiful valley below, with cows and sheep. The very occasional car would give us a beep as it went by.
We were very creeped out by the silence and wondered if we were going to be murdered in our sleep. I think perhaps us Americans watch too much TV.
(This BTW, was the trip that convinced us to give up sailing and buy an RV)
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I envy you guys from out west. I wish I could find good places to boondock out here in the southeast. State parks are about as good as we have it. I have a small tag-along equipped to go - I could probably last a week on my own. Just need places to go.
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Talking Somerset Reservoir in Vt

If you like boon docking and great fishing,biking,sight seeing in the country,try Somerset Reservoir in Wilmington, Vt. It is about half an hour from Bennington, Vt. About a Nine mile road out to the most beautiful wilderness you have ever seen in Vt. The campground is a long stretch of field, with a river right behind the field where you can pitch a tent to really rough it. New modern outhouses, and a state park if you need to dump and get water. I pull my 35 foot fifth wheel down just fine. It is free and I have seen many bear, moose,fisher cat, bob cat and well one big Sasquatch?..ha,ha.
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Jim IMO "boondocking" is highly overused and mostly misused. It isn't in Webster but the root word Boondocks is.
Definition of BOONDOCKS

1: rough country filled with dense brush

2: a rural area : sticks



We prefer boondocking with some examples below.

Boondocks around Silverton CO


Boondocks out near Alamosa CO


Boondocks, out near Comb Wash UT


IMO NOT boondocking but dry camping as it's an organized campground north west of Moab which in spite of the angle of the shot has campers on 2 sides of us.

THATs more LIKE IT!!! There's a saying in my circle of travel buddies, if there's a metal Fire ring, a picnic table, and my dog has to be on a leash... ITS NOT FOR US!!! We do a lot of 4wheeling, whether it be with our jeep our our ATVs and getting up and away from the world is just awesome... To only see a dozen people in a week is normal for us!!
Boondocking is exactly as you say, in the Boondocks, and in order to Boondock properly you must DryCamp. But drycamping can be done anywhere... Shoot i've dry camped in my driveway for a few nights just to make sure everything in the BeachHouse worked after we purchased it...
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I envy you guys from out west. I wish I could find good places to boondock out here in the southeast. State parks are about as good as we have it. I have a small tag-along equipped to go - I could probably last a week on my own. Just need places to go.
Try some of these links:

Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests - Camping & Cabins

South Carolina National and State Forests

Campground Directory and National Forest Campgrounds

They should get you started.
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Greatest part about the South West desert is no biting bugs. The worst part is sometimes you get blown out with high winds.
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Greatest part about the South West desert is no biting bugs.
On the other hand.....


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Great post. I was thinking of snakes but didn't mention them. My home without wheel is in the desert boondocks. Had 3 of those little critters in my yard last year.
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On the other hand.....


Very nice photo. Speaking of snakes:

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Best viewed full screen so the 8-9 rattles can be seen shaking in the background.
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Great shot.

Mostly in winter they are too chilled to come out and play. Wouldn't mind seeing one like that with a loooong lense.
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