Adventures From The Road

Boondocking in Sedona

April 30, 2017 Sedona 15


We are hanging out in Sedona AZ.  We are out in the Coconino national forest, camping in the 14 day free camp area. We wake up to a great view each morning. This type of camping is called Boondocking, and is available to anyone. There are many web sites dedicated to finding all of the hidden gems.  The one we use and has proven to be quite useful is  From this website we were able to find the spot we are now in.  I have taken many photos of this spot but you can never really capture the true beauty of this place.  Not only do we wake up to breathtaking scenery but we also wake up to hot air balloons floating by each morning around 6:00 am.


  Prickly Pear Cactus Hot Air Balloons 

 Morning View                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Over the last few weeks we have transitioned from a working life to retirement.  What a change this has been.  Getting up every morning and not having to get ready for work, having that extra cup of coffee and just doing nothing all take some getting used to.  For now we are just going to enjoy each day as it comes and plan for our next boondocking move.

We have added 400 watts of solar panels to our rig, which is a 2000 Rexhall 26 foot Motorhome.  We also added a 3000 watt pure sine wave inverter.  This all adds up to us being able to boondock for weeks at a time. It still has some hitches in it, but we are able to run our computers,tv, even use the coffee maker.  Not to bad for parking out in the middle of nowhere. We also put in LED lighting.  I think we could leave every light on for weeks at a time and it wouldn’t use up our batteries.  One of the best things about the new LED lights is they do not get hot and almost never wear out.  When we removed the old lights they had gotten so hot that the area around where they were attached had blackend as if they were going to start a fire.  This was a bit scary and another reason why everyone should replace standard 12 lights with the new LED type. 400 Watts of solar                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We plan on staying here for our 14 days then moving up to Flagstaff AZ.  The weather will be getting hot soon and we can find a nice spot higher up where it will stay cool.  Until next time have a great day. Thank you from Mike and Barbara Anderson


 2000 Rexhall Vision April in the mountains, Sedona AZ



 Our Boondock Location

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15 Responses

  1. Anna B says:

    We hope you guys are enjoying your retirement, we love you guys and miss you, very cool idea with blog,

  2. umpqua says:

    Thank you, we miss you guys also. Still loving the retirement

  3. Michael A Anderson says:

    great idea guys love to see the pics and hear the updates and interesting facts……stay safe and carry lots of water out there…..

  4. umpqua says:

    Thanks Mike we will keep adding stuff hope to get videos up on youtube soon

  5. Larry Bennett says:

    Looks like you two are doing great,,we miss you here just not the same,I hope you enjoy yourselves,be happy keep safe and take care ,,,Dee and Larry

  6. Amber says:

    Everyone loves the boondocks! Well almost. I want more pictures, you two. Of your sights and impressions and of course the two of you posing in the foreground. Please!!!!!!!

  7. Amber says:

    And how is Jazzman doing on this trip? She looks the same as she did in 2013! Awesome is so right. Did she catch Mike any snakes? Or is she too well trained for that? =}

  8. Larry Bennett says:

    Realy looks good there,,No rain like here, looks like you guys are enjoying yourself,good for you,keep up the good work,,remember you are RETIRED ,miss having you around.

  9. What you guys did for Joey was amazing. Way to pay it forward. I wish the world was full of more people like yourselves. Safe travels and all the best! Much love. -JerseyShoreGardener

  10. LindaWolfe says:

    Hello, what a wonderful web sight… enjoying reading about you…your about my hubby and I age… We are also retired and have done some traveling ourselves and love it.. Trying to get ourselves together to go traveling again… Hope to meet you one day out there on the road.. hey, my hubby and I drove teams for about 3 years.. had to give it up cause hubby had a seizer… Happy Trails to you !!!! What a nice gesture you gave to the women needing gas to travel… Nice people you are 🙂 God Bless you!!!

    • umpqua says:

      Thank you and It is great to hear from other truck drivers. We love this new lifestyle it is so doable. Hope to meet up out here someday.

  11. LindaWolfe says:

    It is May 28th… where are you adventuring off to now? We are getting ready to leave soon…just don’t know where to go where it is cool and no bears LOL

    • As The Wheels Turn RV says:

      Come up here around Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon. Weather in the upper 70s and lots of sun. So far not a single bear.

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