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Quartzsite cleanup

If you’re in the Quartzsite area on December 29th, please join us at 10:00 am at these coordinates to help clean up a BLM site:

33.654041, -114.239984 (enter them like that in your Google Maps and the location will show up).

It is just behind the Love’s truck stop at the end of Joshua Tree Row. We will meet there at 10:00 am with a BLM officer who will talk to us about safety and what type of things we will be cleaning up (no tires, batteries, hazardous chemicals or motor oils). He will have bags and a trailer for us to load the trash into. Please be sure to wear gloves and bring water or whatever  your preference is for hydrating yourself.

The more people we have the better. Pass this on to others and let’s make a difference!

Remember: Any member who shows up for a cleanup gets their first membership renewal free!

11 Courtesies of Camping

  1. Give me space – 50 feet between campsites works best
  2. Give me peace – Quiet time between 10pm-7am
  3. Give me a break – Don’t bother me while I’m setting up or taking down
  4. Give me respect – Walking through my camp is like walking through my yard
  5. Give me  consideration  – Don’t knock on my door – a shout out works
  6. Give me a clean camp area- Pack out your trash, nails or broken glass
  7. Give me honor – If I invite you to my camp, I am not inviting all of your friends
  8. Give me peace of mind – No political or religious discussions
  9. Give me security – Keep your animals on a leash and clean up after them
  10. Give me safety – Be sure your fire is completely out before you leave
  11. Give me my lifestyle – Obey the rules of the land you are on, or we won’t have use of it in the future

written by: Boondockers United

NFS Closes Cottonwood, AZ camping for 2 years

Here is the information and map:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/prescott/notices/?cid=FSEPRD605536

Here’s the story:

PRESCOTT, AZ (December 13, 2018) – As cooler weather approaches Arizona, visitors begin to flock to the Verde Valley to enjoy their favorite outdoor activities. Many of these visitors enjoy dispersed camping in the Verde Valley on forest lands. Over the past few years, dispersed camping in these areas has become a major safety concern due to high use, overstay violations, abandoned property, trash, and illegal activities.

In the last 10 years multiple strategies have been used from providing volunteer hosts, improving signing to ensure understanding of Forest Camping Policies and Regulations, to intensive monitoring and compliance in an attempt to keep the areas open. These strategies have been ineffective as overstay violation, trash dumping, abandoned property, resource degradation and human waste issues continue to occur creating an unsafe environment for other forest users and continued resource degradation.

In order to address the issue of overcrowding and overuse in these areas on the Verde Ranger District, Forest Officials are issuing a 2-year temporary closure which will start January 7, 2019. During this closure period camping will be prohibited within the restricted areas adjacent to Highway 260 from Cottonwood to Camp Verde and Salt Mine Road in Camp Verde from the intersection with Highway 260 to Beasley Flats Day Use Area.

Over the next two years the district will be analyzing current dispersed camping corridors, areas of overuse and look at the long term management of these areas. This process will provide opportunity for public involvement and input.

For more information please contact Todd Willard, Verde District Ranger at (928) 567-4121.

 

 

How to find us

It seems like this time of year practically everyone arrives in Quartzsite for the winter. We’re no exception.

We have a base camp set up just outside of Quartzsite, AZ in the LTVA South area. You can read more about LTVA’s on our website.

To find us, head south out of Quartzsite on Hwy 95 towards Yuma and go about 3 miles. You will be turning left off of 95 and once you pass the main entrance keep going on the main dirt road until you see the first pit toilet on the right and we are right across the street from it. Our banner is up and it’s hard to miss right now but that may change as more people arrive.

You do not need a permit to enter or visit with other campers but if you plan to stay the night you must have a permit on your vehicle. You can purchase a permit at any of the entrance buildings during normal hours or online. If you arrive after hours you can purchase your permit the following morning.

We look forward to meeting you and talking about our future and what we can and are doing together as a united voice.

Member Location and RVillage

We now have access to online mapping of where members are currently located through RVillage.com:

https://www.rvillage.com/group/3102

Creating a free account within RVillage is easy and your location is simply your zip code so no actual pinpoint location is shared anywhere. When someone arrives in your area, the system will notify you or you can search to see who is there and then you can reach out to them if you choose.

Once you request to join our group we will verify your membership and grant you access.

You must be a member of Boondockers United to join our RVillage group. When is a better time than NOW to do that?

The beauty of Boondocking

Here we sit, myself and my granddaughter, in a gorgeous forest just south of Flagstaff, AZ. There is a meadow in front of us and a small water hole that will soon be gone. The water hole is about 150 feet from us. The meadow is full of small yellow and white flowers and short green grass.  The pine trees tower all around us as we wait for our turn in the sun to power our solar panels.

2 nights ago, after we closed up the trailer for the night, our puppy began barking. I looked outside to see a herd of about 30 Elk literally playing in the water hole. Some were drinking from it, others were running through it and at least one was rolling in it. Young and old were running and twisting their bodies in weird directions and kicking up into the air with their hind feet in pure delight. The young Bulls were play fighting with their antlers and some of the calves were standing on their hind feet with another playing around.

We were awestruck!! I have NEVER in my life seen Elk play! We tried to get pictures or a video but it was too dark. So we just sat and watched in such a state of peace and contentment that it surprised me.

THIS is what Boondocking is ALL about!

Getting and Giving Directions

When I first started out on the road I had no idea what “drop me a pin” meant. You may not either but it is a common way to share your location with others. I have an Adroid phone so those are the directions I can give you.

Pull up Google Maps on your phone. You will see a circle with a dot and 4 lines (marking N, E, S, W) on the right hand side of your screen. Mine is blue. Touch that circle and it will zero in on your location and show you a solid blue dot on the map. That is your location!

Touch (long touch or maybe I should say, “Press down and hold”) the Dot and you may get one of two options:

  1. at the top of the screen you will see your gps location points. Let go of the dot and use your finger to scroll from the bottom of your screen up and then you will see more options. Choose “Share”. At the next screen you will see a bunch of icons of your apps. This is where you choose how to share it. If you want to use Facebook, click on that icon. I normally use Messenger (not Facebook messenger) and send it directly to someones cell phone. The app will automatically insert the gps location and send to whomever you chose to receive it.
  2. You may have an option right on your screen that says “Share your location”. Click on that and it may ask you how long you wish to share it for.  Choose the app you want to use for sharing and enter the name(s) of the recipients.

I hope this helps. The receiver of the coordinates will only have to touch a link on the message they receive and it will automatically pull up Google Maps and give them driving directions.

I hope this helps.

 

Forum Added

We added a Forum to our website for our members to join in on important discussions and to help communicate with you for upcoming events, educational gatherings and cleanups.

If you are looking for  a Forum to use as a meetup or for other topics please go to cheaprvliving.com as Bob Wells has an extensive forum set up to answer most questions you have.

Feel free to suggest other important topics.

 

Life Changes

We all know about life changes and how it can happen in an instant. Poof – snap your fingers – blink your eyes and there ya go – a whole new life or perspective. My how quickly that can happen.

It doesn’t have to be negative, it can just be another phase of your life on this earth. It could even be exciting. Sometimes “exciting” comes AFTER you go through the “I’m scared” stage. It IS stages you know.

My own “snap your fingers, etc” moment that happened in the past year began on December 5, 2017 when, while in camp, I got a phone call that instrumented the next moment. My only daughter passed away suddenly. Thank goodness I had close friends in camp with me and they helped me so much! Then came the long drive to Tennessee from California and all that came next.

In April, 2018 I got the second call. The placement of my granddaughter had not worked well for both parties. In the blink of an eye and without hesitation I agreed to take my granddaughter and to fully adopt her. I packed up again and drove off to retrieve her. What a delight it is to have a 12 year old around again! Oh my. The final adoption took place on June 27, 2018. I am now Grandma/ma. LOL. I absolutely LOVE having her in my life! I look so forward to sharing her youthful energy with all of you.

Unfortunately what all of this has meant is that Boondockers United had been put on the back burner. I am almost to the point of getting it revved up in full force again. I sold my small camper and am now looking for one with bunk beds to accommodate her and her needs. As soon as I get that (of course I have to consider towing capacity of my 1/2 ton truck and available cash so it takes a little bit of time to get the right one) I will be on the road again. I look forward to “Roadschooling” her and she’s pretty excited about it as well.

Stay tuned because there is excitement in the air and life is good and things are looking up! You will see a Forum come onto the site very soon and notices of educational gatherings as well as social ones.

National Forest Notices

The Members Only page associated with National Forest Notices is almost done. This is a VERY important part of what we do.

We urge ALL members to check out the page because there are some Notices related to Arizona – fee proposals.

 

Member Registration

To Register you must first become a member by clicking on the “Join Us” menu option.  Thank you for your interest in our organization and we look forward to having you join us here and on the road.

If you are a paid Member and have not received your login user name, please contact us: login@boondockersunited.com

 

Comments error fixed but we lost some

Part of growing pains are errors and for some reason we have not been receiving any of the messages sent through the “Contact Us” link. That has been fixed but in the process we lost all of them that were there. UGG!!

If you have recently sent us a message via Contact Us – please do so again. Your opinion and comments are VERY important to us.

Thank you so much

CheapRvLiving does a video on us!

Bob Wells has uploaded an interview he did with me about Boondockers United and the outpouring of support is overwhelmingly positive.  We ordered more bumper stickers and they should arrive by the 8th. We do  have some email addresses that are being returned to us so if you have not received your “Welcome” email please email us directly.  We are in the process of obtaining our 501c(3) non-profit status and plan to have that in place within the year.

Watch the vido here: CheapRVliving Video

Quartzsite cleanup with the BLM

On January 18, 2018 Boondockers United members and others came together and helped the BLM clean up a site in Quartzsite, AZ. There were around 19 volunteers and 3 Rangers who spread out and picked up an entire trailer load of trash! There were mattresses, abandoned clothes and tents as well as a lot of trash strewn over about 5 acres of public land. Thank you to everyone who joined us!
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Update on Quartzsite cleanup

Hello Everyone! We hope you all had a great holiday season! We’re gearing up for 2018 and looking forward to doing some awsome things! As you know, our members are ready, willing and able to lend a hand and help out the BLM and the National Forest Service with cleanups and site service. We do this voluntarily because we cannot stand seeing our public lands being treated unkindly.
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