I’m posting this on January 2, 2016 and since it’s become common to end the year with posts summarizing it, I’ve decided do it as well. Because I traveled more this year than most I thought I would do a post with nothing but pictures of the many campsites I had this year. Because I traveled so much, I had a whole bunch of them and this isn’t all of them, there were too many to include them all in one post!
When I’m traveling into new areas, I’m pretty much blind when I get there so I have to discover it for myself. I’ve told you before how I use my Benchmark and DeLorme Atlas to find Forest Roads and just drive down them until I find I campsite. I almost always want to go back far enough that I won’t have anyone else camping near me, so in these pictures you’ll rarely see anyone else nearby.
Rarely do I choose them for their beauty; instead they just happen to be along the way to my next destination. But, I’m going to that place because of its exceptional beauty so it works out that many of my camps are in beautiful areas.
Quite a few of these camps were just one night because I just got lucky to find them in the perfect place between destinations. Others I stayed at for a longer time, maybe even up to a week or two because I stayed there multiple times. The only exception was I stayed at the Moab camp for about a month while I waited for the weather to warm up and the snow to melt further into the Rockies.
It’s very easy to spend a month at Moab because it’s a great little town and has incredible beauty all around it. It has two National Parks (Arches and Canyonlands NP) a great State Park (Deadhorse Point SP) and the Colorado River to play in and take photographs all around. Moab is a Nature Photographers and an Adventurers heaven on earth!!
Now, as you look at the photos, I hope you’ll compare the places I’ve lived in the last year with where you’ve lived. If you’re still living in a stick-n-brick house, where would you rather wake up every morning?
The same four, white walls on the same street with the same neighbors, going to the same job, watching the same TV shows, only to do the exact same thing you did yesterday–knowing you’re going to be there (or somewhere just like it) for the rest of your life? Or would you rather be a nomad, waking up in a new and stunning place whenever you chose in a new beautiful camp in a constantly different place with all new things to see and do?
With the constant change of scenery there is no way you’re going to be bored or find life monotonous or tedious. Once you make the transition from a “time-clock” mind to a “wild” mind your eyes and senses will slowly be restored and you’ll be able to see the world around you and be amazed at how different each place is and how entertaining the differences can be. Cody and I take walks at every camp and the flowers, trees, soil, rocks, vegetation, animal life and even the sky is different at all of them and has a very different feel or vibe to it. It’s an adventure and a sustained joy to explore and connect to each one.
Many of you feel the tug to live free and wild but you’re intimidated about some of the difficulties you’ll face. It’s true that there are many sacrifices to be made to live the life of a Nomad, but it’s my hope that seeing these many camps I’ve enjoyed this year will give you even a hint of how much more you get than what you give up.
You’ll sacrifice the most unimportant and menial things in life and regain the most vital and essential thing in life, a connection to nature and through it to your true self. To me that’s worth any price!
So I hope you enjoy this little trip down memory lane of what was one of the very best years of my life and I hope it provides you a little motivation to do whatever it takes to live a true and authentic human life, the Nomadic life
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