Generally I can stay in my Ehrenberg, AZ winter camp until sometime in March when it will start getting hotter than I like, but this year, because of El Nino, the heat came early. Starting in February it was pushing up into the high 80s very often and even hitting 90 occasionally. That’s warmer than Judy and I like; beyond that, our itchy feet were starting to be a problem, so it was time to be thinking of moving on. Normally we would have gone to Cottonwood or Sedona because they have so many advantages, but this year I had other plans.
I’m a resident of Pahrump, Nevada and have been for 8 years now. Because their Drivers Licenses (DL) are only good for 4 years, it was time to renew my license, which requires me to go in and get the eye exam at the DMV when I renew it. I hadn’t been back to the state for 4 years so it was time. Nevada is phasing in a change so that all DLs will be good for 8 years, but mine was only good for 4—the next license I get will be good for 8, which is really nice!
One other thing I had to do while I was there was go to the Doctor. I signed up for Obamacare in Nevada, but there are no policies that offer Nationwide coverage, so I have to get all but emergency care inside the state. Fortunately that isn’t much of a burden because one of the reasons I chose Nevada is because it’s central to where I travel. So from now on every Spring I will return to Pahrump and get an annual physical. I really like Pahrump, so passing through every year is not a hardship for me for these reasons:
- Because it’s at 2500 feet in the Mojave desret, it’s cooler so it’s a very good next step after Quartszite/Ehrenberg.
- Pahrump is big enough to have a Super Walmart and a Home Depot which makes finishing projects very easy.
- There are several doctors and a hospital that are covered by my health insurance plan so finding care is easy.
- The camping there is really good! We were literally camped within 4 miles of the front doors of the Walmart and Home Depot.
- It’s a very pretty part of the desert. Mt Charleston dominates the skyline to the east of us and is snow-capped all spring. It’s a beautiful camp!
- The Desert Tortoise come out while we are there and I love seeing them! Plus, the wild horses and burros come down from the mountains in the spring to eat the fresh foliage.
- It’s an hour away from Death Valley NP and this year they had a superbloom so I loved being that close. Visiting it every year is just fine with me!
- My mail forwarder is there so while I’m there I can get good access to my mail.
- One more big reason is that it has the cheapest outdoor storage rates I have ever seen. So I ended up leaving my trailer in storage there and moving into the van for my spring/summer travels. I paid $100 for 6 months which works out to $17 a month.
So on February 27th I left Ehrenberg and moved camp up to Pahrump. The drive was 288 miles and an easy day. As you can see in the photos I had a very nice little camp. As usual, fellow nomads came and went while I was there, the most at one time was 8 of us.
We didn’t chose camp very wisely because after two weeks a County Deputy Sherriff came by and reminded us that the limit was 14 days on BLM land and he started the clock then, so we had another 14 days to leave. What we did wrong was camp too close to private residences and they called the Sherriff and complained about us. Had we camped a mile down the road the other way we would never have been bothered. At any rate we were still there for a month and that’s a nice, pleasant stay that let me get everything done.
While I was dealing with all the residency issues it got me thinking that it has been awhile since I blogged about them so I’m going to be doing a series on all the issues with choosing a state for residency like DLs mailing addresses and health insurance. I’m also going to do a series of videos on them for those folks who prefer videos. Stay tuned for more on that.
At the end of March my son took a vacation from Alaska and came down to visit his girlfriend’s sister in Moab, Utah since my time was up in Pahrump anyway, I ran over and spent time with him in Moab. We did a mini-road-trip from Arches in Moab to Capital Reef NP through the gorgeous drive on 95 to the Mogi Dugaway to Goosenecks State Park and then to Monument Valley. You’ll be seeing photos of that trip coming up fairly soon.
At Monument Valley I left them and headed down to Cottonwood/Sedona where I am right now as I’m posting this. The last 2 weeks have been such a busy time I have gotten very far behind on my work (this blog post is 2 days late—first time that’s ever happened!). So I’m going to spend some time here catching up and recovering and then my summer travels will begin.
This year I have lots of plans and places I want to visit, and as always you are welcome to join me for a short while or for even a longer time. Just email me at email@example.com and I’ll send you a map to my camp. With me making videos, I’d actually like to have someone travel with me to be my video camera operator (the camera will be on a tripod, you just need to turn it with the action). I can’t pay you but I promise you’ll see some of the most breathtakingly beautiful places you can imagine! And, if you are a new nomad, I promise you’ll have full access to all my hard-earned knowledge about this life!
If you join me, I need to make the decisions about where and when we go, but I do promise to be a very nice guy about it. I also try to camp in remote places so it’s not for the faint of heart. Any other van can go there if you are willing. It may turn out I need more time alone than I’m getting, so it could end at any time. Therefore you should think of it as short-term, although it could possibly be longer.
At any rate, everyone is always welcome in my camp so I’ll be seeing you down the road!
I’m making Videos on my good friends James and Kyndal’s YouTube Channel. See them here:
I made a video of my trip to the Super-Bloom in Death Valley NP, you can see it here:
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