Thursday, March 09, 2017

Boondocking

Our road trip in the campervan last year, it is something R wants to forget. Gone is the conversation that we used to have about becoming grey nomads, although it was always a rather one sided conversation. I was never keen.

I didn't mind campervanning. Our hired campervan was relatively cheap, for good reasons. A lesson in you get what you pay for, I guess. Don't I do a lot of guessing.

I guess these two guys are gay and partners. They have never said so, and no real need to know. They are known as the https://www.youtube.com/user/RVgeeks While we went campervanning, they go Recreational Vehicleing...., ok, that doesn't work well.....RV'ing. Still ugly.

I have watched many of their videos, post our RV'ing. I like the guys and they have heaps of useful information in their videos, as well as a good bit about when they visited Australia.

I have a vague memory (I have lots of vague memories) of a song that was either titled Down in the Boondocks, or had a line in the song like that. Australians of my vintage probably have a good idea of what the boondocks are. An undesirable place? Out of the way? A place where there is nothing? Correct me if I am wrong, as always. Maybe similar to our outback?

But if you are talking about boondocking in an RV, it would best understood by us as being off the grid. No power, no water, no sewerage, no facilities.

We only boondocked once while we RV'd, in the driveway of a friend's house. That really does not describe boondocking, especially as we stole our friend's water to fill up our tanks.

But isn't boondocking just such a great word? As for the practice of boondocking I  assume you still have heating and cooling....and lights, a phone signal, and wifi. No? We need batteries.




29 comments:

  1. Boondocking is indeed a wonderful word. As a child we camped. And there was no heating, cooling. My father chose places which had no bathroom facilities. And of course no phone/wifi. Goodness it was uncomfortable. I loathed it.

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    1. oh El Chi - men can do it standing up. they don't care about squatters.
      and a PS for my comment below to Andrew: it looks stupid because I did not put " and " around the quote I lifted re Tagalog definition. [sigh].

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    2. EC, yes, boondocking is a step above basic camping. We only camped once as kids and I think we behaved quite badly, so it never happened again.

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  2. Andrew campervanning is not popular here but we are a small country

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    1. Gosia, I am surprised. It seemed very popular in Germany.

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  3. Have heard the term boondocks in a while.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, I hope you are not in the boonies.

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  4. they live out in The Boonies. = the part of town where nobody nice goes.
    boondocks is USA slang. Gene Pitney had a hitsong in the 1960's. and in Chapter 38 of I Learn Something Every Day From The Internet: it originated after US troops in the Phillipines heard the Tagalog word 'bundok' for the mountainous area.
    originally referred to a remote rural area, but now it is often applied to an out-of-the-way city or town considered backward and unsophisticated.
    Grey Nomadding: it is huge. I dream of owning a top drawer Mercedes Winnebago ever since I saw one touring the lovely Tasmanian towns nearly 20 years ago. I have studied my ancestry in depth and no nomadic tribes are present but jeepers I have itchy feet. Since I left school, the longest time I have lived in one place is 4 years [exactly to the day]. I have sold 6 houses. Currently 7 is for sale. This grey nomad only wants to see the lovely places though - when the jacarandas bloom etc.

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    1. Annie, so it is a relatively new word in the history of English. First time I heard of Winnebago was when Naomi stayed in one at Beaconsfield. Hope you have a driver in mind. I wouldn't do it myself.

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  5. Annie in control of a Winnebago, my blood just froze.
    I hated camping, hated all those people crammed into one spot, my spot. Even as a child I had delusions of grandeur, like camping at the Hotel Windsor.

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    1. Hehe, Jah Teh. It is ok. She won't come back to check further responses. I can see you in a tent in the foyer of The Windsor.

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    2. A tent?? No, No, No, dear Andrew. JahTeh and I, with our dreams of grandeur, will be in the penthouse.

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    3. Btw Annie, thanks for the newspaper clipping.

      River, Jah Teh was right, delusions of grandeur.

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  6. I've never wanted to be a "grey nomad'...although I fit the bill re the "grey" part. I have no desire to go camper-vanning around the country.

    My ex-brother-in-law and his wife are off next week...towing a van around Australia (they did a fairly lengthy trip last year)...and hope to be away about 12 months. Not my cup of tea, at all...but like with everything...we all have our individual wants, dreams and desire. That's just never been one of mine.

    My ex and I towed a small van from Noosa up to Port Douglas back in the early 80s. Even though we did have a fun time...we made our own fun...I was glad to get back home again.

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    1. Lee, you have to be quite committed to buy the vehicle. Hiring is very expensive and we would rather stay in caravan park cabins, which we have always found good. Is my memory right? Did you mention they are a reasonable age and a reasonable size? maybe it was someone else.

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    2. It wasn't me, Andrew. But, if given the choice I'd prefer a cabin...I like indoor pluming, running and flushing water. All the comforts of home...that's why I stay home! :)

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  7. I see Annie O'Dyne beat me to the explanation of Boondocks.
    I always thought it meant the wrong side of the tracks, the poorer side of town etc, Like the Gene Pitney song, Down in the Boondocks.

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    1. River, so it is a Pitney song. I will look it up.

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  8. Boondocking is free camping. So many people are into that, some because they can't afford caravan parks every night, other's because they prefer to free camp - prefer caravan parks ourselves and only free park if no caravan parks.
    Caravan for us enables us to go places and stay that don't have nice motels and you don't have to rush to get to the next town that does have a nice motel - up the middle and across the top of Australia is a good example of what I refer to.
    Always good to get home, and we have done both the caravan and without.

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    1. Margaret, you are clearly experienced and well adjusted to caravanning. R expected to like campervanning and I expected to really dislike it, but rather the reverse happened.

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    2. caravanning is not everyones cup of tea..

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  9. Well it was only a rumour that Annie was a stunt driver for the "Fast and the Furious".

    River, I am turning you into a luxury addict at last but probably not the Windsor Penthouse, I've heard far too many stories about that tower and Annie would back me up.

    Oh, still there Andrew, pardon us for taking over your comments, we knew you wouldn't mind.

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    1. Blather on Jah Teh. Don't mind me.

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  10. Okay. Where then if not the Windsor? I don't know Melbourne very well.

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    1. River, don't think you lot are coming here, unless as cleaners and cooks.

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    2. As a cleaner you probably couldn't afford me. My fees are anything in your fridge, books and TV at all hours and a nap when I finish sweeping the crumbs off the balcony.

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  11. Not a fan of camping of any kind Andrew which is a shame because P enjoys it so much, it's a bit like golfing.. something we'll never do together 😀😀

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    1. Grace, no I never imagined you would like camping. Viva la difference.

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