We lived to tell the tale! That’s right, my dogs and I survived our first night completely alone in the desert in my 24′ RV.
After the last three RV’s of the group I was camping with left, it was just us.
There were no other RV’s in sight.
No houses. No power lines. No signs of mankind. No sounds but the wild ones.
No lights visible but the stars. The moon was not even out on this night. (The perfect setting for a horror flick, right?)
I was pretty much OK with it…
Until it got dark.
I was kidding myself that darkness might not descend upon us this night.
At that point I did get the ‘heebie-jeebies.’
I found myself curiously reluctant to venture outside, because when I opened the RV door, I got that…. that…
You know, the scary as shit one you got when you were a kid, like there was something supernatural behind you.
About to pounce on you.
I hate that feeling, and yet, there it was, showing up again in my 43rd year.
Aren’t I an ADULT?
The feeling has rarely made an appearance in the last two or three decades, but it very much alive in my head on this night.
So my irrational reaction was to simply stay inside the RV.
Because, in kid code, ‘inside’ has powers to save you from supernatural demons.
I was especially safe if I stayed under my super protective bed sheets…excellent plan!
My ‘stay inside’ plan was genius until I remembered that I have these things called ‘The Girls‘.
As a responsible mom, I had to venture out with them for potty time. Coyotes ARE for real…
I decided that using both my trusty Light and Motion POWERFUL headlamp and my super-far lighting Rayovac spotlight flashlight would give us extra protection from The Unknown.
I promise, this is the Rolls Royce in headlamps, shoots light all the way to the mountains, AND it’s rechargable.
The spotlight takes 6AA batteries, it’s light, and they say it’s indestructible. So far, so good!
I’m providing links to both if you want to look at what I use and DEPENDED on on this fateful night. (And still do. To watch out for solar panels and such)
Light Sabers on head and in hand, we crept out into the night.
Coyotes howled and yipped in the distance.
I kept the spotlight on HIGH and we eased out into the darkest night of our lives.
Due to the nature of my fear, my previously powerful spotlight somehow seemed dim in desert darkness.
For the first time, my trusty headlamp seemed to reach for something to illuminate. (So much for my flashlight safety fantasies.)
This walk was brief, and if business wasn’t taken care of promptly, Mama wasn’t going to wait for you tonight!
I was relieved when my irrational childlike fear did not escalate. Even better, I was mostly over it by the time we got back to the Rv. We scurried back inside, safe and sound.
Was all of this nervousness warranted? I think so as one might reasonably expect to be nervous the first time they are all alone out in the desert.
I do have 3 forms of protection in my RV, but they will not protect me from the supernatural!
I am truly not worried about a human attack. There’s a much higher chance of that happening in a city, town or Rv park.
The next day we packed up and hit the road bound for Lake Havasu to join up with another group of Xscapers. (This is an offset group from the Escapee’s RV club)
About two hours of sitting in the Tundra finally landed us at the next campsite. This one is located a few miles north of Lake Havasu City.
This site is not ideal by any means in my opinion. We are here to be with the group and to see the Lake Havasu Winter Fireworks Show, Feb. 11-14.
It is not a large area to park in, and there are RV’s quite close to each other, compared to all of the space we had at the last campsite. : (
My windows are filled with other RV’s and the air is filled at times with the sound of humming generators besides our own. Road noise is present.
I did not hear any coyotes last night but there have been Burros passing through the area.
Their droppings told the story. I hope to see a wild burro!
A fellow RV’er told me to check out Oatman, Az, where will burro are not so wild and they roam all over the town.
They will come right up to you and nudge you for a treat. I am so going there.
Speaking of humming, today I put up a hummingbird feeder on the back window of the Rv, and as I sit here writing, I have my first visitor!
A hike is in order later, as there are steep hills right behind where we are parked. Spring has sprung in the desert and there are many flowers popping up all around us- especially beside the roads.
I hope to catch a good sunset tonight as there are finally clouds in the sky. They have been missing for almost 2 weeks! (I did- see below)
That’s about it for now. Sure boondocking all alone was nerve wracking, but it really wasn’t so bad.
I kid a little about the level of fear I experienced, ’cause it was fun to exaggerate. It was not that bad at all. It was really quite peaceful. AFTER the forementioned fear left me.
After conquering a night alone in the desert, I think we can conquer pretty much anything together in this RV!
Thanks for following along voyeuristically with me!