Monthly Archives: October 2015

We travel and camp on BLM land. That is government land under the care of the Federal Bureau of Land Management. Most places let you camp for free. You do have to obey the rules though. We have a truck that is outfitted with a tent that extends out of the cap over the bed of the truck. Inside the bed area of the truck is storage and our boondocking batteries. We blog as we travel and checked on Hughes Net prices to see if carrying an Internet satellite dish would be helpful to us.

Boondocking is camping away from any resources such as water, sewer and electrical hookups to a public grid. We charge our batteries on the truck using solar, and we have an inverter that lets us power things as electricity hungry as an induction cooktop. Water is always a problem and so is using the toilet. This is wild camping with a little bit of luxury. We got the Hughesnet dish so we could stay out in the wild and still stay connected with social media and blogging. We used to stay on BLM land that was within cellular coverage. As our confidence to camp off the grid increased, we have driven further and further into wild areas with our four-wheel drive truck. Having a diesel engine with large tanks is a help getting out and back.

The dish is not too big. It is easy to set up and take down when we get to our campsite. Rangers patrolling have stopped by and investigated the young couple with the weird looking dish sticking out on top of their truck. Only one ranger, who was a retired soldier, said it looked like stuff he saw in the military. He was concerned because it was not common to see things like that with campers in a pickup truck. Once we showed him our blog, he was okay with it. We do like being able to be in touch with family back home in an instant by email or messenger on social media even if we are miles from where a cell phone works.

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