We booned to get closer to the trail, we needed to be working on. Driving is not getting any work done or any fun for that matter.. Nonetheless, paying $14 for well water and pit toilets is a steal for us. NFS sites are normally on a nice river or lake and that must be nature? Digging cat holes is not all that much fun either.
Availability and flexibility is another.Based upon my read of this thread most people boondock for 3 reasons: (1) sites are free and they are cheap, (2) you are out in nature and the only camper around and (3) better sites along rivers, creeks and beaches.
I always enjoy watching your videos!That is a hard question to answer. There are so many choices and so many roads. Many of the more popular free sites are well documented by other campers who have been there. I make it a habit to write a review of most of the sites I visit. Here is a review I did on a site near me: https://freecampsites.net/#!145178&query=sitedetails
Sometimes I make a YouTube video of the site.
I'm not knocking it, I'm just curious to the appeal of boondocking? I enjoy the luxuries that my pup comes with that require electricity. Maybe if I understand it better I'd have the same interest.
On the east coast you take what you can get. Not much public land that allows camping and most of that is hike in. If you put in the work and make connections you can find limited private land. There are some dry campgrounds that are usually quiet and inexpensive, but those are dwindling and the few left have recently caught the eyes of hammock campers. We use campgrounds as a base when vacationing because they have hookups. Don't really do hotels since bringing home some critters once and if we do I'm tearing that place apart before we bring anything in.I've never understood the appeal of camping in a campground, honestly!
Fair enough. I grew up in Michigan... which is pretty much all private land until you get up north.On the east coast you take what you can get. Not much public land that allows camping and most of that is hike in.
I’ve read stories where people have been threatened and run off because others wanted the spot or because they were trying to save it for friends yet to arrive. That’s not how I want to camp so I guess I will continue to book parks and camp with the masses except for the back country boat or canoe camping which offers far more site options. It’s just more workYou are wise to be uncertain, given the options nearby you... and candidly out west as well.
On the first one: Will I get a suitable spot by the time I get there or will I get a spot at all?
I have had many a trip west of Colorado where I have that same fear.
We do a lot of Google Earth/Google Maps/OnX scouting ahead of time. But in a new area it is always hard to truly know the options until you have put tires on the ground. A few timers we've looked long after dark for a spot.
On the second one: if we have to share with others, will they be party heads or be ripping around with dirt bikes & ATV’s? I fear that many boondockers go because they don’t want any rules.
As noted above... we try to do a ton of research ahead of time about difficulty of access and/or activities are allowed in the area... but in my experience people who ride ATVs are facile at ignoring laws. We try our best to get WAY out there... but that's only possible where one's geography and laws allow it. And even out "back of beyond" we have been burned a few times by idiots.
I’ve read stories where people have been threatened and run off because others wanted the spot or because they were trying to save it for friends yet to arrive. That’s not how I want to camp so I guess I will continue to book parks and camp with the masses except for the back country boat or canoe camping which offers far more site options. It’s just more work