Monday, April 15, 2013

Moochdocking


Boondocking is a term that refers to camping off the grid (no hookups..electric, water or sewer), usually on public lands for free or a very small fee. It can also be done overnight only at places such as rest areas, large parking lots or even just on the street if you can get away with it. One other way is to park in someone’s driveway, invited of course! Now if the owner of the property happens to have some hookups for you to use it isn’t technically boondocking anymore. It’s what I like to refer to as “moochdocking”.

In the fine tradition of couch surfing (where travelers can spend the night at a stranger’s house) there is now an organization where people with room for rigs to park offer their spaces to travelers in need of somewhere to stay. This is a great thing! Sometimes you need something to bridge the gap between campgrounds. It’s a money saver, convenient and a great way to make new friends.

Recently we were having trouble trying to locate an available campground in the area we wanted to visit. So we went to Boondocker's Welcome, did a search and found an available driveway right where we wanted to be. What a great experience it turned out to be! Our hosts, two very cool ladies, made us feel so welcome. They were able to give us great tips about the area and even acted as our own personal tour guides one day. This is a resource we’ll continue to make use of when needed or just to mix things up a bit. Note- If you're interested in becoming a member of Boondocker's Welcome, I have a discount code just for you! Enter TRVLBLOGSPECIAL for a 10% discount. This is valid until may 15. 

Sweet camping spot in Punta Gorda....quiet neighborhood and friendly hosts.

One of our days there we went to a beach the ladies had recommended. It was exactly what we needed after our previous stress. I'm pretty sure a day at the beach can fix most anything.

Englewood Beach





Another day Virginia, one of the ladies, came with us for some sight seeing in the area. It was great having a tour guide! Virginia recently had knee replacement surgery and has been pretty house bound during the day as she can't drive yet. So she was more than happy to come along for the ride. We went to a local fishing pier, a cute shopping complex on the water, a drive through the very quaint downtown area and finally dinner at a seafood place looking out over one of the channels.

Karin with Virginia
Charlotte Harbor
Karin makes a fine pirate but I gotta figure this mermaid thing out.

Dining on the water. As boaters went by they waved and lifted their drinks to us. And we did the same back. It was cool.   :)

8 comments:

  1. Well it appears I am "moochdocking" right now. Who knew !!

    Love the Boondockers Welcome website. Used it for the first time a few weeks ago and have two places lined up to stay at here in British Columbia.

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    1. That is great! We're going to be doing some more "moochdocking" in late May and the first half of June. This time it will be with friends & family though. I'm excited about all of it though. I love variety and this lifestyle sure gives us plenty of that. :)

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  2. Thanks for this post! I just joined Boondockers Welcome using your discount code. I'm just starting to plan my summer's travels and I know this is going to enhance our experiences along the way.

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    1. I'm so glad someone was able to make use of the discount code! You'll have to let me know if you use it and what your experience was. :)

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  3. Couch surfing is a great thing. We had several couch surfers stay with us when we lived in a sticks and brick. Kevin and I couch surfed with different people when we went to Australia. We were able to see things that most visitors miss.

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    1. Mary- I would love to try the couch version sometime. My daughter has had good experiences with it. I think it would be amazing for international travel.

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  4. I never heard of that boondocker website. What a cool idea!

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    1. Yup Garret, very cool! It's a fairly new website. We snagged a charter membership a year ago.

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