About Becky

Forget about what the world tells you your life should be like. At IO I teach people how to ditch the status quo and go full-time RVing before retirement. Included at no additional charge: seizing your dreams, living boldly, and making a difference.
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Solar and Heat for Boondocking

[EDIT 2/12/16]¬†All clear! After tinkering around with things for most of yesterday and eventually getting help from a professional, Google has taken the “This site may be hacked” message off of IO in search results. Yes, the blog had been hacked. The culprit did not touch any of the existing content so you all wouldn’t […]

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Saddle Mountain

The astute reader may have been counting the days in their head and noticed that I reached the 14 day limit for Quartzsite free BLM camping long ago. I actually left Quartzsite on the 26th, time for a little catch up. January 26, Tuesday My fridge appointment in Phoenix is on Monday and I’ve run […]

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The Great Fridge Debacle (part 2)

Let’s rewind time a little. In the last episode on the ongoing saga of my broken fridge, I opted to drive out to Arizona to attend the RTR and Xscapers convergence rather than wait in Texas to get the replacement done at the Casita factory. I’ve not regretted my decision, but it’s now been over […]

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2015 Full-timer Cost of Living and Income Report

I summoned the willpower to secluded myself from the Xscapers festivities last week long enough to work out my 2015 cost of living and income numbers. Here they are, conveniently tacked on to the chart I’ve used for previous years for ease of comparison. As always, let me stress that these numbers will be different […]

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Camping on a Gold Mine

January 21, Thursday Field trip! So, one of our number at the Xscapers convergence here at Dome Rock just outside of Quartzsite is a bonafide tour guide. He works 6 months on, 6 months off and is currently theoretically off, but I guess when out taking a walk he happened upon a fellow who is […]

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Hill Hike and the Big Tent

January 19, Tuesday With the initial burst of social activities and chores now behind, I find myself with a reasonable chunk of free time and no set plan. Some exploring is in order. Behind camp, the dirt road ends in large wash which is the end of the line for RVers. ATVs however were made […]

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Xscapers Convergence

The second gathering on my whirlwind tour of Quartzsite happens to be just down the road from the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous, the drive over with Bertha and Cas was only about ten minutes. I’m going to the Xscapers convergence. Readers may have noticed in the right-hand column of IO, near the bottom, an icon that […]

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First Thoughts on Boondocking

My first day boondocking. I’ve been waiting for this experience since I first started dreaming about full-timing five years ago. When I purchased Cas and Bertha, I had fully intended to buy solar equipment and other boondocking gear at the start, but then I decided I couldn’t take it at my vet tech job any […]

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Quartzsite and the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous

During the summer, Quartzsite, AZ is nothing out of the ordinary. A dusty little pit stop not far from the boarder of California along I10 where one can get gas on the way to more interesting (and cooler!) locations. But during the winter, thousands of RVers descend upon this unassuming town and vendors arrive from […]

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Conclusion of a Marathon

Wednesday, January 6th When I run into Walmart this morning to use the bathroom (conserve those tanks!) and buy a couple things, “Life is a Highway” is playing over the store sound system. I take it as a sign that I made the right decision not to wait to get the fridge fixed. I depart […]

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