Tuesday Talk – Tires, What We Have on our Airstream & Why They Are So Important

This week we’re answering a question from a viewer about tires. We talk about how your tires are one of your most important safety features on both your tow vehicle and your rig. We explain what tires we have on both our Ram 2500 and our Airstream and Steve talks through the stats. We had a major blowout on the truck earlier this year and are very lucky that we were injured in the process. Please check your tires often!

On Tuesday’s we’d like to answer questions sent to us from viewer’s like you and share some of the details of our Airstream life. If you have a question for us please let us know in the comments below or at our website astreaminlife.com

 

Exploring Mesa Falls & A Solar Chat

In today’s video, we decide to skip the crowds in Yellowstone and instead head down to Mesa Falls which is about 30 minutes south of where we are boondocking. Unfortunately, there were crowds there too due to a bike race and being closer to the zone of totality for the eclipse the next day. The falls were both definitely worth the trip though, especially the Upper Falls! We take the opportunity to fill up our water jugs too, or course.

After we return from our adventures Steve chats about our solar setup and everything we run/charge on a typical day. We’re loving these cooler days of full sun here in Idaho, we never have to worry about our batteries getting too low. Steve also talks a little bit more about equalizing our tanks when we are boondocking.

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Bootjack Boondocking
Mesa Falls

 

More Yellowstone Explorations On Saturday

In today’s video, we are heading back into Yellowstone National Park early on a Saturday morning to try and avoid the crowds. We check out a few smaller things including the Firehole Canyon Scenic Drive, Firehole Falls, and the Grand Prismatic Spring along the boardwalk. We then went back to the Fairy Falls trailhead and walked to the overlook we were too tired to check out last time. Finally, we do another scenic drive and check out the White Dome Geyser which tests our patience. We love this area!

We find a great spot for garbage, recycling, and water in the park. We’ll be stopping there every time we pass it, that’s for sure! Steve finishes the video talking about our internet troubles at our boondocking spot. Luckily, the cell speed sped up after that weird day, so we’re back at a super fast speed. Not bad for free camping!

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Bootjack Boondocking
Yellowstone National Park

 

First Day in Yellowstone: Fairy Falls & Imperial Geyser

In today’s video, we head to Yellowstone National Park for our first day of exploring. We decide to do a 7-mile hike to Fairy Falls and the Imperial Geyser from the Fairy Falls parking area south of the Grand Prismatic Spring. It was a lovely day for a hike and since this was a bit of a longer one we didn’t see very many people which was awesome considering the crowds we say elsewhere. The Fairy Falls was absolutely gorgeous and then only a mile further was the Imperial Geyser which was unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. While at Imperial Geyser we were recognized for the first time by Tina and had a wonderful chat. An amazing day of hiking, scenery, and meeting awesome people!

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Bootjack Boondocking
Yellowstone National Park
Imperial Geyser Hike

Finding Boondocking Outside of Yellowstone

In today’s video, we leave Jefferson County Lake Campground. Our first stop is a dump station at the Visitor Center in Ashton Idaho on our way to our boondocking spot. Then we continue heading north and east to a boondocking area in Island Park Idaho. After our boondocking troubles recently we decided to take the bikes down the roads to find the best spot for us and it worked out great. We found a great mostly level spot with plenty of solar. We can’t wait to spend the next couple of weeks here and explore Yellowstone National Park!

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Jefferson County Lake Campground
Bootjack Boondocking

How To Find Free Camping – How We Find All Our Airstream Boondocking Spots

Welcome to our How-To Series. In this video series, we will explain the many how-tos of Airstream Living. From full-time RVing, to travel, to living in a tiny space we will share what we have learned from living this lifestyle. We encourage you to comment below with your own advice on this topic, as well as any other How-Tos you would like to see.

This week’s topic is How To Find Free Camping. We touch on finding free overnight camping at stores or rest areas, to finding places to stay in the wilderness for weeks at a time. For free overnight camping, we rely mostly on the AllStays app which has great information on Walmarts, Cabelas, rest stops and other great spots.

When trying to find free wilderness camping we start our search on Campendium. We also check FreeCampsites.net for more information. Some other places to look are on the National Forest/BLM websites or at local ranger stations. The Rangers have the most up to date information on an area and are a great resource for finding dispersed camping. Another great resource is social media. We follow other full-timers on Youtube and Instagram who enjoy boondocking and make sure to bookmark any spots they show. Lastly, our biggest tip for finding free camping is to have a way to store the information you find. We use a personal Google Map where we store all the interesting free camping spots that we run across.

This week’s links:
AllStays
Campendium
Free Campsites

 

Tuesday Talk – Living Spontaneously But Dealing with Crowded Summer Campgrounds

This week we’re answering a question from a viewer about how we’re dealing with the crowded summer months and booked campgrounds while trying to stay spontaneous in our travel plans. We talk about what reservations we do make, what had worked for us so far even in crowded campgrounds, and how flexible you need to be to stay spontaneous with hot weather and summer crowds.

On Tuesday’s we’d like to answer questions sent to us from viewer’s like you and share some of the details of our Airstream life. If you have a question for us please let us know in the comments below or at our website astreaminlife.com.

Laundry & Seeing Idaho Falls While We Get the Truck Serviced

In today’s video, we head to our first public laundromat to get our laundry done after a few weeks of going without. We normally try to find a campground with laundry services but couldn’t this time. It worked out well though. Then we explore the Idaho Falls River Walk while our truck is being serviced at the nearby Dodge before enjoying our last night at the lake campground.

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Jefferson County Lake Campground

Stretching & Kayaking & Enjoying the Lake

This accidentally published a few weeks ago so we apologize if you have already seen it! In today’s video, we get some stretching done at our lakeside camping spot and finally get the hang of our SeaEagle Kayak. Once we knew what we were doing we had a blast! We then enjoyed the beach, did some swimming and made a delicious lunch. We highly recommend Jefferson County Lake Campground for anyone in the area!

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Jefferson County Lake Campground

Moving To a Lake Campground near Idaho Falls

In today’s video, we are leaving our free camp spot at the Hayspur Fish Hatchery which we really enjoyed and are heading to campground north of Idaho Falls. Jefferson County Lake Campground in Rigby Idaho is amazing! $15 a night for 50amp electric and water. We spend our Saturday running some errands in Idaho Falls since we are finally near civilization and we will be away from it for a while after this. Wait until you see the before and after of Miss Patti when we are taking to get her groomed.

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Hayspur Fish Hatchery
Jefferson County Lake Campground