How To Create A Personalized Google Map For Boondocking and Camping

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 Create A Personalized Google Map For Boondocking and Camping. We did a video a couple of weeks ago about How to Find Free Camping and mentioned we have created our own Google Map to keep track of good boondocking locations. A few viewers asked for a tutorial so here it is.

The first step is to sign into a Google Account since that is where the map will be saved. Then go to Google maps and click on the menu, then My Places and finally My Maps. At the bottom click the link for Create Map. From there you can name the map, name layers and add new pins for camping locations. Don’t forget to personalize the icon and color and fill in a title and description too. Once there you can open your new map on any device with google maps, including a smart phone, and use it to direct you to all the cool spots you’ve saved!

This week’s links:
How to Find Free Camping
Google Maps
Campendium

 

Steve Makes Macro Photography and a Date Night In West Yellowstone

In today’s video, Steve decides to great creative with the field we are boondocking in and his macro lens. He explains his process and shows a bunch of really cool macro shots he made. Afterwards, we head into West Yellowstone to do some browsing/shopping. We find a great souvenir and head to date night at a local restaurant.

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Bootjack Boondocking

 

How To Keep Your RV/Airstream Clean While Camping in the Wilderness

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 Keep Your RV/Airstream Clean While Camping in the Wilderness. We try to boondock or camp in the wilderness without hookups as much as we can. We’ve learned that this can mean a very messy Airstream home between us and our dogs. We’ve worked out a method and some tips and tricks that work for us. Keeping the Airstream clean on the inside means taking some preventative measures on the outside. We highly recommend an outdoor area rug right outside your RV door to prevent tracking in mud or dirt. We also have a mat right inside the Airstream to wipe feet on as well. It is also useful to get or make a portable sprayer to spray down muddy feet or animal paws outside on the area rug before stepping inside.

Once inside it’s important to have someplace close to the door to store shoes so that they aren’t worn too far into the RV. We also recommend changing out any carpeting in the entry area as it is hard to clean. We switched ours out to a vinyl plank flooring which is so much easier. We vacuum and Swiffer it every day or two to keep everything nice and clean. A few other tips involve watching for dusty days and dirt coming in the windows, making our own cleaner and covering upholstery with blankets that we can wash instead of having to deal with the upholstery itself.

This week’s links:
Outdoor Rug (Amazon affiliate)
Outdoor Portable Sprayer (Amazon affiliate)

 

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

 

How To Find Water & Dump Stations When Boondocking in an RV/Airstream

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 Water & Dump Stations When Boondocking in an RV/Airstream. When camping out in the wilderness without hookups how do you find a place to find or dump stations? You can find water in a number of ways. Look for water at National Parks and State Parks that you are visiting anyway. You can also find water at some trail heads and picnic areas in National Forests. If you are in the mountains, some towns have free water sources if they are headwaters of rivers. You can always pay for water at a Glacier Water Dispenser at a grocery store. Some dump stations will also have potable water.

To find dump stations we use a few applications. We use AllStays on our phones. They have a specific symbol for dump stations. We also use Campendium, which also has a specific symbol for dump stations. Lastly, Sanidumps seems to be a great website for finding dump stations as well.

This week’s links:
AllStays
Campendium
Sanidumps

 

Leaving Sun Valley & Moving To A Fish Hatchery

In today’s video, we do NOT have a good time trying to get the Airstream out of a boondocking spot. We have learned our lesson and will never try to boondock in a spot with so much of a dip in the road ever again. It was a stressful and trying experience but luckily we didn’t do any more damage when we bottomed out again and we had an amazing neighbor who came over and helped us out. We finally make it to our next boondocking spot at Hayspur FIsh Hatchery. It is a free campground and was super quiet and very well maintained. A great place to camp for a few days.

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Trail Creek Road
Hailey Dump Station
Hayspur Fish Hatchery