This summer it is becoming obvious that Jeanette and I are developing a new RV lifestyle, that is new to us. I'm sure there are lots of RVers out there already using their RV in this way. With the purchase of our smaller Leisure Travel Van this spring we are using it in a different manner than past motor homes. The lifestyle that I speak of is one that is not so much tethered to a campground or RV park, but rather has the flexibility to enjoy our day in scenic areas of choice, and then at the end of the day seek out a place to just park for the night.
Wapiti RV Park & Campground
This week's trip to the Oregon Coast Thursday thru Sunday, to escape the heat of the inland valleys, provided a graphic example of this new lifestyle. We had booked a campsite for three nights at Wapiti RV Park, but on the second day a wedding party of 250 started pouring into the park for their 2-day event. We got a refund and were out of there. We drove to a shady parking-lot for a snack and considered our options. As luck would have it earlier we had come upon a free parking spot at a harbor during our morning birding excursion, so that would became our nights destination and we spent the remaining afternoon and dinner at a scenic location.
undisclosed harbor parking spot
The next day we choose to spend at Yaquina Head Outstanding Nature Area, a BLM managed area north of Newport. There we hiked and birded, lunched, napped, and ejoyed the scenery. When the fog moved in late afternoon we journeyed on to the Walmart parking lot. Dinner, free WiFi, and reading filled out the evening.
Yaquina Head Outstanding Nature Area
With all the conveninces of life on board the van, with no need for hook-ups for water and electricity for several days, and only the need of a parking space, we are free to roam and enjoy. To quote traveler extrodinaire Ed Seajack - "take joy in your day".