This is a daily journal style update about my first 10 days as a digital nomad. I’m thinking about doing this on a regular basis. Maybe a daily VLOG type daily journal. Though I like that idea, I don’t want to run out of material and interesting stuff for you guys too fast. let me know what you think down in the comments below. I appreciate any and all feedback and will try to answer all comments as soon as a possibly can. Realize I’m out and about. I’m a nomad, so having internet is a big thing, I could go days without internet or an update. Which makes daily updates kind of difficult. As long as I have cell signal I will always check my messages and try to give you guys an update as I can.
Thanks for reading. Enjoy…
DAY 1 – I left late in the morning, walked out of my apartment at 11am, determined never to look back on that lifestyle again. I swore to myself to never waste money on apartment again. Ever. No more apartment life for me. From this day forward I will make my own way as a nomad, I will explore the world and set up my off grid homestead as a basecamp. I will purchase my land and build my own cabin with my own hands. It’s my dream and always has been my dream. One day I will make it a reality. This is why I went nomad, to take back my independence and my freedom, to build a better more fulfilling life for me and my family. I walked out of my apartment and into a new lifestyle. I traveled south around the bottom of the Black Hills of South Dakota, then west across Wyoming and south into Colorado, figuring I’d camp in the Rockies for the night, maybe hang out in Colorado for a while since it’s 420 friendly. After unsuccessfully venturing into the national forest for an hour and a half AFTER DARK to find a campsite, I turned around giving up on that idea.
Note to self: (PRO TIP) Don’t look for campsites after dark. Always find your camp early afternoon, setup camp early and get ready for the night with enough time to get comfortable.
I continued south on the 25 through Colorado and found a rest area just south of Pueblo CO. I think. Not sure really. Was too tired by that point to care where I was other than to find a place to sleep. My first night in the Jeep wasn’t comfortable, the wind shook my Jeep back and forth all night.
DAY 2 – The next morning I woke, grabbed some coffee from the nearest convenience store and hit the road, continue south into New Mexico. I never knew how windy New Mexico was. It’s crazy windy. Even in my Jeep Grand Cherokee which is very aerodynamic the wind was horrendous. I traveled south on the 25 through Albuquerque, NM to the 40 then west. I drove straight through New Mexico and into Arizona on Day 2 where I camped out at a TA truck stop just outside of Holbrook AZ.
DAY 3 – I woke to 16 degrees outside and ICE on the inside of my windshield. Though I stayed warm all night wrapped in blankets and my sleeping bag, I had to clean the ice off the inside of the windshield and hit the road. Sleeping inside my Jeep wasn’t exactly fun or comfortable but it was doable.
I headed to Meteor Crater early on Day 3 and had a short visit there, got some video of the crater took some photos and was back on the road headed west then north.
I arrived at the Grand Canyon about an hour north of Flagstaff AZ. What a beautiful view. The majesty and grandeur of the Grand Canyon is not lost on me. I’m always amazed by the sheer power of the forces from the waters of the Colorado river which craved through solid rock to form the canyon.
I found a campsite for $18 in the park and relaxed a bit. Yes, it cost money, no it wasn’t boon docking, but it’s was a nice setting and I wanted to have a nice night t relax after driving solid 10 to 12 hours per day fr the past 2 days.
DAY 4 – I woke to ice on the inside of my windshield yet again. The Grand Canyon is at a higher elevation than the surrounding Arizona desert so it’s a bit colder at night.
I checked out of the National Park campground and headed south back to the 40 and hung a right. I headed west on the 40 again towards Kingman and some BLM land just north of Lake Havasu City, AZ. I found a spot on BLM land about 20 miles north of Havasu and setup camp.
DAY 5-7 – Camped out at my nice little camp in the Mojave desert I relaxed a while soaked up some sun and tried organizing my gear. After days of tripping over and stumbling over my stuff I realized I have too much gear. Must find a dumpster and lighten the load.
Also… Day 6, I found my first meteorite in this area! This is a big thing for me because I’ve been to this area before searching and hunting for meteorites but have never found one here. Now I can finally say I found one! So stoked!
DAY 8 – Out of water. I packed up my gear, broke camp and headed the 20 miles or so south to Lake Havasu City on my first resupply run. I got rid of some trash, did some shopping at the local Walmart, spent all my money on food, grabbed some Starbucks coffee and headed back out to a spot on BLM in the desert.
The desert is so large and there’s so much land you could literally live in the desert on public land forever and never camp in the same place twice in a lifetime. People who’ve never been to or explored the desert don’t really know how large it actually is.
I love it! The beauty of the desert is something to behold, and the night sky…is truly amazing. You’ve never seen stars until you come to Arizona and view them here in the desert. almost zero light pollution means you can actually see the bands in the Milky Way Galaxy (our home in the universe).
The other thing I love about the desert is meteorites! Yes, meteorites. Yes…as in rocks from space.
I’m a huge fan of anything about meteorites. As beautiful as the desert is, meteorites just make it so much more cool to me. It’s an astronomy thing. It’s a science thing. It’s a meaning of life kinda thing to me. The material and process that makes up a meteorite formed the earth. Asteroids and comets came together over billions of years to form all the planets in our solar system through a process called accretion. Over time less and less debris was floating around our sun. Every now and then asteroids collide with the earth, explode in the atmosphere and leave meteorites strewn across the landscape. The arid desert preserves these rocks from space over the millennia, and if you have a keen eye, know what to look for and where to look, then you can find one of these celestial extraterrestrial visitors from space. To hold in your hand a rock from space older than the earth itself is an amazing feeling…to actually FIND one is even cooler than words and describe.
DAY 9 & 10 – Still camped in the same area, just enjoying the Mojave desert. Hiking, taking pictures, getting in better shape. losing weight, and generally feeling better than I have in years.
I’m happier now. Much happier.
As I sit in the desert I’m finding myself doing a lot of thinking. Just reflecting on the past couple decades of my life and wishing I could go back and do things over again, but we never get those do-overs. We have to live with the decisions we made and as I reflect on those past decisions I vow to make better decisions in the future to build a future for me and my family that I can be proud of.
This is me. This is who I am. Even with the awkwardness, the stumbling and roughness of my new lifestyle now, I’m happier now than I’ve been in a very very long time.
Maybe one day I’ll get into that and make it more public, maybe not. For now it’ll stay private, and that’s ok. I make no apologies or excuses. That’s for me and it’s my business.
As for my public nomad life…I’m loving it, even though I need a shower, am sunburned and can’t sleep at night very well.
It’s still good. I’m still happy. I’m still where I want to be.
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The words from one of my favorite songs from my favorite band sums it up beautifully and perfectly poetically.
“Wherever I May Roam”
…and the road becomes my bride
I have stripped of all but pride
So in her I do confide
And she keeps me satisfied
Gives me all I need
…and with dust in throat I crave
Only knowledge will I save
To the game you stay a slave
Call me what you will
But I’ll take my time anywhere
Free to speak my mind anywhere
And I’ll redefine anywhere
Anywhere I roam
Where I lay my head is home
This is my nomad life.
Live life now!
Do your dreams!
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