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Internet blogs--like this one--provide lots of help and tips for new boondockers, and websites listing boondocking sites help find them as well, but specifically I am referring to the methods we employ to find true boondocking campsites--those out in the boonies, away from civilization, off the beaten path.
Unfortunately, there are no New York phonebook-sized boondocking campsite directories in existence, or Web based listings of all the boondocking sites in North America--there are just too many. Were such a boondocking campsite guide to exist, we could simply go to a map, locate the nearest campsite, and drive there. Much like you would with a Trailer Life or Woodall's Campground Directory.
The problem with that was that you had to be a pretty good organizer to not only be able to find these sites when you needed them--sometimes years later--but to also be diligent in recording, categorizing, and entering these locations in your directory. So, as you might guess, we became slackers, and didn't take the time to gather and record all this information, especially when we didn't know if we would ever be back to the area again.
And then a newly popular tool for finding and keeping this information became easier, GPS. No longer was it such a tedious endeavor to record manually a lot of information. We could simply push buttons to record the coordinates of every good site we came across--a matter of seconds--whether or not we intended to use the site at the time--and the directory was updated.
Programs like Microsoft's 2011 Streets & Trips with GPS Locator now enable us to record campsite data along saved routes, whether driven or planned. Now we can easily record all the potential sites we find, rate them, categorize them by scenic beauty, ease of access, distance from highway, etc.
In addition, blogs and forums enable boondockers across the country to connect and exchange boondocking site locations with each other when planning trips or entering new areas. Soon everybody will be able to find the best boondocking sites as easily as if having a printed directory. But I still like wandering those backroads, enjoying the thrill of discovery of new boondocking sites. Some of the old ways still work.
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