It is not down in any map; true places never are.
– Herman Melville, Moby Dick
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Janene teaches writing at the community college when she’s not on a trail or a river.
Larry is a retired high school environmental science teacher who loves most things outdoors.
When we’re not at home in Boise, Idaho, we’re out driving around North America in Moby, the Great White Van.
Moby is a 2010 Ford E-350 Sportsmobile 4WD van with all the bells and whistles. Whatever you do, don’t call Moby an RV. It goes where no RV would even consider trying.
Before Moby, we camped in Larry’s 1956 Chevy, his daily driver for 40-some years.
The Chevy was great, but Moby has all the comforts of home.
The downside is the gas bill. In addition to having extra large tires, Moby has an extra large gas tank. 46 gallons to be exact. Before Moby, I was not aware that most gas pumps shut off automatically when you hit $100 on a credit card.
Boise winters generally are not that bad. Not that cold, not that much snow. But our first winter, while we were living full-time in Moby, was one of the snowiest and coldest in 20 years. No problem! We camped on our daughter’s curb and used Moby’s forced air propane furnace and an extension cord to the garage electricity. Toasty warm!
Our grandkids think Moby is way cooler than a boring old house. They love hanging out in Moby’s upstairs “penthouse”.
Below is a sampler of some places Moby has taken us.
We usually don’t camp around others. No RV parks, no campgrounds, no neighbors. With one exception: Walmart parking lots. They’re not wilderness, but when you’re traveling from A to B, and need a place to sleep, they’re not that bad. They’re free, have a bathroom open 24 hours a day, and there’s a McDonalds inside where you can get discount senior coffee in the morning. Such a deal.
This T-shirt captures our Moby lifestyle. (Thanks, Debra!)
Home is where you park it.
Indeed . . . We might have a house, but ultimately, for us, Moby is home.
Maybe we’ll park near you soon.