Life constantly on the move will wear you out. Twelve days into the trip and we have been through Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, and now Idaho. We've only stopped longer than a single night once, and that was for two days outside of Omaha. The majority of our stays have been free and that's just the way we like it.
On our last trip I joined an online forum called boondockerswelcome.com. This gem of a website connects people with land with people who need to park. I pop open the website and find someone nearby. A quick e-mail goes out to a host and we hear back from them in less than an hour. Score, free secure parking for the night with some friendly folks.
It's worth noting that this couple was absolutely fantastic. Keep in mind that I contacted them Sunday morning, and they let us come to their house on the same day. Just some complete strangers helping another stranger. We arrive around 1600 and they show us where to park. Then they bless us with 50 amp power and water. Katie and I make dinner and let them go about their day. We don't want to impose, but make ourselves available to chat. They stop over and invite us to sit outside on the patio to talk. This is where the night changes. These folks are genuinely interested in our story and want to share their own. Katie and I aren't really the sociable type. Part of this trip is about changing ourselves. I constantly have to remind myself that we need to live outside our comfort zones and these two people make it easy. They let people stay at their house so they can socialize, and expect the guests to be there for the same reason. We came with the wrong intention, and left with an understanding of why people really do this.
If you're reading this you guys, thanks for letting us put a pin on your map. Glad to have met you.