Saturday, March 21, 2020

Dwindling Nomad Options

It didn’t take too long for my passport to become useless. Most countries have shut their borders, in one form or another.

National and State parks, forests, and campgrounds are starting to close. That’s making it hard for folks in RVs to find a place to park their rigs. Private campgrounds are also closing.

Marinas are shutting down, making it just that much harder to be a live aboard.

Bugging out is looking less and less like a valid option. Heck, they are even discouraging people from hiking the Appalachian Trail.

There are people who’ve set out to cross the world in sailboats and now are stuck. That’s often not too great as there are places that are fine for short visits, but you wouldn’t want to live there. On the bright side, boaters are used to being self-sufficient and usually are well stocked. I know of a number of boaters who’ve selected remote anchorages and plan to stay there for months on end.

Looks like we are in the middle of the ultimate bug-in situation.



  1. Sometimes, all you can do is hunker down and wait.

    1. I am glad to have a place to hunker down in. Truly blessed and I give thanks.

    2. Give thanks to yourself. You planned for an event such as this. Hope you got enough coffee beans.

    3. I'm good on coffee for some time.

  2. This is all showing the fallacy of bugging on the move (campgrounding and state-parking.) A fixed bug-out location, or bugging-in, are the only ways to handle an issue.

    Bugging on the move is akin to being a refugee. Both require the kindness of complete strangers and governments to be successful.

    I really feel for the people trapped outside of the States, whether by job or by choosing to vacation or live not-here.

    1. Indeed it does.

      I'm thinking that it's going to be tough to be an outsider when resident populations are struggling.

  3. Pretty much 9/11 ended our travels on a sailboat. Our passports expired in 2008 , and we realized that Americans were quickly becoming pariahs to the rest of the world's people.
    Now days , well...our bloviator in Chief has pretty much destroyed any credibility or Goodwill toward Amuricans.

    On a positive note: The Zoo Board met, and decided to retain all employees with a 20% reduction in hours for the next two months.
    Now that, is showing your employees they care about them !
    Sooo , I'm still stuck at home confined with my killer attack Maltese and PITA the cat.

    1. I've refused to fly since 911. However, that's starting to look like a moot point as I'm not there will be many airlines left after this.

      That is a positive note. Looks like you'll have some income for a while longer. All the best to you and yours.

    2. And the world thought so highly of us prior to President Trump.