We might be considered wanna-be recreational users…of motorized things like dirt bikes and quads. Or water toys like jet-skis and Anders really wants a motorized surfboard. Yes, that’s a real thing. But not owning those sorts of toys doesn’t stop us from using the Jawbone Recreation Area to hangout occasionally.
North of Mojave and California City (approx. 30 min drive), we come here to camp for free…and drool a lot. Not over the big rigs, but over the fun toys they carry.
This is another free place to camp. There’s only 2 pit toilets (that I’m aware of) out here along a 10km paved road in from Hwy 14. Most rigs are self-contained like we are so that’s not a problem. You can fit any size rig here really; there’s plenty of wide open spots and there’s smaller spots to pick from tucked in between the mountains/hills.
Be mindful of the ATV trails/roads, and cautious of soft sand on some of the approaches. We stayed pretty close to the main road in with our bus. But when we were here a year ago we went farther off-road with no issues in our 15 passenger van with rooftop tents.
Weekends get much busier with parties of people congregating, unloading & spreading out all their toys. Also be aware that its common to hear target shooting. Consider proximity for you and your kids, and play it safe.
Traveling with our propane fire ring has been so easy and so much safer than using wood (no sparks). We also don’t wear that smokey odour into our bus, permeating everything around us. I don’t mind that when away camping for a weekend or so. But the bus is our home…I’d rather not smell smoke inside our tiny house, thank you very much! Stored in our skoolie cargo boxes outside its so easy to pull the fire ring out to roast our dinner.
But sometimes….we build a real fire. Like here at Jawbone Recreation Area where we found a stone ring to build it inside of. We found plenty of dry wood and kindling. And a 12 year old boy who loves the challenge of lighting a fire, even when the wind makes it a bit more challenging.
No matter what kind of campfire we have, there’s usually a family member often reading a story aloud. We reminisce of our travels and dream of where-to-go-next, and count the stars. We might even watch some wildlife. Checkout what Rhett caught on camera!!! Pretty cool! Anyways, one of our all-time favourite things to do is sit outside around the fireplace. Connecting with one another.
What’s your favourite thing to do when out camping?
PS Currently we have about 5 read-alouds on the go, different people reading to a different audience.
Gaelyn is reading: Ranger’s Apprentice (to Everette)
Toveli is reading: Percy Jackson (to Anders) and Goblet of Fire (to Maret, Gaelyn & Laars)
I (Karen) am finishing: My Family & Other Animals (to everyone though not consistently to Maret) and The Life of Fred (to Laars, Anders & Gaelyn)
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