The desert in this area has a solid rocky base, perfect to drive over. We’d chosen to camp about 200 feet in from a quiet paved road. There was not a building or other RV within view.
It’s Sunday morning about 9 am. We are just up and getting dressed, when Randy looks out the window to see a big old beater of a car driving off the road and crossing the desert toward us. Picture this car – its vinyl top peeling and two large dark figures in the front seat. Randy summed it up in three words: “We’ve got trouble!”
But he’s a brave man, my Randy. He says, “Turn on the phone to see if we have a signal. I’ll step out to see what they want.” I'm not even fully dressed. I find the phone but no cell signal (I’m not surprised). My heart is in my throat as I peek out to see what's happening. I can see Randy but his back is to me. The driver, a man, is talking to him but I can’t make out the conversation. I turn to reach for the canister of bear spray we carry for protection, regretting deeply that we never did get around to testing how to use it properly.
Suddenly I hear the car start up and begin to drive away. I rush to the door, to find Randy bent over. Oh no! What’s happened?
As he straightens up, I quickly realize he is was only bent over in laughter. And he hands me two gifts: the Watchtower and Awake magazines. Proof positive that followers of the Jehovah's Witness faith really are willing to go to the ends of the earth to spread The Word.
This really happened, folks. And it truly was the most frightening situation we’ve ever found ourselves in during our 18 years of boondocking. If you’re looking for real practical boondocking safety advice, I provide a very comprehensive list of considerations at https://www.frugal-rv-travel.com/Boondocking-Safety.html.
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