Robert Witham

Nomadic minimalist, writer, and videographer

Heading Back to Wyoming After a Great Trip to New Mexico

After a great week in New Mexico, it was time to head back to Wyoming. The plan was to camp in southern Colorado, stop in Denver to see a friend, camp in southern Wyoming, and finally finish the trip back to Wyoming. The trip did not work out quite as planned, but still was an good trip with some memorable adventures.

This video covers the journey back to Wyoming from northern New Mexico. I hope you enjoy the video!

The Best and Worst Things About Nomadic Life

The nomadic life is one that I chose voluntarily, and that I mostly enjoy. Still, like with any lifestyle, there are both good and bad things.

In this video, I explore what to me are the best and worst parts of being a nomad. I hope you enjoy the video!

Thermos Cooking: How to Cook in a Thermos Food Jar

Cooking in a van is often challenging for a few reasons, like limited space, the cost of fuel, and unwanted heat. Still, it is something that needs to be done each day.

I stumbled across the idea of cooking in a Thermos Food Jar and decided to give it a try. Thermos cooking has turned out to be a great option for cooking certain types of food. The Thermos bottle basically acts like a slow cooker, but does not require electricity.

This video demonstrates how I cook in a Thermos Food Jar and includes several basic recipes to help you get started. Links to the products that I am currently using are included below the video.

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Simple Solar Install on a Minivan

I started on the road full-time in a Toyota Camry. Since I did not have solar panels on the car, I relied on using the alternator in the car to charge my phone and other electronics. Later, I upgraded to a converted cargo trailer that came complete with 190 Watts of solar panels and two deep cycle batteries. Moving to the minivan left me once again without a reliable electric supply.

Fortunately, a friend was upgrading from a portable solar panel to a rooftop installation and passed along the portable panel to me. This Renogy 100 Watt portable mostly meets my needs for electricity, but was sometimes aggravating to deal with – especially during windy weather or on days when I needed to break camp and travel.

I finally decided to mount the portable solar panel on the roof of the minivan. This will allow me to have reliable power even when it is windy or I am driving.

This video covers my simple solar panel installation on the minivan. I hope you enjoy the video!

Camping in the Sangre de Cristo Range in New Mexico

Two months of urban stealth camping in Wyoming turned out to be all that I could handle. I decided to take off and join a friend in northern New Mexico. The Cebolla Mesa Campground is a Forest Service site in the Sangre de Cristo Range in northern New Mexico.

The area is stunningly beautiful with mountains all around. The campground sits on the edge of the Rio Grande Gorge and overlooks the Rio Grande River 1,000 feet below. The Cebolla Mesa Trail runs from the campground to the river via 1.25 miles of switchbacks.

These videos cover my time camping at Cebolla Mesa Campground and hiking the Cebolla Mesa Trail. I hope you enjoy the videos!

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