In the software development world, each time you complete a project, you review what went well and what you could do better next time. It’s called a “retrospective” or a “post-mortem.”
We did a retrospective on our boondocking adventure, using Confluence’s template. These are the results.
Overall, we met our goals of living off the grid for one week. By gaining boondocking skills and equipment we’ve enabled ourselves to camp in different types of locations. City power, water, and sewer are no longer a limiting factor. We also had fun networking with other full time campers.
We were so confident with our experience that we decided to try it again immediately. We needed a one night stop between Pagosa Springs, CO and Santa Fe, NM. We searched the online camping directories and decided on a free overnight spot, in a municipal park, near the half way point. The location was excellent and we had the entire park to ourselves. How could this go wrong?
We neglected to check the weather report. RVs and travel trailers heat up very quickly, just like a vehicle does. When it gets hot, you put our your awning, unfold your camping chair, and work outside until the sun goes down. It’s not too bad if you also have a cold iced tea to enjoy.
It’s Summer in the United States so we expected it to be hot – but not this hot! The truck’s thermometer read 113° F (45° C) and the analog thermometer inside the RV read 106° F! For the first time ever, the inside of the RV was just as hot as the outside. There was no escape and no amount of iced tea provided a reprieve. We had to sweat out the afternoon and night and learn a hard preparation lesson. I always check the weather report for storms and high winds, but never for excessive heat. The learning continues…
I hope you enjoyed following along on our adventure and alternate use of Jira and Confluence. Atlassian tools can track anything! I encourage you to experiment with alternate uses from both your work and personal life. Happy Jira issue and Confluence page creating!
Rachel WrightCommunity Leader
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