We just left what was probably the prettiest camp spot we’ve had to date. We were there eleven days and it was hard to leave.

After the Salida Convergence, we followed friends out to County Road 274, in the San Isabel National Forest. Most national forests allow for dispersed camping (aka free camping or boon-docking) as long as you stay in designated spots. This area had many pull outs and spots large and small. We camped with Mark & Patsi who found what I think is the prettiest spot out there. We were surrounded by pines and meadows and the wildflowers were incredible.

Unfortunately, photos just don’t capture the beauty of being there.

We stayed there a day after our neighbors left for a total of eleven nights. Now it’s time to dump and fill and move on – by ourselves again.

It was such a relaxing and fun time that the days flew by. I got a lot of bookkeeping and fairy work done while there. Tom worked on a couple of RV projects. Mostly we enjoyed the solitude of the beautiful area and the company of friends.

One day the four of us drove up to Leadville for lunch and checked out the old mining town.IMG_5266

Along the way back, we checked out the camp sites in Twin Lakes and agreed it was nothing compared to the place we were at.

Although with the Rocky Mountain backdrop, it was beautiful there as well:IMG_5269

One day we met up with more friends camped nearby for a hike up to Brown Creek Falls. It was a beautiful hike through the pines and the aspens and the wildflowers.

When we got to the falls, the sky had clouded up and we got sprinkled on, which was fine with me because it was pretty hot. But we hoofed it back in case it started pouring (which it didn’t). It was a great hike, even better because it was shared with friends.

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And when we got back to camp, we got to enjoy this rainbow!

One day we drove back into Salida for their Beer Fest. We didn’t buy tickets, but instead used the (saved) money for lunch and margaritas at a place right on the river. We enjoyed watching the rafts go by and the surfers try to maintain their balance.

A couple of days we hiked around camp. The Colorado Trail goes right through that area. It was so peaceful and quiet and – if I haven’t said it enough – beautiful.

We had happy hours and shared dinners. Mark & Patsi taught us how to play Bocci Ball – which I had no idea you could play on uneven terrain. But it made for some interesting games!IMG_5246

Several evenings we drove down to Santana RVing’s nearby camp to join their campfires. Fun and laughter sums that up well. To watch a great video of their take on the area click here.

We only had to start the generator once – so I could bake some poly clay fairy doors. Other than that we were powered by the sun and I’m always so grateful that Tom put in our solar. We don’t have near as much as others in our group, but it gets us by just fine and we love living off-grid.

Although we do have to always find a source of water. Sometimes easier than others. After leaving the fairgrounds, Tom waited in line for two hours (along with all the other Xscapers) at the only local place to dump and fill and when we left, we stopped by there again. No waiting this time, but it was another cost of $10.

We have a relatively large (100 gal) freshwater tank, and we can last comfortably for 10 days. We can stretch it to 14 if we really conserve. This is what we’ve learned by experience, and we hardly even check the tank levels any more.

Now our group is splintering even further. Santana’s group went north. Mark and Patsi are heading south, our neighbors in the forest are heading east, and we are turning west. I figure we have another week to spend in the beautiful and cool Rocky Mountains and then we’ll make a fairly quick sprint back to California to arrive before the new grandson.

Happy Travels,

Peace & Love, Joy

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