This is the kind of hiking trail I avoid like the plague. It attracts too many people, if I wanted to be around this many people I would hike in a mall.
I did some relaxing today and took a little walk around the woods. It's been go, go, go since I got here, so I needed a little time to relax and catch up on my blog.
I haven't been able to work on my blog as much as I needed to because it's been so cloudy the solar panels haven't been putting out much electricity to charge the battery. However, the real problem is I'm still using the single lead acid battery that the Lance came with, and it doesn't last very long when I'm using my 17-inch Asus laptop, electricity hog that it is, and that's the laptop I use to work on my blog.
I was thinking of taking a couple of lithium iron batteries out of the Arctic Fox and putting them in the Lance for one of my mini-vacations. But, because of the heat, I took this mini-vacation rather suddenly, and didn't have the time or the ambition to fool with the batteries.
And speaking of heat, it looks like Denver's 90° heat wave is over and done with. The ten-day forecast for Denver is now calling for the mid-80s for highs and low 60s for nighttime temperatures. This is not only a good thing but an expected thing because September is not far away, and we should be getting Fall temperatures in September.
I think I need one more mini-vacation before I head South for the winter, and I would like to do that with some lithium-iron batteries to see how they will work in the Lance. I know I can get two of my Battleborn batteries in the Lances battery box because putting two batteries in there is a common modification, and it looks possible to put three, but four? That might be asking too much.
I don't seem as tired as I was when I first got here; it could be because I'm doing less and pacing myself. Or it could be because I'm getting used to the altitude... I'm hoping it's because being in the mountains makes me younger and every day I'm here will add another year to my life.
But unfortunately I've been living in the mountains long enough to know that running around at high-altitude makes you tired, very tired. And when you're tired you sleep more soundly, and when you have a good nights sleep you wake up feeling more rested and better all-around.... I know that makes sense, but I'm still hoping this mini-vacation is adding years to my life.
But when it comes to RVing, the altitude affects more than just someone's body; it can also cause problems with anything that uses propane, and is probably causing my refrigerator to shut off randomly. And having the flame go out on a propane refrigerator is a well-documented problem, especially on a refrigerator that's over ten years old, and at the altitudes I'm dealing with.
I like walking places where most people don't go, but in Rocky Mountain National Park with all of its crowds its not easy to find places like that, so I'll look for clues the trail doesn't get much use, and rocks in the trail is a good sign most people won't use it.
Maybe the rocks are a tripping hazard, or maybe they're slippery when they're wet, but whatever it is most people will avoid a trail with rocks in it, and I won't be running into 50 people along the way.
This Is another thing that stops most people from using the trail. Whenever you see logs across the trail like this, its because the trail is steep enough that the rain will wash the trail out so the Rangers will put logs across the trail to slow down the water flow. So even though it's not actually very steep to the little creek down at the bottom, it's enough to keep most people off the trail, so when I get to the little creek I know there won't be a bunch of people there.
There's some places where I can just go walking across a field where there is no trail, I much prefer this way of being outside. You can see the Lance camper a little left of center on my way back from a small lake.
The trail doesn't have to be deserted for me to enjoy a walk, this trail actually has a couple of people on it... I can deal with that.