Today was spent off and on getting ready to leave tomorrow. My two weeks are up tomorrow so I have to hit the trail. I'm a little concerned about the wind because it's supposed to be blowing 20 or 30 miles an hour with gusts up to 40 for the next three days or so. It concerns me enough that if today wasn't a part of that forecast I would've left this morning.
I'm pretty sure if I talked to the Park Rangers it would be just fine if I had to stay a couple more days to avoid the wind, and I'm saving that option if other things don't work out. But since the wind is supposed to be coming from the Southwest it will be somewhat of a tailwind, but if it changes and starts coming out of the West a bit more, that will make pulling a trailer kind of dangerous and I would just stay here. Also the wind is not supposed to get too bad until the afternoon so if I leave early in the morning I should be in Socorro in an hour and a half and then I'll just wait it out in the Walmart parking lot.
I feel like I'm kind of in a "killing time" mode at the moment. I'm really looking forward to getting back to Denver and seeing my family again but I still need to stay in a warmer place for another two or three weeks, so in essence I'm kind of killing time waiting for Colorado to warm up.
Now that doesn't mean I can't still do things and have fun it just means that Colorado's calling me and no matter what I'm doing it's always in the back of my mind.
It's fun being in Colorado in the summer, I can't think of any other place I'd rather be. And the only downside to it is a lot of other people also feel that way, so Colorado gets pretty busy during the summer. Campgrounds are busy, national parks are busy, and the mountains are teeming with people. But fortunately they mostly go to the same places, so if you stay away from those places it's not too bad. So my advice for going to Colorado in the summer is the same as going to Quartzsite in the winter, if you get a mile from a paved road you'll be almost by yourself