My view of 11 mile reservoir with the 39 mile mountains in the background.
With any luck last night should be the last night I ever spend in a tent. Hey, I gave it a good shot, I slept in it a lot of times in various conditions and I think the only good thing I can say about it is it beats sleeping outside on the ground.
Tomorrow will start a whole new beginning to my mini-vacation concept when I start getting my truck ready to carry the Palomino Bronco around. I've done this before so it cant be to hard. I'm hoping I can even use the same holes I drilled the first time I put a popup truck camper on the truck. I bought the Happijac tie down system which is exactly what I had before so I believe it will be a simple bolt on operation.
For those of you that have towed a trailer around, and you know who you are, I think we can agree that there is a certain amount of stress involved. All those extra tires, bearings, brakes and other running gear. Along with the difficulty of getting in and out of gas stations and other tight places. The horror of having to back up ..... Well its a horror when I have to do it. That gut wrenching fear of accidentally going down a dead end road with no place to turn around, and you have to backup for three miles in the dark. those are stressful situations that are avoided camping in a light weight popup truck camper.
So since I've done both I would have to say that going camping in a small, easy to deal with RV is far more relaxing and stress free than dealing with a heavy, immense RV, but when it comes to full time living that humongous RV sure is comfortable and spacious. But having a small comfortable easy to handle RV available opens up a different world of places to go you would probably never attempt in a large RV.
This is a tennis ball size cactus that grows in rocky areas on my property. They all had buds on them but they hadn't bloomed yet.
My view of the high country
Peeking out of my tent I took this picture of the last rays of the sun.
The high country is not that far from my property. And when the wind comes from the West that becomes quickly apparent. It appears that the mountains are not quite ready for Summer tourist yet
Words cannot describe the misery of sleeping in this tent last night. just thinking about doing it again tonight sends chills all through my body, and I mean that literally because I almost froze last night.
It was so cold last night, in an effort to save heat I didn't open a vent in the tent so before morning I had water dripping on me off the tent walls and roof. Things were covered with frost when I got out of bed in the morning so I know the temps were way below freezing. My sleeping bag kept me warm on top but I forgot to bring the thick foam pad I lay on the cot so whatever part of me was touching the cot was freezing.
Last year I made a list of all the things I need to take with me to go tent camping but this year I cant find it. And since I never plan on tent camping again I have no desire to make another.
I stopped at my storage room on the way to my property to pick up all my camping gear and found that the snowplows that keep the storage area clear had piled up the snow in front of all the storage room doors so I had to move a couple feet of snow and ice to get into my storage room, which ordinarily wouldn't be a big deal except all I had to remove it with was a screwdriver. Oh the joys of dealing with ice and snow.
I hope when this Memorial Day holiday is over and I get back home all my Amazon stuff to tie the camper to the truck has arrived. I've ordered the truck tie down points, some turnbuckles, and a 7 plug wire to tie into the truck wiring to get DC power to the camper. I didn't buy any chain to tie the camper to the truck cause I don't know how much I'll need yet, but when I find out I'll just run down to Home Depot and get some cut to the correct length.
the Air Force Academy is on the way to my property. This is a picture of their little airport where future Air Force pilots learn to fly. Pike's Peak looms overhead.
I got to my property at about 2 o'clock in the afternoon and it was 56 degrees, partly cloudy, and breezy, not a great start to my weekend.
I set my tent up with the fervent hope that tomorrow night will be the last time I ever have to sleep in a tent.
And its not just the tent that's the problem, its all the stuff you have to remember to bring with you when your tent camping that's the problem. when you camp in a camper you've probably got all of your camping needs already stored in the camper so all you need to get before you go is food.
Take sleeping for instance. to camp in the tent I take a cot, a foam pad for the cot, a sleeping bag, a spare blanket, and a pillow. and if any one of those things is left behind I could be in for an uncomfortable night. with a camper all those things are usually already there.
But the part I dislike the most is packing it all up to go home. by then I'm tired, dirty, sunburned, and badly in need of a good nights sleep. The cot has to be folded up, the sleeping bag has to be stuffed into a tiny bag, stove put away, and lastly I have to try and stuff a wet, muddy, four man tent into a bag barely big enough to hold two naked mole rats. But with a truck camper I put down the top and drive away.
I knew when I set myself up for tent camping last summer that it may not work for me, after all I had spent many a night in a tent in various states of discomfort but I just didn't want to spend the money on something that I knew would be comfortable until I was sure that my concept of mini-vacations was going to be something I enjoyed, and last summer I really did enjoy my mini-vacations.
Ive been asked, why does a person like you who travels all the time to nice places need a vacation? Your life is a vacation! but that's not the way I look at my life. to me my Winter travels aren't a vacation, that's just me living my normal life in warm places. but summer is a time for going places and doing things I don't normally do, or cant do because of the size of the Arctic Fox.
So I think the Palomino Bronco is going to serve two purposes. one is allow me to visit places I don't want to or cant take the Arctic Fox. and the other is to give me an insight into living in a considerably smaller space to see if something like a van or a slide in truck camper would be feasible for me to possibly live in full time in the future.
this is the Air Force Academy football stadium where the Falcon football team plays.
Heading out of Colorado Springs on Highway 24 into the mountains. Pike's Peak is the dominant mountain in this area.
11 mile reservoir, with the high country in the background.