I find myself happily and safely ensconced at the Trinidad Colorado Walmart parking lot where I've spent many a night either coming to or going from Colorado.
I crossed the Colorado state line about 9 o'clock this morning and it always gives me a good feeling to see the "welcome to colorful Colorado" sign at the top of Raton pass, when I've been away for a while.
Even though wherever the Arctic Fox is parked is home, I still can't help but feel that Colorado is home. I guess if you've lived in a place for over 30 years it takes a long time to get it out of your system. But seeing as how Colorado is my legal residence I guess it actually is my home, so I have a legitimate excuse for feeling that way.
Tomorrow I'm planning on checking in at the Cheyenne Mountain state Park in Colorado Springs, which is just across the road from Fort Carson, which will give me the opportunity to dump my holding tanks and maybe go visit a Home Depot for a few items I need.
Since I'll be getting there on a Friday morning I hope I'm going to beat the weekend rush and won't have a problem finding a site, but it is a popular Park so my plan "B" is to spend the night in the Bass Pro Shop parking lot in Colorado Springs, and figure out how to empty my tanks some other time, if Cheyenne Mountain doesn't work out.
I have an annual Colorado parks pass on my windshield even though I don't spend a lot of time in Colorado state parks because frankly they're kind of expensive. They also have the outrageous rule that you have to pay a daily entrance fee for every day that you camp. So if you're campground fee is $25 a night you have to pay a 7$ Park entrance fee for every day you stay there. I personally find that ridiculous because there campground fees are already too high and the daily entrance fee just adds insult to injury.