You might wear out a finger clicking the pics today.
My boondocking spot about 2 miles outside of Buena Vista. This boondocking area is known as the Tunnel View Recreation Area, and is marked on some maps as such. It's named after the two railroad tunnels in this area.
I pulled out of the safety and security of the driveway I call home about 9:30 this morning and headed West into the mountains. I'm still not sure where I'm going but I do have a place I would like to spend the night.
Just outside the small Colorado town of Buena Vista known to locals as Biewnie, there's a few boondocking areas and I found a nice boondocking spot near the Arkansas River, where hopefully I might get pictures of some Whitewater kayakers going down the river.
Biewnie is a pretty little town sitting right at the foot of the Collegiate Range which contains some of the highest mountains in Colorado, and the Arkansas River runs right through town, so needless to say it's a mecca for all of the Whitewater folks, mountain climbers, and four-wheel-drive aficionados. The town is big enough to have a couple of local grocery stores, but nowhere near big enough for a Walmart.
Since the town is so popular with young outdoorsy types of people I was rather surprised to be able to find a place to boondock, since boondocking, especially next to the river is far more popular with the younger, outdoorsy folks that tends to like the Buena Vista area. Needless to say there was more than a few camper vans in the boondocking area.
I don't know if I'll stay here for more than one night, but it is a nice spot and I do love the sound of the river, so I'll just see how I feel when I wake up in the morning, maybe I'll stay longer or maybe I'll go higher to find some cooler weather, since Biewnie is only about 8000 feet in elevation the temperatures here are only a little cooler than Denver
This is a beautiful area with lots of rocks and boulders, and I can see why the folks that like to climb boulders would love this place.
Everywhere I look has pretty scenery, I can just see some 14,000 foot mountains lurking in the background.
It's an easy 200 foot walk from my boondocking spot to the river.
And you think when you get to the river you can finally dip a digit into some cold ice water.....
But you would be wrong. Because then you're faced with a long, steep, boulder strewn, climb down to the river.
I made it okay figuring if I fall I can always heal, but I did worry about what would happen to my camera if it went bouncing down the rocks.
As expected the Arkansas was running fast and high as it clawed at the bottom of the river-bed stripping away everything except the hardest rock in a wild unstoppable rush to get to wherever it wants to go.