If I had stayed in the National Forest last night the trees probably would've blocked this beautiful sunset I got to experience boondocked at the Bass Pro Shop parking lot
The trip to my storage unit in Divide didn't work out quite as expected. The back roads I had planned to travel on were filled with traffic for some strange reason, so I ended up going on I-25 to Colorado Springs and then headed into the mountains on Highway 24. And even then the little towns I had to go through were full of people and cars which made getting anywhere difficult, so I ended up putting the things in storage like I'd planned but then going back to I-25 again and spending the night boondocking in the Bass Pro Shop parking lot.
I don't know what all this traffic was about, maybe Colorado is just having a really great tourist season, or maybe the upcoming fourth of July holiday had people heading for the mountains early. Whatever it was I don't like it because it made me fearful I was going to have trouble finding a place to boondock in the mountains.
Even the Bass Pro Shop had more campers in it than I've ever seen. By the time I went to bed last night there were 10 other campers around me, everything from an SUV to a gigantic class A and everything in between including a Schoolie.
If the crowds that I've experienced in the last few weeks continue to dominate the places I go, it makes me very happy that I'm not dragging the Arctic Fox around the mountains trying to find a place to camp. The fact that the little Bronco can boondock almost anywhere makes me feel a lot better about going on my mini-vacations and being able to find a place to stay.
Even before sunset campers were already starting to come into the Bass Pro shop parking lot for the night.
One of the many things I like about boondocking at the Bass Pro Shop in Colorado Springs is after I set up camp, if I want to I can walk across 100 yards of empty field to where there are plenty of stores, shops, and restaurants, both fast food and fancy.