I headed up into the high country this morning and did a little bit of hiking, and a lot of picture taking.
The little bit of hiking I did was enough to show me that I can't breathe at high altitude as well as I used to. I got a taste of that at Tincup but it wasn't all that high there, but here I was walking at 11 or 12,000 feet, which I could do, but I wouldn't call it fun. So I think my high mountain hiking will be limited to walking from the truck to the tent.
My pictures are still cursed by smoke from the forest fires in California and Colorado. It's a shame, because I could see slight outlines of mountains in the distance that I should've been able to see clearly were it not for the smoke, so vistas that should've gone on for miles and miles.... Didn't.
It was a lot easier to find a campsite today. I got to a campground about lunchtime so they had some sites available. And again it was half-price to camp with my geezer pass, which came to $13. Free park entrance, and half-price camping, that federal geezer pass is the best 10 bucks I ever spent.
The park still seems pretty busy to me even though it's slightly off-season, campgrounds are full, there's a lot of cars on the road, and the shops in the park are pretty busy. I don't know what this park looks like in the busiest months of the year and have no intention of finding out.
I spent my first night sleeping in the new truck bed. It did okay, I was fairly comfortable and didn't have any trouble sleeping. It is a little cramped but not enough to bother me. Getting in and out of it is a chore and it's impossible to do gracefully.
I did figure out trying to "live" in the truck is difficult and uncomfortable especially yesterday afternoon when it would rain a little every once in a while, and after driving all day the last thing I want to do is sit in the drivers seat all afternoon.
So I ended up pitching the tent and sitting in there while I played on the computer. I don't mind setting up the tent and taking it down for an overnight stay, I just don't like setting up all the camping stuff for an overnight stay. So it looks like that's what I'm going to be doing because that makes more sense than sitting in the truck or at a picnic table in the rain or with the sun beating down on me.
Because of all the smoke in the air and my limited ability to get a good picture I'll probably go back to RMNP someday when the air is clear and there's a few less people around.