if there's no signs saying you CAN'T camp someplace in the national forest, you're good to go.
So knowing that, I just turned off the paved road, down a dirt road, drove for about 100 yards until I spotted a place to pull over which looked like a circular driveway, and made myself at home.
I've still got a few more pictures of Como but I decided to give everyone a break and show some other pictures I took while running around the Como area.
Well, here it is, September already. I was going to talk about how time flies when you're getting old, having fun, and how every week flies by like a single day and every month like a week, but I say that every year, so I assume everyone has got the picture by now so everyone can assume that my summer has flown by so quickly I can't believe it's almost over. It feels like I was worried about getting my truck emissions tested only yesterday, and now I am thinking about my winter travels that will begin next month.
I usually spend the entire early part of being in Denver worrying about getting my truck inspected and the last month of my Denver visit thinking about what I've got to do before I leave. But this time, due to living in the Lance, there's not much I need to do before I leave because the Lance is ready to go anytime, anywhere, whether to the grocery store or Southern Arizona.
Believe it or not, I'm still trying to get used to the novelty of having everything with me, all the time, wherever I go. Every once in a while, I drive to the store, and a thought will flash in my mind: "I hope I remembered to bring something. " And just as quickly I remember, I can't forget anything because everything is always with me. I've had so many fifth-wheel trailers I wonder if I will ever get used to having everything with me all the time, but it sure is a handy attribute, as forgetful as I am.
My family has left for the Sand Dunes National Park with their SUV packed to the gills with camping gear, kids, and the family Hamster, and here's hoping they have a great and safe holiday weekend. They will take some cell phone pics of their camping trip, which they will send me, and I will share them on my blog.
Sunset while boondocking in the national forest.
nothing spectacular because there wasn't enough clouds to make a spectacular sunset, but just enough to mark the end have a great day of ghost town sightseeing, and picture taking.
it looks like most of the tourists, and adventure campers, have gone home and left me to enjoy the peace, quiet, and chilly weather of boondocking in the national forest at night.
A herd of wild donkeys. Like I've mentioned before, when the miners back in the old days would turn their donkeys loose they would become wild and do what donkeys do.....which is, join A herd and start making a family.
A quiet and peaceful sunrise while boondocking in the national forest. fortunately I always bring a coat, and on a clear, chilly morning like this I definitely needed it.
it was such a beautiful morning that I went for a walk in the national forest before I headed to Fairplay.
The national forest is one of my favorite places to be. The only downside is it's harder to park In a place where I get the most sunshine to charge the solar panels because of all the trees. But fortunately in the summer when I'm normally in the national forest, the sun is high in the sky, and I can get charged up even though there's some shade.
so I stuck my 10 mm Glock in It's holster, since I share this area with mountain lions and bears it's the sensible thing to do, and walked around the woods till I got tired.... Which doesn't take long at 9500 feet.
I seldom see a mountain lion or a bear when I'm walking around in the woods, and even when I do they just go about their business, and I go about mine, the pistol being mostly for the feeling of security that it gives me knowing it's there.
Does me carrying a gun scare other people? I don't know, I've never run into anybody since I don't use trails.
Is a handgun really any use against a bear? Again, I don't know, I've never shot a bear with it. But these are black bear, not known for being very aggressive. And I would see them in my yard where I used to live far more often than I see them in the woods. And there are plenty of hunters that shoot black bear with a handgun, during the hunting season. And having practiced a lot when guns were my hobby, I'm a fairly good shot.