the sunset taken from my humble boondocking spot at Elephant Butte state Park New Mexico
By the looks of the traffic coming into the park today its going to be a busy weekend. I was thinking that the weekend was going to be kind of quiet because they're calling for clouds and a chance of rain for both Saturday and Sunday and I thought that would dissuade some folks from coming to the Park, but so far it looks like that's not going to be the case.
Last night I started thinking about something that sounded like a lot of fun but I don't know if it would be possible to pull it off. I got to thinking about when I get to my daughter's house in Denver how cool it would be to take some short trips into the Colorado mountains every once in a while and visit some of the places that I used to be able to go when I had a slide in camper on the back of my pickup truck, and the camper along with four-wheel-drive allowed me to go places in the backcountry that would be difficult, and or scary to get to with the trailer.
Now I love living and traveling in the Arctic Fox, in fact I can't think of any other way I'd rather live and travel, but there's a lot of places in the Colorado mountains where a large trailer simply won't fit especially with my limited backing skills. But on the other hand, just driving a truck to these places is not only easy but fun.
The problem is I no longer have a slide in camper nor the desire to own one. So I would need to find a way to be able to camp comfortably without spending a lot of money and make it an enjoyable experience rather than a test of my survival skills.
The most obvious thing that comes to mind would be to buy a tent, but it's been a long time since I've slept in a tent and most of my memories of tent camping are ones of cold wet misery. And even though it will be summer when I would be doing these mini trips the mountains can get awfully cold above 10,000 feet especially at night and I have personally witnessed snow in August.
So if I decide to do these little short-term excursions into the wilds of Colorado I'm going to have to find a way to do it and stay comfortable. I don't want this to be a test of my endurance and stupidity, I've already been tested for those and passed with flying colors, I just want to be able to stay warm, dry, and comfortable so the whole thing will be fun and not feel like a rerun of Survivorman.
the late afternoon sun casts a warm glow on the Arctic Fox.