the Air Force Academy is on the way to my property. This is a picture of their little airport where future Air Force pilots learn to fly. Pike's Peak looms overhead.
I got to my property at about 2 o'clock in the afternoon and it was 56 degrees, partly cloudy, and breezy, not a great start to my weekend.
I set my tent up with the fervent hope that tomorrow night will be the last time I ever have to sleep in a tent.
And its not just the tent that's the problem, its all the stuff you have to remember to bring with you when your tent camping that's the problem. when you camp in a camper you've probably got all of your camping needs already stored in the camper so all you need to get before you go is food.
Take sleeping for instance. to camp in the tent I take a cot, a foam pad for the cot, a sleeping bag, a spare blanket, and a pillow. and if any one of those things is left behind I could be in for an uncomfortable night. with a camper all those things are usually already there.
But the part I dislike the most is packing it all up to go home. by then I'm tired, dirty, sunburned, and badly in need of a good nights sleep. The cot has to be folded up, the sleeping bag has to be stuffed into a tiny bag, stove put away, and lastly I have to try and stuff a wet, muddy, four man tent into a bag barely big enough to hold two naked mole rats. But with a truck camper I put down the top and drive away.
I knew when I set myself up for tent camping last summer that it may not work for me, after all I had spent many a night in a tent in various states of discomfort but I just didn't want to spend the money on something that I knew would be comfortable until I was sure that my concept of mini-vacations was going to be something I enjoyed, and last summer I really did enjoy my mini-vacations.
Ive been asked, why does a person like you who travels all the time to nice places need a vacation? Your life is a vacation! but that's not the way I look at my life. to me my Winter travels aren't a vacation, that's just me living my normal life in warm places. but summer is a time for going places and doing things I don't normally do, or cant do because of the size of the Arctic Fox.
So I think the Palomino Bronco is going to serve two purposes. one is allow me to visit places I don't want to or cant take the Arctic Fox. and the other is to give me an insight into living in a considerably smaller space to see if something like a van or a slide in truck camper would be feasible for me to possibly live in full time in the future.
this is the Air Force Academy football stadium where the Falcon football team plays.
Heading out of Colorado Springs on Highway 24 into the mountains. Pike's Peak is the dominant mountain in this area.
11 mile reservoir, with the high country in the background.