July 23 – 31

Monday morning I break camp at the Thomas County Fairgrounds in Colby to drive back to Colorado. It’s overcast with a forecast for thunderstorms in the afternoon on the eastern Colorado plains. I have been caught in some pretty severe weather on the plains and am not interested in having that experience again! I get on the road early and head west on I-70. Hit Denver around noon with good weather so far. Make a fuel stop and get back on I-70 West. I want to get through town before traffic gets heavy, it is already starting to build up. As I start up into the mountains, I run into some pretty heavy rain. There are no rest areas or much of any place to stop along this stretch. I know of a 12 hour parking area in Idaho Springs. Pull off there, but no room. I find a place to park on the street in a commercial area. It’s nearly dark, so hopefully I can stay here through the night.  Read More

Bluegrass and a Hike

July 11 – 19

On Wednesday, July 11, I leave the Salida WMA to drive 50 miles to Westcliffe, CO. Thursday is the start of the High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival. I first attended this festival in 2009 and to me, it is the best bluegrass festival in Colorado. I look forward to it each year. The festival grounds are on a bluff overlooking the Wet Mountain Valley with stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains that rise up from the valley to 13,000 to 14,000 feet. It is a gorgeous location for a festival.  Read More

Salida CO for 4th of July

June 27 – July 10

On Wednesday, June 27, it is time for me to leave my beautiful camp above Twin Lakes. I could stay a couple more days, but I want to get settled into a new camp where I can stay through July 4th. When I pull out, I have a couple options in mind. There is a dispersed camping area in the national forest about 20 miles south of Buena Vista. This is quite a popular area though; and the better sites usually stay occupied. I had driven through to scout the area when I was in Buena Vista a couple days ago. At that time there wasn’t much open. The second option is further south on Hwy 285 near Salida.  Read More

June 14 – 26

After finishing my business in Denver, I headed to Twin Lakes, near the city of Leadville. There is dispersed camping on the ridge overlooking the lakes and the surrounding mountains. This must surely be one of the best views ever; and when I arrived, the primo site was open. Wow!!  Read More

Friday, June 8th cont’d

After leaving Maroon Creek Road, I continue east on Hwy 82 through Aspen and on towards Independence Pass. This is the first time I have driven to the pass. The road is paved all the way but pretty narrow. Going up the west side, there were two short sections that are about one and half lanes. I was in a group of vehicles both times, and we made it through both sections with no one having to back up! Read More

Thursday, May 31st, I arrived at Humphrey RV in Grand Junction for a couple of repair items. They are right in the peak of their busy season, so I was prepared to be there awhile. However, they finished quickly and I was on the road by noon. They have to order one part, so I will need to make another trip back there in the next few weeks.  Read More

Last Days In The Desert

May 16 to May 30

On May 31st, I have an appointment in Grand Junction, CO at the RV dealer where I purchased the Nash to perform a couple repairs before my warranty expires the end of June. Although it is a little late in the season to still be in the desert, I plan to spend the couple weeks prior in Moab.  Read More

Capitol Reef National Park

Monday, May 14

Monday morning I break camp and head east on Hwy 12. Today’s drive will take me about 70 miles to a BLM dispersed camping area on Hwy 12 a mile west of the Capitol Reef National Park boundary. Hwy 12 crosses Boulder Mountain, reaching an elevation of 9,606ft at the pass. I enjoyed the cool temperature going over the mountain.  Read More

A Few Days in Escalante, Utah

Wednesday, May 9 to Sunday, May 13, 2018

The drive from Bryce to Escalante is only about 50 miles.  It’s nice to have a short travel day 🙂  I find a lovely camp on the edge of a cliff in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, about 8 miles east of the town of Escalante.  Read More

In the Land of Hoodoos

Friday May 4 to Tuesday May 8

I have wanted to visit Bryce Canyon National Park for several years, so I’m excited about finally going there. The Bryce visitors center and campgrounds are at about 8,000 feet elevation, meaning it doesn’t warm up until much later than the other national parks in Utah. Read More