Back in the Wilds and Summer Planning
Well, we’re back in the wilds, off in the boonies and deep in the wilderness where the wild things roam. Although we enjoyed our brief stint in civilization we were all overjoyed to let our hair down, blend back into nature and go amok in the privacy of our new great, big backyard. What’s even better perhaps is that we’ve found a gorgeous, remote and very quiet place to spend the craziness of Memorial Day Week-End, the details of which I’ll release shortly.
Which brings me to a question -> Am I the only one that dreads the big holidays?
This week-end it seems everyone goes camping and for us full-timers that creates a dilemma, from a planning point of view. You see ideally I hate to plan, preferring to let the wind blow us in whatever direction smells best. New Mexico has been perfect for that with an abundance of first-come-first-serve sites (including the secret gem where we’re parked now), but I know when we go North into Colorado for summer I’ve got to plan the stops as well as where we’re going to be for those big, pesky holidays. I have to do this not only because CO is popular and has a ton of reservation sites (which get booked up fast), but also because our beastly size means there’s less choice of those forest mountain campgrounds that we love so much.
Thankfully I’ve got a system. This involves a stiff drink, some patience (admittedly intermingled with bouts of cursing), quite a bit of guessing, a few handfuls of luck and a multitude of hours pouring over cheap and natural campgrounds. And I’m proud to say I’ve done it folks. Many bottles later we have a full plan for June through August (all in the wilds) which I thought I’d share with others in case our paths cross:
- June = New Mexico – Rummaging around Northern New Mexico. No firm plans here since we can rely on first-come-first serve sites
- July = Colorado – This year we’re going to explore some of SW Colorado driving from New Mexico into Pagosa Springs, heading West to Durango and then following a meandering route up to Grand Junction.
- August = Idaho – We’ll be crossing into Idaho via Wyoming and the Flaming Gorge (just on the tip of NE Utah) and then heading steadily West towards Boise. I’ve got a family reunion back in Denmark which I’m flying to from there after which things are open.
Visually I plotted our campgrounds into Microsoft Streets and Trips, and took a snapshot of the general routing for viewing. We’ve planned a combo of National Forest (NFS) and State Park stops all the way. Driving details may change, but most of the main campgrounds are locked in, so here we go (click on the maps for a bigger view):
So, if anyone fancies a meet-up, just lemme know and I’ll give ya details of our dates at each spot. Our cellar is full…for now anyway.