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Goodbye Colorado

September 23, Friday A few of us opt to stay one more night at Salida, CO even though the convergence is officially over, and despite the strong winds, drizzle, and cold temperatures, the evening just doesn’t feel right without a campfire. So we huddle around in our cold-weather gear with our feet almost in the […]

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Road Worthy

The Xscapers SoCo Convergence is located in a beautiful spot. Set 2,000 feet lower in elevation than Leadville, the climate is distinctly dryer. The tall lodgepole and aspen forest farther north is replaced here by open fields complete with cactus and more sparse and shrubby pinon pine. This makes it easier to see the mountains […]

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Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO

September 17, Saturday The sun is shining upon southern Colorado this morning as Brian and Christie’s heavy-duty truck rumbles down 285 south of Salida. The mountain ranges to the east and west are wrapped in the dark green of conifers and at higher elevations patched with irregular blotches of yellow and orange – aspen groves […]

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Whisked Away

There have been two types of days at my camp on Turquoise Lake near Leadville CO. The first type is partly to mostly sunny and windy, but nice enough when you’re in the sun. On these days, I’ll take my camp chair down the hill to the beach and read while listening to birds call […]

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A Change in Scenery

September 8, Thursday Yesterday, Ethan left to continue his circuit of the National Parks in Colorado and Utah. This morning, I’m faced with a bit of a dilemma. This is my 15th day at the boondocking spot off of country road 48, I’ve officially gone over the 14 day limit. I had explained to the […]

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An Open Letter To New Full-timers About Fear

Hello, I remember being where you are now, about to take the plunge and hit the road. You’re excited for this new chapter in your life, glad that the day is finally set and can’t wait for the experiences you’re about to have, for the feeling of freedom to wash over you. But it’s also […]

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14,433 Feet

September 2, Friday (continued) After hearing from Ryan’s Performance Motors (otherwise known as RPM) that my truck is stuck in shop until the holiday weekend is over at the least, Ethan and I drive to Poncha Springs, CO for dinner. Thai Mini Cafe is located just north of town and Ethan has been there before […]

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The Dreaded RV Breakdown

The dispersed camping area near Leadville, CO is a curious place. My first evening there I discover that butting right up against it is a county park complete with porta-potties, handy for campers with small children or those without a bathroom of their own. Just beyond the park is Mt. Massive Golf Course, highest elevation […]

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11,318 Feet

Last travelogue left off with Cas perched at the top of Rabbit Ears Pass near Steamboat Springs, CO, easily one of the best boondocks I’ve experienced to date. Privacy, expansive views, and four bars of Verizon LTE without a booster: a winning combination. Mornings tend to be mostly sunny, afternoons tend to bring scattered thunderstorms, […]

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RVing in Adverse Weather Conditions Part 1: Heat and Cold

A couple e-mails have come in recently asking how adverse weather affects the camping experience, and how well the Casita handles it. I figure when several people ask the same question, it’s worth making a post out of because there are likely others who haven’t written in wondering the same thing. The article quickly grew […]

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Mountain Moods

My current camp near Steamboat Springs CO is, in my opinion, the prettiest I’ve ever had. The sweeping views at the top of this hill are incredible and I just can’t get enough of it. It’s been a stormy few days up here at 10,000 feet and today I’d like to share some of the pictures […]

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