State Forest State Park

State Forest State Park

The most unimaginative name for a state park in Colorado that is surrounded by stunning views, and the wilds of all wildlife. Kristina, my sophomore year college roommate came out to visit for a long weekend, and I wanted to incorporate some trip with the trailer. Originally I was thinking Taos, but let’s be reasonable… her time out wasn’t enough for that type of road trip. I had heard great things about Walden, and SFSP; it is the moose viewing…

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Lake City, Colorado

Lake City, Colorado

Mid July I headed west through Monarch Pass to get to Lake City. Of all things they have an art fair on a Tuesday in July. I had been in Estes Park for a family reunion (tip: do a PRIVATE tour of the Stanley with friends and family. I had been on the tour twice previously, and it had never been as exciting, or have as much “activity” as with the O’Donnell clan). I headed out Monday in order to…

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Sylvia In the Shop

Sylvia In the Shop

I am a week and a half weeks of living out of a tent, minus two nights that I sprung for a firm mattress. Sylvia went into the shop finally for the collision repair on August, Monday the 7th. The shop and I had the hopes that this would be completed in a week. It has been longer, because I pointed out another concern. Over the July trip north to Montana, I noticed a wire hanging off the bottom of…

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The Lady Mullet

The Lady Mullet

There’s a lot of characters “on the road,” some stand out. I arrived at my campsite Monday evening to find someone already set up in my reserved site. She had a spectacular mullet, and her response was to blame the ranger because they didn’t tell her. Not that it’s their responsibility. There was immediately a lot of anxiety, and panic, and I decided to let it go and set up in her spot even though that I would have to…

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Water

Water

The water pressure in St. Vrain State Park is downright phenomenal. The downside is that there is no laundry facilities. I have been making a mental list of the pros and cons of water in each campground; it is definitely feeling a bit like college because of the significant amount of quarters you need in this lifestyle.  No quarters; no dice. Yes, I do have a shower in my camper. During my hour and a half teaching session about the…

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Boondocking

Boondocking

Boondocking is parking for free out in the boonies. I had been nervous to just go somewhere and park. Lots of obvious reasons: number one on my list is that ever present desire to not get stuck. What if the roads are too narrow, what if I need to turn around? Another hurdle is that this is Colorado, and everyone in their mother is here camping in the summer. It has been a bit of a hustle finding regular camping…

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Hello Big Sky

Hello Big Sky

(… Sorry for the delay in getting this up. Half of it didn’t save, so I was dragging my feet for rewriting.) I’ll first off state that on this trip I think I tasted a drop of the midnight sun. (A teensy drop, and I may be hooked). I headed to Montana for the Fourth of July.  A little business and pleasure, if you will. A few months back, I was talking to a friend and mentor about long (……

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How We Roll – June 2017 Edition

How We Roll – June 2017 Edition

Musings from the Road I have some thoughts, and will compile them every so often for you to ponder as well. Why are the graphics so ugly on these vehicles? The swooshes are all so ’90’s metal band. I am designing some updates as I drive. Need to figure out how to remove the 4 year old decals that are baked on. In 8th grade, Mrs Hastings – in science class – showed an example of two bodies moving together…

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Award-Rewarding

Award-Rewarding

So inevitably, when I hear about awards, I jump to the scene in A Christmas Story, where the father wins “A Prestigious Award.” Fra-geel-lay, must be Italian. Last week was the High Peaks Art Festival which was my first real juried art show, with awards. I wasn’t expecting anything, but was a little hopeful. Friday I set up my brand spanking new, official art show booth tent. No more Walmart special that is falling apart, needs new screws, buttons are…

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Fairs in the Mountains

Fairs in the Mountains

So, it is my goal to pop from mountain-town to mountain-town doing arts and crafts shows during the weekends in summer. I applied to quite a few, and was accepted to about half, which is a pretty good track record for my first year out. Most months I have a show lined up 3 out of 4 weekends. In part, it was a total crap shoot, what I applied to and am going to. Last weekend I went to Grand…

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