Picking up where we left off in the previous post . . .
Bridget, Reggie, and I board the Perfect Tow Vehicle and motor out of San Isabel National Forest, leaving behind our camp at the base of Mt. Antero, south of Buena Vista, Colorado.
What a relief not to have to deal with a propane leak!
We head south to Salida.
I hope to find a potable water spigot at the national forest office.
There it is! . . . Uh-oh. It looks like the spigot has been altered to allow the hook-up of large hoses.
In the neighboring field, the fire command center is still in place — tents, RVs, fire trucks, porta-potties, etc.
Maybe this spigot is used to fill up trucks hauling water to the Hayden Pass Fire. Oh, well.
Next stop is the laundromat on 14th Street in Salida.
The crew enjoys a walk-about alongside the laundromat building.
After the laundry is done, we zip over to Wal-Mart, located between Salida and Poncha Springs. Among other items I buy 6 large bottles of drinking water. I could search for a drinking water spigot, but I don’t feel like it. It’s hot in town!
We need new bottles anyway . . . .
Before leaving Salida, the crew and I stop at Subway and share a turkey sandwich lunch.
As we approach the national forest on our way home, again I see figures up ahead.
They look like they’re waiting for us to come home.
Three this time!
Reggie and Bridget are sitting on the bench seat. (The laundry basket is in the passenger seat, keeping Reggie out of his usual position.) They spot the pronghorns and begin to bark.
The pronghorns hear the crew and walk away.
The above photo is a good example of ignoring the 1/3 to 2/3 rule of photo composition. I like it anyway!
My clothes are usually washed in a commercial laundry wherever we happen to be.
Being unfamiliar with the machines, I find my shirts didn’t dry completely. Rather than plunk in another quarter and hang around the laundromat, I put the shirts on hangers and take them home.
Pine trees with nubs where limbs were cut off provide hooks for the shirts on their hangers. It doesn’t take long and my shirts are dry and fresh-smelling!
Our time at Antero Pines Camp will end soon.
The crew and I enjoyed our stay here. However, the noise of last weekend is enough to convince me that we need to move camp soon.
I’ve learned, when we find a quiet camp during the summer months, to stay put.
Vacationers and weekenders are out in droves. I don’t like being around a lot of people. Antero Pines Camp is relatively quiet Mondays through Thursdays. Most of the noisemakers come on weekends. I’ll look for another pretty place away from the noise, before the weekend arrives.
“Reggie, stop! You’re kicking dirt in Bridget’s face!”
Another lesson I’ve learned and continue to re-learn is to trust that another quiet camp is out there somewhere, not to be overly concerned about finding it, just keep rolling, looking, and trusting.
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