“We’ve gone far enough. Let’s see . . . .There has to be a place to turn around somewhere.”
The crew and I are out for a drive on Route 84 south of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, and it’s time to return to camp. I spot a break in the trees clustered alongside the highway. The entrance to a road is on the left and it’s wide enough for the Perfect Tow Vehicle to make a U-turn.
As the PTV turns left, my eyes fix on this scene.
I drive onto the dirt road and press the brake pedal.
Hmm . . . . There’s something about this road . . . . I wonder where it goes . . . .
I pull out my Colorado Benchmark Atlas.
This must be the road to Kinney Flats.
“I wanna’ see what’s up this road, guys. Maybe there’s a place for you to run around.”
How pretty it is here! The yellow is lovely.
Such a peaceful place. Pines and oaks and meadows of yellow and green.
Oh my. This keeps getting better and better . . . .
“Gosh, crew. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to camp here?”
Around each curve of the road I search for any sign of a campsite.
“I hope that’s one up ahead, under those pine trees. I hope, I hope, I hope . . . .”
A few minutes later . . . .
“There’s the fire ring! Yep, it’s a campsite!”
We could camp here with meadow all around. Plenty of shade and also sun for the panel. Nice and level. I wonder if that’s a pond over there. I bet wildlife roam all over. What’s that? Oh, bluebirds!
“Isn’t it fantastic? Pretty nice, eh?”
I grin watching Bridget and Reggie make a thorough check of the site.
Reggie could have 50 feet of tether with all this open space . . . . We’d have shade all day. . . . I don’t think we’d be bothered by 4th of July noise . . . . Today’s our last day at West Fork Campground . . . .
“Okay, little boondockers. Time to go. We’ll move here first thing in the morning!”
Thursday, June 30
Our new home at Kinney Flats!
The next morning, shortly after dawn, we have a visitor!
I hide behind the window curtain and take these photos through the glass.
I love this life. Having the freedom to roam, the freedom to live how I want and where I want, in peace and quiet and with my kind of neighbor.
“Happy Independence Day, everyone!”
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