Monday, September 21
One of the pleasures of boondocking in a national forest is taking a walk the first morning. Everything is new and fresh and waiting to be explored.
The crew is in the spirit of the moment.
They trot up the road with enthusiasm, stopping now and then to take it all in.
“It’s beautiful here,” I say in wonder.
The road curves to the left and goes uphill.
Hmm . . . What’s that up there? Looks like another road . . . .
“Oh, wow! Look at this! It’s a campsite!”
The crew and I enter the campsite.
We walk into an enchanting bower (although the photos don’t fully capture that feeling, it being early morning and dark.) A crown of golden leaves high above us filters the light.
As the crew checks out the site from all angles, I look for a campsite post which would indicate the possibility that a fee is required. No post . . . This is weird. That table and fire ring are not the kind that a private person would install . . . .
“You two love it here!”
We walk the lane. I’ve decided we will move our camp here and I want to see which end of the loop will be best for bringing in the Best Little Trailer.
A huge rock outcrop is visible from the lane.
They hurry down the slope and over the creek they go. They’ve crossed bridges before and they’re energized this morning by having a new place to explore. I chuckle . . . I’m the same way.
The light streams through the treetops like a spotlight on yellow leaves accented with red berries.
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