Monday, July 2, 2012

Independence Day Week - July 2, 2012


Colorado State Flower – Columbine.

A mid-week July 4 holiday and I don't know WHEN people may come to my camp.  Will they come before the 4th, or after the 4th? Maybe they won't come... due to all the wildfires and the current Stage 2 fire ban which means they can't have a campfire.  What's camping with no campfire or burnt marshmallows?

Finally, my golf cart arrived and here it is piled high with garbage.  I haul that much a couple times a day.

I have hauled my trailer full of genealogy and Civil War photos out of the forest and back to town.  Will be putting it in storage for the duration of the summer job.  I can't risk loosing all this work and everything I own.  All that remains is camp is a few projects, my kayak and my van and camping gear.  If I have to "bug out" I believe I can get it all in or on the van.

Our maintenance person, Ken, comes up once a week to try to keep the wilderness at bay.

I am making a cover for the kayak to protect it from the sun and it will then remain on top of my van unless I take it down to paddle.  If there should be a fire, hopefully I will have time to take down the First Up Canopy and my tent and get it all tossed into the van.  If I don't have time, it won't be too great a loss.

A camper (Orville, a pastor from Springfield, Ohio)… taught me how to fish/cast.

It's beautiful up here, but I fear the dust from the roads may get the best of me.  Much dustier and buggier than I expected.  Other than that, beautiful.  For the most part the campers have all been lovely people.

This doe had a fawn nearby and was keeping a sharp eye on me… this is right below my campsite.

Best part, I'm working very hard and loosing lots of weight.


I love my new fishing pole, I love my old chair… I love my new body.  It doesn’t get any better than this, until tomorrow.


  1. All sounds well! Only thing you need is a month of rain.

    1. Well, we got just that Duck! Only one day during July did it NOT rain. It is raining now, but I am not in camp as Forest Service evacuated me on 9/22 due to fire headed my way. I'm at my supervisor's camp now waiting to see what is next.

  2. That would be wonderful... no one could come up the mountain... roads would be too muddy and slippery.

  3. Your campsite looks beautiful. Do you have a hut to sleep in or do you sleep in your van? I am in my van every night during the week now. I like to listen to the radio and surf the internet after I complete my 45 minute hike through the hills after work. I too am looking to lose some weight. I have stopped drinking alcohol and crisps and doritos. Now I just eat low fat turkey meat, fruit, soup and salads. I am losing the weight slowly.

  4. Looks beautiful. Can't wait until I can join the fulltime life!!

  5. Nomad... I sleep in my van and my computer lab is also in the van. I have a canopy with screen walls set up over the picnic table of the site... and that gives me protection of the sun and the bugs... and room to work on projects. In addition, I have a folding recliner set up in a small tent... a place to rest, read, nap (away from the bugs). Good luck with the weight loss. Be sure to keep your nutrients up.

    Bev and Dale... you can't do it soon enough, in my humble opinion.


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Visit me on In 2006, I was shopping for a wheelchair. By 2007, I had new knees, better health and by 2008 a kayak. In Aug 2013, I kayaked my 49th state, Alaska, at the Holgate Glacier and in May 2014, I kayaked Hawaii, my 50th state, to celebrate my 70th Birthday and the finale to the wonderful adventure of Kayaking America? Next up... Solo Hiking the Arizona Trail, 820 miles in Spring 2017. In training now for the hike.