It is very difficult to find an empty dispersed spot during a holiday. I tried to camp in a spot near to the claim, but it was jammed packed with big rigs. There was not a spot within 30 miles. Aggh. It was the start of the muzzle loader and bow hunting season. It was a few days before Labor Day weekend. So I headed up the West Dolores, remembering a few spots.
Really loving this easy to put up tarp, even if the fancy clips i “glued” to the topper fell off within 10 seconds. I just used bungee cords.
It does add a bit of curiosity for the passerbys. They have a tendency to walk by stooped, to peek under the tarp. Tarp held up to squirrels throwing immature pine cones down and waving sticky branches.
I lay in the hammock and watched this fella catch a nice sized trout. He was beyond thrilled. It was his third day without catching anything.
Bunches of screaming children would come up and down to tube the river. Their laughs and screams and shouts and banter were invigorating and joyful. Their parents would walk by and apologize if the kids were bothering me.
Before anyone was up or after they went to dinner I would take my pan and go down to the river and pan. I found gold. My first.
I cannot tell you how thrilled I still am.
The truck was perfect for this spot. Unless you has a 4wd there was no way for you to leave the camp spot. It was very steep and rocky.
The truck camper hint: Look for a spot that needs your 4wd. You will find a great spot, even on a holiday!