Lizard Head Wilderness

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Some of the joys of truck camping are being places where it is hard to get to. This is a map of the area where I am, right on the border of the Lizard Head Wilderness area.. Burro Bridge is on the bottom third. Three mountains of above 14,000′ are right there. A wild and wooly area of mountains and vistas and waterfalls. Great hikes, arduous hikes. Excited climbers going up. Exhausted hikers coming down to the campground. But they all have wide eyes and big smiles!

I see one of the fourteeneers, El Diente, every day. Breathtaking. How lucky to be camphosting in a truck!Diente

Great campers arrived. They were hikers and bird watchers and friendly folk. They showed me, with a spotting scope, a warbling vireo nest … with momma or dad sitting in a large nest. I walked past the nest many times, but never saw the nest before. These great camper also helped with a new tarp set up. I couldn’t seem to wrap my head around how to cover the table … they helped design ropes and hitches. Phew.

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 So happy. Such great campers who come all the way up to Burro Bridge. Its 32.6 miles from cell service. It is 10 miles of  a washboard gravel road. And there is no electricity in this campground, or anywhere near.

 

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Messy Truck Camping

Pollen has to be cleaned from the solar panels at least 3x a day. I have been sneezing like crazy. Every wind gust brings more pollen. Not a problem, just an observation about the hazards (lol) of truck camping.pollen while truck camping

I have been putting off emptying the truck and doing a thorough cleaning. Well, today, coming to town, the topper door popped open. 32 miles of dust and grit and sand and pollen  blew into the back. Into the living/sleeping quarters. Ha. Now I have to empty the back. Sometimes thats what it takes.

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Back to Camphosting

They (the forest rangers) just spread the word that Burro Bridge can open on Friday! So I am dashing around town (Dolores, CO) buying groceries and trying to download Netflix goodies. Also trying to download some Kindle reading. I emphasize trying. The WiFi at the local library is very slow. I sometimes sit here for 3 hours and get one movie downloaded. Ah, well. More time to be alone in nature. The same problem with the Kindle. Haven’t been able to download one book. So I carry a huge stack of free books from the local library instead of the Kindle. Next stop will be groceries. This is easier than trying to download. I have no cooler, no refrigeration, so this limits the grocery list. Tomatoes, sweet potato, onion, garlic, veggies to pickle and a treat (usually a can or two of ginger ale).

Then check mail. Then pack up and head back to Burro Bridge. Oh happy day!Burro Bridge Camp Host

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Fire in the San Juan NF

 

The San Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado will shut down for the first time in its 113-year history.

I closed the Burro Bridge Campground on Monday. So sad. Told the marmot about the fire. Cleaned the toilets. Burro Bridge has no cell phone service, so I thought I should close before I had to flee. On Tuesday all campers in all campgrounds had to be out by noon.

Aside from  closing a campground and packing up  there is the question of employment. Do we hang around and hope the campgrounds re open? Many of the hosts are scattering (“Well, I haven’t been to Kansas lately.” “I have always wanted to see Oregon, so I’ll head up there.”). What will happen if the NF is reopened?  I will be hanging around, hoping that they can get the fire under control (only 15% contained today) and I get to open Burro Bridge again.

So, a last view of my favorite campground…lastView

 

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Help while Camping

I am more scared of electrical shocks than I thought. When the water flooded there was an inverter hooked up to batteries. Everything was in 3″ of water. Agh! I couldn’t bring myself to step in the water and unhook everything. I asked for help from a camper, who happened to be a master electrician. His name, aside from “My Hero” was Allen. He showed me how I would have gotten shocked (the inverter wires were exposed). Phew. All unhooked, all safe.

marmot in Burro Bridge

The marmot has taken residence under the bathrooms. I see him every afternoon.

tarp while truck campingSetting up the tarp was easier than I remembered. It will provide some wind and rain protection. tarp

The savior in the tarp world has been these grippers. They do not tear, hold on tight, and are easy to reposition. I would provide an Amazon link if I could find what they are called, but no luck.tarpHook

Right now there is no rain in sight. That is scary.

“Nearly 600 firefighters are helping to battle the 4,015-acre wildfire that broke out Friday morning north of Durango. At least 825 homes have been evacuated, and the fire is 10 percent contained.”

This is not far, south east of  Burro Bridge. The San Juan Forest is completely closed to all campfires, welding, and smoking. Serious.

Aside from fire danger, the campground has been tended to assiduously. There have been very few campers, so I have been weed eating and painting old tables. I am tan, healthy and happy wandering around the San Juan National Forest.

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