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Old 02-20-2016, 12:32 PM   #15
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Al... sometimes our imaginations make everything seem more difficult. My imagination will top yours, any day.

I rated some of the 2016 Wyoming Adventure locations for up to 25 foot. Getting a 30 foot turned around with a second person giving you hand signals to avoid sage brush, trees and obstacles IS the easier part. Like turning a large sailboat around... you need room, where the road is six feet wide and the campsite is a square mile.

Your confidence will be "soaring" after our first Off the Grid and last Off the Grid campsites in Wyoming. By then you might be able to navigate around vehicles parked at a Walmart Parking lot with ease...
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Old 02-20-2016, 12:36 PM   #16
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Smile Boondocking Castle Rock. Co.

I also live in Castle Rock, Co. Off of Plum Creek by the Douglas County Event center.
Put me down for a Boon Docking experience. We have a 21 ' Sovereign with dual axle. Plenty of dents from PO so ok for the woods.
Very interested in figuring out how to know if you can get OUT of the woods once you get in. Thanks for thinking about this.

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I do not have room for parking your trailer but willing to help with eyes and ears on the ground here in Castle Rock. Other AS people in Cr drop me a line.
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Old 02-20-2016, 12:41 PM   #17
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I am a little nervous, at the idea, Ray, but, I must say....I am getting SYKED, just thinking about it! I guess we will find out what I'm made of pretty darn quick. Evelyn.
You will be in good hands with Ray & Nancy, Evelyn, and he will not take you anyplace you cannot get out of.....or, he couldn't get out, either.

For me, going out into the wilds with these folks was about doing something I simply would not do alone.

I cant wait to do it again.


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Old 02-20-2016, 12:46 PM   #18
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One thing I learned as an Army Brat... people gain confidence when they think the person in charge knows more than they do.

As long as you are willing to accept corrective criticism well... everything moves along well. Rogue campers will find themselves not being welcomed in future events as they become a risk and liability to those who understand. Our Blue Heelers can round up livestock, but not individuals coming along wanting to do "their thing" at the expense of everyone else.

I learned how to navigate our 23 foot Airstream from what the Trailer dealership in Denver, Colorado taught me.... NOTHING.

We signed the papers. We handed over a check. They hooked up the Airstream. They pointed the way out of the parking lot. They might have waved at us, but I do not remember. We made a wrong right turn, ended up in an apartment complex parking lot. The interior of the trailer did not have anything secured.

THAT is why Nancy and I are willing to actually do something. We love Base Camping and Off the Grid the most. You will also. We never will be astronauts... but all of us do have the capacity to leave the attraction of RV Parks and Walmart Parking lots. You just do not need a helmet. Yet.

Greenhorn: A newcomer unacquainted with local manners and customs. Or, a person who lacks experience and knowledge.

Pick what you like. YOU have to start somewhere, and it is not in the RV Dealer's lot. They are in the business to sell and repair... The End.
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Old 02-20-2016, 12:57 PM   #19
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Decembergal, if at all possible, find and attend an RV Boot Camp. The Escapees run an EXCELLENT Boot Camp, usually over a weekend. R-VDreams.com run a 7 day Boot Camp. Although boondocking is covered, Boot Camp is primarily a way that RV newbies can get an education in all the various systems commonly found in a modern RV. Mistakes made with RVs are often costly and, sometimes dangerous. Those who complete RV Boot Camp are safer, more knowledgeable RVers. You don't even have to own an RV to attend Boot Camp; many newbies stay at a local motel and drive in each day (and they'll be smarter RV buyers after Boot Camp).
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Old 02-20-2016, 01:29 PM   #20
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Sign Up for: Colorado School for Greenhorns- 2016

NY24 is offering a great option. Try it, you might like it.

Our areas are not for RV buses or even fifth wheels. The Airstream is a low ground clearance trailer and requires a different kind of experience. They, RV's, Fifth Wheels and SOB's are more concerned with low branches peeling their Air Conditioning units and Satellite dishes off the roof. Airstreams... our plumbing and rear bumper.

A fifth wheel or standard other brand trailers have several inches more to work with and would be out of place with an Airstream.

Colorado Greenhorn School sign up information:
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I have been receiving inquiries and this should help keep it organized. No date will be selected until later next month... depending on our schedule... a time will be set. Also indicate a June or July 2016 preference.
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Old 02-20-2016, 01:52 PM   #21
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tjansen... small world it seems. You are the third Airstream owner in the Castle Rock area.

We have an isolated cul-de-sac and have had other trailer owners park over night when we are all heading off together. Our 25 footer parks in our garage, which is why we bought the house for this "bonus" for our Airstream parking and setting up without having to go to one of the many RV storage areas in Douglas County.

For this Colorado School for Greenhorns... there is no limit, yet.

I suggest:

#1- Chatfield Reservoir campsite in Littleton, Colorado for temporary camp for this trip or if you are in the Denver, CO area.

#2- Yogi Bear's Jellystone Camp/Resort, Larkspur, Colorado as a semi- Base Camp experience with amenities offered at the site... RV, Trailer or tent campers.

#3- Our cul-de-sac, space permitting for overnight camp before we leave.
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Old 02-20-2016, 02:26 PM   #22
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Boondocking

I'm from central Coast CA. I am heading to Jackson hole/west Yellowstone the first 2 weeks of June. If this is in the schedule for that time frame I'd love to join up. I have an event I'm participating in the 2d Saturday all day. Other than that...
I will do the email info as well.
I have '68 Tradewind. Just getting ready to start doing local campground practice.
Thanks for offering this experience
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Old 02-20-2016, 06:50 PM   #23
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Ray, I use the method: hands at bottom of steering wheel...if I want back of trailer going left, I move hands to left...from 6PM toward 9Pm. TT back to go right...hands move toward 3PM. Small, deliberate motions. Yes, I will practice more.

Deb is still a worker bee, so, is not able, even if she were so inclined...to go with me. I will work on her for next year. She will help me at storage lot, if not working. We use cell phones to talk...she's terrible with hand signals. I have my iPhone synced via Bluetooth for hands free.
Since you are looking at June/July...I will get in as many solo trips in Colorado as I can...starting with Cherry Creek park, to dewinterize, then to Chatfield. Hope to be there for some balloon liftoffs. Nice photo opportunity! Work on my fishing skills, too.
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Old 02-21-2016, 04:22 AM   #24
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One challenge at a time brings confidence...

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"One thing I learned as an Army Brat... people gain confidence when they think the person in charge knows more than they do."
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This sentence is the most important sentence for each of you to understand.

If you have already gained some confidence by "thinking" and wanting to learn something new... you are the one who has already gained. It is you that has the ability, but needed some confidence to apply yourself to do something unfamiliar. Your gain in options does not affect mine one bit. It is a win for everyone.

Once arriving at this one location in Colorado, you have already gained Base Camp and Off the Grid camp site experience. Each trip may present a challenge or potential risk, yet solved by some common sense learned from a previous trip or from encountering the exact same situation ten minutes earlier on this trip.

The seed of confidence is contagious. Once you have understood the limitations of your Airstream, half the education has been learned. The other half is to know your limitations. This will improve over time. Your Airstream had the same limitations as it did the day before. It is you who has a different outlook and will improve.

ColoradoLady will be preparing for this short adventure, that has always been available. Every year, every Summer. But... maybe this will be the year that Evelyn will know if she is up to it. It is better to have tried and failed, than did nothing and succeeded. We must accept our limitations, which I do every day.

Some opportunities are missed as you were not aware it existed. You are now aware. Your cost is your time. My time will be well spent just finding anyone attending make this first step.

And for some, a really really big one.
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"ended up in an apartment complex parking lot." Hahha...that sounds a lot like something I would get myself into! I have been reading about your various and sundry excursions into the hinterlands for some time. You sound like a very seasoned (not meant to be a reflection on your age...since we've never met) boondocker...just the kind of person we all need to learn from. We are in the Taos,NM area and were disappointed that we didn't have our 70 Safari ready for the road last year for your NM trip. We hope to have her ready to go this spring so I will be watching your posts for likely upcoming rendesvouz. I sent an email to the address in one of your previous posts for a vote FOR the greenhorn boondocking school. Hope to meet up with you sometime this year. Tom and Sue
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Old 02-21-2016, 11:10 AM   #26
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"ended up in an apartment complex parking lot." Hahha...that sounds a lot like something I would get myself into! I have been reading about your various and sundry excursions into the hinterlands for some time. You sound like a very seasoned (not meant to be a reflection on your age...since we've never met) boondocker...just the kind of person we all need to learn from. We are in the Taos,NM area and were disappointed that we didn't have our 70 Safari ready for the road last year for your NM trip. We hope to have her ready to go this spring so I will be watching your posts for likely upcoming rendesvouz. I sent an email to the address in one of your previous posts for a vote FOR the greenhorn boondocking school. Hope to meet up with you sometime this year. Tom and Sue
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Send me information as in Post #18 so I can get you on my notification list. If you missed 2015 Quemado... May will be here sooner than you think for 2016 Quemado.

Same with the 2016 School for Greenhorns. Once I have a date, everyone on my list will get notice in plenty of time to plan.
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Old 02-21-2016, 11:16 AM   #27
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Camp Sites along River for those ready...

One difference with this School for Greenhorns:

A short discussion before we depart Castle Rock, CO will involve how to locate and mark, using your odometer, camp site pullouts when going to Base Camp. These are along a river. Most are drive in and outs... and some backing into them.

So as you feel more comfortable with the first area, you can check out other camp sites and do some individual camping on your own. Might even bring a fly rod... Better have a Colorado Fishing License or day permit of your choosing.
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