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Old 11-05-2018, 12:00 AM   #1
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Fall 2018: The Spectrum of Full-timing Life

We said good-bye to our friends and finished our summer stint at Sinclair’s convenience store outside Bryce Canyon NP after the first week of August, 2018. We decided to go back to a spot we had scouted three years ago off the Silver Thread Highway near Creede, Colorado.

The West’s new normal in the summer seems to be forest fires and smoky skies, and this year was no different…but when a storm cleared out the smoke, Colorado’s landscape made us smile and glad to be outside.

We had fallen in love with the small town as soon as we walked it. It has a decent number of eateries, a good hardware store, a very nice grocer, and several outdoor clothing and gear shops. We were able to find our choice boondocking spot and stayed our limit of 14 days. There is a public dump, public trash dumpster and drinking water; you can donate $2-$5 each time for upkeep.
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Old 11-05-2018, 12:06 AM   #2
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Old 11-05-2018, 12:32 AM   #3
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How many times do you get to catch trout and then catch an off-Broadway play later that night? Yesterday we drove up a mountain in the morning and got reacquainted with our fishing gear after almost two years. Nothing to brag about but it was fun to have a small lake to ourselves and have a lineup of thunderclouds roll over us all day. Final score: trout 2; Coffee 7; and me with 3.

Later that night we attended our first professional theatre performance - a mystery..."Miss Holmes". The Creede Repertory Theatre (CRT) has been recognized as one of the best off-Broadway acting companies in the country. It's amazing to have such an opportunity in a small mountain town of less than 500 in population. The company offered a pre-play talk explaining the background of Victorian London and the twist that would be Holmes and Watson being women. We are big fans of Cumberbatch and Freeman's characters but the two young actors quickly won us over, as well as the rest of the cast, direction, and set design. They didn't allow photographs inside but we had a great view from the balcony, and participated in the post-play discussion.
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Old 11-05-2018, 12:43 AM   #4
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We have always loved meeting strangers on the road and making new friends. I forgot to post these pics of some walkers we met along a mountain road in Colorado a few weeks ago. We talked...or rather, they listened while I asked how they felt about the weather. Nobody said anything but a couple of them let me scratch their foreheads. Must have trusted me to allow me to invade their personal space, or maybe they're from a different country. Nice folks, though.
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Old 11-05-2018, 01:14 AM   #5
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We were going to explore more of Colorado but decided to return to one of our favorite boondocking spots over our four years of full-timing - the Sawtooth National Recreational Area and Ketchum in Idaho. We found our spot empty a bit before Labor Day, which was the case back in 2015, and managed to stay three weeks - most of it was spent all alone after the weekends.

The fires of the West made fishing a little difficult on some days, and so we limited our license to just 10 days. We loved driving into town and spend a few hours checking out their gear shops, eateries, and one of the nicest little libraries we've seen in our travels (the one in Los Alamos, NM is my other favorite). After picking out a few DVDs for after-dinner viewing, we'd drive back out to our trailer, load up our fishing gear, and head out to our spots. I have said it before - there is something so satisfying about catching a trout and then having it for dinner an hour later with a good movie on tap.
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We had to relocate our trailer farther south just outside Twin Falls, Idaho so I could make an eye appointment in Logan, Utah. When one is a traveler, the next bend and hill in the road are what we seek but we have found new friendships are what we take away over the last four years. Back in the Fall of 2015 we met a couple, along with their grandkids, who graciously gave up their favorite boondocking spot and fishing hole in the Sawtooths to us, and over the course of 2-1/2 days we managed to start a friendship; three years later they invited us and our traveling home so I could be closer to my Logan appointment.

So in the span over two days, we went from fishing in a mountain stream to sitting in a potato harvester and farm truck in the middle of a red potato harvest. This rather large operation was owned by their daughter and son-in-law, who gave us a first-hand look at the harvesting process. It was fascinating to see the smooth coordination between operators and their machines, often dictated by mere hand signals learned from days and days in the fields. There was no time wasted in moving potatoes in the ground to a piler feeding into bulk dump trucks. We learned that the family business extends beyond immediate family and incorporates long-standing relationships both locally and from south of the border. We felt privileged to watch this annual dance among farmers at such a close distance.

Later in the day we visited another set of grandkids and their parents, who operated a family farm - a real "ol' Macdonald had a farm". We were introduced to a unique breed of cattle to Idaho - the miniature Hereford, as well as pigs, turkeys, chickens, and ducks. I could see the beginnings of a farm to table operation here and how the two young grade-school boys are already learning the care of their farm animals - they wore rubber boots while my Keen hiking boots later tracked cow poo into the trailer.

The day ended with visiting our favorite local JV QB and Filer HS's football practice. Sitting down on bleachers with his sister and Mom, and listening to whistles, shouts, claps, and shoulder pads colliding brought back cherished memories of our sons' high school football days.

The life of a traveler continues to harvest new adventures and experiences. Sometimes a peek into other people's lives and daily routines are just as rewarding as a quiet boondocking spot.
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Thanks for the fine photos and remembrances. Well done.

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A joy to read, as always, and thanks for sharing.

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Beautiful photos. Would you mind sharing what camera gear you used i.e. pano on an iPhone or a fish eye on a Canon or whatever? Many thanks.
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Very nice! I am new to this. How do you go about finding a location to boondock? Very happy if you would point me in the right direction to read instructions. Thanks!!
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Thanks for sharing. Beautiful photos and remembrances.
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Absolutely wonderful recap. I've read many of your updates. Thanks for the continued inspiration!
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Absolutely enjoyable to read. Pictures are beautiful and all coming together in your wonderful narrative.



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great stuff! you seem to have life right.
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