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Old 07-11-2013, 02:56 PM   #21
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WOW. What a PHOTO to prove a point!

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You cannot ask for a better Boondocking photo to get the point across. And what a way to break in the 25 footer! Keep the rest of us Boondockers up to date on YOUR Trial and Errors.
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Out of subject matter, but worthy of mentioning.

Prior to our AS, we would camp north of Texas Creek, Colorado. Camp... you know an igloo easy to set up tent and an ice chest. If you collect rocks, there are some pegmatite quarries up there that mined Beryl Crystals for WW2. There is also a Rose Quartz vein that required a sledge and chisel to remove samples. We found it on TOP, NW as the bird flies, but you have to follow the dirt, barely improved road to the ATV tracks up to the top and hook to the left (SW). We found this beautiful forty feet+ by 3 inch seam of waxy high grade Rose Quartz, came back a year later... and could NOT FIND IT. A beautiful tent camping site, but I have not returned again and looked it over for trailer travel. If I could get our 23 footer in there... I would not hesitate. When you get there, you will understand. If you want further information, I can elaborate a bit more, but there is only one road. You cross the bridge and head north and keep to the right. There is some grave marker up there and I recall a run down cabin.

As a side note. There was a Spring on the west side of the camp site with water holes deep enough to bathe. No photos of the campsite or bathing campers, but this is one of those places no body knows about. The area could be 15 or more acres of flat grassy firm ground.

There is a business selling garden rock from the quarry and may also own the Quarry(ies), so you can check with them about the "improved road". I think they were just west on the north side of the highway from Texas Creek. The hamlet... Texas Creek, I recall might even have RV parking spaces. They also rent ATV's if you are daring and it sure beats walking... until you see the incline they take people.

Now my conclusion. On our return to tent camping there and looking for the Rose Quartz vein on top, an ATV was following some of the trails and a middle age couple stopped to tell us how beautiful the area was. And the area is beautiful, with junipers and hotter weather vegetation... in a Rocky Mountain setting. We went back to figuring out where this Rose Quartz Vein went... and as we watched the two on the ATV, they stopped and appeared to be dumping something off by a sage brush.

Giving up on the Rose Quartz and seeing a few flint chips left by ancient Indians, we understood we were not the only people in these woods over the centuries that made tracks in the forest, if I could call it a forest (more of a New Mexico pinon/juniper terrain). We could not find the Rose Quartz! Before GPS. I wanted to find the spot after going to the Rock Show. This Rose Quartz was as nice as the "gem specimens" for sale... by the gram! So it was a bit of greed and a bit of having some swapping goods for the future.

The ATV headed back to Texas Creek and we hiked over to the bush. They had stuffed a white plastic bag of TRASH into the cover of the bush. We packed it back down to our camp site and the thought of these two SOB's (not Some other Brands) are the same ones who ruin it for the rest of us. This one event STILL reminds me to be aware of our duty to make your visit, break the dirt around the trailer to "assist the grasses" with your steps... but haul your trash and do a little extra policing of the area for obvious trash.

I will not mention this again on the Forum. The intent of my posts is to encourage your getting out and having fun. This event was a disappointment for me, but we took care of it. We AS owners must be above the Hunters' Camps and casual camp site trashers. They are out there and unnecessary, but not unexpected.

Be well and keep some tread on those tires. You never know if they will be made into tire tread sandals in the future! Didn't you love those?
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Thanks for that topic, I find it very interesting.
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