I guess I should explain the word “Boondocking.” It is normally used in the RV’ing world for camping in one’s camper or RV without the benefit of any hookups for water, electricity, or sewer. So, in our case for this vacation, “boondocking” takes on a different connotation. Some of our online RV’ing friends can’t see themselves doing the “sleeping bag thing.”
We have a nephew that is a contract employee for the Air Force in what I’ll simply call a “Middle-Eastern” country. He came home on his annual one month vacation and we all (him, his mother [my wife’s sister], Jo and I and our youngest son) went camping up northwest of Boulder, Colorado at a place called Camp Dick.
The nephew was delighted that he finally had someone that would go camping with him for more than just a few days. In the instances before, his camping involved driving up one day and setting up camp, having a full day the next day, and then having to break camp and go home on the third day.
To some degree, I was disappointed as I had to leave our Select Comfort mattress at home and suffice with simply an air mattress. Secondly, I was disappointed because I didn’t see a single large critter of the “wildlife” nature, even though a moose cow and her calf generally passes near to our campground in the early morning and the evening. It just didn’t happen that our paths crossed where I could get a picture. We even were up at a place called Coney Flats and my son saw a moose crossing a pond there. However, he wasn’t quick enough to get his camera ready to take a picture. But, at least he got to see the moose.
A few pictures:
Cooking a meal – L to R – Our youngest son, Jo, nephew (in hat) and his mother.
Campsite and our vehicles – and yes, the pickup is a full-sized Ford F150, dwarfed by our nephew’s Jeep Rubicon (raised and with big tires).
The Middle Saint Vrain Creek
Hiking a trail up to Peaceful Valley Campground and then back on the road to Camp Dick. It was about a 2 mile hike. Jo’s sister has had a hip replacement, and while she will go walking or hiking, it has to be at a pretty slow pace. She loves doing it though.
One of our nephew’s passions is off-roading in his Jeep Rubicon. When he gets the opportunity, he takes it and goes off in his Jeep. He first took all of us to Coney Flats where they had camped out before and then returned us to Camp Dick. The next day, he also had the opportunity to take our “campground neighbors” up and back the same way. Here is one shot of the road to Coney Flats. Oh, and I should add that the road at this point is pretty wide. In other places, Pine branches were brushing both sides of the Jeep at the same time.
At Coney Flats, there is a short water crossing. I had suggested that it would be a nice picture if one could be on the other side and take pictures of him crossing the pond. So, he drove across and let us all out and then drove back across in order to come back and give us the opportunity to get pictures. My youngest son took some pictures from one perspective (straight at the Jeep), and I took pictures from a slight angle. Here is one of my photos of the crossing.
This next picture is of the group walking up to a meadow at Coney Flats. The mountains in the background are – L-R – Coney Island, Sawtooth, and Red Deer.
This next image is of Coney Creek, which is feeding the pond in the water crossing above. In some internets sites, they state that the “pond” is really just a widening of the creek and not a true pond. I guess they don’t realize that there can be natural ponds such as the one at Coney Flats.
While our nephew won’t finish his contract with the Air Force until mid-2016, next year’s vacation is up in the air. While he likes to camp in places like Coney Flats (no facilities whatsoever), I think I prefer to have water spigots and toilets nearby for my convenience. Camp Dick serves well in that capacity as they have three vault toilets and 4 water spigots scattered throughout the campground.
Oh, and they have bears, but I never got to see one.
I guess I can take some solace in that we have a great nephew in this young man. A few months back, he instructed his mother to loan me a couple of his camera lenses if I wanted to use them. As it turns out, I already had one, so I only wanted to borrow the one. However, considering the price of the lenses, he is still very trusting. He even wants me to use his Jeep while he is still overseas because he wants someone to be “exercising” and maintaining it. Here are a few pictures of it. However, I have guaranteed him that I won’t be exercising his Jeep on any roads like the Coney Flats road.
When the snows come and I go traipsing off into the wilds for winter pictures, I think his Jeep will come in very handy. For someone that has never really been fond of cold weather, I think I’m really looking forward to this winter. Time will tell, I guess.