Friday, June 21 (Summer Solstice and Full Moon)
We left Buena Vista around 10am and drove up Hwy 24 to Leadville where we took a break and walked around town a bit. Leadville is the highest incorporated town in the US at roughly 10,000 ft and has a rich mining history. We saw some interesting old houses that have been restored as well as a Jewish temple.
We then followed Hwy 24 on north and picked up I-70 which took us west a bit to Hwy 131 where we headed north again. We drove through some interesting country and even found a bit of road construction here and there. There was one very long ascent that caused the truck to start overheating as we were getting close to the top so we pulled over and let it cool down a bit just to be safe.
Arrived in Yampa and found the Ranger Station. Visited with Amy for a bit about possible campsites that would be suitable for a 31ft trailer and then proceeded on County 7 which turned into Forest Road 900 (a gravel washboard hell) and into the Routt National Forest a little SE of Yampa vicinity of Bear Lake. We drove out as far as Amy recommended scouting out a few spots but ended up turning around and got a nice secluded spot a little below the dam. It is a nice site and although it took a little maneuvering to get the rig in here we are nestled in amongst a grove of aspen trees. It has a fire ring and a picnic table but no other facilities so we are making our first dry camp (boondocking).
I dusted off my old hiking GPS device which has been sitting in the closet for years , changed the batteries, fired it up and it is reporting our coordinates as: 40 deg 03′ 16″ N, 107 deg 02′ 01″ W and elevation: 9457ft
Gets a little cool at night but the days are fabulous and the forecast is for sunny skies and no rain. We figure we will stay here for a week on ‘vacation’ before we get serious about figuring our direction for the next chapter of life.