My time at the cabin in Forest Lakes was very relaxing. I had a good solid two weeks and it went by quickly. I handled some RV projects, including the installation of my hot water recirculation system. I made a video on that install that I embedded below. I also build a storage box system in the Rubicon, completed a video
on that project as well. I managed to get the cabin all cleaned up and organized my little storage room and garage. Beyond that, it was really a lot of just working and relaxing. I did have my friend Joe come up with his son and a friend for a weekend. Been more than a year since we had a chance to catch up. We our course played a ton of darts, enjoyed some beer, went hiking at the lake and just generally enjoyed the cool mountain air. It was great to get caught up. I closed up the cabin for the extended period I will be gone and pointed the RV back towards Flagstaff.
I scheduled to arrive a couple of days before the Made in the Shade Beer Festival. As I believed I mentioned previously, it has been four years since I have attended this event. While we lived in Arizona it was an annual trip for many many years. My cousin and other friends would be making there way up to Flagstaff on Friday in their fifth wheel for the weekend. My great friend Allen also decided to make his way up from Prescott to join in the fun and hang with me in the Seneca. As an added surprise for everyone, my oldest son Matthew was given a weekend off from the Army in Georgia and he also came up and joined us! It was almost like old times having so many of the original beer fest group on hand. It was an awesome weekend, filled with laughs and good times. The beer festival was excellent, it was the 25th anniversary and was very well attended by breweries, more than 100. We worked the Uber drivers pretty hard all weekend between the festival and trips into downtown Flagstaff for fun. I also had the chance to catch up with my friend Tina, another long time festival attendee. It was sooo great to hang with everyone and it will be a weekend I will remember for years to come.
As everyone headed back to their respective homes, I set course out of Arizona for the rest of the year. My plan was to hit up the Valley of the Gods in Utah for some boondocking. It was a really nice drive up unto Utah, coming into the Valley of the Gods area is spectacular. I really should have given it a bit more thought and maybe planning instead of just taking in the views though. I traveled the entire seven miles into the valley on the terrible dusty and washboard dirt road. As those who have been there before will attest, it takes some intestinal fortitude to suffer down this road. I finally arrived at the spot, holy crap it was amazing! But…..I pulled in to decide on the exact spot to setup and stepped outside. Um, it was blazing hot! Checked the temp on the outside sensor, 106. Well that was brilliant. I had just assumed since I was going to be at nearly 6000’ that the temps would be in the mid 80s at the worst. I walked around and pondered the situation for about an hour. During that time I also checked the projected temps in Fruita, CO which was my next destination for a couple of weeks to mountain bike. Terrific, it was also at or over 100 for the foreseeable future. Not good. I was really missing Toni’s diligence in looking into our routes for things such as the weather, I need work on the my planning for sure. Looks like I have to do more than just want to go somewhere and do something. This will be an interesting learning experience on my own.
I sat stumped for a while, then decided to just change up everything. I backtracked the entire crappy dusty road and changed course. I decided to head to the Telluride area instead. I knew of a couple boondocking spots and the temps would be in the 70s, way more like it. I rolled into the area in the late afternoon to find my boondocking spots still closed due to snow….uh oh. Backup to the backup maybe? I headed to Matterhorn Campground a small forest camp I have stayed in the past, but it books up a year in advance! Without much hope, I pulled in and found the host. There was actually a perfect ‘first come first serve” site open that I could easily fit into! I jumped on it and booked a full seven days, the max I could. Turned out to be a perfect re-route. CC and I jumped in the Jeep and headed to Telluride to ride the free tram in town to just get settled into the area.
The next week was awesome. Turned out the weekend coming up was the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, something that has been on my bucket list for a long time. It was of course all sold out, but I managed to grab a ticket for Friday thru Stubhub. While it was a bit expensive, $104, it was amazing. Norah Jones was one of the acts that day, along with Greensky Bluegrass and several others. It was an amazing event, would have loved to attend more of the four days, but I am glad I was able to go at all. I sat with a couple that is just planning to hit the road full-time as well! The time flew by and I ended up there nearly the entire day. Now on the radar is the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival that happens each September. Have to try and get that one in sometime as well. I managed to get the Jeep out and take several of the local mountain passes. While some of my favorites (Imogiene, Engineer and Black Bear) were still closed due to snow, I was able to run Corkscrew Gultch, Ophir and Last Dollar. CC and I made a record on one of the Jeep days, visiting three different breweries in three different towns in one day! The list included Golden Block Brewing in Silverton, Ouray Brewing in Ouray and Colorado Boy Brewing in Ridgeway. I got the mountain bike out for a few rides as well, the terrain here is a bit over my pay grade though.
My diversion to this new path also gave me a chance to meet up with fellow nomads that I would have otherwise not seen. My friends Shannon and Dave where staying in Ridgeway, along with Jase and Lauri. I headed over one afternoon to hang out. There was a free concern going on in Ridgeway as part of the Ride the Rockies bike race. We enjoyed some local tacos and a great evening in the park enjoying music. I also talked Shannon and Dave into an all day Jeep adventure a few days later. This time they headed over to Telluride and I took them over Ophir and Corkscrew Gultch passes. In Silverton we also hit up a Avalanche Brewing and the ghost town of Animas Forks. I enjoyed a great dinner at their camp in Ridgeway to round out a great day before CC and I headed back to Telluride.
Internet was a bit spotty at my camping location, so I frequented town to get my work done. I tried to mix it up a bit and worked from several different locations. I spent time in a coffee shop, Smugglers Brewing and the pubic library. Made work a bit more tricky, but I managed to keep everything all caught up during my stay. My last day in town working at the library, I was so proud of myself for how much I got done that I decided to stop off at Telluride Brewing on the way back to camp. Great move, I was treated to an impromptu gig by Greensky Bluegrass right in the parking lot! I was wondering why it was so crowded and they informed me of them stopping by. Way cool, they played for nearly an hour and I had a front row spot!
It was actually pretty sad to be leaving the area. I have other friends from Phoenix that are coming up here at the end of July, but I just had to many others things planned to make it then. I enjoyed my last night in camp and prepared to move on. Next destination is Crested Butte Colorado where I will once again meet up friends for more adventure boondocking out at Washington Gultch. I see mountain bikes, kayaking and hiking in my near future…..This entry was posted in Blog and tagged beer, brewery, colorado, craftbeertravel, fulltime, ghost town, gorving, kuhl, kuhlodyssey, livingthedream, lovelife, nomadlife, rv, rvblog, rvlife, seneca, telluride, xscapers by Kurt Kuhl and comments are open.