I was supposed to go backpacking with my son's Boy Scout troop at Philmont this summer...well, it's on fire so they cancelled our trek. Sigh.
Mrs Freqz, however, has agreed to a family road trip. Less than 6 weeks out. She's not the no reservations, boondocking type and the stress of figuring that out in peak season was daunting for me anyway.
First thought was Estes Park: I'd really like to spend more time in RMNP. No dice, just couldn't make it work. I did, however, manage 4 nights in Ouray, CO. On the river...woohoo! We'll manage some hiking and fishing in paradise, I guess. (🤠
One night in Amarillo on the way up, then Santa Fe, then Mesa Verde NP for a day (and dinner with a dear uncle I haven't seen in years in Durango), then Ouray via the "Million Dollar Highway" (no one tell Mrs Freqz about that one...I'm giving her a Xanax and a benedryl for that leg, I think) Then CaŮon, Co, back to Amarillo, then home to Dallas. Longest days will be Dallas--Amarillo and there's really not a better way to break that up.
With all the talk about full campgrounds and whatnot I'm amazed we managed to make all of this work. It's taken some flexibility but the only nights I don't currently have nailed down is Amarillo on both ends since I've been working from the middle out. (And I don't foresee much trouble there-- it's a town geared to the passing through RVer).
Don't have many more summers left with both boys: it'd be a shame to let one slip by because of some dumb wild fire.
Our parks for the trip:
Santa Fe Skies RV Park - Santa Fe, New Mexico
Ancient Cedars | Mesa Verde RV Park
Ouray RV Park & Cabins – Camping and RVing in Ouray
Mountain View RV Resort