For part-timers who work full time - we had an amazing August. We were the ultimate weekend warriors and then some.
|Redondo Campground in Jemez Mountains near Los Alamos New Mexico|
Redondo is a very nice campground with 60 sites, each with picnic table and fire ring. Three of the sites have covered shelters. There are vault toilets, no utility hookups or a dump station. The maximum length is 30 feet. We went up on Saturday and took them out to eat and for a drive.
|For a delicious meal in Jemez Springs, check out|
the Jemez State Stop
|In the Jemez Mountains|
|We've had a lot of rain this summer as evidenced by the wildflowers|
|We took Forest Road 376 to the Gilman Tunnels|
The Gilman Tunnels were part of the Santa Fe Northwestern Railway (SFNW) through the canyon which use to transport lumber from the Jemez Mountains. Forest Road 376 has some awesome boondocking, but the area near Gilman Tunnels is NOT suitable for an RV. Read our prior blog about Forest Road 376 here.
|Always in awe of this beautiful view from our campsite|
|One of the natural soaking ponds at Valley View|
After the refreshing swim, we drove the 45 minute drive on Hwy 285 to Crestone. Turn at mile marker 105 (Moffat) and head towards the mountains to reach Crestone. The music festival was being held on the Challenger Golf Course. CrestFest operates the music festival and the money they raise goes to bring music to the schools of the rural San Luis Valley. A very worthy cause and great music. This was the 17th year of the festival. We were able to camp adjacent to the venue. They provided toilets, solar showers and water. But, they did not allow pets.
|Our campsite (Humphrey is on the far left) at the Crestone Music Festival|
|Best pizza ever! This is a portable wood stove pizzeria.|
Hand made from a shipping container and a flatbed truck.
Ingenious and delicious
Last year we attended a music festival/campout that did not include food vendors. We were pleasantly surprised at the variety of food offered in Crestone at the festival. You could even say it was a food fest.
This is a very organized festival. They set up a number of large tent structures for shade and rain shelter. The Great Sand Dune National Park is not far from Crestone. Thus, we should have expected heavy winds. We were enjoying the music, when someone yelled "this tent is collapsing, run!" Not what you want to hear. Everyone scrambled as the tent stakes were pulled up one by one from the heavy wind that was immediately followed by a brief down pour.
|One of several tents set up for shade and shelter from the rain|
|Greg and others hold down the corners of the large tent while |
one of the organizers re-secures the tent stakes and lines
|We have had so much rain this summer. |
The rain leads to an abundance of wildflowers and happy campers.
|Still happy after all these years!|
|Walking the golf course back toward the music festival grounds|
|Wearing my blanket that was my bridal shower gift (36 years ago)|
crocheted by a family member
Chama Train and dinner with John Denver
Stargazing and soak at Valley View
Hiking and soaking in Ouray
Back to the Jemez Mountains and Bandelier for Labor Day hikes.