My towhee buddies woke me up again this morning. Much better than an alarm clock! I looked outside my tent and among the many birds, there were 3 chipmunks, a rabbit and 2 deer right there. Good stuff.
There were some nice clouds rolling in and the light was all crazy weird so I grabbed the camera and wandered around for a while. Found a Dusky Grouse (many more pictures of this lovely lady here). I went for a quick hike but got stuck in rain a couple times. The sky was having issues with decision making. Fog, sun, rain, blue sky...all of it. (more crazy sky shots here)
I got back to the tent around 0930 and started packing stuff up. I would have liked to stay in Gunnison for another day or 3 but again...the weather forecast was grim. We drove to Taos, New Mexico and encountered some gnarly storms on the way down. The torrential rain didn't make driving all that enjoyable.
The plan was to camp at Carson National Forest and we got there with enough daylight to find a place but had some issues actually finding a spot. All the official campgrounds were already closed (or flooded) for the season. Eventually we found an off the grid place, though I had to take my civic on some totally sketchy forest service dirt roads. I beat that car up so much but he managed to handle it without too much damage (not sure how...shocking, really).
We were camping fairly close to town and those FS roads definitely got some use, that was obvious. I always hate camping in these spots because they draw in the redneck jackasses who just go out there to get wasted and trash the place. We tried 4 spots before we found one that wasn't covered with beer cans and bottles and crap like that. So it always weirds me out a little bit, wondering if some meth-head fool is gonna come driving up, ya know what I mean?
But alas, there were no tweaked out creeps that crashed our spot. I did hear some loud grunting and snorting in the middle of the night though. Hmm. We were out of there by 6 am the next morning and on our way to White Sands National Monument. We had wanted to stay in Carson and hike up Wheeler Peak (highest point in NM) but the weather didn't feel like cooperating. Outdoor Wednesday