As we mentioned, we ended up camp hosting in a semi-remote National Forest, the San Juans in southern Colorado, this past summer. It was a ton of hard work, it was amazing in its beauty, and we got pretty good at the whole thing.
Well, I gotta tell you, it's hard to argue with spending the summer in southern Colorado! Even though we were far out of range of all of the internet, all of the television, all of the cell phone ranges (well, sometimes a bird would flyover....) we had a fine time. So here we are and Jaco's chillaxin right next to the Rio Grand. This is the lovely Riverside area of the Caballo Dam Campgrounds, part of Caballo Lake State Park. There was a Chilli Challenge going on so we were forced to boondock and it was quite nice!
When we first pondered the idea of work camping or camp hosting, we tried to do the pros and cons thing. For example, on the one hand, it's great to have a spot or a spot and a paycheck. On the other hand, it's difficult to stay in the same place for five months. That sort of thing. There was definitely plenty of disucssion about the nuts and bolts of the thing, and when it came to a remote National Forest campground, we also had to consider the impact of living outside the cell phone and internet zone. Yikes. As we dug into our San Juan National Forest experience, the philosophy and attitude of the people around us became the biggest "pro" on the list.
So many times we end up missing things we wouldn't have even thought about (golf cart) or realized how much of a part of daily life they had become. After camp hosting at camps located between Pagosa Springs and Durango, I admit to being addicted to KSUT our local public broadcasting station. I developed favorites among the on air personalities. We hadn't had radio in months, so this was pretty amazing. The station's programs and music were the perfect balance of local and national with a terrific focus on Colorado musicians.