Warning: some of the colors in the photos of this post are out of control.
After waking up 4:30am for a long day driving from Boulder to Telluride and exploring the area along the San Juan Skyway, I was beeeeat. Taking in beautiful sight after beautiful sight really takes it out of you, ya know??? But where would I sleep? Hotels in Telluride are expensive, and I was interested in spending as close to nothing as possible.
A few days before my trip, I looked online for the campground options in Telluride and found a few that I thought would work for me… the only thing was that I don’t have a tent. The next best (free) thing? My car!!! Luckily, I come in at just under 5’1″, fitting perfectly in my back seat with the ability to sleep easily & comfortably. So when I made this trip to Telluride, I crossed my fingers that the first-come-first-serve, no-fee campground I had my eye on would have spots open for me to park my car and have a nice slumber for the night.
Thaaaankfully, after a few hours of hiking around nearby & stalking the perfect life of ^^^this amazingly cool paddleboarding girl and her chill dog^^^, I headed over to the campsite near Trout Lake and discovered that all of my finger-crossing had paid off. There were plenty of spots open when I arrived (which I initially assumed had to do with the fact that the summer was coming to a close), but by the time night came, I’m pretty sure the campground was close to full. So I settled into my humble abode for the night.
This night ended up being one of the best nights of my life, hands down, no contest. I turned my phone off upon arriving to save its battery — plus I was out in the middle of nowhere, there really wasn’t much I could do with it & its lack of service — and was truly ~disconnected~ for the evening. I had my book and my notebook and my trusty eyeballs to keep me entertained.
The other campers (I mean… the actual campers, the people not just hanging out by their car…) started settling into their campsites, and I listened to their fire-starting and their music-playing. The sun started to set and the sky lit up in the most vibrant, electric pink, and when the sky grew dark, I remember looking up and being absolutely sure that I’d never seen so many stars in my life.
One of my favorite parts of the whole experience was waking up in the middle of the night, remembering I was alone, sleeping in my sleeping bag in a forest in Telluride, Colorado… then looking out the car window and realizing it was the night before the “supermoon” would make it’s grand appearance. The moon was the biggest and brightest and whitest moon I ever did see.
The next morning, I woke up around 7am after a full, well-rested night of snoozing, and slowly got ready to find some breakfast and get in a few hours of hiking in before heading back to Boulder. The photos above are what I was fortunate enough to wake up to in my car. (WHAT.)
Aaand then I walked around Trout Lake before my hike and snapped a few more photos:
After my hike, I was on the road again! This time with a considerably larger surprise pit stop and the images of Telluride floating around in my head. I’d love to spend a longer time in Telluride — whether in a car, a tent, a cabin, a hotel, anything! — and hope someday I’ll have the chance to go back with friends or family. Yo family and friends — who’s in???