Dianne and I scored hard-to-get reservations for a full-hookup spot at Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs. It seems someone had the spot reserved for the weekend, but suddenly cancelled after one day. I went online at just the right time and was able to reserve it. We had two nights, three days at the base of Cheyenne Mountain, home of NORAD’s big nuke-proof mountain cave and alleged target for a North Korean missile.
On the trip home from Colorado National Monument, we stopped in Clifton for fuel. When we stopped there on the way out, we found a Sinclair station where fuel was a good 20 cents a gallon cheaper than anywhere else. Of course, we wanted to stop there on the way back.
On our first visit, I simply pulled into the first outside pump, filled up and exited straight out. Not a problem.
The trailer was loaded with 26 gallons of water, sleeping bags, hiking gear and the like. The Xterra tow vehicle had the food, canopy and our clothes. The A-frame was hitched up and we were off for a three-night camping adventure with friends in Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction. I double-checked the hitch, fired up the engine and we began pulling out of the driveway.