Camping, Friendsgiving style.
Laura Sands November 14, 2017

‘Tis the season…for camping with friends.  The days are shorter and cooler, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate a national holiday outside. No not that holiday, the other national holiday: friendsgiving. Kelty combined two of our favorite things on a recent trip: camping and friendsgiving. It’s not too late to pack up the tents, sleeping bags, chairs, and pumpkin pie and head out for a late season adventure. Check out Kelty’s version of camping, Friendsgiving style.

 

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With the alpine wilderness surrounding our office home in Boulder, CO already seeing sub-freezing temperatures at night & snow in late Oct., sitting around in the cold didn’t sound fun, Enter desert camping season. A 4-hour drive to Rabbit Valley near Fruita, CO was worth getting greased up with sunscreen again for a day of biking and hiking.

 

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Sunsets in CO can be pretty epic. This particular one during happy hour was worthy of everyone grabbing their beer and talking a stroll as the sky changed colors to a mix of orange and turquoise over the desert horizon.

 

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As the sun went down, the table mason jar lights came on and set the mood for a glowing friendsgiving evening. Since roasting a turkey proves to be a little more challenging outside in the desert, Kelty opted for a simpler and easier to to prepare menu of pulled pork, mac & cheese, Mexican corn casserole, salad and of course, pumpkin pie-whip cream optional.

 

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Kelty campfire time: just the usual round of playing music, toasting marshmallows, dodging campfire smoke and playing “Never Have I Ever.” The only other thing we can say is what happens in Rabbit Valley, stays in Rabbit Valley.

 

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Are you going to eat that s’more?

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As the stars come out and the campfire dies, sleep is inevitable, but not before one last glance up to soak in the Milky Way.

 

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Photos: Tom Milam @twm_design