Some more shots of the campsite I'm presently boondocking in.
After breakfast, I rode Scarlett the 24 or so miles back into Colorado to the town of Walden.
I needed to refill the spare gas tanks and also purchase a replacement trailer brake/turn light. Once again, I'd lost one of them somewhere between home and the North Sand Hill Recreation Area just north of the town of Cowdrey, CO.
This time, it was the right side light; but luckily, the plug was not very damaged from having dragged on the ground for who knows how many miles.
NAPA P/N 60202R1
Installation was pretty easy and I re-used the OEM rubber grommet. This time, I also used some sheet metal screws to "wedge" the light assembly in place, and did the same for the left side light.
I also ordered a pair of lights from Amazon, thereby guaranteeing I'll never lose another trailer light again since I'll have spares onhand!
After leaving town, I decided to once again check out the North Sand Hills Rec Area, since I was riding the most capable of my onhand vehicles, Scarlett and her 2WD.
I didn't get very far on the trails as things got sandier than what I was comfortable with pretty fast. I did spot where I should have set up camp, in fact a couple of spots, but they weren't very secluded and were near other campsites.
I did find a small hill which Scarlett could easily climb for this shot:
This recreation area is pretty forested for the most part with deep sand in the trails winding their way among the trees. I'd say it's a haven for OHVs with wide tires and such. Not much in the way of scenic sections of sand dunes as I'd pictured beforehand. Oh well.
Returning to camp, I got the trailer light installed and then had some lunch.
After lunch, with the winds really picking up, I figured I'd forego riding in such winds and instead hike up to the top of the nearby hill where the campsite is located. The URRV is at 7960 ft (2426 m) altitude and the top was at 8530 ft (2600 m). A gain of only 570 ft in altitude but it felt much higher as the going was quite steep. (or I could be really out of shape)
Looking to the SW, that's WY Highway 230,
it becomes CO Highway 125 across the border
Looking to the NW, you can see the access road
into the Six Mile Campground. This road also acts
as access to the Platte River Wilderness Area.
The rest of the afternoon was a windy mess and I stayed close to the URRV, watching the clouds overhead racing past...their shadows mottling the valley before me as they passed overhead.
After dinner, I took a leisurely evening ride on Yagi to the rock formations on FR4A:
Returning to the main trail, I kept going northward for perhaps a mile until I stopped on top of a small ridge for these views:
Near where I stopped above, there were a couple of these box shaped objects. One white, the other rust brown. From a distance, they looked like discarded plastic containers some Schweinhund had left behind as garbage. I'd seen another pair, one white and the other blue, at a different campsite.
I walked over to take a closer look and they're actually solid blocks of some material/mineral. I think they're salt licks left out for the wildlife by the USFS Rangers? No, I didn't lick it to confirm.
One more view of Yagi staring off towards the east:
Even though the sun was still above the horizon, it was getting a bit chilly and the winds had picked up again so I returned the 3.5 miles or so back to the campsite without incident.