We were soon on our way to McPhee Campground, which wasn't a very long trip. So far I like this campground; it has lots of trees and bushes. There is a lake nearby that we saw on our way in, but I can't see it from the campground. There are some electric only sites, some full hook-ups, and lots of dry camping sites, which is what I have.
I drove around one of the two loops, then the other and chose a site. Good Verizon here, The Palms is pointed West for my solar panels, and pretty much in the open. Our picnic table area is behind us, with a nice tree west of the table, so if it's hot, the table will be in the afternoon shade. Lots of Restrooms and water spigots around the loops.
We got settled and paid for four days (in this loop, you can only pay for four days at a time in the "open" - not reserved - sites. I like that best, anyway, because if I want to move, I've only got four days in the site. The Camphosts' names are Venita and Spanky Bear, they are the only bears in the campground. They said no problem, they are slow this summer and there will be lots of empty sites. If I DO have to move because someone else wants my site on the fifth day, I'll just find another one.
There are deer here, I've already seen one walking through the neighboring campsite, and the birds above that I snapped at Venita's bird feeder. She said there are doves, pigeons, hummers, lots of birds. When I saw the Grosbeak, I knew what it was because of the one I snapped at Mesa Verde, but this one looked a little different, so I looked it up, and yesterday's was a male - black head - and this one with the white on her head is a female.
It's cloudy and there has been a lot of thunder, and we just had a nice rain. I'm hoping for more. I was told the Mancos Fire, the one I drove past on the way to Mesa Verde, has been put out, so I think the area I'm in is safe, fire-wise.
With my Senior Pass I'm paying $8.50 per night, a much better rate than the $14.63 per night at Mesa Verde. There is a 30-day limit. I don't know if I'll stay that long, we'll have to see how it goes.
Here's the recipe for the croutons, it's a great way to use up the end of the loaf of bread:
¼ cup olive oil plus a little more
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tablespoon kosher salt