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Interstellar Orchard: Night falls on Colorado

WASHINGTON — Last night was my first night sleeping in the Hiker Trailer, and I underestimated how many layers I’d need under me when sleeping. It’s getting quite cold at night here in Leadville, CO.

Eventually I’ll get a custom sized mattress, but I wanted to wait to order until I figured out the exact dimensions I wanted. So in the meantime, one of the things I bought at REI two days ago when I picked the trailer up was a good closed-cell sleeping pad – I’d been planning to buy one for backpacking anyway. I’ve been tent camping in cold weather before and am usually pretty good at staying warm, but I underestimated the chilling effect of air running underneath the teardrop. I was plenty warm on top, but cold on the bottom despite the pad and having a second sleeping bag overtop the pad. So I slept poorly, again.

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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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