In late November I went camping 1/2 hour from the house with my dog. The first night I was the only person in a campground that is normally full in summer. Sitting in a Jeffrey pine forest, I had a nice fire going with some canvas hung vertically to break the wind and reflect some heat and light. It was just me and Ruby Begonia watching the moon rise through the pine trees. About 2 hours after dark, which comes early this time of year a Great Horned Owl started up in a nearby tree. Every time I called to him he answered. Staring into fire was the perfect time to reflect on all of my blessings and the important people in my life. Never lose your ability to enjoy the quiet. The next night the weekend started and some trailers showed up. It was a whole different experience. Fortunately I invited some friends to join me for dinner. I made them stacked enchiladas with carne asada in a Dutch Oven on the fire. Muy bueno. My friend brought his DO and made brownies. My greatest challenge now is camping all year. We were in a warming trend and it was a little below 20. I slept in the relative warmth of the hybrid trailer turtled up. I used a propane heater to take off the chill reading before bed. It was splendid and felt like cheating. Next a trip to the low desert in February.