When we started thinking about getting a camper or camper van a couple years ago, one of the things that excited us was the prospect of using it as a mobile base camp of sorts, allowing us to leave town on a Friday evening and camp at a trailhead. That would open up a lot of options for quick, but amazing hikes that wouldn’t normally be accessible as a day trip from home. Last weekend, we embarked on just that type of trip. We left Friday afternoon and camped that night at the parking lot at Santa Fe Ski area/Aspen Basin campground. Bright and early the next day, after consuming a thermos full of coffee (prepared the night before) and boiled eggs, set off for Santa Fe Baldy (elevation 12,622′). It’s a 14 mile round-trip hike, which would mean leaving pre-dawn if we were to try this as a day hike from Albuquerque. Here’s a quickly edited-together video of our trip. We’ll definitely be doing more of this type of trip. No big horn sheep this time, but we did meet a pretty cool adventure poodle named Charles.