I have made a plan for the next year to try to have an overnight trip at least once a month. This will give me some good dirt time but also subject me to varying conditions allowing me to tweak my gear over the year and learn what works. I have decided to hit Cuivre River State Park and stay at a few of the locations. The park is considered to be very much like the Ozarks which I hope to hit in the early spring before the ticks and mosquito get rampant. On a Friday before Christmas the place was deserted save one lone hiker that had stayed overnight and was on the way out. There was plenty of deer to be seen as well. It is a great day.