Do you have some questions before you Seize the Day? Well, we have some answers. Get in touch with us if your question isn’t listed.

Q: What is Camp Carpe Diem?

A: Camp Carpe Diem is place and a mindset where you can let go of your cell phones, computers, Zoom calls, job titles and professionalism to seek out what makes you grin, giggle and get giddy with excitement for all the things you enjoy or want to experience with people who have been there, done that.

Things like mountain biking, cooking, photography, beer tasting and brewery tours, jeeping, yoga and more.

Camp Carpe Diem is a place to connect with fellow RVers, travelers, nomads, entrepreneurs and on-the-road workers. It’s a place to come together to explore your interests, find your tribe and create a community of like-minded people where personal connections become more important than WIFI connections.

Q: Where is it?

A: Prepare yourself for a long weekend of fun in the beautiful San Juan Mountains in Ouray, Colorado on October 7-10, 2021.

Q: Where should I stay?

A: Many of the events will be held on site at the official CCD location at KOA Ouray. You are welcome to stay wherever you’d like; but if you want ALL the community, book your stay now at KOA Ouray by calling Kendall at 970-325-4736 and mentioning Camp Carpe Diem with The Virtual Campground and Living a Stout Life.

  • Make your reservation now to lock in 2020 pricing. Prices increase in 2021 for any reservations made after January 1, 2021.
  • There are 27 reserved sites for CCD available until January 31, when they will be released to the public.
  • You can still book after January 31; however, your site might not be in the CCD reserved block.
  • KOA requires a non-refundable one night deposit.
  • If you want to be near the hub for the CCD activities, book sites 55 – 61B (16 spaces) and 111-120 (14 spaces – 5 are water/electric only). Tent sites are nearby but not in our block. Additional 7 are closeby on the hill near us.

Q: What is on the agenda?

A: We are scheduling a variety of events led by people with experience in each topic, so that you can do exactly what you are meant to do at Camp Carpe Diem: explore your interests, find your tribe and build community and connections while enjoying yourself. In other words, seizing the day!

This is the basic agenda. But it could change a little bit as we near The Day! The basics of it will remain, with a focus on local breweries and craft beer, mountain biking and hiking, and photography. But there is much more to life than these few things. So there will be plenty of other activities, including cooking, yoga and other workouts, rig tours, chats on local history and boondocking, a marketplace to buy and sell from RVers, discussions on Leave No Trace principles and fire starting lessons, a social happy hour and community dinner complete with s’mores and more.

Please let us know your likes and dislikes with the agenda. As we said, it is subject to change, and will be refined as the event draws near. We will take in all feedback and do our best to not only provide activities you like, but perhaps surprise you with some that you didn’t know you liked.

Preliminary Agenda (Subject to change)

Thursday – October 7

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Choose Between: Local brewery visit or Photography 101 session

5:30 pm
Opening Social with guest speaker (drinks and light hors d’oeuvres served)

6:30 pm
Dinner on your own

7:00 pm
Night photography (light painting or night sky)
– 6:44 pm Sunset
– 8:11 pm End of Astronomical Time (Milky Way visible)
– 9 pm Between the Peaks
– 10 pm Core is Down (Core is highest at beginning)

8:00 pm
Campfire social (marshmallows included)

Friday – October 8

7:00 am – Noon
Morning photography outing (sunrise 7:13 am)

8:00 am
Morning stretch and meditation

8:00 am – Noon

10:00 am
Mountain bike fundamentals and a ride or opt for a hike

Lunch on your own

1:00 pm
Choose Between: Local brewery visit (or winery) or off-roading trip

2:00 pm
Free time: Consider a soak in the local hot springs or drive the Million Dollar Highway

3:00 pm
Trade Area (For those with items to sell)
Rig Tours (Who doesn’t like to see what someone else has done?!)

4:00 pm
Yoga or Fitness Session

5:00 pm
Instagram Photo Tip Session

6:00 pm
Meat Up Potluck Dinner

7:30 pm
Campfire and Leave No Trace lesson for RVers

8:00 pm
Campfire and S’mores-gasbord

Saturday – October 9

9:00 am
Yoga or Fitness Session

10:00 am
First Aid Lessons for Wilderness Adventures

10:30 am
Choose Between: Mountain Bike or Hike

1:00 pm
Free time to explore the area and lunch on own

2:00 pm
Brewery Visit

3:00 pm
Trade Area (For those with items to sell)
Rig Tours (Who doesn’t like to see what someone else has done?!)

4:00 pm
Golden hour photography jeep trip
– 6:43 pm Sunset

7:00 pm
Brewery/Winery visit and dinner on your own

8:30 pm
Campfire (Got a guitar or like to sing?)

Sunday – October 10

9:00 am
Yoga or Fitness Session

10:00 am
Coffee meet-up and goodbyes

Choose between: Mountain Bike or Hike

8:00 pm
Campfire social and boondocking discussion

Monday – October 11

Leave for nearby boondocking sites – must be flexible
(The boondocking excursion is not an official paid portion of Camp Carpe Diem. This is an informal opportunity to travel with some experienced boondockers for those of you that want to get your feet wet. Boondocking options are based on weather, number of people, availability of sites, and are not guaranteed.)

Q: Who is hosting this?

A: Your camp guides for this exhilarating weekend are the owners of Living a Stout Life (Ken & April Pishna) and The Virtual Campground (Barry & Debra Benton), all of whom are full-time RVers with great experiences and varied interests to share, along with skills to teach you all you need to know to enjoy the activities that are Camp Carpe Diem.

Q: Will I be able to take part in all the activities?

A: The plan is to schedule them so you can participate in as many as you want. We do ask each attendee to judge for themselves if they are physically able to participate.

Q: Is there anything else we can do?

A: If you want to learn more about boondocking with people who have done it before and feel more comfortable boondocking with a group of people instead of by yourself, then join us on this optional, free boondocking jaunt starting Monday, October 11. Possible locations will be around Silverton, Durango, Salida. If you are interested, there will be a signup available soon. Flexibility is the key when boondocking. Location will be determined depending on the number of people wanting to boondock and weather forecast. Participation will be limited.

Q: Are there additional costs or fees?

A: All activities are included. The cost of any alcohol or food outside what we offer is on your own as is any transportation required to get to activities.

Q: I’m already going to the RVE Summit. Why should I go to Camp Carpe Diem, too?

A: The RVE Summit will teach you how to work on the road. We’ll help you learn how to play. We both help you build your traveling tribe. We are huge supporters of the RVE Summit and good friends with Heath, Alyssa, and Ellie. We are super bummed that we’re missing this year’s summit, but glad that you’re going. To make the time in Colorado well worth it for those of you that are coming to both events, here’s a blog post we did on some of the fun things to do around Southwest Colorado in between.

Q: Can I get a refund?

A: Refunds will be available if you cancel your participation at least 60 days prior to the event. At 30 days out, we can offer a 50% discount.

Q: What if there is another pandemic or other global issue, will I get a refund?

A: We will be keeping a strong eye on the news and will be sure to react if necessary to cancel the event with time to give you a refund.

Q: Why did you pick Ouray and the KOA?

A: We love the Ouray area and had a fabulous time there in 2020 during the fall colors. We wanted to share it with you and show you all the great places we found.

Q: Who will be leading us on these activities?

A: RVers are a talented group and we have a lot of great professionals who will be sharing their talents and skills. Barry Benton is a professional photographer who leads workshops for amateur photographers to share great places and give tips on capturing images. Debra Benton is a wellness aficionado and an expert in event management. April and Ken Pishna of Living a Stout Life wrote the book on beer tasting and host a podcast to share the stories of brewers. Jill & August Wheeler are mountain biking experts, fitness professionals, and have first aid expertise. They’ll be leading our mountain biking rides, amongst other things. In addition, we have wellness aficionados to lead yoga and stretching classes, cooks, outdoor educators, and more.

Q: Can I get a refund for KOA reservations?

A: KOA does not charge you for your stay until you are checkin in. However, if you cancel your reservation, you are still charged your first night. That is nonrefundable.

Q: Do I have to stay at KOA Ouray?

A: You can stay wherever you would like. Please keep in mind, though, that many activities will take place on site at KOA, and while you can attend even if you are not staying there, the ease of staying there and building community is worth the consideration.

Q: Where can I stay if not at KOA Ouray?

A: There are several campgrounds and RV parks, a few dispersed camping sites, and a state park near Ouray. If you need assistance finding a place to stay outside of KOA Ouray, let us know; we’ll be happy to help.

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