Kicking the trip off, I tried out Klymit’s Static V Luxe sleeping pad from our first stop in Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. From here, we head to the Grand Canyon where I’ll continue to camp and test gear for 14 straight days.
Day 1 of 14: Road Trip Around the US
Campground: Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
Not only was the camper more than spacious, but the desert views and ethereal dunes were like something out of a dream. A must on every backcountry camper’s itinerary. We were blown away with our first night here and it was the perfect start to our trip.
The Verdict: Located about 20 minutes south of Alamogordo, Oliver Lee is an amazing place to stay in southern New Mexico. We spent two nights here and immediately fell in love with the breathtaking desert views that surround the site. My first thought of the campground was that it would be a primitive setup. But, I was surprised to find that the site offered full amenities such as bathrooms, showers, and hook ups. Even though we visited this campground in the middle of June, during a heat wave, we were still able to enjoy the park and surrounding hiking during the morning and afternoons.
Gear: Klymit Insulated Static V Luxe Sleeping Pad
At this stop, I tried out the Klymit Insulated Static V Luxe sleeping pad. As a person who prefers to snooze on my side, I was looking forward to testing the pad’s major claim for being side-sleeper friendly.
The Verdict: My main concern with sleeping pads is that when I sleep on my side, my body touches the ground. While this is uncomfortable, it also begins to hurt. But not with this pad! Except for the times when I was changing position, I never felt the ground and had an amazing night’s rest. This pad truly gets me and I’m excited to test its insulative properties in a cooler climate soon.
Next Stop: Grand Canyon National Park for Day 4 of 14
We had a great time at Oliver Lee and couldn’t be more excited to camp in Grand Canyon National Park! We’ve targeted Desert View Campground for our next nights’ stay. Click here to see what it’s like to camp at Desert View in the Grand Canyon!
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