Friday, August 20, 2010

Colorado – nice and cool – vacation

We took the trailer this last week and went to Colorado for a short, but moving, vacation.  Short was seven days total.  Moving was five different locations!  I know, I know.  Too much moving.  But we had so much we wanted to see and it just takes time to move a travel trailer.  It was really a fun trip. 

And we never stayed in an RV park, just the national forest.  So no electricity or sewer or water.   Oh, there was water at the campsites but you could not hook on and fill your tank!  We could not believe it.  To fill a five gallon plastic jug was next to impossible at most of the sites.  They have these big pumps that you actually pump so it takes two to fill, or try to fill, the jug.  Like this only red usually.  We learned that if we found one we could actually fill with, we filled!

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The first stop was near Lake San Isabel.  Wait!  The first stop was near Raton – 15 miles from there to be exact.  Uh, Ross underestimated the amount of gas we had or needed.  So we had to unhook the trailer and he and Mike went into Raton and got gas.  About a thirty to forty-five minute wait but better than walking for gas!

On to Lake San Isabel.  We had wanted to be at Salida by the time to camp but it was just getting late and did not want to travel in the dark.  The campsites at the lake were FULL!  In fact, campsites were hard to find.  We were relieved when we found a good one just up from the lake. Ophir Creek Campground.  Hiking to find a waterfall but I guess we never got far enough.

08-13-10 near Lake San Isabel 8 08-13-10 near Lake San Isabel 1 We did have to cross the creek and Zane did slip and put one foot in.  He was ok.08-13-10 near Lake San Isabel 2 08-13-10 near Lake San Isabel 3 08-13-10 near Lake San Isabel 408-13-10 near Lake San Isabel 7

Day two we headed for Salida and Mt. Princeton Hot Springs.  We had been there several years ago and could not remember the name but did remember the hot springs in the river.  It has improved but the rocks in the stream were the same and it was busy!  Hard to find a spot to sit.  The pools were nice and hot too.  Felt wonderful.

08-14-10 near Mt Princeton hot springs 18 08-14-10 near Mt Princeton hot springs 19 We camped just down the road from this at Chalk Lake Campground.08-14-10 near Mt Princeton hot springs 13 08-14-10 near Mt Princeton hot springs 16 08-14-10 near Mt Princeton hot springs 01 08-14-10 near Mt Princeton hot springs 03 08-14-10 near Mt Princeton hot springs 08 08-14-10 near Mt Princeton hot springs 09 08-14-10 near Mt Princeton hot springs 11 More tomorrow.  I am tired tonight.  And have lots more pictures!

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Screwed Up Texan said...

I love Texas, but dang every time I see mountains I get homesick for the west. Beautiful country out there!

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Colorado – nice and cool – vacation

We took the trailer this last week and went to Colorado for a short, but moving, vacation.  Short was seven days total.  Moving was five different locations!  I know, I know.  Too much moving.  But we had so much we wanted to see and it just takes time to move a travel trailer.  It was really a fun trip. 

And we never stayed in an RV park, just the national forest.  So no electricity or sewer or water.   Oh, there was water at the campsites but you could not hook on and fill your tank!  We could not believe it.  To fill a five gallon plastic jug was next to impossible at most of the sites.  They have these big pumps that you actually pump so it takes two to fill, or try to fill, the jug.  Like this only red usually.  We learned that if we found one we could actually fill with, we filled!

 108982_lg

The first stop was near Lake San Isabel.  Wait!  The first stop was near Raton – 15 miles from there to be exact.  Uh, Ross underestimated the amount of gas we had or needed.  So we had to unhook the trailer and he and Mike went into Raton and got gas.  About a thirty to forty-five minute wait but better than walking for gas!

On to Lake San Isabel.  We had wanted to be at Salida by the time to camp but it was just getting late and did not want to travel in the dark.  The campsites at the lake were FULL!  In fact, campsites were hard to find.  We were relieved when we found a good one just up from the lake. Ophir Creek Campground.  Hiking to find a waterfall but I guess we never got far enough.

08-13-10 near Lake San Isabel 8 08-13-10 near Lake San Isabel 1 We did have to cross the creek and Zane did slip and put one foot in.  He was ok.08-13-10 near Lake San Isabel 2 08-13-10 near Lake San Isabel 3 08-13-10 near Lake San Isabel 408-13-10 near Lake San Isabel 7

Day two we headed for Salida and Mt. Princeton Hot Springs.  We had been there several years ago and could not remember the name but did remember the hot springs in the river.  It has improved but the rocks in the stream were the same and it was busy!  Hard to find a spot to sit.  The pools were nice and hot too.  Felt wonderful.

08-14-10 near Mt Princeton hot springs 18 08-14-10 near Mt Princeton hot springs 19 We camped just down the road from this at Chalk Lake Campground.08-14-10 near Mt Princeton hot springs 13 08-14-10 near Mt Princeton hot springs 16 08-14-10 near Mt Princeton hot springs 01 08-14-10 near Mt Princeton hot springs 03 08-14-10 near Mt Princeton hot springs 08 08-14-10 near Mt Princeton hot springs 09 08-14-10 near Mt Princeton hot springs 11 More tomorrow.  I am tired tonight.  And have lots more pictures!

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Screwed Up Texan said...

I love Texas, but dang every time I see mountains I get homesick for the west. Beautiful country out there!

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