So, I am already a bit behind on our updates for those interested. I guess, ultimately, it is a good thing as we have been without internet service (except for phones) since we started out all together in Denver a week and a half ago! I have hijacked the wifi at Heather’s house in attempt to get back on track.
Th girls and I kicked off of the #2016summeroffun trip (as Brad has dubbed it) with a shuttle from DIA to the rental car area where our chariot awaited. Brad and the dogs successfully crossed many miles from NC to CO once again to allow for an easier launch from Denver. Many thanks to the Bloomers for feeding and housing Brad and the four-legged ladies, allowing them to meet up with us ready to roll!
We headed out on 70 and turned North to reach our destination just outside of Grand Lake Village, at the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. This was our first park in 2014 as well. Our campground specialized in campers with horses so there were many for us to ohh and ahh over. We took a beautiful drive along the portion of Trail Ridge Road that we missed last time. It is always breathtaking, in more than one way!
12,000 feet and all smiles!
The first night in our campsite we saw two large male moose (from a safe distance) grazing in the pasture next to our campsite, they were huge! The morning of day two brought momma moose and her baby into the campsite…we definitely kept a safe distance from her!
Blurry shot of the backside of momma and baby moose…clearly I did not have my camera handy when they arrived!
Our second full day Brad and Virginia even went for a trail ride on “Jewel” and “Cowboy”, where they crossed the Colorado River on horseback! We also planned to rent a pontoon boat to take onto Grand Lake, but the weather had other plans. We decided instead to head out a day early and stop over in Steamboat. What a fun town! We had a great dinner and graced the Walmart parking lot with our shiny rig for the evening.
Friday morning we continued west towards Dinosaur National Monument, our next stop before finally getting to our second campground at Wasatch State Park in Park City, UT.
View from our campsite in Utah…ahhh!
We arrived at Mesa Verde Tuesday afternoon with a much appreciated drop in the thermometer compared to Moab.
We checked into the campground at the Park early enough to unhook and ride up to the Spruce Tree House, hit the visitors center, and visit the museum. I also bought tickets for a guided tour of Cliff Palace the following morning.
I visited this park about 15 years ago but it was great to return and share it with Brad and the girls! We ventured into Cortez for dinner and back for a nice night with the windows open!
While hooking up the next morning our 37 year old tongue power jack died on us. Fortunately we were hooked up so we could drive to an RV place in Durango to buy a new one (Merry Christmas Brad and Dani :-/). We had to miss our tour but Virginia was able to complete her 5th and final Junior Ranger program.
Durango was a lot of fun. It started off on the right foot at the RV place, where we met two lovely couples from NC! Just hearing their sweet voices made me homesick! We took it easy for a few days: swam at the campground, rode the bus up and took the train back from Silverton, fished in the Animas River, and took in local brew.
The drive from Durango to the Carbondale area was slow but beautiful. We passed through Ouray and took the scenic route up 133.
So last year I took a trip to CO with my great friend Julie…as I stood next to Twin Lakes before crossing Independence Pass I was on the phone with Brad. I remember vividly telling him…it is so beautiful here, I need to bring you and the girls back next year! Amazingly enough, we are getting ready to do just that, along with a few other stops…and I couldn’t be more excited!
This site is for updates along the way. Just what I need, another website to keep up with, right?! Believe it or not, this is the easiest way for me to share our adventures with anyone interested! I have included a page on this blog with a pictoral representation of our airstream renovation as well, although many of you have already seen many of the photos.
So Brad left for Colorado on Wednesday before lunch and crossed the state line this morning…his traveling has gone well and I have enjoyed his descriptions of the route. He chose the most direct version, and understandably! It is a haul. He should be arriving at our friend’s house near Longmont around lunchtime. He has utilized truck stops along the way for parking at night, found a gym in St Louis to get some exercise, and has enjoyed the fully stocked kitchen/refrigerator I sent him off with!
The girls and I are headed to Denver via Southwest airlines Sunday morning and I can tell you it can’t get here soon enough! I know I have “straightened up” a thousand times…but with two girls running around this place it has been a complete waste of time. The final walk through will be all that I actually achieve! Most of our stuff left with the camper on Wednesday, so we are just bringing backpacks and Kimberly’s blends on the plane.
If all goes well, we will be in Rocky Mtn Nat’l Park tomorrow night…we’ll keep you posted!