Friday, August 19, 2016

Seeking Warmer Elevations

It has started to cool down at night around the Leadville, CO area so we went down the mountain to a lower elevation.  First we went to Cheyenne Mountain State park for two nights.  Cheyenne Mountain is near Colorado Springs so while there we did some grocery shopping at Trader Joe's. We also had our hair trimmed by Anne at Cut It Out Salon.  Anne was so sweet and did a great job, and they even give a senior discount.  We'll remember Anne and next time we're through here we'll come back.

View east towards Kansas from Cheyenne Mountain.

From Colorado Springs we headed south on I 25 to highway 160 and turned west and went to San Luis Lake State Park for two nights.  While there we did some scouting out of dry/boondocking camping spots.  We found two that we marked on our map to stay in later.

View of Great Sand Dunes National Park east of San Luis Lake SP, out bedroom window.
Sun shinning on dunes while mountains behind are in shadow of cloud.

Here are the dunes up closer.

Then we moved back up towards Salida, CO.  Salida, elevation 7195' is at the southern end of the Arkansas Headwaters State Park and Leadville, elevation 10,152' is at the northern end.  In some places in this area it is a wide river valley and in other places it's just wide enough for the road, river and railroad tracks.  We found a very nice dry camping spot with good AT&T and Verizon coverage.  Another blogger mentioned this location and a few weeks ago mom, DeDe and I checked it out.  The next few pictures are of this pretty location off FR 272 between Buena Vista and Salida, in the shade of Mt. Antero.

See rv hiding in the trees?

We're not really in the trees.

A member of the cleome family.

See you down the road.

Evie and Joy

It must be love, fire ring at campsite.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Shrine Pass

We took a drive under this bridge, past the little town of Red Cliff and up to Shrine Pass, elevation of 11,094 feet.  There are fields of wildflowers blooming everywhere.

Maripsoa Lily

We're still in the Leadville, Colorado area and will be here for another month.  Then in early Sept. we will head south towards New Mexico.  We are planning on going to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta again this year which is in early Oct.  So we are just going to wander around staying to the higher elevations to stay cool.  

Until next time.

Evie and Joy

You never know what you'll see when out for a drive.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Weston Pass

We did a day trip up through Weston Pass which is between Leadville and Fairplay, CO.

Weston Pass is the headwaters of the South Fork of the South Platte River.  We saw many wondrous things.

That snow you see in the background is at the top of the pass and the
very top of the headwaters of the South Fork of the South Platte River.

Sky Rockets.

I wrote and posted this blog from outside a pizza shop, I hope the pictures are ok as I couldn't tell one way or the other.

Be back soon.

Evie and Joy

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Leadville, Colorado and Dry Camping in the Shadow of Mt. Elbert

Last week we moved from Parry Peak campground to a great dry camping area just west of Leadville.  This free camping area is quite large and I haven't seen it listed on any "free camping maps" not even Sock Monkey's map.

We moved here before the 4th of July weekend.  Maybe not the best time to be in a free camping area but we managed to find a nice spot tucked in between some pine trees(good) but right along the main dirt road in(not good) but it rained off and on most of the weekend which helped to keep the dust down(a good thing) because there were about a hundred kids on dirt bikes and such running up and down the road all weekend long(not good).  When most everyone had left the area on monday we moved to a nicer location tucked into some trees at the end of a dirt road.  No one drives by us now.

Second parking spot with big rocks.  Lots of sun on our solar 
panels to keep us charged up.

It's spring.

This area of Colorado is home to some of the highest mountains on the North American continent.  And we are camping in the shadow of the tallest, Mt. Elbert, at 14,440'.  The elevation where we are is 9,688' and being this high makes it a little hard to breath.  We get out of breath very easily.  

Mt. Elbert elevation 14,440' seen from the road.

There are two really nice things about this location, the first is there is pretty good internet here(no internet at Parry Peak) and second is we are only about 10 minutes from a grocery store and restaurants. 

Everywhere you go  in this area you can see the beautiful Arkansas River.  Just down the road from our campsite the river is no bigger that a creek but just down the road it looks like this.

Tomorrow we will drive north to interstate highway 70 to meet some friends from California for lunch in the town of Dillon.  They're on their way east so we thought we'd drive up and see them as they pass by.

I'll be back soon.

Evie and Joy

Friday, June 24, 2016

Around Buena Vista, Colorado

We're still in the Parry Peak campground visiting friend DeDe and almost everyday we go for a drive in our little Honda out in the countryside.  Most of what we see is snow capped mountains but every once in awhile we see something new and interesting.  

Independence Pass

The Old Train tunnels north of Buena Vista

Arkansas River just to the left of the train tunnels

We see lots of beaver activity around this area so that has prompted us to read up on beavers.  If you click here you can read all about them, too.

Thistle flower with bug and bud. 

Wildflowers near DeDe's rv.

I'll be back soon from a new location.

Evie and Joy

Old mining cabin on the way to Vicksburg Mining Camp Interpretive Site

Friday, June 17, 2016

Catching Up

Today's pictures don't have anything to do with the blog story.

We haven't had reliable internet for almost a month so I haven't been able to blog.  Sorry about that. And also sorry to my cousins south of ABQ and friends from Los Alamos that we weren't able to get together with, we just ran out of time.  

After Utah we went back to the Albuquerque area for a few days and it was very warm, even with electrical hook-ups and running the air conditioning it was still to hot for me so we moved the rv up in the mountains above Santa Fe for a few days and then we headed to much higher ground.

For the last week we have be in the Parry Peak campground in Colorado, at about 8400' elevation.  Nice and cool.  My friend DeDe is camp hosting here so not only are we cool but we get to visit too.  Last week I drove DeDe into Colorado Springs, 2.5 hours away, to buy a car for her to tow behind her rv.  We left the campground at about 8am and got home at 8:30 pm.  But the most important thing was we did find her a car to tow and all is well in her world.  The Parry Peak cg is outside of Leadville, CO with lots to see and do.

Rainbow at Cochiti Lake, NM

Sunset and rainbow.

View from Cottonwood Pass, Colorado 

Beaver den.


Moth in our campground

Side view of same moth.

That's all for this blog.  See you soon.

Evie and Joy

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Valley of the Gods, BLM, Utah

The Valley of the Gods, is Bureau of Land Management area.  The Valley of the Gods is sometimes called the little monument valley. 

 There is a 17 mile dirt road going through it and I have read of many bloggers and other campers dry camping along this dirt road so we thought we'd give it a try.  I had read that entering the valley from the Bluff, UT side was a good way to go so that is what we tried.  Well we did manage to make the turn off the main road onto the dirt road but that is when things took a turn for the worse. The road was narrow and crossed a creek which had some water in it.   Luckily there was a man in a pickup parked there while his wife was taking pictures and also lucky there was a fairly large turnaround area.  Let's remember I'm 31 feet long and that's not counting the tow hitch and car.  I pulled up to ask the man what he thought about me driving in and he just shook his head no.  He said that there were some very tight turns and he didn't think we could make them.  So I unhitched the car, (because with the car hooked up behind the rv I can't back up, it's not good for the hitch and the car seems to develop a mind of its own), and had enough room to turn the rv around and then hooked the car back up.  That's when we decided to go to Gooseneck State park.  After getting settled into our spot at Gooseneck we took the car and drove the 17 mile dirt road in the Valley of the Gods to see what it was like.  
(Sorry but I couldn't get this paragraph to left justify).

We started our drive from the other end of the dirt road and it starts out nice.  It's in good condition and wide enough for two cars to pass.  But about 7 miles in it gets very bad.  There are steep hills which bottom out in washes and then start right up the other side.  No way could we have done that.  I have a long wheel base and there are several places where I would have gotten centered high and a few places where I would have been stuck at the bottom.  To be fair entering from the Bluff end there are some very nice boondocking spots about 2 or 3 miles in and one could come back out the same way but I'm glad we didn't try it.  We did see several trucks with campers on them that did just fine and a few campervans as well.

We did have a nice drive through the valley in the Honda but we're glad we didn't try to take our expensive piece of rv equipment in.

Claret Cup cactus in bloom. 

San Rafael Prickly Poppies in bloom.

Evie and Joy

Prickly Poppies up close.

See you later.

Evie and Joy