Once we got north of Denver, Colorado our focus turned to Wyoming. The sunset makes it look like the Colorado Rockies are on fire. Morning blue sky followed by afternoon thunderstorms has been the normal weather pattern, all the way through Colorado along the I-25 route. The last time we were cold was in Colorado Springs when it snowed on Pikes Peak in mid-June.
By far the most beautiful campground was at Carter Lake, just to the west of Loveland. We also stayed at Bear Creek Lake and were hosted by the family at their house for the fourth of July. Camping in a driveway isn’t normal for us – thanks Jim and Tami.
Family and friends visits were the dominant theme for the last month. Boy was it busy. We are now in Cheyenne Wyoming, Warren Air Force Base and my daughter Sarah and her 10-year-old twins are here with us. They have been with us before, but haven’t seen the RV move yet. Tomorrow that happens when we all drive to Scottsbluff Nebraska, adding two new states to our RV travels map in the last week. After that Sarah is off to Kansas and we go north to the Dakotas.
My birthday cheesecake was a big surprise along with the happy birthday song (the song lead by a professional singer, thanks Dave) the big surprise was because it was two weeks prior to my actual birthday. The cheesecake was super, Tami made it from scratch.
We finished the cheesecake off the following day when my brother Jay came over to check out the RV, he had never seen it before. I think my RV water filter system met his approval — he is a professional water guy. We filter (three times) and soften the water before we put it in the RV and before we drink it. I know lots of people don’t drink their RV water, with good reason.
Colorado State Parks
Since we were staying at Colorado State Parks for most of the month, we got an annual pass and visited some parks that we weren’t staying at. Eldorado Canyon State Park, Golden Gate Canyon State Park and Rocky Mountain National Park were all visited. I had not been to any of them since they started charging an entrance fee back in the 60s. They were all beautiful and unique but my assessment is that Colorado is full of awesome places that don’t have an entrance fee.
Everything in Colorado has changed so much over the years. I still know where I am, having grown up in this area, but only because of the ridgelines, streams, and mountains. The entire section from Castle Rock all the way to beyond Fort Collins is occupied. New buildings — paved roads everywhere. The cattle population is way down. I was stunned to find a section of dirt road, even more, stunned to find that part of it was closed for construction.
Some folks we met were using highway numbers to describe which roads we should use going up into the mountains and of course, I didn’t understand. I needed the canyon names, not the highway numbers. The only canyons we missed were Sunshine Canyon and Left Hand Canyon. Of everyone I met, all new to the area, I was the only person to know that Left Hand Canyon was named after Chief Left Hand of the Arapaho Indians.
I did get a Colorado Native bumper sticker to go along with my South Dakota license plate — I think I still warrant it.
As always, if you get this, and don’t want it, just let me know and I will do my best to take you off the list, it is hard to manage and it is 100% manual.
Scott & Tami
Here is a link to the google map for the area.
Link to our 2019 Route.
Link to our route Colorado to Minot North Dakota
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