Ending visit in Colorado

We had a great two-month stay in Colorado.  Had lots of meals with our son and his family – Sean, Carlie, Connor and Camille.  Also, had many meals with our daughter and her family – Nicole, Harley and Kai.  We celebrated Sean/Carlie birthday, Kai’s birthday and Camille’s birthday.

During our stay we went out to eat with our LD friends – Ed and Carol.  Then we went out to dinner with our previous neighbors – Karen and Pete.  We also had dinner with our realtor and his wife – Don and Linda.

John had cataracts in both eyes repaired and he is seeing great without glasses.  Sadie got to get groomed twice at her favorite groomer, Cheryl.

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Our summer in Colorado was very busy, but we enjoyed staying at Cherry Creek State Park (4 weeks), St. Vrain State Park (2 weeks), Chatfield State Park (2 weeks) and Dakota Ridge RV Park (3 days),

These were from Cherry Creek State Park – our favorite of the ones we stayed at.

We are now heading into WY so that will be my next post.

 

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St. Vrain State Park

After leaving Cherry Creek State Park we traveled to St. Vrain State Park, which is in Firestone, CO, a few miles North of where we used to live.  This is a nice campground, and very quiet.  That’s why we picked this time of our stay to stay here – the 4th of July.  No fireworks were allowed in the campground.

We will be here until the 14th of July, when we head to Chatfield State Park.

Still in Colorado

After leaving Salida we traveled to Canon City and stayed one night at Royal View & Royal Gorge campground.  It was a very clean, nice campground and with a short uphill walk to see a view of the Royal Gorge Bridge.

We then traveled to Elizabeth, CO, and stayed one night at Casey Jones City Park.  This is a rustic campground, but has full hookups.  We had to stay here because our reservation at Cherry Creek State Park didn’t start until the next day.

The Colorado State Parks are all reservation now so I made my reservations six months ago.  This is one of our favorite State Parks because of the grass, closeness to the water and very clean sites.  While here we have seen lots of our kids and grandkids.  We have had dinner several times at each of the houses and have taken Camille and Kai out for their birthdays, which I didn’t get to do last year because of breaking my hip.

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I even figured how to cook bacon in my Air Fryer outside so no smell or smoke was in the motorhome.

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We will be staying here 2 weeks before heading to our next reservation – St. Vrain State Park in Firestone, CO.

 

Continuing through Colorado

After leaving Ridgway State Park we traveled to Gunnison, CO, and stayed 2 nights at Palisades SR. RV Park. This is a really neat park that supports the SR. program in Gunnison.  Most of the people spend May – September and they have lots of activities.

 

After the 2 days here we traveled 16 miles to Elk Creek CG in the Curetani National Forrest.  This was right on a lake and very nice, so we decided to stay a week.

While at Elk Creek we took a day drive to Crested Butte.  A very touristy town but lots of neat stores.

From Elk Creek we traveled a short distance to the Salida East BLM Land which is now run by Colorado State Parks. No longer a free camping site which we stayed in many . times.  Now, with very little improvement, it is $28.00 a night, plus the Colorado State Vehicle Day Use Fee of $8.00.  Luckily we bought this pass last year and ours is still good.

Next post will be as we continue traveling through  Colorado.

 

Finally into New Mexico and on to CO

After leaving The Ranch we drove to Albuquerque where we stayed at one of our favorite campgrounds, Enchanted Trails.  We stay here every time we go through Albuquerque.

From Albuquerque we traveled on the 40 to Gallup, NM, where we stayed at the USA Campground.  We have stayed here before and were in a different area than this visit.  The area they put us in this time was kind of close to other rigs.

After leaving Gallup we head to Cortez, CO to visit with Cathy and Charlie, our neighbors at Jojoba.  We stayed here two days and had two great evenings with them.  They built a home here last year and it was beautiful.  While there we stayed at LaMesa RV park.

 

Because of a huge rock slide just outside Dolores, we had to change our route and went through Dove Creek, the pinto bean capital. We headed to Ridgway State Park, in Ridgway, CO.  It is a really nice park, with pull throughs and views of the lake.  Although the water was down we still were able to see it.  It rained while we were here so I’m sure the lake will be filling us soon

I will post again as we travel through Colorado.

 

Back in Texas

Well, our trip to the Natchez Trace Trail was cancelled.  In Vidalia, LA we had heavy rains and our Foretravel had 2 leaks so we headed back to Nacogdoches to have Motorhomes of Texas check it out.  We got there on Thursday and they got us in Friday morning.  Found out the problem and fixed the leaks but wanted us to stay over the weekend because they were expecting rain and we could check it out.  The fix worked and we headed out on Monday.

It was good we cancelled the rest of our trip because there was major weather issues in LA and MS.

From there we headed to Fairfield Lake State Park.  This is way off the road but a very nice, quiet Texas State Park.

We headed back to Waco and stayed at North Crest RV Park for 2 days.  We have stayed there before and John really liked it.

From Waco we headed to Lake Brownwood State Park for four days.  It is a really nice Texas State Park right on Lake Brownwood.

We left Lake Brownwood after four days trying to get a head start in front of upcoming storms heading the way we were traveling.

We drove to Midland, and along the way passed through Alto, Texas, where a tornado touched down a few days ago, and it was awful.   We saw a house torn completely down. When we got to Midland, we tried 3 campgrounds and they were all full with oil workers.  So we moved on to Odessa, where we found a campground at $65 a night!!!!!  They had one site for the night and we grabbed it.  That night it rained hard, hailed, thundered, lightning, and the wind blew.  We got a flash flood warning on our phone, and a tornado warning on the radio.  When they said where the tornado touched down, it was right where we had looked for a campground in Midland.

Needless to say, we are anxious to get out of Texas.  So we stayed one night in Odessa and then headed to The Ranch, an Escapees park in Lakewood, NM.

I will post again on our trip through New Mexico.

 

 

 

 

 

Nacogdoches and Louisiana

After Xtreme, we went back to Motorhomes of Texas to fix a leak in the slide where they fixed the bladder.  That just took a couple of hours and then we headed across Louisiana, towards Natchez, Mississippi.  We had several people tell us about a campground right on the Mississippi River, and so we decided to try it.

This is a beautiful campground, where we can watch barges go up the great Mississippi River.  The ladies that checked us in were wonderful.  We came figuring we would stay one night and have decided to stay a second night.

The bridge you see in the distance is the one we will take to get to Natchez, Mississippi when we finally leave here.  From there we will take the Natchez Trace Trail through three states – Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.

As I was sitting here writing this, John came to the door and told me to bring my phone.  This is what he wanted me to see.

My next post will be when we are on the Natchez Trace Trail.