Spring in Northwest Colorado has been cool and wet this year. Not that any of us will complain after last year’s fires, but still, where is summer?! We are limited where to camp at this point; too much snow in the high country. We don’t normally go to the same places week after week, but adjustments need to be made if we want to camp right now.
We headed to the Green River, again, this past weekend. Our timing was actually pretty good, since the release from Flaming Gorge will be increasing this Monday. Reports say it will go up to 6,000 cfs. Rafters will be happy.
Saturday we headed to the river stretch just below the dam (Flaming Gorge, UT). A little busy, but you could still find a spot on the river where you didn’t have anyone close by. Fish were biting, and water was pretty clear. While Bill fished with another friend that joined us for the weekend, I ventured along the river on the hiking trail that goes from the dam to Little Hole; about 7 miles. Beautiful, easy trail along the river.
Fish were caught, and released! Everyone was happy. We left our campground early afternoon on Sunday to 80 degrees, it was 57 by the time we got home. Glad we had a couple of nice summer days in Utah.
The snow in Northwest Colorado has finally melted enough for us to get our RPod – travel trailer – out of the back yard. It’s always exciting to get ready for that first trip of the season. Getting all the gear back in the camper. Trying to figure out where to go, since the high country is still snowed-in. In the end, all it matters is that we go, somewhere, anywhere! Last year we logged 40 camping days for the season. Let’s see if we can beat that number in 2019.
My first task: organizing the storage space. I had baskets, I had dividers, Command strips – I believe Walmart stock is up due to my obsession with getting the camper organized and my quest to be more efficient this year! Having a smaller camper makes it a bit more challenging to store things. The use of the space is essential to being able to find “stuff” once you packed it all in. After much thought and some rearranging, I think I got it. I was so efficient that I have an entire shelf that is now empty. I question what was there before. Am I forgetting something? In the past couple of years since we purchased the RPod, every inch of it was filled with “stuff”; what I deem important stuff. A home away from home.
“Camping, where you spend a small fortune to live like a homeless!”
So, off we went to the Green River, middle of nowhere Utah. The weather was beautiful; cool nights, warm days. This part of Western US is the perfect spot for one to disconnect from everything. You have to travel 60 miles either way, East/West, to find civilization. We set up camp at Indian Crossing, BLM campground, just along the river. It’s normally not too busy of a spot. We only had about 4 or 5 other camp sites occupied. The Green River is very popular with both rafters and anglers. Normally you will see outfitters drop off their trailers during the day. Otherwise, it’s a low key spot. I don’t fish; either spend my time reading or taking photos. Bill is the fisherman of the group. Several attempts were made to bring in a nice big brown trout. The one time Bill actually hooked one, it was too big and took off with the fly and the line. I probably don’t have to tell you, he was not very happy! I kept reminding him it’s called “fishing” not “catching”; I laughed, and laughed… he didn’t see the humor. Early morning the river flow was about 900 cfs, but by early afternoon more than doubled.
We did some exploring in the area after lunch on Saturday. In this vast area, one can easily get lost. It’s easy to imagine outlaws in the 1800’s hiding out. It hasn’t changed much. Apart from some curious cows grazing by Red Dirt Creek, no living creature was around for miles and miles, in any direction. Red Dirt Creek was flowing nicely. We also stopped over at the Jarvie Ranch on the way back to camp; always fun to walk through those old building.
But, not everything is fun and games when you camp. It wouldn’t be a camp trip without some “issues”. This trip was no different. I turn on the water pump, and no more than 5 seconds later, I have water everywhere. It’s coming from the wall! What the heck!?! I’m fortunate to have a very handy husband. We investigate and discover it’s the fitting in the shower faucet. Of course, you can barely fit a tool through the opening behind the faucet. Who builds these things? How can they not think we will need to reach behind pipes and faucets. Anyway, after some work and yoga moves, we manage to get it fixed. Good as new!! Life is good again.
We now start planning our next trip. Summer is Colorado doesn’t last long. We have to enjoy every minute of it. Time is wasting. Where is your next trip? Do you prefer established campgrounds or dispersed camping? Drop a line… Happy Trails!
This past weekend was the “soft opening” of our camping season. It felt appropriate on account it was Earth Day weekend.
After having stored our little Lilly Pad (camper) for the past 6 months, it was wonderful to once again wake up in the middle of nowhere, with just the birds for company… and my books! More than ever, I treasure the times we are totally disconnected from the world. And, do not take for granted the luxury it is to be in a place where you can’t see another human for 40 or 50 miles. More and more it’s a rarity, but still exists.
Spent the weekend at Brown’s Park Wildlife Refuge among the birds, deer and moose. I’m thinking I need to get a bird book. I can only name birds by color; the blue bird, the orange bird… you get the picture. Maybe I could even go on one of those “Big Year” trips all around the world, looking for that elusive bird that escapes everyone. How interesting with that be?
For now, we are just enjoying spring; the cool nights and the almost warm days. 2018 has the potential to be a great year, with lots of trips planned all over the western U.S.. I’m sure we will revisit some of our usual “secret” spots, and explorer some new ones. Some trout fishing will occur on a sleepy river or two.
Green River @ Brown’s Park Wildlife Refuge
For now, we go back to work in order to support our travel habit!
Well, after 2 years of research and much discussion, we finally did it. We upgraded our tent(s) to an RPod. Introducing to you Lilly Pad, our new travel trailer.
This was a very big step for the “purist” of the group (aka my husband). Unlike him, I was ready to have a real bed and even a shower during our many weekend camping adventures. I’m good with primitive, but every weekend, kinda over it.
Our maiden voyage was this past weekend at the Grand Mesa. While it rained, stormed and 55 degrees, we enjoyed a wonderful Portuguese Touriga National wine with cheese and other snacks, from the comfort of our brand new camper. Could I have done the same in a tent? Of course, we did for the past 7 years, but this was so much better.
Island Lake – Grand Mesa
Big Creek Lake – Grand Mesa
As we plan out our weekends, adding golf to our fishing trips, longer stays and of course, a wine tour somewhere in between. Even considering a cross-country adventure in the fall. We just extended our camping season by a month at each end. Super excited for all the future trips this will allow us to take. Stay tune. This is going to be fun!!