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!
Chicken Divers Club members, with the exception of a few, had a reunion this past weekend in St. George, UT. We surprised one of our own celebrating a big birthday. To said that he was surprised, would be an understatement. He had no idea friends and family would be traveling all this way for his birthday weekend.
Our base camp was Sand Hollow State Park . Some of us camped, others stayed at near by resorts. The camping facility was great, and just steps away from our site, was the lake. Our group was on the West Side. Lots of activities if you are so inclined; fishing, boating, paddle boarding… We could hear the buggies on the Sandpit side, so that was another option, if you wanted to play in the sand. You can even get your diving certification on the lake; dive shop right there. Not something you think of, when you think Utah!
A couple of brave souls went into the water; water temperature was 67! I just took pictures. I couldn’t get the water past my knees. The water was crystal clear with red stone formations coming up; beautiful! Did I mention the water was cold? Air temperature was 91.
On the birthday day, we went out for a nice dinner. Drove into St. George and dined at Red Mountain Resort – Canyon Breeze Restaurant. I will start by saying the setting was gorgeous; the red cliffs all around us, the landscaping throughout the resort, sunset… just about perfect. The food is on the healthy side, since it is a spa/retreat type of resort. That being said, they had a great salad bar and a few choices for dinner that were delicious with some creative sides. Service was outstanding. Cocktails, unless you don’t mind “wine-based spirits”, stick to regular wine and beer. The wine selection was surprisingly good. Utah does have some odd liquor laws, so if you are traveling to the state, bring your own wine or favorite adult beverage!
Lots to do in the area; great mountain biking, hiking and golf. Zion and Bryce are close by too. Birthday boy and friends enjoyed a round of golf at the beautiful Sky Mountain Golf Course while others cooled down by the pool; I guess there are advantages of being spread out into diverse accommodations.
It was wonderful to spend the long weekend outside. Just enjoying the company of friends and family while surrounded by the natural beauty of Utah.