Telluride and Last Dollar Road

8/19 – 8/23

On Monday morning, I have an appointment at Humphrey RV in Grand Junction to have a new screen door installed. The screen door was defective on the Nash when I purchased it, with big gaps at the top and bottom. When I arrived in Colorado this summer, I went to Humphrey RV to have a couple warranty items done. At that time, they also ordered a new door from Lippert. Sunday afternoon, 8/19, I pull out of my campsite on Rabbit Ears Pass and drive to Rifle, CO. There is a rest area on the Colorado River with a small park. Since this is at a low elevation, I time my arrival for late afternoon so the temperature would be cooling off. From here it is about an hour drive in to Grand Junction.  Read More

The Zirkel Circle

August 12 – 19

During my second week in Steamboat Springs, the weather turns rainy, so it’s a laid back week. Monday I spend a few hours at the public library. I need to update Windows on the laptop and iOS/apps on iPhone and iPad. It takes a while to complete everything.

On Wednesday, I drive north to the town of Clark. One of the most popular hikes in the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness is here – the Zirkel Circle. Read More

Steamboat Springs

August 6 -11

Monday, August 6, I leave Delaney Butte Lakes SWA bound for Steamboat Springs. First, I drive into Walden to use the RV dump and water facility they provide on a donation basis. From Walden, it is a short 44 mile drive to where I plan to camp. I love short travel days! I arrive at my camp on Rabbit Ears Pass a little past noon.  Read More

On To Northern Colorado

July 30 – August 6

Early Monday morning I get on the road to Denver and arrive at Ainsworth Trailer Repair around 9:30am. They look at the tire wear and the axle and determine that it is bent and needs to be replaced. Read More

July 23 – 31

Monday morning I break camp at the Thomas County Fairgrounds in Colby to drive back to Colorado. It’s overcast with a forecast for thunderstorms in the afternoon on the eastern Colorado plains. I have been caught in some pretty severe weather on the plains and am not interested in having that experience again! I get on the road early and head west on I-70. Hit Denver around noon with good weather so far. Make a fuel stop and get back on I-70 West. I want to get through town before traffic gets heavy, it is already starting to build up. As I start up into the mountains, I run into some pretty heavy rain. There are no rest areas or much of any place to stop along this stretch. I know of a 12 hour parking area in Idaho Springs. Pull off there, but no room. I find a place to park on the street in a commercial area. It’s nearly dark, so hopefully I can stay here through the night.  Read More

Bluegrass and a Hike

July 11 – 19

On Wednesday, July 11, I leave the Salida WMA to drive 50 miles to Westcliffe, CO. Thursday is the start of the High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival. I first attended this festival in 2009 and to me, it is the best bluegrass festival in Colorado. I look forward to it each year. The festival grounds are on a bluff overlooking the Wet Mountain Valley with stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains that rise up from the valley to 13,000 to 14,000 feet. It is a gorgeous location for a festival.  Read More

Salida CO for 4th of July

June 27 – July 10

On Wednesday, June 27, it is time for me to leave my beautiful camp above Twin Lakes. I could stay a couple more days, but I want to get settled into a new camp where I can stay through July 4th. When I pull out, I have a couple options in mind. There is a dispersed camping area in the national forest about 20 miles south of Buena Vista. This is quite a popular area though; and the better sites usually stay occupied. I had driven through to scout the area when I was in Buena Vista a couple days ago. At that time there wasn’t much open. The second option is further south on Hwy 285 near Salida.  Read More

June 14 – 26

After finishing my business in Denver, I headed to Twin Lakes, near the city of Leadville. There is dispersed camping on the ridge overlooking the lakes and the surrounding mountains. This must surely be one of the best views ever; and when I arrived, the primo site was open. Wow!!  Read More

Friday, June 8th cont’d

After leaving Maroon Creek Road, I continue east on Hwy 82 through Aspen and on towards Independence Pass. This is the first time I have driven to the pass. The road is paved all the way but pretty narrow. Going up the west side, there were two short sections that are about one and half lanes. I was in a group of vehicles both times, and we made it through both sections with no one having to back up! Read More

Thursday, May 31st, I arrived at Humphrey RV in Grand Junction for a couple of repair items. They are right in the peak of their busy season, so I was prepared to be there awhile. However, they finished quickly and I was on the road by noon. They have to order one part, so I will need to make another trip back there in the next few weeks.  Read More