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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

1st Camping Trip of 2012

Last weekend was my 1st camping trip.  Alicia, Satori, and Steve joined me to camp by Gross Reservoir west of Boulder. We'd never been to this area before.  I spent 4 days getting my camper loaded and ready. It was empty, so I organized gear and food and clothing in there.  The fun part of going camping is the getting ready!    Planning for meals, deciding what to take to eat, and what gear will be needed.   We picked up Steve in Boulder and drove out the canyon to Magnolia Road.  Man that was a difficult and steep road for my truck and camper.  Took us 2 hours to find a place we wanted to camp.   We had to park along the road on the ridge above the lake.   Beautiful lake!   gorgeous views     It was getting dark, so we set up for the night and ate a simple meal.  It was nice sitting there by the trucks and camper.  The stars were out and we could see the lights of Denver and Boulder.  Little did we know, the High Park Forest Fire was blazing to the north up west of Fort Collins. We had no cell coverage, so were out of the loop most of the time. 
Next morning we moved a canopy, our chairs and a table down the hill to where it was shady in the forest.    We sat there in the hot part of the day.   Temps were in the high 80's during the day and 40-50 at night.....we're used to camping at higher elevation, so this trip was warmer.    Saturday we drove out to the end of the road above the lake and hiked down the trail towards the lake.   It was farther than we we sat on a rock covered outcrop in the shade and rested and took pictures.  
Sunday we packed up and drove out and back to Boulder.  We were going to The Indigo Girls concert that evening, so Steve went home and we got a hotel.   We couldn't wait to take a shower!!   so dirty from the blowing dust for 3 shower ever.   :)   The concert was good.   Sleeping in a hotel instead of my camper and the rest in tents was wonderful.  A continental breakfast the next morning, then we headed for home.      I love camping with my kids and grand-daughter.   It was just the 4 of us this time.       some pics.....

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