Monday, May 12, 2014

It's a Winter Wonderland!

We got a glimpse of winter here in Estes Park.  A winter storm came through the area over the last few days.  We got over a foot of snow so far, and the temperature is going to get down to 18 degrees tonight...That's pretty cold for an RV...Our electric fireplace has been getting a workout...Nice and toasty inside...Now it's time for a bowl of chili!!

Snow falling in front of the Hermit Park Ranger Barn

This is after I shoveled the roof off the first time.

Snow-covered picnic table 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Estes Park, Colorado for the Summer of 2014

We arrived here in Estes Park on Saturday, May 3rd.  We're going to be staying here until October 1st!  We're going to be campground hosts here at Hermit Park Open Space.  It's a Larimer County Park property consisting of 1,362 acres.  Within the space there are 15 Camper Cabins, 3 Campgrounds, an Equestrian Campground, and acres of beautiful Ponderosa Pine forest.

After we arrived here, we had a day of training where we met all the rangers, support staff, and all the other campground hosts from the other Estes Park campgrounds (Mary's Lake & East Portal).  They all seem like a great bunch of people, and we can't wait to get to know them better.  As you may have heard, Estes Park experienced a tragic flood last Fall.  Some of the roads within Hermit Park were completely destroyed.  So, the campgrounds won't open until July.  They're waiting on FEMA...  This means that we have a vacation for a month or two!  This will sure give us ample time to explore the surrounding area.  We just got a weather alert today, May 10th that we could get 1-2 feet of snow tonight and tomorrow!  Several days ago it was in the 70s.  We will see...
Our campsite...nestled in the Ponderosa Pines.

One of the flood-damaged roads in the campground.  Some of the ruts are over 4 feet deep.

Another example of some of the damage.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Colorado Springs - April 21-May 3, 2014

We ventured north from Albuquerque to Colorado Springs area. The weather has been mixed here.  Mostly the temps have been in the 50s and 60s...sometimes up in the 70s.  The wind has been the only problem here.  There have been several days with winds around 25mph.  However, most days were great!

We're staying at Garden of the Gods RV Campground.  If we are ever in this area again, I wouldn't hesitate to stay here.  The park is located on Colorado Avenue between Historic Old Colorado City (2 miles) and Scenic Manitou Springs (3 miles).  We have a clear view of Pike's Peak from the RV.  All the major scenic attractions are near this area.  We rode our bicycles on the Midland Trail to Manitou Springs several times and visited lots of nice shops and eateries.  The Garden of the Gods National Monument has a nice visitor center and plenty of hiking trails.  We also visited the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.  It's one of the best zoo's I've ever visited...not because of it's size...It's actually quite small.  We were able to see many of the animals up close.  The grizzly bears, gorillas and giraffes were only inches away.  The zoo setting is on the side of a mountain, so many of it's areas use the natural beauty of the landscape. 

Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs