Here is the final post of pictures from our trip last weekend! Except for the part that made my allergies go nuts, it was a great trip and I can't wait to do this one again!
Here is part 3 of our fun weekend!
Last weekend we went on a really fun trip for my husband's birthday. It had been a long time since we had done an offroading camping trip and the first one where I was a driver. We used to take the Wagoneer (fullsize, holds 6-7 people & all of their stuff plus a few other people's stuff). I could take lots of pictures and enjoy the views in the Jeep because my husband drove and I was a passenger. We have been on several trails around our area so I wasn't too nervous about driving on the trails, I was nervous about not being able to take my pictures! If I came home with only 50 pictures I'd be crushed! Thankfully, my husband is really good at recognizing when I will probably want to stop to take a picture so I did ok. I didn't get as many as I used to get, but this trip was so much fun, I know we'll go back to that area and I can get the pictures I missed. I'm only going to share a "few" pictures and it's going to take at least 3 parts to share those "few." Hope you enjoy!
Last weekend we took the girls for a ride. We wanted to try out their new homemade doggy riding baskets close to home before we took them on a trip away from home and found out they didn't work. Since it was a successful trip, I hope to be showing you pictures from another ride with the girls soon! I love being able to take my girls on our outdoor adventures!
We used to camp up at Cottonwood Lake near Bueña Vista, CO on some of our rock crawling trips at least once a year. We could ride the trails during the day and then come back to the lake to fish the lake and the creek in the afternoon and evenings. Our favorite camping spot was across the creek where not many people could get to. There were a few trails we could ride in that area, too. We haven't been there in about 5 or 6 years so when we started thinking about making another camping trip up there we decided to go on a scouting trip to see if anything had changed and where we could get to with the motorhome. It was amazing how much it had changed! Our favorite camping spot was blocked off along with many other spots. There were a lot new Aspen trees blocking other good camping spots that we had originally thought we could have gotten into with the motor home. We were VERY happy we went on the scouting trip before we went up with the motor home and trailer full of ATV's.Here are a couple pictures of the lake. It was hard to get a picture without a bunch of people in it because this is the free fishing weekend in Colorado.
We were going to stay and fish a little but the lightning started and we decided holding a graphite fishing rod up in the air with the lighting so close was not something we wanted to do today. Instead, we decided to go back to Buña Vista for lunch and then go check out the areas we are thinking about riding.
First, I have to tell you about lunch. I usually don't give a place such HIGH rating until I've been there a couple times, but I give Punky's Diner in Bueña Vista, Colorado ALL of the TOP raitings! 10 out of 10, A+, 5 stars!!! I can't wait until our camping trip to the area so I can go back to Punky's! I had the chopped brisket sandwich and my husband had the pulled pork sandwich. I'm thinking about emailing them and pleading with them to open a chain in my town!
Okay, back to the adventures. We headed towards St. Elmo to check out the parking areas for the ATV trailer and where the trail heads were. My husband realized I had never seen the leaning building on the way to Hancock so we decided to drive up that way.
Going on this trail was a pretty big deal because most of the vehicles on the trail were Jeeps and other SUV's and ATV's and we were in my car. My car is a Kia Rio - frontwheel drive, not much power and not much clearance but great on gas mileage! Here is a picture of part of the trail:
Next time we'll take the ATV's so we can go further and a lot faster. It was kind of fun getting looks from the SUV owners. I'm sure they were thinking "Why did they bring that little car up here?!?!"
We were very glad we made the scouting trip so we know how to plan that camping trip and because it was a lot of fun. We may have to plan some more scouting trips this summer............and more trips to Punky's.
Girls In The Outdoors
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