Rifle Gap State Park
Sunday – June 12, 2016
A Travel Day:
We departed Steinaker SP shortly before 10:00 am. The weather was mostly clear and mild. Our route today would take us east on US 40 to Colorado and then on Hwy 64 to Rangely, Meeker and south on Hwy 13 to Rifle.
The road conditions were mostly okay with a few rough spots. The overall scenery far out weighed any rough spots encountered. The traffic was very light. At times between Rangely and Meeker we would travel for miles without seeing another motor vehicle. The highway parallels the White River, which was running at full bank. It was a pleasant drive and we just poked along.
We arrived at Rifle Gap State Park/Campground just before 2:00 pm and we had camp set up a short time after. Apparently the ride today was rougher than I thought as on each trip we discovered various drawers, light covers, etc. that need to be secured. We’ve sustained no real damage resulting from the ride but are always finding new items that need addressing. Eventually we will have a routine.
The campground sits on a ridge overlooking the reservoir. We have a nice site with full hookups. On the downside, it really is like camping, we have no cell signal, no TV and just one-radio station to make some noise and it’s nothing but sports.
For most of the afternoon I listened to an almost constant rumble of distant thunder. We were under mostly sunny skies however it did sprinkle a few times.
I’m hopeful that the skies will clear tonight and I can celebrate the darkness and enjoy some stargazing.
Monday – June 13
Even thought we have no cell phone service, I’ve once again discovered an issue with my phone taking a charge. So first thing today we made a short drive into Glenwood Spring to the local Verizon Store. The service agent there discovered more lint in the plug receptacle. As the phone was completely dead it took some time to take a charge and then I had to reboot and reset all the settings. I’m not that tech savvy and this process took longer than it should have.
Upon returning to Rifle we looked up an old friend of the family. We have lots of history with the Tobey family. We met Rick Tobey and his wife Trudy at her place of business and later we joined then for dinner at Shooter’s Restaurant.
Shooter’s Restaurant is known for their waitresses openly carrying side arms.
Being a staunch supporter of the 2nd amendment I was thrilled with this theme.
Their motto is: “I Plead the 2nd.”
The rest of our stay was spent mostly kicking back at the campground. We did take a drive up the canyon for a short hike to Rifle Falls. We are still on scenery overload.