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Sep 20, 2020 - Aspen Ridge

Aspen Ridge is a ridge that was accessed near Johnson Village, CO and ran about 20 miles south to Salida, CO. Halfway it is a well maintained dirt road but then quickly turns into a challenging 4wd un-maintained dirt path. We travelled the entire 20 mile road in our jeep on the last weekend before we left Colorado. The aspens were at their peak although due to an early freeze was not as intense as last year. The leaves were more scarce on each tree, the color was variable from the normal bright yellow, to orange tints, to browns. Early on...

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Sep 9, 2020 - Snow storm on September 8th & 9th

Right after Labor Day weekend which was beautiful, warm & sunny, the area was hit with a cold front that dumped about 9 inches of super heavy snow. The campground was mostly empty following the holiday but there were still about a dozen RVers on site. The weight of the snow brought down dozens of branches from the Cottonwood trees in the lower portion of the campground although no RVs were damaged. Just left a mess for us to clean up. It was however a awesome sight on the morning of September 9th. By the 10th, all had melted and the...

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Aug 10, 2020 - Rafting thru Brown's Canyon National Monument

It is kind of late in the season for white water rafting but even so we decided that a good float trip would be nice too. The Arkansas River headwaters are in central Colorado and run in the valley below the Collegiate Peaks of Rocky Mountains. Kipp & Sandy are one of the other couples working at Chalk Creek Campground & RV Park with us. We have done hikes with them and decided to team up for the raft trip. Rafting the Arkansas River is the best way to experience Brown's Canyon National Monument. There is no road through it although there...

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Jul 27, 2020 - Agnes Vaille Falls Trail & Mt. Princeton Hot Springs

Agnes Vaille Falls trail is a 2.4 mile loop trail with a small spur trail from the falls overlook point to the base of the falls. The trailhead is at the base of the Chalk Cliffs of Mt. Princeton. There is a small lake, Chalk lake, and a small campground across the road from the trailhead. We hiked the loop to the overlook but did not take the spur trail to the base of the falls as there were multiple warnings of falling rocks from the falls that have killed people regularly over the years. This happens in the spring when the snow melt and...

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Jun 19, 2020 - Business is picking up at Chalk Creek Campground

Following closure of the campground due to the Covid 19 virus, it was opened beginning with the Memorial Day weekend. Since, the phones have been ringing off the hook and reservations for sites are booking at a record pace. The July 4th weekend is totally booked. The photos are just a quick, small sample of the sites in the lower half of the park. Next month, we will post more detailed photos of the park and what our duties look like.

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Jun 16, 2020 - The Hole in the Wall Gang

We met John & Cindy Martinson back in March 23-26, 2020 when we were camping at Roper State Park near Safford, AZ. We have stayed in touch with them and they were now passing through Colorado deciding to stay a few days at our campground. We all decided to do a horseback ride although Cindy had never ridden a horse previously. As a youngster, however, she was bitten by a pony which left her with some not so fond memories of horses. We decided to do a short ride of an hour or so to see if Cindy could get over her fears. We made...

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Jun 1, 2020 - Machines, Music and Making Do

Machines, Music and Making Do Even though I have not been traveling in a physical sense, I have definitely been on a journey. Most likely you have too, or at least a quest, trying to find a way out of, into or around this new world we live in. Because of my extreme chickenshitedness (yes, of course that's a real word!) and my inner (only) child's willingness to spend a lot of time alone, I choose to avoid as many people as I can for as long as I can. If that seems unrealistic to you and maybe a bit 'tetched in the head', I can't disagree....

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May 30, 2020 - Our 33rd Wedding Anniversary

We started the day with a short walk along the bank of the Arkansas River in downtown Buena Vista watching a river surfboarder negotiating the rapids. We then ordered "specialty sandwiches from nearby Sorelle's Deli. We took them across the street to McPhelemy Park and sat in a covered picnic pavilion to enjoy the food. Next we HAD to have dessert so we headed down the street to K's Dairy Delight. Jim ordered a banana split and Sue ordered a small sundae. The clerk however misunderstood and gave Sue a banana split also. Neither of us...

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May 28, 2020 - Chalk Lake

Today we went to the nearest lake to our camp to do a little fishing. Jim tried catching some trout with some salmon egg bait, had some nibbles, but never any really good hit. We got there in the middle of the day which is never the best time to find hungry fish. Sue walked around the lake with Billy while Jim fished. She also dipped her feet in the water finding out it was about one degree above freezing. So that didn't last long. After an hour or so, some mountain showers developed so the expedition was halted and we headed back to our RV.

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May 18, 2020 - Brown's Creek Falls Trail

Today we drove 3 miles from our camp to County Rd 270, turned west toward Mt Antero and drove another 5.5 miles to the Brown's Creek Trailhead in the San Isabel National Forest. The trail has 3 options: At 1.5 miles the trail joins the Colorado Trail for a few hundred yards. At that point you can take the Colorado Trail in either direction. The Colorado Trail is a super-trail running 486 miles from the mouth of Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver to Durango, Colorado. Its highest point is 13,271 ft above sea level and most of the trail is...

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May 13, 2020 - St. Elmo, Iron City, & Alpine Colorado

Today we explored the nearest county road from Chalk Creek Campground. The campground is on the north side of Chalk Creek, the county road is on the south side of the creek. It travels west winding itself upward and between Mt. Antero and Mt. Princeton passing the village of Alpine and ending at St. Elmo, with the nearby forest campground named Iron City. St. Elmo is a ghost town, although there are a few residents remaining with a general store still open. It was originally named Forest City but was later changed because there were too...

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May 8, 2020 - Photos of Chalk Creek Campground & RV Park

Here are some photos of the campground. There are four rv sites for employees. Three of us have arrived, one spot next to us is currently vacant. Not sure when that couple will arrive. The park has three distinct sections. There are two areas in what is known as "the upper section" and "the lower section" is actually down a steep hill with sites along Chalk Creek. The upper section is where all sites have full hookups, electric, water, & sewer. We are in that section right near the park entrance and office. This area also has a small man...

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