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Oct 15, 2014 - Going to the Colorado Sand Dunes

We sleep in but are on the road to the Colorado Sand Dunes by 10:00 am. It is about a seventy mile drive through a mountain pass and down into a plain. The Sand Dunes are snuggled at the foot of a mountain range. There is a river that runs at their base which helps carry the sand from one end to the other where unusual wind patterns carry the grains back onto the dunes. After reading about the dunes at the Visitor Center, we drive to the parking lot from which you can walk out and climb on the dunes. We are not dressed well for climbing nor...

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Bison and Balloons

Oct 14, 2014 - We Are Off to Walsenburg, CO

Lathrop State Park, 70 County Rd. 502, Walsenburg, CO 81089. 719-738-2376 Today is Sue's birthday and first thing Doug and Sandy bring a gift, a really pretty ball cap from the Balloon Fiesta. What a great way to start the day. Soon we are headed to Walsenburg, Colorado where we will spend two nights at Lathrop State Park. The campsites at the State Park are all pull throughs and plenty large. They have electric (30/50) and water is available but not for hook-up. There is a lake on the property and great views of Spanish Peaks, two large...

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Bison and Balloons

Sep 27, 2013 - Walsenburg, CO

Thursday was a short drive from Cheyenne to Fort Collins to visit former neighbors of mine, from when I lived on Old Stage Rd in Boulder, Co. Janna and Lynn Colbert lived two houses up the canyon from us and our children grew up together. Janna and Lynn’s story is California Valley girl meets Colorado cowboy and live happily ever after. Both are very special people and are great friends. We spent most of our time catching up on what our kids were doing, and reminiscing about all the fun we had as our kids grew up together. Lynn left Boulder...

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Sep 22, 2011 - Walsenburg, CO - Lathrop State Park

Our trip from the Air Force Academy to Lathrop State Park just West of Walsenburg, CO covered 115 miles over mostly high desert. It was all interstate except the last five or six miles so was an easy drive. We did feed the Mothership after we got to Walsenburg at 3.79 for diesel. We have a huge, pull-through site at the state park with 50 amps but no water or sewer. We have good Verizon coverage and short Pinon pines cover the area so satellite access was easy as well. Thursday we headed for the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve...

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Sep 4, 2010 - Day 7 - Travel

In the entry for September 3, we mentioned that we got to Carlsbad Caverns earlier than expected and we were able to see the sights in one day. So we changed our reservations and headed North to Colorado a day earlier than expected. On the drive we found an unexpected place to stop. We saw a sign on the road and went to Fort Union National Memorial. Fort Union was the largest fort in the southwest and was a key stop on the Santa Fe trail, provided soldiers to stop a Confederate attempt to take the New Mexico territory and Colorado, and...

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Jun 5, 2010 - Lathrop State Park, CO

Friday, June 04, 2010. Left Questa,NM for a short ride of 100 miles to Lathrop State Park in Colorado. As we started out this morning, working around the rig to get ready, I was bothered with breathing for the first time on this trip. This was at 7200’ and I’ve been thinking that 7000’ is about my comfort level. So it’s a good thing we cancelled our idea of spending a month at the Red River ski area which is at 8700’. Today we drove through La Veta Pass at 9400’, a pretty drive. Lathrop State Park is Colorado’s first state park. It has 2...

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2010 Travels

Oct 10, 2009 - Lathrop State Park, CO

Wow! Another little gem. Lathrop State Park is just outside the small town of Walsenburg, CO. It has two great fishing lakes, a public golf course, very large, paved sites and pinions everywhere. The pinion trees are large bushy trees in this part of the country. Everything smelled so good. Most of the camp sites can accommodate 40+ feet with a tow car attached. If you do not disconnect the tow vehicle you don't have to pay for it. The sites were set up like pull outs, very level with picnic table and BBQ, water and electricity. There was a...

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Jun 19, 2009 - New Trailer!

Friday, June 19th: Colorado Springs to Walsenburg, CO Up at 7:30 and out about 9:45. Prepared fruit for the AM, but no lunch, foolishly thinking we’d be able to break for lunch. We headed back to The Car Show for the 4th time (the first time to get the trailer we are trading in and the 2nd and 3rd for repairs on it). It’s hard to believe we found the first one via internet and bought it sight unseen. We are so excited to be trading in this trailer and picking up the new one! It’s served us well for the past 3 years, but we’re ready to...

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May 5, 2009 - Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy

Our day started out rainy; Fred had to prepare to leave in the rain again (2nd day in a row!) but after driving for a couple hours, the sun appeared and the sky turned the prettiest shade of blue. We drove from Dodge City to Walsenburg, Colorado and set up camp at a beautiful site in the Lathrup State Park. Our site has a great view of twin mountains in the San Juan range to our west; this mountain range is the youngest in the Rockies, since its mountains are “only” 60 million years old. Called Huajatolla (the breasts of the world) by the...

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Oct 6, 2008 - The First Colorado State Park

For those of you who may have visited before this entry was finished, we hope you enjoyed the photos. On October 6, we finally headed out of town. We went to Lathrop State Park just west of Walsenburg, Colorado. We highly recommend visiting this park, even if for just a day. Lathrop State Park is the first Colorado state park. There are two reservoirs in the park, plenty of places to hike, bike, fish, and just generally relax. During the summer season, there is a swim beach available on Martin Reservoir. Martin Reservoir also is large...

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May 29, 2008 - Denver to Walensburg

Thursday, May 29 Pikes Peak 163 miles to Wallensburg, CO Temperature in the high 80s. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Leaving Denver this morning, reminded us just how beautiful a city it is and the scenery of the mighty Rocky Mountains, available to all who wish to look, is beyond compare. After a rather hairy (dang those humongous very strong westerly winds that rip this part of the country this time of the year) yet scenic ride south on I-25 we approached Pikes Peak via the quaint little...

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Jul 3, 2007 - Lathrop State Park, Colorado

Spent one night in Lathrop State Park near Walsenburg, CO. This is the oldest state park in CO. Walsenburg has a large spanish population so we decided mexican food was in order for dinner. Wrong! While the food was fresh and well prepared the main ingredient seem to be hot peppers. It stormed that evening - there is something awesome about storms in the mountains, makes a person feel very small. Across the street from the Park entrance was an impressive new Veterans hospital and clinic. Next stop Colorado Springs.

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