Archive for the ‘Colorado’ Category

2007 05 30 – Big Trip – Day 30 – Denver

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Loveland RV Park, Loveland, Colorado. Tachometer – 3159 miles 

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LoDo, Denver

Today’s weather was dramatically better than yesterday’s torrents. The last of the rain ended around 5:30am and we embarked on a sunny city day. Our first mission was to find a suitable place to park the RV in downtown Denver. Luckily this is not New York or San Francisco, and we easily found an open air (no height limit) parking lot for $4 a day. In SF that’s what you pay pr hour at a cheap place. (more…)

2007 05 29 – Big Trip – Day 29 – Denver

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Delux RV Campground, Denver, Colorado. Tachometer – 3094 miles

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See our new shoes!!!

The forecast for the next few days called for lower temperatures and thunderstorms. This was a sign for us to leave the Rockies for lower altitude and indoor activity. So we headed down to Denver today, about 70 miles away. (more…)

2007 05 28 – Big Trip – Day 28 – Rocky Mountain National Park

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Mary’s Lake Campground, Estes Park, Colorado. Tachometer – 3003 miles

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Bear Lake Loop, Rock Mountain National Park

We woke up to a relatively warm and sunny day and drove early to the park. We drove up to Bear Lake only to be instructed by the ranger to drive back down 4 miles to a parking lot for RVs. From that parking lot we took a free shuttle (Ron loves them) back up. The lake itself is at almost 10,000’ and is small enough for a half mile loop trail around it. The views of surrounding peaks are magnificent. We had a fun time, especially on parts of the trail that were still covered with snow. (more…)

2007 05 27 – Big Trip – Day 27 – Rocky Mountain National Park

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

Mary’s Lake Campground, Estes Park, Colorado. Tachometer – 2959 miles

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Ron at Sprague Lake

Today we felt for the first time what holiday season means. The park was full of people and cars. There was a long line just to get in past the park entrance point. We wanted to hike to Cub Lake but the parking lot near the trailhead was so full that even if we were in a regular car and not an RV we wouldn’t have been able to park. (more…)

2007 05 26 – Big Trip – Day 26 – The Road to the Rockies

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

Mary’s Lake Campground, Estes Park, Colorado. Tachometer – 2909 miles

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Near Adams Falls, Rocky Mountain National Park

We woke up at 6am to Orr’s crying. Noting calmed her down and she woke Shir up too. Paola tended to them while I tried to sleep some more but in vain, too much noise. How Ron slept through this is unclear.

We left the campground before 9am for a long day of driving. Shir and Orr fell asleep immediately. (more…)

Video – Snow Snack

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

This was a few days ago near Mesa Verde National Park. My poor kids have nothing to eat except for Snow.

2007 05 25 – Big Trip – Day 25 – Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Friday, May 25th, 2007

KOA Buena Vista Campground, Buena Vista, Colorado. Tachometer – 2680 miles

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Shabbat Shalom.
We spent some time in the campground playground this morning before heading off to the next national park. If you have never heard of it, that’s ok, neither did we until we saw that it is conveniently located on our way to the Rockies. The Gunnison is a river that flows east west here in Colorado and there is a 40 mile section that runs through a very deep gorge. At the “Black Canyon” part, for a few miles, the distance between the canyon walls is less than a mile, but the height is between 500-700 meters, which means that the river hardly gets to see any sunlight. Hence black. (more…)

2007 05 24 – Big Trip – Day 24 – Mesa Verde National Park

Friday, May 25th, 2007

KOA Ouray Campground, Ouray, Colorado. Tachometer – 2480 miles

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Ron Climbing a 10 meter ladder to get to Balcony House in Mesa Verde National Park

We woke up to a clear and bright morning and the sun started melting away the little snow that had accumulated on our RV. We headed back to Mesa Verde for a second attempt and today was much more successful. We booked a ranger led tour of “Cliff Palace” which is one of the dwellings from ~1280. To get there we had to walk down some steep stairs and climb up a 3 meter ladder. Paola had Shir in a backpack carrier and I took Orr on my hands. Ron was totally independent. The tour was very short in distance, only 500 meters, but with the ranger explaining things it took one hour. The kids got restless very quickly and we had to keep them busy and quiet for the sake of the rest of the group. (more…)

2007 05 23 – Big Trip – Day 23 – Mesa Verde National Park

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

A & A Mesa Verde RV Park & Campground, Mancos, Colorado. Tachometer – 2321 miles

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Cliff Dwelling, Mesa Verde National Park

Today was another rainy and even snowy day. Cold and unrelenting till the day was almost over. It was raining most of the night and when we woke up as well. We took our time getting organized hoping it would let up. So we made a big breakfast with pancakes and then headed off to Mesa Verde National Park. This place has several ancient cliff dwellings that have been preserved for 1000 years. (more…)

2007 05 22 – Big Trip – Day 22 – Utah to Colorado – The Four Corners

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

KOA RV Campground, Cortez, Colorado. Tachometer – 2251 miles

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Happy Shavuot!!!

We woke up to a cold and cloudy day. At 5:30, when my alarm went off, it was still raining, so I killed the hike plan. Bummer. Back to sleep. Heaven. It rained till about 7:30. We left the park around 10am and started a long sunless day of driving.

Our first stop, just a few mile outside the park, was Newspaper Rock. (more…)