It’s yet another hundred degree day in southern Colorado. This summer has been extremely hot and dry. Al and I haven’t been hiking since our trip to Crested Butte. Even then, our hiking was minimal due to Bear’s limitations.
Last summer we enjoyed a hike or bike ride along the Arkansas River almost every morning. Al and I were feeling pretty good and even lost a few pounds (needed and planned). We’re fortunate to live next door to a State Park, as well as able to travel. Thus, no excuses for our lack of activity or weight gain 😦 Ah, well sh*t happens!
We decide it’s time to escape, or at least try to escape this summer heat and in the process visit with daughter. Our destination Golden, Colorado. Daughter lives about 20 minutes away allowing us to visit as much as her schedule will allow. We stay at the Dakota Ridge RV Park. It’s a bit on the pricey side but offers all hook-ups and plenty of amenities, but most importantly a fabulous location. And very dog friendly.
We get settled in. Not as much real estate as we like – a little more room between rigs would have been nice, but we’ve got exploring to do so we won’t be spending that much time hanging around. The hill in the background provided some great exercise opportunity for the three of us. Bear surprised us with his ability to climb and walk around the “mountain”. Yes, it’s merely a hill, but to fourteen year old Bear, it’s a “fourteener” and he was eager to rise to the challenge each morning.
Not only is it normally 5 to 10 degrees cooler in the Denver area than the Pueblo area, a mild cold front has come through bringing in some lovely 78 degree temperatures….just what Al and I were searching for. Now that we’re all set up at the RV Park, it’s time to take a drive and get a quick overview of the town of Golden. Since this trip was done on a whim without much planning, we’ll assess the area and gather info and then we can plan our stay and activities for the next few days……….