Since my last post, hubby and I have witnessed some spectacular scenery complete with equally spectacular company.
After a wonderful stay at James Robb State Park accompanied by lots of time hanging out with my brother and his wife at their home, we departed Grand Junction, Colorado, and took a two hour drive south to Ridgway State Park. My brother and his wife would later join us for the weekend in their new travel trailer. Since this was a relatively spur of the moment travel decision amongst the four of us, campsite availability at Ridgway State Park was sparse.
My brother and I sat at his kitchen table reviewing our options. Obviously we’d like to camp next to each other, which further limited our options. Eeeny, meeny, miney, mo…. reservation made….. And score!
When Al and I arrived at Ridgway State Park and settled into our site, we were extremely pleased. There was plenty of spacing between sites and we were surrounded by views. I’ll admit….. brother gets the credit for picking out a couple of great sites. Good job bro!
Ridgway State Park is popular and a favorite among many. I’m thinking, it just may become one of our favorites as well. Ridgway State Park offers three diverse campgrounds; Pa-Co-Chu-Puk Campground is located in a valley below the damn and provides full hook-ups. It sits along the Uncompahgre River and offers some great fishing opportunities.
The third and least popular and the one we camped at is Dakota Terraces Campground. One downside – it’s located near the highway, but that is offset by beautiful mountain views and excellent lake and trail access. We were sure to take advantage of the easy trail access right outside our front door.
This part of Colorado has plenty to offer. It is officially known as the “Jeep Capital of the World” and the little town of Ouray located 14 miles south of Ridgway is known as “America’s Switzerland”. We found ourselves staring in awe at the picturesque San Juan Mountains. With so much to see and do, we wondered….what should we explore first?
Who better to answer that question than fellow blogger Mark over at Box Canyon Blog. Mark and wife, Bobbie, call this part of Colorado ‘home’ for the summer months. I shoot Mark an email letting him know we’re in his neck of the woods and hope he’ll share some insider information on the area.
Much to my surprise, Mark invites Al and me over for a barbeque along with a few fellow RVer’s. Wow…..complete strangers and we’re invited to their home AND what a lovely home it is with the most stunning views. Thank you Mark and Bobbie for the hospitality, delicious meal, spectacular scenery, and wonderful company. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Be sure and check out Mark’s stunning photography along with his entertaining story telling. I’m sure after viewing his photos, you too will want to visit this part of Colorado. I know his photos piqued my interest and continue to do so. Our goal over the next year is to get in good enough shape to experience some of the amazing hikes Bobbie and Mark do, because guarantee…. Al and I will be returning to this area of Colorado next summer. I have some mountain lakes and wildflowers to capture after all.
Although this was just our first full day nestled near the San Juans, I feel myself falling in love. Sorry Golden, Colorado…..you have some pretty stiff competition. Tomorrow we’ll take the little truck into the back country.