A Little Girl Time

Colorado State ParksI just love waking up to a sunrise over water.  This was my view from our campsite at St. Vrain State Park, Colorado on Sept. 8, 2014.  Not a bad way to start the day, eh!

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I enjoy morning coffee and a sunrise at St. Vrain State Park, Colorado

I couldn’t wait to throw on some clothes and go for a morning stroll.  The waters were calm and the birds were chirping.   Yes, I do love camping near water.Colorado State ParksColorado State Parks Colorado State ParksI strolled around the state park taking in the still beauty of the morning.  It turned out to be a wonderful day filled with explorations and ended with dinner over at LuAnn and Terry’s place.

Thank you Terry and Lu for a lovely evening and to LuAnn for a very tasty meal.

It didn’t take LuAnn and I long to reconnect.  We first met here online as fellow bloggers a couple of years ago and then met face to face in February 2013. We were quick to set up a girls day, but our plans needed to be flexible due to the fickle weather.Colorado State Parks I’d been wanting to explore Chautauqua Park in Boulder and when I made mention of this park to Lu, she was game.  We were both really looking forward to a hike but we awoke to a rainy and dreary morning.  The weather forecast was for more rain, but as we were ready to head out on plan B (shopping at an indoor mall) the skies cleared.Boulder trailsWe took full advantage of this window of opportunity in the weather and set off on the trail at Chautauqua Park in Boulder, Colorado.  The trail was a steady uphill climb heading ever so closer to the base of the Flatirons that had me winded due to my nonstop chatting.

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the Chautauqua Park trail is a steady uphill climb – a view of the town of Boulder and the red roofs of the University of Colorado can be seen in the distance

Boulder ColoradoSince we weren’t sure what the weather was going to do, we opted for a short stroll that day instead of a serious hike and of course, these two shutter bugs had to stop for plenty of photo ops.  Those are the Flatirons in the distance.Flatiron Boulder Colorado After our lovely stroll, we headed over to the Flatiron Mall for a little shopping and lunch.  It turned out to be a day of plan A and plan B.  Yes, it was the perfect girl’s outing that was over way too soon!Flatirons Boulder Colorado Patagonia Lightweight Travel Sling Black The SAK Iris Cross-Body,Black,one size

St. Vrain State Park

Colorado State ParksAfter driving a mere thirty minutes north on Interstate 25, we took the Hwy 119 exit and within minutes we pulled into the St. Vrain State Park in Longmont, Colorado. Don’t you just love short commutes?  Check in was quick and in less than 15 minutes we were set up for our five-day stay.

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The view out my door

We scored a beautiful lake front site that had Al and me smiling during our entire stay. The weather was hit and miss but with the lovely view we didn’t mind.Colorado State Parks

Colorado State ParksAfter lounging around camp for a little while, I set off on an exploratory hike.

I walked around the various campground loops and quickly discovered we booked one of the nicest sites for our needs.

I so enjoyed this campsite with a water view not to mention watching the various birds.  I’m definitely in my element when camped near water.


Longmont Colorado

FalconSt. Vrain State Park encompasses 604 acres with several dispersed ponds.  These ponds make perfect habitat for a host of birds; Egrets, Herons, Falcons, White Pelicans, Ducks, Geese, and Eagles just to name a few.

And yes, I did say White Pelicans.  That sure was a strange find considering this is Colorado after all.


White Pelicans

St. Vrain State ParkThe ponds are stocked with a host of fish (bluegill, crappies, large mouth bass, perch, catfish and rainbow trout) making this state park a popular destination with anglers.  Most of the folks we saw were fishing from shore, but from time to time we did notice a kayak or belly boat.Colorado State ParksThese ponds are so pretty and full of life now, it’s hard to believe they were once part of a huge gravel pit.  There’s groomed trails around and between all the ponds making it great for hiking.Colorado State Parks

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The St. Vrain State Park has 87 campsites and is open year-round.  Sites 1-41 have electric hook-ups with water near by and a dump station conveniently located.  The campers services building has clean restrooms and showers.Colorado State ParksSites 42-87 have full-hook ups; electric, water, and sewer.  We stayed in site 53.  As beautiful as this looks, do note; this Colorado State Park although conveniently located next to Interstate 25 the location does make for a less than tranquil environment.  One can expect a steady supply of traffic noise at any of the campsites.Colorado State ParksAs I continued on my exploratory hike, I hiked around the last campground loop where I stumbled upon LuAnn and Terry’s campground site and of course I had to drop in and say, “Hello”. It was great seeing these two again.  It had been a while since we last ran into each other.Colorado State Parks

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