A Busy little Spot

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Where I stayed
BLM Eagle-Wolcott Campground
What I did
The Eagle River

Flag of United States  , Colorado
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The drive from Colorado National Monument was most interesting.  Interstate 70 winds it’s way through the valley of the Colorado River, for the most part.  The section near Glenwood Springs is one of the most, if not THE most beautiful I’ve ever driven on an interstate.  Just think of Wolfcreek Canyon, near Helena and multiply it by about 5...squared.  There’s a paved bicycle path that runs below the highway, along the river, for at least twenty miles or so.  It looks to be heavily traveled.  There are several Rest Areas there too, as well as a few campgrounds.  There are lots of trails for hiking  too.

I drove as far as Gypsum, CO, about a hundred and twenty miles and got off the highway to shop at a Costco there.  It seemed unusual for one to be in such a location until I left and drove US Hwy 6 and saw all of the homes of the wannabe rich and famous along it.

The store has the largest parking lot that I’ve ever seen at a Costco.  Shorty looked like a Match Car version parked in it.  I had a Polish Dog for lunch, my first outing since Lynnie left.  I returned my trekking poles and replaced them with a new set.  This set has ALL of the parts.  I checked.  I also picked up some AA batteries for my LED lights, which I use when camping without power.  Oh, and a couple of loaves of their seven grain bread.  That’s about all I needed.  I’m still working on emptying the fridge and freezer before I get back.

I took the two lane highway to Wolcott, where I had found a BLM campground.  There was a lot of construction enroute, but I found the Camp right along where it was all happening.  It’s a small CG, only six sites, but located along the Eagle River.  The river looks to be about the size of the Madison and similar rivers in the Big Sky Country.  There’s a boat launch and fishing available.  I did see a few waterfowl too.  The area abounds with blooming chokecherry bushes.  It would be a great place when the harvest comes in.  Easy access and loads of blossoms remind me of those days of yore when we picked them for jelly, syrup and wine...we called it wine, anyway.

I’ll drive the twenty miles to Vail tomorrow to have lunch with my friend, Dennis aka Scarf.  It’s been nearly fifty years since we’ve seen one another.  Did I say fifty?  My dad must be tying this!!  I’ll spend tomorrow night here too and then go where the road leads me.  I still hope to meet up with my grand-niece, Naomi and her husband John.  Only time will tell.  It is what it is, I reckon.  I’ll post a few photos of this spot too.  It cooled down into the sixties and we’ve had a spot of rain, so things aren’t too bright, but the river and clouds make up for it.  Lots of fisherman showing up now as evening approaches.  The sun is making a final showing and I'm happy to be alive.  How 'bout you?
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Rob on

Too bad you bypassed southwestern Colorado. There are some great moutain roads. Probably better on a bike, though. Maybe next year.

ferd on

Great country, looks like the Jefferson or Madison up here. Fantastic lilacs, hope you have a nice visit in Vail...hugs

photodon on

Gorgeous area, Ralph. Say hi to Dennis for me.

mike noble on

It has been about 30 years since I traveled that route--I70 but now since reading your blog, I am enthused to do it again especially when you mentioned the bike route---hopefully there are rentals as I don't carry mine. Meeting up with a friend from 50 years ago sounds cool....I have lost contact with all my Army buddies. Looks like you are fixing to come home through Wyoming?

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