Peace in the Valley

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

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Crow Valley Recreation Area Briggsdale
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Colorado
Monday, May 21, 2012

Today’s ride was another easy one.  I left Longmont at about eight-thirty, heading for Crow Valley Campground on the Pawnee National Grassland.  It’s about a mile from Briggsdale, Colorado.  The route, again, was circuitous, winding from state highway to Interstate to county road and county road and county road again.  My favorite was County Road 60 1/2.  Looked like a complete road to me, but who knows.

I got to the campground fairly easily.  A grain truck of some sort made a wide turn in front of me, but not wide enough, due to his bad planning, I reckon.  I laid on Shorty’s horn in time for him to stop.  I backed up and off he drove without a honk or a wave.  Maybe a blush,  though.  After that, it was just a mile until I reached my goal.

There are only ten sites here.  It’s the only campground in northeast Colorado that I could find.  And I really looked...  I found a good site, number nine.  Level and with late afternoon shade...I like both of those.  I paid my fifteen dollars to the pipe in the ground and set up camp.  I encountered a group of birders looking up into the trees with binoculars and oohing and aching.  I asked what they had spotted.  It was either a Bullocks Oriole or a Orchard Oriole.  I never did hear the verdict.  I did ask if they had said “bollocks” Oriole, and got a smile from two of the group.  Ya never know.

It was hot here, in the eighties, but the awning and a nice breeze kept it cool outside.  I had lunch and then reclined in the shade and lo and behold! dozed off.  It was only for a short while though.  I listened to Dylan a bit on the phone via Spotify and it was a pleasant time.

I got a few shots of the cirrocumulus clouds nearby.  I did get one shot of a bird, but it was far away and I don’t think it’ll be a keeper.  I walked a bit and actually read the sign about which sites were “reservable”.  Mine is one, but I’ll hang in here and see what happens.  There’s a tent-camper in the Host’s site, but he/she hasn’t show up yet.  Time will tell.

I cooked baked potatoes and bratwurst out on the grill and had that with a nice green salad.  I haven’t been cooking too often lately.  The dinner was good and I have enough for another couple of days.  

I took a walk on a short trail in the Wildlife Area, as it’s called.  I saw no wildlife, but did get some nice late evening shots.  One is of a small Prickly Pear Cactus, much like we have in Montana.  I got a couple of early sunset shots and couple of pastoral scenes.  There are cattle in the area nearby.  Nice to hear a cow lowing again, for a change.  I did see three whitetail type deer this morning on the way.  Nice to see them around again too.

It’s very quiet here, with folks in only about half of the sites.  Some are reserved and empty and some are occupied with no one around.  A mystery, for sure.

Tomorrow I plan to unhang Dolores and take a ride around the area.  I see no roads or trails, but will at least get a few miles in.  

Oh, I got a couple of acceptable sunset pics while at Longmont last eve.  I’ll include them with this.
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jerry on

Looks like yer purt neer home

mike noble on

Sounds like a good spot...I like the idea of quiet and sparsely occupied---good for reading and contemplating. Your pic of your legs and feet reclining is great though a bit teasing to the rest of us upright folks. but really a good shot as is the close up of the barbed wire...

ferd on

GREAT shots, love the are getting tan! Sounds likea very peaceful spot....anxious to see ya! Hugs....we leave for OR Thursday...BIG water!

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