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Off The Beaten Path In Colorado

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Ah, nothing like the family road trip!  For us this year,  it was over 3200 miles and some amazing moments in the beautiful state of Colorado.  Our trip took us off the beaten path and onto the less traveled roads where there was so much to see!

We frequently visit Colorado and camp on a secluded mountain top where Mr. Hobby hunts for Elk in the fall.  It is a beautiful and peaceful spot that we have yet to share with anyone else during our stay.   Mr. Hobby and I are always surprised when we find the mountain is empty of campers, but we are secretly happy that we have it all to ourselves.

We hike, climb, and lay on our backs at night to gaze at a bazillion stars.   Sometimes when there is still snow on the mountain we’ll have a snowball fight!  We find elk, deer and bear tracks and if we are lucky, we might see one near our campsite.

However, this year was a much different trip for us.  Mr. Hobby wanted to scout out new areas for possible future elk hunting.   We went from the San Juan Mountains in Southern Colorado to the Wyoming border in the North, never staying in one place for more than a night.
Valley in Colorado.
Hiking in Colorado.
It was more driving than we usually do and we stayed on the smaller, less traveled roads.  Sometimes we’d drive for hours before seeing another car!  The cool thing was, we have never seen as much wildlife as we did on this trip!   Mule deer , Elk, Moose, and Pronghorns.  A day didn’t go by that we didn’t spy a lot of wildlife.
One night we camped in a forest burnout area.   It was devastating to see the damage a forest fire can do, but there was beauty too.   I was glad my boys were able to see it and learn how important it is to practice fire safety and to make sure a fire is totally out before leaving camp.
Burn-out forest in Colorado.
Burn-out forest in Colorado.
The night we stayed in the burnout area, there was a storm rolling in and we did get some rain, which cleared up after an hour or so.  The boys and I played Uno in the tent while Mr. Hobby took a nap. That night after we were tucked in, we had a small herd of Elk walk right next to our campsite.  It was an awesome experience that my son and I will not soon forget.
Rushing water in a creek in Colorado.
With all the rain, even the smaller creeks were full with runoff from the mountains.
There are a lot of cattle that graze freely in the mountains, but we were pretty surprised to find a large herd of sheep blocking the road one day!
Sheep over the road in Colorado.

 

Sheep grazing.
A couple of these sheep were butting heads and it was fun to watch them for a little while.
Aspen Grove, Colorado.
Camping high in the mountains usually means you are surrounded by pine trees, but one evening, we camped lower among the Aspens.   I love walking in the Aspen groves.
Pine Trees, Colorado.

Mr. Hobby and I have camped in many areas of the United States, but so far, we both agree that Colorado is our favorite.

Too soon it was time to head for home.  We stopped in several quaint little towns along the way so that I could visit a few of the shops.  Copper was always happy to check out the town too.

 

Cute dog on sidewalk.

After temperature highs in the 60’s and lows in the 40’s, it was unpleasant to come home to temperatures in the upper 90’s!   Makes me miss the mountains already.

Hope you are taking some time to make some awesome memories with your family this summer!

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8 Comment

  1. Monica
    July 13, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    I love all the beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing them with us. Glad you all had a great time!

    1. Laurie
      July 13, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      We sure did! Thanks for stopping by Monica!

  2. Beverly Roderick
    July 13, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    So glad to read that you all had a wonderful trip! Your pictures are lovely. I've been to all but a handful of states, but Colorado is on the list of ones I have not visited, so I loved seeing and hearing about it from your perspective. Making family memories liked these is certainly priceless!

    1. Laurie
      July 13, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      Thanks Beverly. It was a wonderful trip. Wish my pictures were better, but I have not had time to actually learn how to use my new camera yet, but I'll get there! Thank you for popping over today!

  3. Just beautiful!! I bet temps. in the 90's were a shocker after that!!
    I would be happy if it never got above 70 degrees!! I am no lover of heat…..

    thanks so much for your kind visits!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

    1. Laurie
      July 15, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks Debbie! I do miss the coolness of the mountain air evenings!

  4. Art From My Table
    May 24, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    What an amazing trip!! Thanks for sharing on FTAF!

    1. Laurie
      May 24, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      Thank you! I enjoyed being a part of FTAF!

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