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.
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.
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.
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!
A couple of these sheep were butting heads and it was fun to watch them for a little while.
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.
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.
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!