Gateway to the Rockies

LOCATION:  Near Loveland, Colorado  – in NE corner of state
CAMPGROUND:  Lake Carter County Park.  Located on a pretty lake near the Rocky Mountains.  Popular for boaters.  Electricity.  Pit toilets.  Water  and dump station.  Level, gravel pull-through site.  Picnic table and fire pit, but the state-wide fire ban prevents all fires.  All good except the price – $44/night is way too much.  Showers ($2 for  6 minutes) available at the adjacent campground. Due to the price – 3 stars out of 5.
WEATHER:  Beautiful!  High 88.  Cool overnight.  Sunny, but smokey from fire
DRIVE:  5 hours

We got an early start since there wasn’t too much to do, and it was cold (30s) up in the mountains!  George did the driving today – first through the mountains.  We stopped in a town and picked up cell service to check to see if any slots had opened up to go to our destination via Rocky Mountain National Park.  Still nothing, so our only option was to go south to Denver, then loop around north again.

The Denver traffic was appalling and the road conditions terrible.  Lots and lots of semis.  I closed my eyes (no, I wasn’t driving!) most of the time.  George did well.

Once off the interstate, we found lovely scenery.  We will stay here for 5 nights as a base.  We want to spend a day or two in Fort Collins (beer Nirvana) and some other cute towns.  We also hope to be able to get a day pass to get into the national park. 

After getting set up, we drove over to the marina on the lake to see about possibly renting a pontoon one day.  Since they didn’t have wifi either, we drove to the nearest little town and used the library’s internet to get caught up a bit.

A view of our lake…

DINNER:  Even though the days are warm, it starts to chill down around dinner time, so I made some soup.  Broccoli, cheese, and bean soup.  I added fresh broccoli to the packaged soup.  Side was some more of our sourdough bread. 

We don’t have any cell service here, but we do have some TV reception, so we watched a few cooking shows on PBS after dinner.

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