LOCATION: Near Loveland, Colorado in NE part of state
CAMPGROUND: Another night at Lake Carter Campground
WEATHER: Beautiful! High 89. Warmer at night – 50
Since we don’t have any cell service or internet here at the campground, we drove into town bright and early to use the library’s wifi. We were trying to get a ticket to allow us into the Rocky National Park. In an effort to control crowds, the park issues a certain number of “timed entry” tickets for every 2-hour block during the day. I had looked previously for a day this week when we could go, but there weren’t any available. Someone told me that they issue 200 additional slots right at 8:00 each morning. If you log on exactly at 8:00, you can sometimes get one of these additional tickets. So, sitting in our pickup in front of the library at 8:00, we went to the government website. There were indeed 200 slots for the 10:00 – 12:00 time frame for one day this week. We experienced a snag trying to log in and by the time we were logged in (about 2 minutes later), there were only 3 tickets left! We managed to get a ticket for Thursday, even though in my nervousness I goofed up the payment, and overpaid. We will just consider it a government donation.
We packed a picnic lunch and went off to the marina to spend the day on Lake Carter. We rented a pontoon for a half-day. George bought a fishing license and some worms, and Ship Ahoy! It was a beautiful day to be on the lake. It is hard to imagine that we were in sub-freezing temperatures, snow, and ice just a few days ago!
George cannot sit idly so decided to repair the ladder that hooks on to the side of the pontoon.
Then, he tried it out, giving himself a little bath…
The water is COLD!
He fished all day, but didn’t catch anything. This is my idea of fishing…..(reading a book)…
Back at the campground, we sat outside enjoying the late afternoon with a margarita. This is the view from our site…
DINNER: Salmon burgers. This is a nice recipe to make when you don’t have any fresh or frozen seafood on hand…..1 can salmon (I buy the cheapest kind), some breadcrumbs, a bit of mayonnaise, 1 egg, dill, salt and pepper. This makes 3 patties which George grilled on the propane grill. There is a fire ban throughout Colorado so we cannot cook over the fire. I baked some TakeNBake buns in the oven. Side was the remaining corn on the cob from the farmers’ market the other day.
BOOK: “The Winemaker’s Wife” by Kristin Harmel. This historial fiction book tells the story of 3 couples intertwined during the German invasion of France in WWII, taking place in a well-known chateau in the Champagne region. 4 stars out of 5