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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Back On The Road


On August 10, we closed up the house, turned on the alarm, jumped in the RV and headed West. Our first stop was Rifle Falls State Park. The park is about 11 miles from Rifle. We had blown by Rifle on I- 70 many times – it was time to stop for a visit.

The key attraction on the park is the falls (hence the name). 

There is a small well maintained little campground in the park - only 13 RV sites. This was a perfect spot to get back into RVing rhythm. 

Our new Carefree EZ ZipBlocker
We spent 4 days relaxing, hiking around the falls, touring the Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery (the largest state-owned trout production hatchery in Colorado), and visiting the town of Rifle. 

Main Street Rifle truly is unique. On one side of the street is Shooters Grill. How many restaurants have you been in where the wait staff packs heat? On the other side of the street is the medical and recreational cannabis store. Again, I say unique.

Our next stop – Ridgway State Park. For us Ridgway is special. It is where our volunteer camp hosting all began back in May 2011. But besides that it is at the front door of arguably the most majestic part of Colorado. 

Haze from wildfires in the West

With the Cimarron Range to the East and the San Juan’s as a backdrop, Ouray, Silverton and Telluride are all within easy reach. We took day trips to each.

It was great fun catching-up with park rangers and staff not to mention our volunteer camp host “mentors” Bob and Lois.

A special treat this visit was getting a chance to meet up and spend time with Sue and Dave Bank (Beluga’s excellent adventure) and of course Sasha and Lewis. 

The highlight being a day on the lake where Dave and Rick tried paddle boarding. Both agreed it was a ton of fun and easier than anticipated.

When we originally started out our plan was to head to the North West. However, with much of the area we wanted to visit dealing with tragic forest fires we decided to stay fluid and change plans. We are now going to stay in Colorado until the end of September and then head to Albuquerque for Balloon Fest.

On our car trip to Silverton we “stumbled” across a dispersed camping area along Forest Service Road 585 which is about 3 miles North of Silverton. Of course to get to this spot from Ridgway meant driving our RV up the Million Dollar Highway (Hwy 550). While this is one of the most beautiful drives in the US it is also one of the most dangerous. There are long stretches where you are driving on the outside along exposed (no guardrail) road with little or no shoulder and a long way down. Rather, than snap a shot, I kept my eyes on the road but here is a picture from 

On this trip we decided not to tow. So, JoAnne followed me in our little Honda Fit.

Yes, the trip was worth it. We snagged a wonderful dispersed camping site and are settled in until after Labor Day.

Next up – our time in Silverton.