Monday, August 23, 2010

Family Camping Trip

Julie has taken a bulk of the blog writing duties recently, but I will step in for a few now, to give her fingers a rest!  Typically this time of year, around the second week of August, the Lamb family will congregate somewhere near Buena Vista, CO for a family camping trip.  This year, Julie's Uncle Bob came up from Texas to come camping, and to mix things up, we went camping around Salida, CO, in the Angel of Shavano campground.  Despite Julie's fancy pants new camera, neither of us thought to take pictures of the camp site, or get a group photo, but we did get a picture of the the Angel of Shavano (a formation on the mountain).  We are new at this fancy camera thing (don't mind the Jeep antenna).

The Angel

Fortunately we did take the opportunity to go on a very lovely hike, which we did document very well in pictures!  Julie found the hike in a book we bought at Costco, called 100 Classic Hikes in Colorado.  Much like the title suggests, it shows 100 hikes in Colorado, unfortunately only one of those hikes was anywhere near our camp site.  With little option, we took the 'Strenuous' hike to Waterdog Lakes.  The start of the hike said to find a pull out on the side of the road, across from some signs that you can't see from the road.  That was all Julie's internal compass needed, and not 15 minutes outside of the campground, we found it!

Trailhead sign

The hike was around 7 miles, 3 miles were pretty straight up, 1 mile oooohhh-ing and aaaahhh-ing at the lakes, and 3 miles back down.  Uncle Bob, Julie and I took our time, gazed at the incredibly blue sky (seriously, I stopped three or four times just to look at how blue it was) and arrived at the lakes in no time!

The first lake

Bob enjoys gadgets and comparing GPS accuracy, so I showed him our progress on my GPS!

Showing off the GPS

Mikey and the upper lake

The lower lake again

The next day, tired from our excursion, Debbie had the great idea to go to a local winery for a wine tasting!!  The Mountain Spirit Winery has a great gig going, they get the grapes from Grand Junction, CO, make some great wine, have tourists come taste a glass or two, and then sell them all sorts of wine.  Being smart and savvy consumers who would never fall for such a ploy, we managed to leave the place with only 3 bottles of very excellent wine!

The grounds of the 'farm' were full of old buildings and equipment, and even had a few apple trees!

The winery!


Julie and wine

Finally, the day for Julie and I to leave came, but not before we took the Jeep for a 4 wheel drive excursion to an old mining town long abandoned and a great waterfall.  We had a great time camping, and were sad to see it end so soon!

Old house

Creek crossing

The Waterfall

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