Anyway, B+D again scoped out good camp spots and found one in our first choice, the Angel of Shavano campground outside of Salida. Julie, Noah, and I made it to the campground fairly late because we left after we both got off of work. We had planned to leave about 600PM, but last minute details meant we left town about 700PM. Bill helped us set up the tent and we got to bed at a fairly reasonable hour.
The drive out was beautiful, we don't typically drive these roads at twilight, but it was really pretty. The valley west of Colorado Springs was green from a recent rain storm and the low light made it look wonderful.
|Great valley pictures|
The next day we woke up and found a nice hike. We did a short hike up to a small waterfall no more than a mile from our campground. After that hike, Julie and Bill had some books that needed reading, so Debbie, Noah, and I hiked up the Colorado Trail and got some great views of the valley we were camped in. We also got some great views of the strong thunderstorms that were headed our way, but hearing the thunder echo in the valley was something special.
|Noah leaving the tent in the morning|
|He really liked the backpack|
|He is almost asleep here!|
|The valley we camped in, the site is just off the picture to the right|
Those storms made it to our campground after lunch, and we hunkered down in the RV while it hailed and poured on us for a while. The tent held up great, but with lightning in the valley we decided not to risk it and slept in the comfort of the RV. B+D know how to travel, it was nice!
As luck would have it, my parents scheduled a bed and breakfast weekend in Salida, so we met them up for dinner at Amica's, the best pizza place in town.
|The whole family by the river|
|A rainbow in town, but the storms weren't done yet!|
Unfortunately, the next morning meant that we had to leave to go back home. As before, Noah had a great time with all of the rocks and loved hiking on my shoulders. We couldn't ask anything more from him in the great outdoors, and that gives us confidence that he'll like camping for years to come.