Denver, Colorado

July 10th - 11th

Guess who? Yup, it´s Sis Monster herself (Sissy for short)

Rocky Mountain high

Snow patches still prevelant

Shadow Mountain Lake

John standing at the shoreline of Grand Lake

We drove through the rest of Kansas and half of Colorado to reach the Denver KOA at about 1500. After setting up the campsite and pouring a drink or two, we met Patty from California, Freda from Denver and Kim/David also from Colorado. Then it was time for a short nap which lasted about 12 hours. Yup, that´s right! We didn´t wake up until the next morning. Sissy heard the late evening thunderstorm, but John slept right through it. Sissy knew better than to wake John for such a minor incident (remember Dallas and the hail storm)?

Sissy standing beside our truck at Denver KOA. Notice the threatening sky in the background.

The next morning it was up bright and early for a day trip into the mountains just west of Denver. But first, John wanted breakfast so Sissy cooked scrambled eggs, toast and coffee. Sissy opted for another bowl of cocoa krispies and toast.

John wanted to go through Boulder so we did taking I36 toward the Rocky Mountain National Park. We drove through Estes Lake & Park, Arapaho National Forest, Roosevelt National Forest, Rocky Mountain National Park, Lake Gandy, Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Lake. We also drove by numerous ski resorts along the way (all of which were closed for the summer season).

Two ducks kissing on the shoreline of Lake Estes.

A couple of interesting things happened during our day trip that deserve to be mentioned. First, we were driving up the mountains about 35 MPH when a deer jumped from one side of the road to the other. John slowed down just in time to see the second deer getting ready to do the same thing. It was a good thing he elected not to however, because he would´ve landed on top of our hood. Instead, the deer took a second look and then scooted up the mountain side. Second, Sissy was outside the truck taking pics when John watched her lose her footing and almost roll down the mountain. John would´ve paid big bucks to see that happen.

A wild and very spoiled creature of the Rocky Mountains. Notice the fat, human fed cheeks.

Well, after a full day in the mountains it was time to head back to the campground and dinner. Traffic was rather congested in Denver but we made it. Sissy cooked steak, potatoes and macaroni/cheese for our meal and it was delicious. John made sure the water tanks were almost empty for our trip through the mountains the next day with the trailer in tow. Then, it was computer work, TV watching and bedtime.

Lava Rock at 12,020 feet above sea level.

John & Sissy EXCLUSIVE RATINGS: (1 bad - good 10)

  • Campground - 7
  • People - 8
  • Roads - 10
  • Scenery - 10
  • Traffic - 9
  • Things to Do - 10
  • Weather - 9

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