Spruce Lake RV Park is by far the busiest place we've ever stayed. Even more so than state parks along the beach. All of the 100+ sites are full, the group picnic area is packed each night, all the cabins have families, dozens of children in the swimming pool and playground, and campers talk loudly to each other from everywhere in the park. It is more like summer camp than an RV park.
Bill learns from the hosts that there is a family reunion here - 60 people! That makes sense. They're a big group who all know each other :-) Evenings and nights are still quiet so that's a plus.
I venture through town for groceries on Saturday morning. With two events - The Westerniers and The Midsummer Scandinavian Festival - it is wall-to-wall people. Young traffic "enforcers" help keep cars and pedestrians moving at each signal. Given the huge numbers, the chaos is pretty organized!
Around mid-day Bill calls me to come outside. I see that he is now wearing a new shiny "head piece". He's done a masterful job of embedding two hooks of a treble-hook into his scalp. His idea that I'm going to pull it out with pliers is optimistic and unrealistic - we're going to urgent care. Not only do I not laugh (out loud), but I don't take a photo. I regret the latter greatly :-)
Everyone at urgent care has fun with their "patient" and of course have stories of much more "impressive" fish hook incidents that have walked in.
|Evidence after the fact|
Street vendors and large crowds are not something that Bill enjoys so he drops me off and comes back for more fishing. The previous day's medical emergency has not scared him off!
The festival is very popular and all the pastry, clothing, art, textiles, and pottery vendors are doing a brisk business. There is a Saab club and I'm so sorry I forget to get a pic of the cute little cars.
|Lots of folks enjoy the festival|
|Interesting old structure on the hill overlooking the park|
|I've never seen a Maypole with the cross beam. Covered in flowers and vines, it is impressive.|
We stay to see the "peek-a-boo" dance (very fun), and then head across the street for lunch. We enjoy catching up at Casa Grande - another restaurant with a lovely view. They have to get to the airport so all too soon we say our good-byes. How fun to meet up in this beautiful place!
|Chris, Megan, Wendy, Daven and Alaric|
|Having fun with Mommy|
|River front coffee|
|Here ya go Pam!|
Monday we are heading back down to warmer temps, and out of Colorado for now. Estes Park is definitely one of the most beautiful places we've stayed. It is an expensive area, but it helps to know that a portion of the higher taxes go to the national park. We will be back - perhaps in May or September in an effort to avoid some of the crowds.