April 26 - 28, 2022
For about an hour Tuesday morning I waffle between stay and go. Bill doesn't care either way, leaves it to me as the driver.
Once again winds of 20-30 mph are forecast for our travel day. We already know that eastern Colorado is not the most visually exciting route so adding nasty driving conditions isn't appealing......but, we're ready to move on to a new area.
So in the end we pack up and pull out before 10:00. And it's a good choice as the wind is again pushing us without the stress of gusts from the side. Highways 160, 350 and 50 are as expected - a car, a curve, a truck, a knoll. Not much.
|A lot of this.|
|Eight foot short power lines along the railroad - like they're waiting for water to grow big.|
|More interesting from space!|Lamar Sportsman RV and Horse Motel is right on Hwy 50 and is 98% permanent residents. When the phone number posted to reach someone for assistance is out of order I'm skeptical about this choice of stop. But a resident sees us and calls the manager. Eventually I get checked in, and after driving around looking for a site with sewer, we get set up. 50 amp FHUs on level dirt, small sites with a strip of grass. The first grass in a long time!
Lamar is another small town with a Walmart as the largest business. La Mission Villanueva restaurant is a nice surprise with good food and margaritas.
Late afternoon Bill brings Tessa inside telling me there's a loose pit bull in our site. Hate to prejudge, but also don't need to take chances. A few minutes later our neighbor knocks on the door to see if the dog attacked ours. It's attacked their dog twice, and when I ask he confirms someone is coming to pick it up today. So very nice and concerned residents, but another mark against this quiet little park.
|Not Santa Fe, but a decent stuffed sopapilla.|
With wind returning on our scheduled travel day (of course), we decide that three nights in Lamar is really more than we need. Our site at Scott Lake SP is available, so I add a night to our reservation and we make plans to pull out on Thursday. While the weather this time of year is challenging, space availability isn't an issue yet. We love the freedom of being able to move or stay longer as circumstances change.
One thing I did differently when planning this route was to make a list of interesting things/places to see at each stop. For this one there is the Petrified Wood Gas Station (who wouldn't want to see that?), and John Martin Reservoir SP. After our visit to the state park we agree this is the place to stay if you're in the area - beautiful, huge campgrounds with water views.
After lunch we head out for some exploring under cloudy, squinty skies. Nothing like gray above to enhance brown below :-)
|Petrified Wood Building - 175,000,ooo years old, built of wood and turned to stone. Although this is the sign on the front, I suspect the wood may have turned to stone before it was used to make the building!|
|1899 Star Schoolhouse - nice to see the community working to raise funds for restoration,|
|One of two very large campgrounds - Hasty Campground at the state park with electric sites in the trees.|
|A small remaining pond on the down side of the dam with very nice covered fishing platforms.|
|By now we're not surprised to see the reservoir at 60% capacity, with acres of land previously under water.|
|Lower water levels expose interesting rock layers.|
|Day Use area at The Point just past the second campground, all dry camping with no trees.|
|In addition to robins, sparrows, swallows, killdeer, a hawk, and a couple vultures, we see this beautiful, lone pelican.|
Back home we get the laundry caught up for another five days without sewer hookup. Thursday morning we're on the move again.
|The old barn catches my eye along the highway, and then we see all the goats! From a couple rams to several babies, all are healthy and too cute.|
I can't even see the sopapilla under everything on that plate! Love the gas station, I wonder how much it's building materials are worth these days, I'm surprised no one has started to dismantle it! Did Bill fish? Did Bill catch anything?ReplyDelete
It was under there, and tasty! That gas station is the only thing to "see" in the little town so I imagine it's safe. It's also in the middle of town on Main St :-) No fishing for us, and only one boat out on the water.Delete
Of all the different ways we have been thru Denver, route 50 is not one. And a decent sopapilla doesn't make it to the bucket list :)ReplyDelete
But a gas station made of petrified wood ... now I'm interested!
LOL that's fair. And now that you've seen the gas station here, you're pretty much covered!Delete
It’s Gay…I’m with Jeff! Love the gas station, the old bricks on the schoolhouse, and the goat barn! And the golden grass with the water in the background is a winner too!ReplyDelete
Thanks Gay. Grasses are always a favorite and on this dreary day their color really popped!Delete
I have a notebook that I've been filling with all of the things we want to do at each stop in our travels this summer. I've been writing notes for months, and it's getting full! But there is not a petrified wood gas station on my list, LOL. I'm willing to bet there's only one of those in the entire world.ReplyDelete
If you do find another one you'll have to let us know!!Delete
Love anything built with petrified wood. Very cool! Great old barn and those goats are adorable. Finding a travel day without wind doesn't seem to exist.ReplyDelete
Hard to beat baby goats for cute. Looking forward we might lose the wind in Iowa, but we're also not anxious to replace it with humidity. Alas we can't go everywhere in the Fall so we'll make do :-)Delete
Planning on a day trip to that area while in Pueblo. Great preview.ReplyDelete
The reservoir should have lot of birds in the fall!Delete
I love your posts. They are so often so funny like this one – “a car, a curve, a truck a knoll”, power lines waiting to grow big and looks better from outer space. Poor Eastern Colorado. I’d say you deserved that margarita. How fabulous to be able to move or stay at will. Those are fond memories for me of when we first started out 11 years ago. I think I’m about as fond of petrified wood being used to build something as I am of advertising petroglyphs that Gaelyn had this week. But the schoolhouse is lovely and really does look “western”. Nice job of finding what was out there. Actually I'll take humidity over wind.ReplyDelete
Glad to give you a smile!Delete
Not sure where they found the petrified wood, but it was over 100 years ago and didn't catch on :-) The schoolhouse is very solid, I'd love to see inside. Oh yes, humidity doesn't mean pulling in the dang slides or exhausting drives!
Maybe the power lines are less likely to blow over if short. There isn't much around to stop the wind. Your list adds to my list.ReplyDelete
We thought of the wind factor, but on the other side of the road the power lines were regular height!?Delete