Joe and I took the long weekend to explore a new part of Colorado and a National Park neither of us had been to! On Friday morning we hit the road heading south…about an hour into the drive we realized we forgot the tent!!!!!!!! So…we had to turn around and drive the hour back to Denver and start all over…MAJOR FAIL. We should have taken this as a sign because things just kept going wrong all weekend….it actually started to get a little funny.
We stopped for lunch in Colorado Springs at the Colorado Mountain Brewery. I had the fish taco’s which were really good. Unfortunately, I left my new favorite jacket over the back of the chair and didn’t realize it until we were about 30 minutes down the road again…aaaarrrggghhhh!!!! I called an spoke to the hostess who said she had it in her hands and would put a note with my contact info on it and I could pick it up on Sunday when I passed back through Colorado Springs. Sounded perfect (more on this later).
It was about a 4 1/2 hour drive to our campsite by the park. There is normally a beautiful lake right there, but it was completely dry because of how little snow they got over the winter 😦 boo!!! The views of Great Sand Dunes National Park were outstanding though!
We set up camp right before dinner time and then got started prepping some food and building a fire. We made foil packet meals again – this time with brussels, red skinned potatoes, and BBQ’d chicken – turned out really good!
Saturday morning we had breakfast and then jumped in the jeep to head to the park. We found a great (ie- super steep!) trail to go for a little run on. We headed straight up for about 2.5 miles before turning around to run the 2.5 down. Felt good to be back on a trail – this was the first time since Leadville last weekend.
We walked around the dunes a bit….there is usually a beautiful river flowing right at the base, but this too was really dry because of the winter snow pack. None the less- the scenery is just mind boggling…so many different landscapes in one place!
After lunch we headed back to our campsite. There was a Ute coming to perform and give a talk around the bonfire. We showed up a little late and they had to relocate to just a tiny fire near the ranger’s station. The winds were pretty hire and the fire danger in Colorado is out of control right now. It was pretty cool to listen to him talk and watch him dance!
After watching the Ute, we built a fire and made some dinner – easy peasy veggie burgers this time. Unfortunately it started raining while we were eating, so we had to kind of shovel it in really quickly, clean everything up and rush into the tent before we got totally soaked!
After a couple hours, we got back on the road…next stop- picking up my jacket in Colorado Springs…..remember, it was suppose to be waiting there with my name on it right?…..well, after lots of searching, they couldn’t seem to locate it. They also didn’t even seem concerned that they completely lost (or one of their employees stole) my brand new $130 jacket. Can you imagine how pleased I was? Joe has since written a scathing email to the company and I can guarantee I will never return to that restaurant. IF YOU LIVE IN COLORADO- DO NOT GO THERE!!! I am pretty much still irate and it’s been 2 days. Ugh….anyway….
The rest of Sunday was spent being lazy on the couch….pretty delightful actually 🙂
Have you ever had an experience like I did with my jacket? What did you do?!?!