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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Camping in Colorado...

We spent Labor Day weekend camping at the Colorado State Park at Navajo Lake!  The lake is actually 2/3 in New Mexico and 1/3 in Colorado.  It's a pretty big lake for New Mexico/Colorado... but doesn't compare to the Great Lakes that we are used to.

The drive up to the 4 corners area was absolutely beautiful!  New Mexico has a lot more to offer the eyes that what I could have ever imagined.  It looks like one of those Southwestern calendars everywhere you look.  If that's not good enough, it's pretty sparse when it comes to population... we drove thirty miles from home and we were in middle of nowhere!  Nice.


This is the view of Navajo Lake from the New Mexico side... there were a lot of circa 1970's house boats on the lake.  The boys really got a kick out of the ones with slides on them!

We managed to land in Ignacio (a little town about 15 miles away from Navajo Lake State Park, CO) right at the beginning of their bike week weekend... we needed to go two blocks into town to make a right turn and instead sat in the most traffic we have seen since we moved from Northern Virginia!  It was actually kind of funny... we were in the middle of nowhere and stuck in traffic!

I love this picture... it looks like the Fall colors have taken over the trees.  It's actually the pinks and reds in the sunset that made everything look like Fall!

Campfires every night!  We had a lot of fun.  The first night we froze our behinds off with 40 degree weather and wretched wind.  We survived and were blessed with nicer, calmer weather the second night.    We were for the most part unscathed except Ethan came back with a runny nose and a little cough.

Thought about hooking up a house boat to the hitch and driving off... and then we remembered that there wasn't any room in the yard for it!

Couldn't be a trip to the lake without a little fishing... we didn't catch anything, but Max had a great time catching sticks and swimming.

We were a little disappointed that there wasn't swimming allowed unless you took a boat out and swam off of it... no beach at all.  Oh well, it was just nice looking at the water!

Max is whooped after all of the activity!

Apparently a railroad used to run through the area and service two towns... which are now buried under the water in the lake!

San Juan river on the way home... it flows out of the massive dam on the other side of the lake.  I tried to take a picture of the Dam Deli, but it didn't turn out... oh well.

More of the view... this place is insane!  No wonder it's the Land of Enchantment.  They've got everything here... High Desert, Mountains, Mesas, Foothills, White Sands, Cactus, Snakes, Elk, Pines, Lakes, Rivers, Corn Fields... there's a lot of variety... granted, the rivers and the lakes are few and far in between as New Mexico is the state with the smallest surface water per surface area... it's something like less than 3%.  Just enough to have some to visit.  It hasn't been a huge adjustment because even though we lived near lots of water in Northern Virginia, we didn't spend very much time on it.

I do know that we are going to have to get a 4 season tent to camp here anytime outside of mid June to mid August... the elevation causes the nights to really cool down.  The heater works great unless the wind whips up under the rain fly and clears out the warm air... and then it does a mediocre job warming the outside!  Live and learn...

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