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Camping on the Poudre

Camping on the Poudre

Yup – it looks french, but here in Colorado we call it – the “Pooder” Whatever you call it, it’s a great river that runs from the rockies out toward Fort Collins and Beyond. We have camped at different places over the years and this year I decided to get us closer to a hike I wanted – Gray Mountain. So I picked a spot that had just a few spots and a walk in site to use our new fold up cart! It was early august and our official last camping for the season. This thing was amazing! We watched families take about 85 trips back and forth to their cars, we took, maybe 4! Woot! And putting away things at the end of the day – food smells etc – was def easier too! We got to our campsite early enough, and got everything set up and had time to relax and enjoy my new fav beverage cherry rum and coke! The view was toward the rest room, but if you overlooked that, being in a canyon was pretty cool. We couldn’t really the see the river, but we were close enough to hear the roar and relax. The camp hosts stopped by, they were located 5 miles the other direction down the road, and that is where the camp fire wood was. And they were kind enough to let us know that this camp ground was known to have rattle snakes. WTF? So i spent a bit of time watching the boys on their tethers and being worried about them finding one! Arg! Our dinner was another attempt at the “pizza roll”. It was slightly more successful but still not a keeper as far as camping cuisine goes. This time it did not stick to the foil, but it also was raw in the middle and burned on the outside. Boo. I like the idea, but think pocket pies or calzones are going to be more successful! Next day was an attempt to climb Mt Greylock. It was not successful. I always forget how hot that valley is. I (probably not we) shall return in the fall and do a successful summit! Pro tip: There is a parking lot across the road, but you can also park on the road in a pullout that puts you on the same side of the road as the beginning of the hike. There  is a switchback early on that can be missed and you can end up scrambling to find the trail, when you think you lost the trail, you probably did! Look behind you! After that failure, we took the rest of the day to relax, enjoy the campsite, rest and read!   The final day hubby finally got his camping pancakes. I hate pancakes because they are so messy, but i was reminded we have 2 furry roombas to take care of the plates prior to packing them! The morning was a little lazy and slow, but eventually we did as winston wanted and left the dirt and grime behind and headed on home! Definitely an interesting camp site. Not sure if we would want to be close to the water, people tended to stop at this camp ground even though the signs said no day use, they would meander through the camp sites closer to the water, and either hang out or meander back. We liked where we were, we had shade and close enough to the rest room and our car!
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