Monthly Archives: June 2017

Love My Rivers

June 16, 2017

Colorado is beautiful.  Snow capped mountains, etc.  I am personally obsessed with rivers.  This has nothing to do with fishing.  Due to the peak snowfalls, all of the West is having major runoff. This means very high water levels and no fly fishing.

In Colorado and Wyoming you are at the source of most of the water in the lower 48. I get fascinated by how just traveling a few miles, we are at a different river, flowing in different direction.  It’s that Continental Divide thing.

Today we are camping in one of our best Boondocking (free) spots, overlooking Twin Lakes. This is near the headwaters of the Arkansas River.  The Arkansas flows about 1500 miles before becoming part of the Missouri, then the Mississippi, and eventually flowing into the Gulf of Mexico.

A few days ago we drove near the source of the Gunnison.  The Gunnison is a tributary of the Colorado which almost flows to the Pacific via the Gulf of California. It should be noted that it “almost” gets there after being Sucked Dry by Lake Powell and Lake Mead for hydroelectric power and the agriculture needs of California.

Four days ago we camped on the bank of the Rio Grande near its headwaters. The Rio Grande flows to the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way, it forms part of the Mexico–United States border. You know, where that big wall is gonna go.😳

Enough education for today. If I remember, class will continue with Wyoming in a few weeks.

Slowing Down


June 1, 2017

After 3 hard days of driving from Nashville we needed to stay put.  We are in Taos, NM.  I don’t think we can call this camping.  We are staying for 10 nights at an RV Park in town.  This stay is a repeat from last year.  But I really like this area and am forcing Leslie and Rex to like it also.

This is different for us.  We are used to moving every 3 or 4 days and being in the thick of nature.  Now it is road trips to the surrounding sights and easy food foraging.

Yesterday, we visited Ted Turner on his Vemejo Park Ranch (well maybe we only drove across a small part of the over 500,000 acres and never saw Ted or another vehicle).  I only hope he can protect it from the fate I fear for our beautiful Federal lands out West.  We saw elk, pronghorn, dear, bison and a large black bear.