Elevenmile Reservoir

You probably don’t know my friend Andrew Long.

We worked together in Phoenix some years ago at a newspaper, and he’s since moved on from newspapers. His latest project is the Hunter’s Database.

I’m happy that we’re still friends. He comes through town sometimes, and we try to catch fish.

This time, Adrienne and my daughter came along and endured our heavy drinking and bad jokes. We stayed at Elevenmile Reservoir — Andrew slept in the Jeep because he makes a lot of scary noises in the night. Adrienne and I stayed in the trailer. (The teenager went back to COS to catch an early flight.)

At the last minute on a Friday, it was fairly sketchy to find a camping spot at Elevenmile, but we managed to find a great spot by the water. It’s an OK place, but we prefer creeks and rivers. Still, the campsites were well apart from the others, and it didn’t feel crowded even though it was a weekend night. Overall, a decent experience. A solid B.

Elevenmile Reservoir campground, Colorado
Andrew, the daughter, Tori, and me at Elevenmile.

 

Elevenmile Reservoir campground, Colorado
Of course it rained when we were there. It rains every time we go camping. That's why we got a trailer to begin with. Rain. Every. Time.

 

Elevenmile Reservoir campground, Colorado
Elevenmile Reservoir campground, Colorado

 

Elevenmile Reservoir campground, Colorado
Of course after the storm comes a rainbow. Whatever. Knock it off with the raining already. It's a pain in the ass.

 

Elevenmile Reservoir campground, Colorado
Elevenmile Reservoir campground, Colorado

 

Elevenmile Reservoir campground, Colorado
Elevenmile Reservoir campground, Colorado

 

Elevenmile Reservoir campground, Colorado
Of the three of us, the 19-year-old girl caught fish. The rest of us came up empty. Elevenmile Reservoir campground, Colorado

 

Elevenmile Reservoir campground, Colorado
Wildflowers at Elevenmile Reservoir campground, Colorado

 

Elevenmile Reservoir campground, Colorado
Wildflowers. Elevenmile Reservoir campground, Colorado

 

Elevenmile Reservoir campground, Colorado
Elevenmile Reservoir campground, Colorado

 

Elevenmile Reservoir campground, Colorado
Despite the rain and the not catching of any fish (except for that teen girl), we had delicious food. Hot dogs, some kind of corn medley. My kid needs longer shorts.

 

Elevenmile Reservoir campground, Colorado
Thinking about going out and not catching any fish.

 

Elevenmile Reservoir campground, Colorado
Instead of catching fish, I think I'll just sit here a little in the sun and consider all of life's mysteries.

 

Elevenmile Reservoir campground, Colorado
Campfire. We had one.