Camping at Railroad Bridge, Arkansas Headwaters, Colorado

We never did get to camping at Railroad Bridge after we said we wanted to. We moved to Chicago shortly after that post was made and haven’t been able to go camping much. But we visited Colorado Springs to get the rest of our stuff from storage a few weeks ago and decided to go then. Our friends Shawn and Chenelle (and Bert!) came with.

First things first: Donuts from Amy’s in Colorado Springs. Since the Donut Mill is so unreliable, and Amy’s is new, we thought we’d give her a try. They were good!

amy's donuts, colorado springs

On our way! Rain as per usual.

rain in colorado

As soon as we got there we set up the tent and the rain fly! Since we sold the trailer, we’ve been tent camping again- but we bought a good Coleman tent with a huge rain fly. So far so good.

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Next up, some fishing for Mike. Be careful, that water is deep and fast moving!

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While I lounged and took pictures.

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Eventually Shawn, Chenelle, and Bert(!) showed up.

bert and shawn at arkansas river

Later Shawn decided to try to make a campfire with some high tech fire starters he was reviewing for his blog. I scoffed and made one the old fashioned way.

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Still trying…

how not to build a fire

Mine is taking off.

me and my fire

The guys finally gave up and used my fire for some tasty hot dogs.

The guys finally gave up and used my fire for some tasty hot dogs.

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campfire

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goodnight moon

The next morning we tried to make another fire so we could boil water for coffee since we didn’t bring a stove. It was not as easy as we thought it would be but somehow it worked out. This coffee in tea bags isn’t so bad.

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Found a nice spot to drink it.

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Then packed up, took a couple more pictures, and went for breakfast in Buena Vista.

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Had some coffee and a yummy breakfast burrito at Buena Vista Roastery.

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Buena Vista Roastery, Colorado

Also got to see my favorite Colorado phenomenon: raining while it’s sunny.

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Hope to return soon.

 

We sold our cute little vintage Play Mor travel trailer last month, so here’s a repost from last year

When we got this beat-up little trailer, we didn’t know how much work it’d be — or how much fun! Every project seemed to lead to another project, and so on. We had to leave the trailer behind for now, but we’re by no means finished with it.

Here’s a quick roundup of the work we’ve done on it so far:

  • Painted interior
  • Painted exterior, bondo’d and filled holes and imperfections
  • Changed tires
  • Repacked / greased bearings
  • Replaced screen in door
  • Lubricated leaf springs
  • Upholstered cushions
  • Caulked and sealed exterior seams
  • Replaced exterior trim screws
  • Changed taillights
  • Replaced exterior outlet access
  • Installed bottle opener (probably among the more important upgrades)
  • Replaced wood under rear skin
  • Removed carpeting
  • Installed LED interior lights
  • Replaced exterior cord housing
  • Replaced fresh-water hose
  • Replaced drain on water tank
  • Replaced supply line on water tank
  • Installed flanges on exterior water supply / drain
  • Replaced all interior hardware
  • Replaced ice box with storage shelves
  • Made curtains
  • Installed interior trim / moulding
  • Shortened bunk bed for storage needs
  • Installed Ikea bathroom shelf and toilet paper holder
  • Purchased a portable toilet
I know a lot of you all out there are restoring and fixing up your old Play-Mors (and others). How’s it going?

Here she is on one of her very first trips — to Deckers.

 

And here she is on her final trip, somewhere in Wyoming.

 

A work in progress. We used Clark & Kensington exterior paint we picked up at Ace Hardware, and despite my reservations about its durability, it went on well and has held up so far.

 

The interior as it was when we bought it. Dark and panelly.

 

Cushions fresh from the upholsterer.

 

After some sprucing up, and with the cushions in place. Much lighter.

 

Now, with curtains and the bedding. Downright livable!

 

The best part of any project is napping in the middle of it.

 

The dining room, complete with chandelier.

 

In the dark of night, Blair Witch-style.

 

Getting the bearings out and lubed up.

 

After pulling up the nasty carpet, we find the original floor in excellent shape. Score.

 

When I said earlier that the best part of the project is napping in it, I was wrong. The best part is enjoying a beer in it beside the creek.

 

When it came time for the tedious interior painting, Adrienne got in and worked the tight spots.

 

Hard to believe this thing ended up looking as good as it did.

 

Some paint, some shelves, and it’s so much nicer.

 

Adrienne’s bedroom. Cozy.

 

This is typical of what the exterior looked like: Skin peeling off the edges, stripped screws, weird wires attached to the seams for no reason at all.

 

Part of what makes the whole thing work so well are the details, like this candle thing. This is Adrienne’s doing.

 

New paint, new reflectors, new screen door, and this old gal’s ready for travel.

So we’ve packed her away for a while till we figure out what we’re doing with our lives, and I can’t wait to get back to camping. There is beer to drink and fish to catch.

Railroad Bridge Campground, Arkansas Headwaters, Colorado

While we were up at the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, we went and checked out a few other campgrounds. Most of them were as unremarkable as Rincon, but there was one we really liked and will probably go camping at next summer.

Railroad Bridge is really neat. The camper/trailer/RV spots aren’t that great because they are set up in a parking lot type configuration. But the tent sites are really nice. Lots of plants and privacy.

Railroad Bridge trailer and RV area.

Railroad Bridge trailer and RV area.

Railroad Bridge tent site

Railroad Bridge tent site

Railroad Bridge campground is on the Arkansas River away from any major roads

Railroad Bridge campground is on the Arkansas River away from any major roads

Lots of fishing in The Arkansas River at Railroad Bridge campground

Lots of fishing in The Arkansas River at Railroad Bridge campground

Railroad Bridge Campground, Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Colorado

Railroad Bridge Campground, Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Colorado

Railroad Bridge Campground, Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Colorado

Railroad Bridge Campground, Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Colorado

Railroad Bridge Campground, Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Colorado

Railroad Bridge Campground, Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Colorado

Railroad Bridge Campground, Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Colorado

Railroad Bridge Campground, Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Colorado

Railroad Bridge Campground, Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Colorado

Railroad Bridge Campground, Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Colorado

Might have to bring the tent!

Arkansas Headwaters-Rincon Campground, Colorado

I love camping now that we have the trailer. It’s really easy because just about everything is already packed up and ready to go. I also like not having to put up a tent or be cooped up in the tent, or have to take down the tent in a huff when it rains.

Much better than a tent.

Much better than a tent.

Much better than sleeping on the ground.

Much better than sleeping on the ground.

I finally gave in to the sleeping bags instead of regular bedding- after the one time we used regular bedding and practically froze to death. These sleeping bags are super warm and cozy.

I finally gave in to the sleeping bags instead of regular bedding- after the one time we used regular bedding and practically froze to death. These sleeping bags are super warm and cozy.

I can cook all sorts of things on our fancy camper stove.

I can cook all sorts of things on our fancy camper stove.

But I still have a few other requirements.

I like to be by the water. Like right by the water.  I want a campsite right on the water, ok?

So looking around online I found Rincon Campground, on the Arkansas River. Sure, it was by a road, but it’s probably a small campground type road, right?

Rincon Campground is RIGHT ON THE ROAD- a big, busy road!

Rincon Campground is RIGHT ON THE ROAD- a big, busy road!

Wrong, Highway 50 is a big, busy road! And this campground is like 30 feet from the actual road. Not good.

When we got there, I needed to make a phone call and there was no cell service. I was also cranky about the road sitch, so I drove up to Salida, just a few miles away to a cafe I like, Cafe Dawn and had a cafe mocha and made my phone call. No whipped cream, but whatever. Also, all the locals, who looked like the belonged in The Highwaymen, kept giving me weird looks. Still, it’s a cute little place and the service is very friendly.

Cafe Mocha from Cafe Dawn, Salida, Colorado

Cafe Mocha from Cafe Dawn, Salida, Colorado

When I got back, Mike had gotten us all situated and was doing some fishing.

Camping at Rincon Campground, Colorado

Camping at Rincon Campground, Colorado

Mike fishing in The Arkansas River at Rincon Campground, Colorado

Mike fishing in The Arkansas River at Rincon Campground, Colorado

It's very pretty up there and would be awesome if not for the stupid road. Couldn't they have put the campground on the other side of the river at least?

It's very pretty up there and would be awesome if not for the stupid road. Couldn't they have put the campground on the other side of the river at least?

The other side of the river would make a fine spot for a campground.

The other side of the river would make a fine spot for a campground.

Anyhow, since I was majorly vexed by the road, I decided to start Happy Hour early.

Anyhow, since I was majorly vexed by the road, I decided to start Happy Hour early.

And since Mike wasn't catching anything, he decided to join me.

And since Mike wasn't catching anything, he decided to join me.

There's not much better than a campfire, a bottle of wine, and some snacks.

There's not much better than a campfire, a bottle of wine, and some snacks.

Nighty Night!

Nighty Night!

Have I mentioned that a trailer is way better than a tent?

Have I mentioned that a trailer is way better than a tent?

In the morning Mike decided to try his luck at fishing again.

In the morning Mike decided to try his luck at fishing again.

While I had some coffee by the river.

While I had some coffee by the river.

Morning on The Arkansas River at Rincon Campground, Colorado

Morning on The Arkansas River at Rincon Campground, Colorado

Later we went into Salida and had breakfast.

Ahhhhh, pancakes.

Ahhhhh, pancakes.

On our way home we saw this funny truck.

Many LOLs.

Many LOLs.

I will leave you with this video that reminds me of Rincon Campground.

 

 

St. Charles Campground, Lake Isabel, CO

We’ve been wanting to go camping one last time this year but things keep coming up and we haven’t been able to go. So last week, instead of going camping, we took a drive to investigate some of the campgrounds we haven’t been to yet and to see some fall foliage.
Lots of pretty leaves in the San Isabel Forest, Colorado.

Lots of pretty leaves in the San Isabel Forest, Colorado.

We wanted to check out St. Charles at Lake Isabel and Alvarado, near Westcliffe. We were unable to actually FIND Alvarado, tho!

St. Charles was really nice. We’ll definitely go there next year.

The entrance to St. Charles Campground near Lake Isabel, CO

The entrance to St. Charles Campground near Lake Isabel, CO

St. Charles campground, Lake Isabel, CO

St. Charles campground, Lake Isabel, CO

There was no one there when we went, which was the last week it was open this season.

There are 15 sites, most situated on a little stream, The St. Charles Creek.

Some of the campsites at St. Charles Campground, Colorado

Some of the campsites at St. Charles Campground, Colorado

The campsites are more secluded from each other than some other campgrounds, but you would still be able to see your neighbor. The sites also seemed pretty large compared to some of the other places we’ve been.

The creek was pretty low last week, not sure if it’s higher in the summer. But there were plenty of fish. It’s a pretty small stream, and tight in spots so fishing might be a challenge. There’s also a big lake, Lake Isabel, within walking distance.

The St. Charles Creek, Colorado

The St. Charles Creek, Colorado

The St. Charles Creek, Colorado

The St. Charles Creek, Colorado

Lake Isabel near St. Charles Creek and Campground, CO

Lake Isabel near St. Charles Creek and Campground, CO

Lake Isabel near St. Charles Creek and Campground, CO

Lake Isabel near St. Charles Creek and Campground, CO

More fall foliage near Lake Isabel, CO

More fall foliage near Lake Isabel, CO

Lake Isabel is near Bishop's Castle, which is a whole 'nother experience.

Lake Isabel is near Bishop's Castle, which is a whole 'nother experience.

Bishop's Castle near Lake Isabel, Colorado

Bishop's Castle near Lake Isabel, Colorado

Bishop's Castle near Lake Isabel, Colorado

Bishop's Castle near Lake Isabel, Colorado

You can read more about Bishop’s Castle here.