Our home for a few weeks is the Shady Creek RV Park in Cedaredge, Co, a quirky little park that is basically in someone’s backyard. It’s hot here at just over 6,200’ but it’s only a 15 mile drive up to the top of Grand Mesa, the largest flat mountain in the world, at 10,000’. We’ve been up there a couple times already and have plans for a few day trips to other interesting places not too far from here.
Our private, shady site is next to a small building which houses a washer, dryer and restroom. The owner is not crazy about kids so she rarely rents sites to families unless it’s just for a night or two. She would rather have quiet old retirees like us, so this ought to be a nice place to be over the 4th of July.
We are chipping away at our to-do list, having ordered a few things, washed both the car and Lazy Daze, and started refinishing some of the kitchen drawers and cabinets that were looking pretty bad. We just sanded them lightly, touched up worn spots with some stain, and used Minwax Wipe-On Poly. The problem is it takes 3 coats so it’s an all day process, but the ones we’ve done so far look much better.
Here are some photos of our hikes up on Grand Mesa, which contains about 300 lakes. This is a problem only in that all that water makes for good mosquito breeding, but so far we haven’t found them to be much of a problem.
Our first attempt around one of the lakes was cut short due to snow. We forgot to put on our high top waterproof hikers so we went a bit lower to the Scotland Trail, where it was much dryer.
We went back a couple days later to hike the Crag Crest National Recreation Trail, a 10 mile loop which we did not intend to complete. Instead we started at the western trail head and did an out an back to the crest, a nice 6 mile hike. Although a gradual climb of about 900 feet over three miles to the crest, we sure could feel that we were at almost 11,000’ elevation. Maybe we should be carrying oxygen tanks in our backpacks.
Part of the trail goes through the forest, part is open and very rocky. Once you get up on the crest it is narrow with drop-offs on both sides. We walked through quite a lot of snow and mud and crossed several streams but we were prepared this time.
It was a nice hike, one that we may have to go back and do again.