Where are we?
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007
Subject: 188. Where are we?
We are still in the Equality State which is also the state that has the
absolute lowest population! Those were two facts we had to look up.
It's certainly a western state that has its share of cowboys, rodeos,
and history based in the old west. The bulk of the original citizens
here came because of the railroad. The city seems to be best know for a
state Territorial Prison and it's 120 year old state university.
After we left Hardin Montana, we drove to Casper Wyoming in hopes of
getting our generator serviced. We called the service center several
times, leaving messages, requests for an appointment, and we finally
gave up. In fact, they have yet to call us. We checked and there were
other approved service center in Cheyenne so we called and got an
appointment. That was taken care of today (Tuesday, June 19). Now, it's
not that there was anything wrong with our generator, it was just due
for an oil change and, since we will be in a primitive campground,
having to use our generator probably on a daily basis, we wanted to
make sure we had all the normal maintenance done.
After getting our generator worked on, we only drove about an hour to
our current locations. Tomorrow (Wednesday) we head for the National
Forest Service Campground called Denver Creek in Colorado. That's where
we will be for the next 2 1/2 to 3 months.
Now, a little bit more about where we are. Actually, we are now, and
have been in the last several days, on the great plains (east of the
Rocky Mountains). Even though we are on the great plains, we are at
relative high altitudes. Right now are are at about 8000 feet above sea
level, yesterday, we were at about 6000 feet above sea level. Most of
the great plains in this area are really rolling hills with mountains
in the distance. It's not the flat land that you expect to see in
Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, and Oklahoma, it's much more
interesting and certainly more interesting to drive.
Now, Where are we? We are in Laramie, Wyoming, the home of the
University of Wyoming and the Wyoming Territorial Prison. Tomorrow, we
head to Denver Creek NFS Campground, in Colorado. We are looking forward
to this new experience.
Seeing new sights.
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007
Subject: 189. Where are we?
We are now in the place where we plan to spend the summer. First, we
are in the mountains, in fact the largest mountain system in North
America. This Mountain system extends from New Mexico in the south as
far north as Alaska covering 8 states plus 2 provinces and 2
territories in Canada. We are also near a National Park. The National
Park is not one of the best known National Parks (like Yellowstone and
Yosemite) but it is one of the most magnificent sections of the Rocky
Mountains, some of the highest and most rugged mountain country in the
United States are in the park. The state we are in is known for it's
mountains. The state attracts tourists during the summer because of the
scenic beauty of the Rockies and the cool pleasant climate. During the
winter the deep, powdery snow attracts skiers to world-famous resorts.
We arrived here on Wednesday, June 20. The purpose for us to be here is
that we will be camp hosts at a National Forest Service campground
(actually two campgrounds). So far our instructions are, "It's your
campground, follow the National Forest Service rules, but run it as if
it were your own!" That's exactly what we are doing. Our jobs include
maintaining a clean campground (including some weed wacking), greeting
campers, helping campers, answering questions, collecting fees, selling
firewood, cleaning vault toilets (not flush toilets) and preparing
weekly financial reports. We are set up in a beautiful canyon in a very
nice RV spot. Even though the length limit for RVs in these campgrounds
is 25 feet, our site handles our 39 foot RV very well. We do have water
and sewer hookups but no electrical hook ups. Fortunately we can
exercise our generator when we need it. We even have a fairly large
stream about 50 feet from the RV. Even though it is cool at night
(typically it gets down to about 40 degrees), the daytime temperatures
are usually in the 70s or 80s. Plus the area is really beautiful.
We are about 14 miles from the closest town, a small town but at least
it has the necessities (including cell phone service and Internet
service). No, our cell phone does not get a signal at our campsite.
We typically work about 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Sometimes we will
work more than 5 hours a day but that's OK too. The campgrounds are
called Denver Creek, a 22 site campground that is split in two parts.
We are in lower Denver Creek Campground which has 10 sites. Upper
Denver Creek is across the highway and has 12 sites. Two miles south of
us is Sawmill Gulch Campground which has 6 sites. All three areas are
really beautiful. Yes, we have a company truck for our work at the
The people we have met here are great. The company that has the
contract with the National Forest Service to provide camp hosts is
Thousand Trails. They have contracts in Colorado, Washington, and
Oregon. The Area Managers, Buddy and Lillie, are very nice and have
been helpful. Our Unit Managers, Mack and Velma, are also very nice.
The best thing is that we are kind of on our own, we do what we think
is appropriate. Unlike one of the jobs we have had in the past, there
is a lot of emphasis on customer relations and customer satisfaction.
We love that!!
Now, where are we? We already said we were at the Denver Creek
Campground but we didn't tell you we were in Colorado. The National
Park we mentioned is the Rocky Mountain National Park and we are about
30 miles (by road) from the West Entrance to the park. The closest town
is Granby Colorado about 14 miles away. By the way, even though we are
in the mountains at 8800 feet in altitude, the roads are fine, much
better than California Highway 1.
Also having a new experience being Campground Hosts in Colorado.
Where are we?
Date: Sunday, September 9, 2007
We left the Denver Creek Campground yesterday and drove to our current
location. We are now just south of a major city, also known as the
"Mile High City." The city is a distribution, manufacturing, and
transportation center for the Rocky Mountains. It's also known for
winter sports and is the gateway to the Rocky Mountains.
It was kind of sad to leave Denver Creek Campground because we really
enjoyed it. We spent about 2 1/2 months without electricity (but of
course we had our generator). We did have water and sewer hookups which
certainly helped, even if we did have to start the campground generator
daily to run the water pump at the well.
The work at Denver Creek Campground was fine. It was certainly low key
and our bosses were great. We worked 5 days a week about 6 hours a day.
Some days we worked more and some days we worked less. We're sure it
On our days off we toured the area. We visited Steamboat Springs, Rocky
Mountain National Park, Mount Evans (the highest paved road in the US
at over 14,000 feet), Fort Collins, Denver, Leadville, and many other
places. We drove the Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National
Park, the highest paved continuous road in the US at over 12,000 feet
(the Mount Evans Road ends at the top of the mountain. We saw Moose
including a huge Bull Moose, we even had a young bull in the
campground. We saw lots of deer and elk. We caught rainbow trout in the
creek about 60 feet from our motorhome.
In short, it was a great summer once we came to the Denver Creek
Campground. In fact, it was so great we may be back next summer.
Now where are we? After leaving Denver Creek and driving over the
Continental Divide at Berthoud Pass (11,207 feet) we are at Chatfield
State Park just south of Denver.