I recently did an unexpected trip to Colorado Springs, Co. from Show Low. It was my mothers birthday, (She lives in Co. Springs) and I managed a week off, totally unplanned. I decided to do the trip at 5 pm on a Monday, and was on the road Tuesday morning.
I have done my marathon drive days, and now choose to travel at a slower pace, especially with 2 dogs and Wilson the Wonder Cat as sidekicks.
Camping on the way up was uneventful, I was just looking for safe places to stop for the nite. First nite was at a KOA in Las Vegas NEW MEXICO, a safe and close to the highway spot, but somewhat dirty and old. No matter, I got there after dark and was out of there after my breakfast.
Second stop was at Trinidad State Park
, just across the border in Colorado. I had heard from one of my campers it was a nice spot, so I planned to go there. Disappointing. Not real memorable, but the sites are paved. I had electric and a nice view of a BLM reservoir. The sites are on an exposed hillside, and close together. The bathrooms were closed due to renovation (Seems weird in the middle of summer) and there were no showers. My bathroom is somewhat dismantled, I am waiting for a new sink, and figured I could use the public johns for this trip, but I had to Cludge things together to shower and, er, well… never mind. Once again, it was safe and convenient, so I didn’t mind too much.
I had planned to driveway camp at my Mothers, but her driveway was so sloped that I was nose down by a foot, and the perch was too dangerous to even step into the trailer… so I stayed in the house. REAL fun with the herd and her cat that had never seen a dog before in its life!
3 days in Co. Springs was enough, (Tho my one lung and I DID defeat Pikes Peak!) and I planned my return trip. After much debate over the pass elevations and my towing combo, I decided to forgo the scenic routes and return down the 25, first nite to be Hyde Memorial SP just north of Santa Fe. So I thought!