Saturday, July 30, 2011

Weekend in Montrose

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The San Juan mountains have so much visual richness, that after a week, I was feeling visual sensory overload and needed to take a temporary break.  At first, I only planned to stay at the Centennial RV Park just one night, but I liked the park so much that I decided to stay the weekend and get my shopping and laundry done as well. 

Such a refreshing change to have a big wide-open full-hookup site with speedy internet for only $16/night!  Well, that’s actually half their going rate.  I have a Passport America camping club card that gets me a 50% discount at select parks on select  days.  While many parks don’t give the discount over weekends or during the peak summer months, Centennial did.  They even had a pretty good deal on laundry—only $2.25 a load to wash and dry!

After chores were done Saturday morning, I noticed that the town of Montrose had a city park up on top of one of the mountains nearby that supposedly had a few small lakes—perhaps an opportunity to get the Sea Eagle kayak out?  Millie and I decided to go check it out.

Buckhorn Lakes Park was about 12 miles from the RV park.  The road up to the park started out paved, then gravel, then dirt, then a 4-wheel drive obstacle course!  Guess that keeps most of the tourists away!   The view from the mountain was pretty neat—I could see the RV park! (here it is circled in red):
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The lakes were absolutely perfect for paddling.  I found a nice picnic spot right on the waterfront to easily unload and inflate the kayak.  Within a few minutes, Millie and I were on the water!
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At the end of our trip, Millie discovered that the kayak bag also made an excellent dog blanket (made my job of getting the kayak all folded back up a bit of a challenge!).
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On our way out of the park, we saw a few free range cattle grazing in the Aspen groves. and of course, more wildflowers!!!.
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A terrific afternoon!

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