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Published: July 11th 2020
Just a little info about why I am in Colorado. My sister's daughter is having a baby in Ft Collins, CO and the safest way to travel is by rv. How could I refuse a trip to the west!! So Denise and I left PA July 2 and arrived In CO July 5th. After a short visit with Jess, Rob and Abby I headed south for a month of exploring future home sites.
log 07-09-20 Two Hummingbirds Today
I left Ft Collins 7-8-20 and drove south to Salida, CO. The first leg of the trip was on interstate 25 but then I pealed off and went through and over the mountains on hwy 285. The journey took me to over 9,000 ft then down into a valley between 2 mountain ranges. The scenery was beautiful with snow capped mountain peaks and green, lush alpine meadows. I didn't see any wildlife, must have been too hot, the temps are in the 90s.
In Salida I took rt 50 east for about 8 miles til I found the state park sign and my home for 2 nights. The campsite is right along the Arkansas River and
the scene is just beautiful up and down the river. Behind me is the highway and a high cliff so everything is compact. It was after 5 when I arrived so the camper cast a huge shadow so I was able to sit and enjoy the river view in the shade and a nice breeze. I was exhausted so we didn't go for a long walk but got the camper set up and a cold drink and watched the water flow by and the birds catch flies.
It cooled off to 59 at night and I grabbed my blanket sometime which made it nice and cozy.
We had coffee outside and watched as the morning fishermen floated down the river trying their luck fly fishing. Didn't see any catching but they were very serious about the task. It was getting hot already so we went for a walk down the road along the river where the other campsites were. We found a boat ramp and walked down to the river to discover a great place to come and sit later and get our toes in the sand.
I moved our sitting
spot to the other side of the camper, only place there was shade. All of a sudden this green hummingbird came right up to my face and went from side to side for a few seconds then flew off in search of a flower. How exciting to have a close encounter with a small flying object.
We did nothing much all day except put up the solar panels and get them cranking. There are NO services here. No water, no electric and no dump station. There is NO garbage pick-up, you carry out all you produce but there is a vault toilet. So the state of CO charges $28.00 a night for a spot along the river. It is nice but come on.....
About 1 pm the heat was terrible so I summoned up courage and packed my book, camera, water and a chair and off we trudged to the boat ramp and down to the river. OHHHHH did that water feel good! Watson immediately rolled in the wet sand then tried to get a drink but the water was lapping and it touched his toes, oh my. He did come in a little
ways with me and just stood there.
We watched several kayakers land at the boat ramp then 2 girls came along ready to launch their crafts. There were 4 altogether and we said hi and bye as they floated down on their 7 mile journey to some bridge. Pictures.
This is also a popular fly fishing spot and we saw 4 wading in the water throughout the day.
I was reading my book when I was startled by a buzzing sound behind me. Thank goodness I didn't swat at the supposed pest but just sat there and realized it was the second hummingbird of the day that was interested in who I was. I heard the noise very close to the back of my head then felt the wind it made beating it's wings. It was about a 15 second encounter but really exciting.
The rest of the day was uneventful, just trying to survive the heat. It was truly awful, I have never experienced heat like that nor do I want to again.
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