I am shorter than our daughter-in-law Liz and her son John.
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Sunday, June 20, 2021
Saturday, June 05, 2021
These are the two main reasons we spend time in St. Vrain State Park in the summer. Established in 1965, the park has 87campsites on 50 acres of land and 80 acres of water.
In 1958 the Colorado Department of Transportation purchased land along the St. Vrain River to mine for gravel needed to develop highway 87 into an interstate highway. That required lots of gravel. The gravel pits were turned over to the State Parks Department for recreation.
Today the park has 87 campsites. By 2005, trees had been planted in the park to augment the large cottonwood trees that grew along the St. Vrain. It is the winter home of bald eagles and hosts the largest blue heron rookery in the state. It also has the only known nesting site of Great Egrets in Colorado. White pelicans and osprey also find seasonal homes at St. Vrain.
There are 14 ponds in the park, accounting for the reflections.
This is one of the osprey in a dead tree.
We also have great views of snow-capped mountains along the Front Range of the Rockies.
When they were developing this park, we looked at a treeless hill with some campground hookups. We asked, why would anyone camp there? Today, you can see why we love it.
Wednesday, June 02, 2021
We saw wind generators on many of the hills.
Look at this large brick grain silo.
We had some great views of the snow capped front range of the Rockies.
The water tower in Kiowa. One day we drove west from Limon through Elbert County and into Douglas County were we visited our former home of Castle Rock. John was born and raised there and we owned and operated the family funeral home there from 1975 to 1984.
Another great photo of the Rockies as we drove through the forested parts of Elbert and eastern Douglas Counties.
This was one view of the rapid growth in the Castle Rock area since we left there. None of these homes had been built in 1984 when we left.
This is the rock outcropping that gives Castle Rock it’s name.
The last time we were in Castle Rock was to tour the funeral home and our house before the new owners tore it down. We realize how the new facility they are building will greatly improve the facilities and the service to the public. But it was still sad to see the 100+ year old building gone.
Back in Limon, we were parked very near this great scene of grain elevators.
Below are two of the murals we saw during a walk in downtown Limon.
We enjoyed our Memorial Day weekend in Limon and the excellent KOA campground where we stayed. My mistake led to a good weekend in an area we haven’t spent much time in before.