Monday, June 25, 2012

Camping at Ruedi Reservoir

It's been 10 months since our super awesome last camping weekend at Long Draw Reservoir last summer.  We'd all had so much fun, we knew there would be more camping to come.  So while we waited for the season to arrive, we prepped.  We bought some gear, we read some books and maps.  And, perhaps even more importantly, we made some friends who also love to camp.

They invited us to join them at Ruedi Reservoir this weekend, which is east of the town of Basalt (between Aspen and Glenwood Springs).  I've driven through the spectacular Glenwood Canyon before, but was stunned by the amazing (if short - only a few miles long) canyon that the Fryingpan River has carved into red, red rock between Basalt and the reservoir.

Ruedi Reservoir itself is beautiful, and is well used by hikers, boaters and fishermen alike.  We had the pleasure of a 900-degree day (give or take), so the kids frolicked in the water and the mud while the adults attempted not to pass out in the sun. 

With the statewide fire ban, we did not get to enjoy a campfire or s'mores, but that was hardly a problem.  We brought our portable propane grill, enjoyed superb campstove breakfasts, relaxed and just hung out.  Although it cooled off quickly when the sun went down, it was pleasant enough to stay up late, drinking beer and shooting the breeze.  And whatever the reason, even the Bunny slept perfectly under the stars.

Thanks again to the Baxters for including us!  We are already looking forward to our next camping trips!

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