Where: On a repositioning cruise to Ohio!
Our last week of work went by so fast, between lots of cabin checkouts to keep us hopping at our job, and getting through our pre-flight checklist. I watched the weather perhaps a bit obsessively, monitoring a large front that had the potential to dump tons of snow on the passes we needed to cross. We found a small window between our last day of work and the start of some real dumping later that same evening. So, after lots of hugs and goodbyes, we headed out for Monarch Pass as soon as we finished on Sunday. The pass was clear and dry, and the precipitation didn’t start until we were safely on the other side, and camped in the Walmart in Salida, CO.
I’m not usually a Walmart overnighter, but we had a specific destination in mind for the next morning: the private hot tubs at the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center. Just $18 gets entrance for an hour in one of the tubs, plus access to lovely hot showers–heaven after the weeks of cold and rain we’ve been in.
Our next stop was a few nights just outside Colorado Springs, at Mueller State Park. After working the last couple summers near 10,000 feet, I should know how fickle early October can be in high places, but I booked anyways, with the hopes of decent temperatures. Instead, we got a high of 33, fog and snow! Our site had a direct sightline to Pikes Peak, but we couldn’t see it until sunset, when the clouds suddenly lifted.
For a respite from the snow, we headed down to the comparatively low Colorado Springs, and visited a truly unique city park, Garden of the Gods. It’s like a little slice of southern Utah, right on the Front Range.
This was the not-for-RVs-route through the park:
Compare and contrast the picture of the site we on a sign at the visitor center with what we actually saw. Hey, who moved the mountains?
The next morning, we wanted to get an early start, but the weather had another idea. There was an inch of new snow, and the mountainous park roads were an ice skating rink, so we turned on the furnace and just enjoyed the views. A couple hours later, things had melted out, but we had a real show in the meantime.
Up next: we tackle I-70 through the midwest and hopefully make it back to Ohio!