Williams Creek Reservoir and the San Juan Mountains

“You two are excited today!  I guess you’re tired of hanging around camp while I have my face in the computer.  After we take a look at some campgrounds, I’ll find us a pretty spot for our picnic.”

The crew and I leave our camp and come down off Trail Ridge.

We turn left and head northward.  The weather is perfect in a warm, summery way.

P1120277We’re going to Williams Creek Reservoir!

You might want to look at a map of the area, either in your own Colorado Benchmark Atlas or use the map in the previous post, “Boondock on Trail Ridge!

We take Forest Road #631 north and turn right at Forest Road #640.

Our first stop is Williams Creek Campground.

P1120278That dust cloud in the photo (above) is from a passing vehicle.  The roads have been very dusty lately!

P1120279Williams Creek Campground has 65 campsites, shared water spigots, no hook-ups.  Williams Creek flows at the back of several of the sites.

One mile further and we arrive at Teal Campground.

P1120282Teal Campground has sixteen campsites, water spigots, and a boat ramp.


The campground is next to Williams Creek Reservoir which makes this a popular place.


“Let’s go over to the Day Use Area.  Maybe we’ll have our picnic there.”

P1120288From the Day Use area one sees the length of the reservoir.  Gorgeous! 

P1120286The parking lot of the Day Use Area ($5) is full.

A family prepares their children for a swim.  I glimpse a three-year-old boy buck naked, struggling to climb into his swim trunks as fast as he can.  Others prepare for boating.

P1120285Fishing is popular.

One doesn’t need a boat as the shoreline is easily accessed for throwing out a line.  I read in my Benchmark that the reservoir is stocked with “Snake River cutthroat trout, wild brown trout, and kokanee salmon.”

P1120287“Let’s see what it’s like over at the boat ramp. . . .  Don’t worry, Reg.  We’re not going home.  We’ll have our picnic in a little while.”


I’m not going to try to come up with adjectives to describe the Williams Creek Reservoir area.  Look at this next photo of the San Juan Mountains.

This is how I imagined Colorado, only better!


We follow a one-lane dirt road down toward the boat ramp.


Next to the boat ramp area is a small parking lot for people who want to fish off the bank.  No one is there, so that’s where we go (following the road in foreground in photo below).


I grab the container of fried chicken, a drink,and my cheapo camp chair.  Reggie and Bridget are ecstatic — a new place to explore PLUS CHICKEN!

The three of us make our way down the path to the shore.


“This looks good.”

I set up my chair a few feet from the water.

Nothing like a stunning view to make day-old fried chicken taste great!


The crew gobble up the chicken chunks.  After lunch, Bridget and Reggie explore.


Bridget wanders off by herself.  She’s having a wonderful day!


I zoom in on a canoeist who is way out in the middle of the reservoir.  He has a very sleek boat!


NOTE:  A reader informs us about the watercraft in the above photo.  He wrote in comments. . .

“This man is rowing a wherry ~ a sort of cross between a racing shell and a sailboat-like rowboat. These are designed for speed but allow rowers to go on more open water whereas a needle thin shell needs placid waters. Don’t see too many of these around but they originated in England and are popular on canals and waterways in UK.”

Another reader provides this link to the “Annapolis Wherry” which is assembled from a kit:  http://www.clcboats.com/shop/boats/rowboats/annapolis-wherry-row-boat-kit.html

After a big drink, Bridget and Reggie reluctantly board the PTV.

P1120318“No need for a grumpy face, Reggie.  The fun isn’t over yet, sweetheart.  Next we’re gonna’ look for boondocks!”

That’s the subject of the next post.





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131 Responses to Williams Creek Reservoir and the San Juan Mountains

    • rvsueandcrew says:


    • Schux, if that’s a word, being first for the first time was a fun surprise part of breakfast. Thank you for another beautiful Colorado blog. Ready to pack for a trip there just after the 4th. The pups look especially happy exploring the new territory, then Chicken!?. Congratulations on finding the most inspiring and lovely sites to live and then sharing them with us. Ever thought of yourself as a 21st Century Scout?

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Ha! “a 21st century scout”… 🙂

        You’re really coming here, Marilyn? I hope you do. Make sure you stock up first. There’s no quick runs to the store other than a camp store down the road a few miles that doesn’t have much.

  1. kgdan from Wapato, WA says:

    Almost made first!?

  2. Dave Stewart (in missouri for now) says:


  3. Linda Rose, Muffin, Murphy, Molly & Midgy says:

    You’re early again. Me too.

  4. Deena in Peoria says:

    Lovely pictures, hard to pick out a favorite but the Crew are always on the top of my fav list. Reggie heading down for the picnic is delightful and HRH observing the world from the grasses takes your breath away…such a dearheart and then the two of them at the window…love in their eyes for Sue!
    Thanks for sharing your life with us Sue, you are a Dearheart yourself.

    Have a wonderful Saturday. We have a showing in two hours, fingers crossed.

    Deena and Miss Mollie

  5. kgdan from Wapato, WA says:

    Beautiful pictures! Gorgeous mountains, lake and fishing! Looks like this is one to put on the ‘must visit’ list. Have to check out the CO nonresident fishing license fees.

    We are on camping ‘hold’ for a bit. Called for jury duty, have to get some medical tests, a wedding & weeds to pull —- stuff interrupting. But RV ready to go so won’t be long. Meanwhile enjoying your adventures.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I thought of you both as I put this post together. I knew it would whet your appetite and tempt you to come here one day.

      Isn’t it great to know that once the obligations and special times with family are done the RV is ready to go? What a life, eh? Good luck with the medical tests, enjoy the wedding, fulfill your citizen duty, pull those weeds, and hit the road again….

  6. Another gorgeous place! You sure can pick ’em.

  7. Lee in Northern California says:

    Good morning…beautiful photos!

  8. Beautiful place. I would love to see this. Maybe I can find it when I go West. You always have such great campsites. I just bought solar panels. Going to have them installed before I go West.

    Sharon from Fla.

  9. Wow,, another great post and the photos are fantastic, they show the mountains and reservoir that we may have to go to, have a great day and give your baby’s a huge hug ,,,,,,,,, Piper n rusty

  10. retiredcajunlady says:

    Many years ago, the year I began college (Fall, 1974), I worked a PBX switchboard at a large department store. When not studying, I had time to read. I read a novel by James A. Michener called Centennial. It was all about the settling of the areas you are visiting. That novel and the love of John Denver’s music gave me an appreciation for Colorado and a wanderlust to go there someday. Your photos remind me of my long ago dream. It is beautiful beyond the beyond! Thank you for this.

    Chicken and pups–my Willee would be in heaven as he is chicken lover too! I will cook some tonight to share with him. Reggie-Man and HRH Bridget know how to have a great time exploring! I love the look on their faces back in the van…looks like they are thinking, “Why you just teasin’ us, Sue?” Too cute.

    Do you fish? I have read all your posts, and I don’t think I can remember of you mentioning fishing. Girl, I would be having fish for supper tonight from that gorgeous reservoir! Fried trout and hush puppies and side of coleslaw. Take care and enjoy your weekend surrounded by nature’s beauty. Pup belly rubs and hugs, and prayers for all. Hope

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi retiredcajunlady,

      I really liked the book, Centennial. One of those I hated to see end. I think there was a made-for-tv movie based on that book.

      I’m glad your dream of going to Colorado has been revived. It’s a fisherperson’s paradise! Do follow your dream…

      I used to fish saltwater, not very much freshwater fishing. I haven’t fished in several years. Camping in this area has tempted me to take up a rod again, but, no…. I’d rather watch others.

      • retiredcajunlady says:

        Yes, a wonderful mini-series too! I didn’t actually get to see it until years later as I worked at nights for three and half years during college. Today I also have the DVD’s–all of the actors look so young!!
        I grew up on the bayous of Louisiana, so having a fishing rod in my hands comes naturally. With arthritis, I have to pick and choose which days I will fish. Watching folks fish in your beautiful setting is surely a pleasure.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Who played the main character? I can almost see him in my mind…

          • retiredcajunlady says:

            Robert Conrad played Pasquinel, Richard Chamberlain was McKeag, and Andy Griffith was the professor who does the research. There were so many young actors…Timothy Dalton, Mark Harmon, and so many others. David Janssen did the narration. It was over 20 hours and covered 200 years. It has a huge cast. I can remember reading the novel when I was taking Geology 101. It described the formation of the Rocky Mountains in detail and I could actually understand! So many books were written for the bicentennial, but that one I thought was outstanding. I gave us on Jakes Bicentennial Series after the fourth book!

    • DesertGinger says:

      Michener didn’t really write books; he wrote epics. One of my faves too.

  11. Sounds like a great day for you and the crew. It is nice to see Bridget out exploring.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It was a great day. And I’ve only told part of it. Later we found a very nice boondock. I would’ve moved us there but there isn’t internet signal in the Williams Creek Reservoir area.

  12. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    What a beautiful place!!! The views are awe-inspiring. The picture of Bridget in the grass is perfect. She looks so good….and happy. In fact both of them look like they had a wonderful day.
    Hugs to all

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pauline,

      It was a fun day. After struggling for several days with technology, it was good to be outside in beautiful surroundings watching Bridget and Reg have a wonderful time. Love you!

  13. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Another beautiful camp and great photos. I love all that nature has to offer. Really hate all the wildfires out west again this year, especially in California. We are having another hot day here, along with the disgusting high humidity and dew points. Unfortunately, I think it will only get worse this summer. I’ve really had to adjust our walks; long morning (at 6:30,) short afternoons and longer evening. I think I am going to take her to the park for the evening as it will still be hot.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      I read about the California fires yesterday. I didn’t realize so many homes were destroyed and so many people evacuated.

      I hope you and Angel get some relief from the heat. That was a cute story about Angel hopping in the car …

  14. weather says:

    It pleases me ever so that you see what you do on a picnic excursion , that you’re exploring Colorado this summer, living in it’s beauty after having dreamed for so long of the chance to have such things. I understand your not trying to describe the area around the Reservoir, everywhere you look is spectacular. So are your photos in this post. That’s a really nice one of Reggie as he comes down the path. The one of Bridget in the grass is stellar!

    Though the campgrounds you showed don’t have the same appeal as most boon docks you find, staying at Teal would be great for anyone that has a boat, canoe or kayak, fishes or just loves having stunning views around them. From your photos I see the sites can accommodate fairly large rigs. It doesn’t look as if any of them were equipped with solar, though. With no hook ups I’m guessing hearing generators would be likely. At Williams Creek the sites were more well spaced. Being just a mile away I wonder if folks stay there and spend time at the day use area at Teal. The extra $5 might be worth it to have an ideal combination . Can you tell that I enjoy the details you include?, Ha!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      Probably some of the people at Williams Creek Campground do go the mile up the road to play at the reservoir. The boat ramp is separate from the Day Use area. I didn’t drive down to the boat ramp. I don’t think they have to pay the Day Use fee; maybe there’s a boat ramp fee… not sure about that. The advantage of camping at Williams Creek CG is you can go to the reservoir and you also can fish the creek behind your campsite while still in your jammies. 🙂

      I agree about Teal, not only great for folks with watercraft, also a place to bring children for playing in the water and for learning how to fish.

      You’re right about generators. That’s daily life in a primitive campground. I think it’s safe to say more RVers have generators than have solar. I don’t understand it, but “to each his own.”

      Yes, a place like this reminds me I’m living my dream. 🙂

  15. BadgerRickInWis says:

    Just gorgeous. Like I’ve shared before you’re in a part of the country that’s very dear to my heart. Just looking at these photos will put a smile on my face all day and renew my dream of being out there again someday.

    Absolutely love that shot of the Princess in the grass. It’s as if she is just sitting there contemplating what a wonderful life you have given her Sue.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Rick, for that thought about Bridget. It will come to mind whenever I look at that photo of her in the grass.

      Yes, get yourself out here! Oh well, I know it’s not your time to retire yet. Darn.

  16. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Wow love the reflection on the lake!
    And Reg mans sister baytril (the flying nun) ears! Glad to see Bridgeee with four on the floor!

    Have a wonderful day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You have a wonderful day, too, cinandjules!

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      OK, now I have this image of Reggie flying around like Sally Field hovering over the lake while HRH barks at him to stop fooling around and come back and finish lunch.
      Big smile, thanks for that.

  17. Dawn from Camano Island says:

    Bridget, you ARE having a good day! I love seeing your sweet little smile! What a gorgeous place to be, Sue!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes it is, Dawn. I imagine Camano Island is pretty, too. Maybe someday I’ll go there.

  18. Geri says:

    ENVY! JOY! *sigh*! All these emotions come from seeing this wonderful post! Envy, because I wish we were there! Joy, because you are there! *sigh* just because your photos are so darned beautiful !!!! Colorado is a drop dead gorgeous state! Chuck and I didn’t explore it much, but when I was travelling solo in the 1980’s I spent a bit of time wandering around there! Love that you give us a “Reggie view” out of the window today! So glad ya’ll had a fun picnic!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Mixed feelings, eh? I can understand you feeling that way. You certainly did get around with your truck camper back in those days (and by “get around” I mean in a good way!).

  19. When I first started reading your blog from the beginning, I actually gasped when you were in NM and turned around instead of going into the mountains where the trees are. LOL!

    You are now in ‘my country’ and I am so thrilled that you’re able to see it. Oh, believe me, my favorite is much farther north, in Rocky Mountain National Park, the small gem of the park system. But Colorado is my favorite state so far, and we return there again and again.

    Not only am I happy that you and the crew are able to handle the altitude, but I’m also quite selfishly pleased that now I can follow your adventures with an eye to places we can follow, since we have our own wee trailer now!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, kisstab-chick,

      Remember back then, when we turned around in NM instead of going into the mountains of Colorado, the BLT was not equipped yet with solar and the heater had not been installed. I’m glad you’re still with us now that we are in Colorado.

      We will probably explore southern Colorado this year and “do” northern Colorado another year. I say “probably” because I don’t know how far up in altitude Bridget and I can travel. The next few weeks will show us what we can do. 🙂

  20. Montsweag says:

    Hi RVSue
    FYI This man is rowing a wherry ~ a sort of cross between a racing shell and a sailboat-like rowboat. These are designed for speed but allow rowers to go on more open water whereas a needle thin shell needs placid waters. Don’t see too many of these around but they originated in England and are popular on canals and waterways in UK.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      How very interesting! Thanks, Montsweag. I never heard of a wherry. You must have winced at me calling it a canoe and a boat. Ha! Oh well, I knew it was distinctive!

      I think I’ll insert your comment into this post!

      • Montsweag says:

        RV Sue ~ my son has raced since college and now rows for pleasure on the Potomac where he still keeps his shell. I learned all this as an observer through the years.
        Love your blog and especially the dogs and nature photos. Thanks for making each morning a delight as I drink my coffee!!

      • weather says:

        the note is there now, but the photo isn’t,can you fix it then delete this?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I put it back in. I don’t know why it dropped out. Thanks, weather.

          • weather says:

            This is probably unrelated to why the photo had dropped out, but is something I’ve noticed during the last week or so. We could always click on any photo in a post to enlarge it before and now at least I can’t. Did you remove that feature on purpose?

            BTW Good morning 🙂

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I haven’t made any changes to how the blog functions. Quite often WordPress makes changes and urges updating to the newest version. I’ve noticed good and bad changes in the current update. I don’t like that you can’t click to enlarge.

              BTW that photo dropped out because of “pilot error.” 🙂

              Good morning to you, too!

            • edlfrey says:

              There is no Reply shown below RVSue’s response to weather’s comment so I am using her Reply button.

              I think the NO enlarge of pictures is not due to WordPress making a change but rather how the photos are being ‘coded’ when entered.

              I have looked at other WordPress blogs and the enlarge function is working. When I look at the ‘source coding’ of those blogs and then look at Sue’s I can see the difference but do not know enough about WordPress to say why or what needs to be done.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Interesting, Ed. Why would my coding be different all of a sudden? I don’t mess with code. I’m so sick of all these tech mysteries!

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Thanks for the contrasting photo-code, Ed. (I deleted it.) Figuring this out is way above my skill level. When I have time (I’m writing a post at the moment), I’ll see if there’s any discussion of this on the WordPress forum. Thanks again for the help.

        • Virginia620 (Mobile AL) says:

          Thanks, Weather. I thought something must be mssing. Didn’t see a photo with unusual boat. Please reinsert photo, Sue. 🙂

      • KC --Pacific NW says:

        I can offer even more specific information about exactly which model wherry that boat is and where the rower got it. It is a model called “Annapolis Wherry” from the Chesapeake Light Craft company of Annapolis, Maryland. The boat he is rowing on that lake was built from a kit, quite likely he put it together himself.

        Here is a link to the website for obtaining one of the kits. http://www.clcboats.com/shop/boats/rowboats/annapolis-wherry-row-boat-kit.html
        The wherry shown in the primary photo belongs to my partner, Don. He began the assembly in a week long class but it took many more hours over the next winter to complete because he is a perfectionist. No surprise to me that his boat was used as the primary photo on the companies website 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Exquisite! Don has the soul of a true craftsman. I congratulate him on the perfection he achieved with this project. Thank you for telling us about the Annapolis Wherry, KC, and for the link!

          I put the link in the post. 🙂

  21. AZ Jim says:

    Pretty country this time of year. Pretty pictures. Keep on keepin on…

  22. Gingerita in NE Indiana ( for now) says:

    So majestic and beautiful. Thanks for letting us live vicariously through your blog. Hope your day is excellent.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Gingerita. Our day is “excellent” in an ordinary, comfortable way. Bridget, Reggie, and I were outside under the awning, me in my lounger reading. We came in for their nap. The daily storm is on its way, and it will bring cool breezes through the open windows. I hope your day is excellent, too!

  23. Beautiful post. We’ll be going through Colorado on our way to Texas to pick up the trailer, so we won’t get to knock around much in Colorado for a while, since it will be October by the time we get the trailer and will want to stay south for the winter months. But so enjoyable to see your photos and read your travelogue. Thank you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Martha. Thanks for commenting on my photos and stories. Maybe you’ll take your Casita to Colorado someday!

  24. Deadeye, in The Texas Hill Country says:

    Sue, as a check to see if you’re getting credit for my Amazon orders, I ordered a Faulkner folding director’s chair 3 days ago. About $54.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I don’t even have to check! I saw your chair and made a mental note to include it in an upcoming list of interesting items bought by readers. Thank you for your thoughtfulness in ordering through my blog, Don. I hope the chair gives you many years of comfortable sitting! 🙂

      • Deadeye, in the Texas Hill Country says:

        Great! Now that I know it works even though my account comes up when I click on your link, I will continue clicking on your link. Thank you Sue for the adventures you bring to all of us.


  25. A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

    Happy Friday Sue!

    Did you do some editing to the post? I saw the note re: commenter’s boat information but no photo of said craft. Are you teasing us again? (I refreshed twice)

    Thanks for taking us along on you day out and picnic. I had fun just looking around.

  26. Lauri says:

    Very beautiful photos!!! I love the dog perspectives! Thanks so much for another great, informative, entertaining, dog-filled blog!!

  27. Beth/Oregon says:

    Absolutely stunning pictures Sue. I can almost imagine I’m there. P.S. Reggie’s eyes boring into the camera makes me giggle.

  28. Mel from North Texas says:

    The picture of Bridget in the green high grass with the beautiful blue sky & puffy white clouds in the background is absoloutely THE BEST picture ever of her!!!… You have to get that one printed and framed for the BLT (not sure how you would attach a framed picture to the inside of a Casita but I am sure could figure it out!)-

    …you really demonstrated your photography talents with this picture & the fact it was a portrait of your “less than enthusastic” model, makes it very sweet!! Thank you for sharing…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Mel. I appreciate your enthusiastic response to the photo of Bridget. The clouds make the photo and I can’t take credit for those. 🙂

  29. Jolene/Iowa says:

    So very beautiful!! I love seeing the happy faces of the pups you can see their happiness and we hear it in your words!! 🙂

  30. Renee from Idaho says:

    Beautiful photos. I wish I was there too . . . and eating fried chicken! I especially love the photo of Bridget in the tall grass and the two of them looking out the window of the PTV with Reggie only showing his eyes and ears. Stinker.

  31. Chuck Hajek says:

    Hi Sue! HRH is looking great. The pic of her in the grass is one of her best….and that is saying something as much as she loves getting her pic taken! Reggie looks so like, well Sir Reggie! Beautiful pictures as usual.

  32. Beautiful reflection shots, Sue! I’m taking notes on where you are traveling in our beautiful state so when I retire in September, I will have a list of places to see. Are there lots of aspen trees around the reservoir? If so, I bet the fall colors will be spectacular!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I don’t remember seeing aspens around the reservoir. I remember lots of evergreens which you can see in the photos. The mountains probably have aspens on them, as there are here at our camp on the ridge. Probably not quite high enough at the reservoir for aspens.

  33. What town do you do your shopping at in that location?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Pagosa Springs, 20 miles to the southeast. There’s a City Market and a Wal-Mart.

  34. 20 miles, not a bad drive, here in the Denver suburbs, my drive to work at King Soopers ( sister store to City Market) and I get the headache of rush hour traffic. Just want to let you know how much you have inspired me and how much I look forward to your blogs!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The 20 miles to Pagosa Springs is very scenic, too. The road is crummy but one forgets it for the view along the way.

      Keep looking forward to my posts, Edie! 🙂

  35. Applegirl NY says:

    Sue, Oh my goodness, those mountains and their reflection in the lake. How beautiful. I love Reggie and his “evil eye” look out the window. Cracks me up. Like others, I love Bridget in the grass. She could be starring in an Herbal Essence commercial from the 70’s (OK, how old am I?).

    Desert Ginger, I saw in a recent post that you are going to tackle your taxes, which makes me think you’re feeling a bit better these days? I hope so. Didn’t know if I missed a health update, but I’ve been thinking of you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Applegirl,

      I think Reggie is revealing more personality and he’s developing into a rugged little guy, not so much of a baby anymore. As for Bridget, she seems to be a “star” no matter what she’s photographed doing.

  36. Maryanne Davis-Baldwin-CT says:

    Just a quick note: for hanging frames in my trailer I use 2 strips of wide velcro with the softer pieces on the wall & the stiffer pieces on each side near the top of the back of the frame. They haven’t fallen off yet on bumpy back roads. The mountain reflected in the reservoir is an outstanding photo to me, & I thank you for it. What a thrill it must be to see all those mountains in 3-D!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Maryanne. It’s a pleasure to have my photos appreciated. Yes, it’s a thrill to be in the presence of such magnificence!

  37. Chris(MN) says:

    Hi everyone! I haven’t said anything in a while but I am still reading the blog. I finally retired the end of May (my last winter in Minnesota)! I am currently in Wyoming near Devil’s Tower where I met up with a man who installed my solar panel system. He finished yesterday and now I am “off the grid” in my 5th wheel RV. I am having a blast! Sue, you got me started on that rotisserie chicken! Yum, and my dogs are thrilled! Thanks!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What a happy report, Chris! You’re retired, you’ve said goodbye to Minnesota winters, you have your fifth wheel equipped with solar, and you’re “out there” enjoying life. Fantastic! Oh, I forgot… You’re also eating rotisserie chicken! Isn’t life grand!

  38. Linda-NC says:

    What a beautiful area-As always pics are great! Reggie cracks me up looking out the window like he can’t wait to get there-“What now Mom?” Bridget is as regal as ever. Enjoying every adventure so keep on doing what you do best.

    • Linda-NC says:

      Got this from WordPress after this post. “Duplicate comment detected; it looks as though you’ve already said that!” Hmmm?

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I receive that message, too, from time to time, ever since I started this blog. Sometimes I have to close the blog, reopen it, and try again. And sometimes I close the blog, open it, and there’s the comment I made. Crazy.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda,

      I hope we can keep on doing this for a long time. I’m grateful for every day I don’t have to go to work, for the freedom to travel and live wherever I want, for my sweet companions, and for the kind people who read my blog, people like you. I hope there’s much in your life, Linda, for which you can be grateful,too.

  39. Elizabeth in WA says:

    What beautiful country…but probably fairly high altitude?? Thanks for sharing the photos!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth . . . .The altitude is around 7,500 – 8,000 feet. Bridge Campground is 7,600, if I remember correctly, and our camp is around 8,000 feet.

      LATER… I looked again at the map and the number 8242 is printed on the reservoir. The altitude maybe?

      • edlfrey says:

        Yes, that would be the altitude. I am surprised that the Benchmark Atlas does not have contour lines but apparently they only give the elevation/altitude of peaks and lakes.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Ed,

          If there were contour lines it would be difficult to read the other info that would have to be superimposed on the lines. Ya’ can’t always have everything . . . . I find the color coding for altitude to be sufficient. It takes practice to automatically visualize the altitudes by color but once you develop that “eye,” it works!

          In addition to altitude of peaks and lakes, altitude of cities are also given.

          I had to chuckle at a review an Amazon customer wrote about the Benchmark atlas she bought. She complained that there weren’t street maps for the cities. Gee whiz. The atlas would become a tome if it contained that, too! If you want street maps, buy street maps. Ridiculous.

  40. Pookie in Todd Mission Tx says:

    good morning sue….we are at my #2 sons house in Virginia and its
    funny you should be showing such great colorado pictures….we were
    looking at slides tonite from several old colorado trips that the family
    made back in the 70’s and 80’s……I had forgotten that when we hunted
    colorado we were actually boondocking since we camped whereever we
    thot was a good place to hunt……

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, longtime boondocker! Hello to your family, too. Sounds like you’re having more, good family time together. Thanks, chuck, for stopping by so we know you arrived safely and that you haven’t forgotten us.

  41. Barb from Illinois says:

    Love the photos. I remember taking a couple quick trips to CO when I was a kid (could never leave the farm/cows too long!) and particularly remember the area around Estes Park and some canyon near there, whose name I can’t remember, being so beautiful.

    But especially love the last photo. HRH has such a happy face and Reggie … well he’s just too cute. So many photos of Bridget lately with a happy face….I assume her car is making a big difference in her comfort?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barb,

      Bridget is comfortable in her car. The happy face you see in her photos, well, she’s always had it but you weren’t able to see it often. Lately she hasn’t balked at the camera. I don’t know what caused this change — I hope it lasts because I love photographing her!

  42. Bob McQuade says:


    Nice talking with you the other day. FYI, I took a short walk up the road this AM and noticed a nice boon docking spot just off the road about a half mile past the campground entrance. Thought you might be interested since as of Sunday AM, it is unoccupied! I’m on Site #4 in the WF campground

  43. MelindaK (TX) says:

    Love the photos! Love the post! I agree that the photo of Bridget in the grass is a great capture of HRH. She looks very happy in the PTV photo. Reggie is his usual adorable self. Thank you for taking the time to share this beautiful area with us.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, MelindaK. I’m surprised by the many positive responses to that photo of Bridget in the grass. Thank you!

  44. Rover Ronda (WA) says:

    Cool, never heard of a wherry. Apparently auto correct hasn’t either because so many people drink sherry these days?It assumed that’s what I wanted to say.

    Great post, love the pics. My favs…Reggie enjoying the view out the window and Bridget in the tall (or not so tall?) grass. However did you sneak up on her?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rover Ronda,

      I didn’t have to sneak up on Bridget for that in-the-grass shot. She was on a higher piece of ground and I zoomed in on her from below.

      Actually, in my mind, I missed a better shot. A nanosecond before this pose, she was looking toward the lens with her face lifted upward. That would have made a wonderful photo.

  45. DesertGinger says:

    Sue, I don’t know if I have mentioned that my friend Tabby is a WordPress expert. She teaches at WordPress camps and works in WordPress development at UC Irvine. If you are ever stuck on a question she can probably answer.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good to know, Ginger. Thank you. I’ll give it some time. Often WP takes care of little glitches after receiving feedback.

  46. Elaine says:

    As always I love the pictures of the area, especially Reggie looking out the window toward the reservoir. That campground seems like one I would stay at for a long time!

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