Saturday, August 1, 2009

Fri, July 31: On the Road to Saratoga WY

We made a batch of blueberry pancakes and cooked some sausage the first day. It has proved to be a fast, microwave breakfast every morning and this morning is no exception. Well fortified, we head on up I-25.

There are several routes we can take to Saratoga; one is interstate all the way and doesn’t interest us. The other two are scenic; one through Rocky Mountain National Park and the other, further North, along Cache la Poudre through the Poudre Canyon. We have been to the national park so we decide to drive though the canyon. After a quick stop at a huge Camper World for a replacement shower hose we reach Fort Collins about 12:00PM and leave I-25 heading West for the Canyon.

We stumble on a Grand Opening special of "two-foot longs for the price of one" at a Subway! We buy two grilled chickens, two large cokes and 4 cookies in the meal deal for $10.40 for a picnic along the river a little later.

Hwy 14, along the river, through the canyon and over the Medicine Bow Mountains at Cameron Pass (10276 feet) is a fabulous drive. There are numerous float trips going down the first part of the fast moving river.Later the canyon narrowsand the river becomes a torrent flowing over a rocky riverbed.We are glad we took this drive.
We turn North on Hwy 125 and cross over into Wyoming and drive across the high valleys of ripening grain fields. This is cattle country and winter comes early and hard here.

We get to Deer Haven RV Camp in Saratoga about 4:00PM. It has been raining for awhile, but the sun is peaking through the clouds now. We get a camp site with our butt hanging over the North Platte River, a great trout river. There is not much to the RV Campground except a level grass and gravel, good sized site with full hook ups, free wifi and cable TV. The setting is pretty and we enjoy a drink watching the fishermen float by and a golden sunset over the river while we cook hamburgers for dinner.

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