Moving on – to Fort Collins, CO

9/20/16 (Tuesday) in Fort Collins, CO (Horsetooth Reservoir, South Bay Campground-$37/night (County of Larimer Dept of Natural Resources)

We left at about 10 since it’s a short trip. Leaving went smoothly, backtracking on the frontage road to the place where we’d originally exited. Not very long on the road a truck kicked up a rock that chipped the windshield, just below where John looks. Not a small chip, but it is less than a quarter in diameter.

We took I-25S to exit 265 (Harmony Rd). That road is 6 lanes through town (Fort Collins), then you continue straight on a county road (38E) which soon is a newly paved road going up into the hills. At one point we had to stop for construction (one lane traffic). In the photo below, notice that the white truck in front is laying down the asphalt while the yellow rig with the men is spreading and leveling it.  Cool.  We turned R at the “South Bay” sign (for both reservations and no reservations campers). They have a beautiful, brand new Horsetooth Reservoir Information Center that was closed when we arrived, but we saw a lady inside and went in anyway. We could go to our site (S-6), then tell the camp host (S-26) we’d arrived. He actually drove by us as we were unhooking (just past the Information Center) and later checked us in, so we never even had to walk to his site. Arrival: 11:15am.

construction

The campground is up in the hills, overlooking the reservoir. We had nice views all around us, including the spot where the vehicles have to stop for the road construction. Our site was FHU (50 amp, 60psi water) so it cost $30/night + $7/night vehicle entrance fee. It was not all that level, although it WAS a pull through, spacious with a small tree, picnic table and fie pit. We had Verizon service (4G) and open skies for the TV. We chose this campground because it was fairly close to I-25 and we’d rather drive our car on mountainous Hwy 34 to Rocky Mountain NP than our motor home.

Later we took a little walk down to the reservoir, getting a nice look at a Blue Heron, working on a tasty snack.

heron

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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