I’ve had such an eventful last seven days! Routine and “normalness” have kind of gone out the window since last Friday and for very good reasons! We took a camping trip at one of our favorite fishing spots in Loveland but I haven’t been able to blog about it because my best friend from AZ came out to visit me this week and we’ve had a blast catching up! I can’t wait to write about our time together, but first I’ll catch you up on this last nature excursion. Hopefully this post will inspire you to get out and about in nature – if you’re looking for a decent camping spot, then you may want to check out Alan Rogers, and see whether or not they have anywhere that piques your interest!
Usually, my job as a stay at home mom is loading the truck with all the camping gear and food in just enough time for Scott to come home from work so we can hit the road. He usually comes home from work about noon on the Fridays we go camping. This lets us get to the campground in plenty of time to set up the tent before dark. This time was no different.
Our appeal to camping at Pinewood Reservoir was the lake of course. We’ve loved fishing here and you can read a past post of mine about my paddleboarding experience at this lake, which I decided to tackle once again. I will tell you all about later in this post.
Anyway, when we get to Pinewood, we park and walk over to our campsite to check it out before hauling everything in wagons around a trail back to our site. Let’s just say it took a lot of effort. We used a wagon to help transport a lot of things, but the trek back to our truck when we forgot something got quite tiring after a while. Not only that, the hill up from the lake to our tent was a killer on your calves. We spent time fishing with a beautiful view of the lake right from our tent.
Now we always have a little trouble setting up our tent. After this last time where our tent pad literally hung off a steep hill on one side giving us little room to spread it out to its full capacity, we fantasized about RVs and how much easier and enjoyable a camping trip can really be with one, well… besides from when the battery dies! RV backup batteries are a thing and Matt reviewed the EU2200I here, but it’s remembering to pack one before you leave home that can be hard to remember! Sometimes there is a little bit more effort going into those such finding the right dump for human waste or at least pull in campsites where you can camp where your vehicle is. Our tent is rather large. It’s an 8 person tent. Eight person tents are often difficult to fit on tent pads, but we managed to make it work this time.
After getting things in order around our site, Scott took the boys over to fisherman’s cove on the other side of the lake where they fished for a while. I spent time alone sewing up part of the tent that had a hole in it, swept it out and unrolled sleeping bags. Then I took a short walk down by the lake.
When the boys came back we made hamburgers on the grill and then headed down to the lake for some fishing at dusk. Dawn and dusk are usually the best times to fish and boy was that true in this case. We caught four fish within a half hour. But let me tell you something about fishing at dusk! Cleaning and gutting a fish with low light when it’s dark sucks. Especially when you accidentally forget the cutting board and you are cleaning it with a 4 lb container of water that can be hard to pour at times.
We woke up Saturday, made pancakes and the day started again with more fishing. I decided to stay back up at camp and tend to our campfire, but I had a great view of everyone enjoying the morning on or by the lake. It got hot really fast that day. We realized our ice wouldn’t last and Scott decided to run 20 minutes into town to get more ice for our cooler. At the moment he decided to leave, Braidy had caught a fish, so we had to run down that DREADED STEEP hill to the bank to help him net the fish and get it in a bucket.
Later that afternoon, when Scott got back, we ate our catch from last night. Its kind of neat to catch and eat your own food. After cleaning up after that, I had the opportunity to get on the paddleboard again. It was such a hot afternoon, that I looked forward to getting in the water a little. This experience was better than last time, but I think my trouble is that I’m afraid of my board and my tiny junior board is heavier and more awkward to hold than full-sized paddleboards. I think I’m going to blog about the full experience of this in another post, so this post doesn’t get too long…but long story short, I think I’m more of a kayaker than a paddleboarder. 😉
Saturday evening rolls around and we made hot dogs and baked beans on the grill and waited again for dusk for that prime hour of fishing. We didn’t luck out this time, but catching five fish over two days is pretty successful.
Saturday evening we had a much better evening of smores by campfire. It was hard to really fit that in the night before with gutting fish and a later dinner. This time it was a bit more organized.
Sunday we woke up to much cooler weather which made it easier to pack up and go. In fact, we got out of there and back home in just enough time before it started pouring!
We have one more camping trip lined up for the summer in one of my favorite places in this world. Estes Park Colorado! This place is truly beautiful. I had the opportunity to take my friend Tiffany who came out for a visit through a little tour of Estes and Bear Lake in the Rocky Mountain National Forest and it was so picturesque. I swear the beauty in this place is just unreal! So we’ve got more summer adventures to share with you and please check out our YouTube Channel for more of our fun adventures!
Here’s a video of this awesome summer memory:
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