I am writing this blog post from the inside of our RV sitting at a cute little campground called Base Camp in Black Hawk Colorado. I will always think that this RV was a good investment. It gives us a chance to get away from the stresses of life, and reconnect. While the kids have disappeared and are off playing at the playground that we can see here from our campsite, they don’t really mind that it’s only 40 degrees outside. Scott and I, however, are warm inside our RV with the heater on.
We had two lovely days in the high 60’s, but today, we woke up to a cold, wet morning and the high is only supposed to be 51 toward 3 pm today. So it makes me happy that we can retreat inside our RV to stay warm. If we were in a tent, we would have had to pack up and leave, as it just would have been too cold. Our campsite neighbors in a truck tent next to us decided to leave at 1 am. It’s nice to have the insulation that a tent just can’t provide.
So Where’s Black Hawk Colorado? Black Hawk, CO is southwest of Boulder CO up in the mountains.
Friday, we set up camp here at Base Camp. A little campground just tucked into some hills and surrounding forest off of Golden Gate Canyon Road which is also right across from Timberline Fire Station. This campground not only has RV camping, but you can also tent camp or rent a little cabin for the weekend. I think the cabins are so cute!
The campground hosts, that are running things currently have their niece and nephew in town for the summer. They have made great friends with our kiddos. In fact, the kids have woken up each morning excited to get outside to play with them. Image your summers as a kid just hanging around a campground as your parents run the place? The kids came back for meals and snacks our first day here, then would disappear again to explore and make new friends.
After setting up camp, we enjoyed a quiet evening roasting marshmallows around the campfire after we got our hands on some fun drinks inside Base Camp’s little convenient store. I found my favorite flip top wines!
The next morning we ate breakfast, bacon eggs, and hashbrowns and headed down to Kriley Pond about 3 and a half miles away for a morning of fishing. Unfortunately, we didn’t catch anything, but we did enjoy sitting by this little pond taking in some purposeful “do nothing” time. We are always so busy, life is busy. Life is stressful. It’s important to de-stress and remove yourself from time to time. I believe it can help you handle life’s stresses just a little bit better when you get back to real life. So our full intent was to grab our camp chairs and fishing poles to sit around this little pond and do nothing on purpose for a few hours. I did bring a book to read and did a little exploring with JJ who finds it hard to do nothing with his ADHD.
We caught nothing at Kriley Pond, but we enjoyed our time there, came back to camp, ate some sandwiches for lunch and hit the tail end of a Flea Market and rodeo that was happening right across the street from the campground.
It gave us something to do for a little while in between grilling. We had another relaxing day doing nothing. We enjoyed watching the clouds build while sitting out in front of our RV in our gravity chairs.
Saturday night, we had another campfire with some hot cocoa around the fire then retreated inside the RV to watch a movie when it got cold! That’s the wonderful thing about RV camping, when it get’s uncomfortable outside, you can retreat to home like amenities inside.
Today we went to the activity center and got some swimming in. The kids hadn’t been swimming since they took lessons last summer and Scott has never really been able to see their skills up close. The kids did lose a few of their abilities in a year’s time. Last year I was worried they would run out of breath underwater because they loved their goggles so much.
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