St. Vrain State Park, Colorado – Week One

St. Vrain State Park, Colorado – Week One

A week before pushing off from a permanent residence, I had no idea where I was going to stay. For ease and peace of mind, I booked 5 nights in St. Vrain State park, 30 miles north of Denver near Longmont.

I didn’t know what to expect, but it was the last full weeks of class and I needed to commute for four of those days. I also wanted to be in a location where I could unpack and figure out this new lifestyle.

It was a perfect spot to get started.

I rolled in around 11:00 am, but check-in wan’t until 1:00pm. Luckily the person in my spit had vacated, so I could pull right in. Yes, it was a pull through spot, a requirement this time around. I disengaged the truck from the trailer and stabilized it. Kioko and Ella, my dog and cat, were waiting patiently in the truck, and were let loose in side to check it out.

Ella hiding, first day in the RV

Our spot was in the Mallard loop, which only has electric hook-ups, and not full hook ups. I was fine with that, because it was a waterfront property. There were plenty of ponds around and we were surrounded by bird life.

After removing the love seat from the slide out, there was plant of room to fit a desk and some storage. Prior to pushing off, I wandered Ikea for some time looking at storage, cubbies, and desks. I was in the kitchen section and saw a really cute table with fold down leaves. I then had an epiphany… I, in fact have an awesome table already that has drop down leaves which would work out perfectly as a desk, (circa 1960’s and yellow top) and it would match a kelly green set of cubbies with white and yellow baskets. (Pictures of the inside coming soon, almost finished with getting set up.)

Trailer sitting next to Mallard Pond in St. Vrain State Park.

My Sunday at St. Vrain was spent putting together Ikea furniture and putting away all those random bags and boxes that made it’s way into the trailer with no rhyme or reason.

Kioko and I did do some exploring, and came upon pelicans, over the next few days we added to our list: we heard, then saw a great-horned owl, something a kin to a sandpiper, so many red-wing black birds, of course the Canadian geese, and blue Herons; turtles too, (of course I talked to them and the dove into the water)!

I loved waking up and opening the door to walks around the ponds, and sitting looking out my back window to the Rocky Mountains.

Rear view window, view of the Rockies.

It was an easy stay, and will definitely go back. It is big for catch and release fishing, and RVers, not any strenuous hiking.

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