Oil Well Flats

20 09 2008

On Thursday we went camping again. Take two, for the BLM, only this time we hoped that our plans wouldn’t be ruined by the 31% chance for rain. After watching the weather like a hawk, with clear skies we decided to begin packing a head in that direction (if the weather changed we would just go home). After packing grey clouds began to roll in, after eating drip drops of very light rain, in the drive-thru to get coffee monstrous scary lightning everywhere but no rain. Once I convinced Webb that, “clearly the weather is quickly moving east and if you look west the skies are clear and the weather will be nice, and please please please let’s at least drive up there.”

We had our spot all picked out, but when we got out there someone was already there parked behind a tree doing God knows what.  So we went about 2 miles further back into the area and found the most awesome campsite ever. We will definitely be returning to this location for future camp-outs.  It’s on the top of a hill over looking the canyon.  Off in the distance to the south you could see some lights from Canon City twinkling in the distance. It had a great fire pit already built and used, flat vegetation-free ground, and a nice little pull in for the car. It was GREAT. When we first arrived it was raining (barely). Enough to make us re-think our decision, but it stopped right after we got the tent set up and the fire lit. The only drawback was that it was almost too quiet at night, and every sound was the sound of a bear or mountain lion contemplating ripping open the tent and having a midnight snack.

This is where the tent was, actually very comfortable.

This is where the fire-pit was, very cozy, and you could sit on the big rock to the left.

The sun was shining so brightly that Webb couldn’t open his eyes to see who he was waving to.





Nasty Trash and Stuff

16 09 2008

One thing that I noticed when we were out in the BLM area exploring was that there is a lot of trash.  Most decent outdoors people (and even regular folks) follow the Leave No Trace principle which is essentially exactly what it says, don’t litter, don’t mess up the ecosystem.  BLM lands are public lands with fairly loose restrictions on their usage.  For example, ATVs are allowed, you can go backcountry camping there.  But it seems that this is also that place I mentioned before up in the canyon where the losers go to get drunk and party.  Which honestly i’m fine with, except there is broken glass ALL over the place.  Back in the woods you can tell people found a nice place to hang out and trashed it.  Plastic litter and broken fifths of vodka.  It’s really sad and ugly, and well, dangerous too. The fact that the area in general is so beautiful makes the trash stick out even more.  Next time I go out there I’m bringing a big ole’ garbage bag, maybe I can at least pick up the plastic stuff.

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Here are a few pictures from Dinosaur Flats in the Garden Park Fossil Area.  I just think it’s so neat that someone once found fossils out here.  Makes me want to be a paleontologist again…

Giant ant hill.  Pretty normal out here.  We have one bigger than this in our front yard by the road, but since school has started the kids walking home from school have been messing with it… BAD KIDS get out of my yard! Only I can play with the ant hill.

As you know Webb loves to wave at the camera. I would say that he’s a dork, but that would be rude.

After the cacti bloom in June/July the flowers fall off and the ends are green, but in the Fall they turn yellow.  Pretty.