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.


Adventures Galore

15 09 2008

The other day we pulled up next to an old pick-up truck with four deer hooves jutting out of the truck-bed.  YeeHAAAAWWW!!!

Webb and I are planning to go camping again this ‘weekend,’ this time we’ll be roughing it BLM-style, and out of earshot of any major highways…the weather is supposed to be amazing, though it does get cold at night. Most important I need to check when hunting season starts around here, I’ve heard it’s soon.

Dinosaur Flats

After doing some research the other day I realized that the area we were exploring on our last outing (before visiting Red Canyon Park) is part of the Garden Park Fossil Area. The road we were on was called Dinosaur Flats. “Across the street” there is a similar dirt road called oil-well flats.  Here is a map of the area, we were in the Garden Park Fossil area and Red Canyon Park. The following is a description of some of the wildlife found in the area…

The rugged rocky canyons and rolling hills between the grasslands and the mountains support pinon pine and juniper woodlands. The abundance of mule deer here make these areas prime habitat for mountain lions. Although you’re not likely to see a mountain lion, you may see a roadrunner, relatively rare this far north.”

Now when is says that you are not likely to see a mountain lion it is because cats stalk their prey…FUN!!!

What i really wonder is if there are still any dinosaur bones in the area…wouldn’t that be neat.