Annual Rampart Camp/Kayak

Our annual group camping trip to Rampart Reservoir resumed this this last weekend. I say resumed because the Forest Service did not give much advanced notice as to the status of the campground last year, so we went to Lathrop State Park instead. The 2012 Waldo Canyon fire closed the campground, but this year it was clear early on, that it would be open.

I took vacation time on Friday and we arrived at Rampart mid-day. Jeff was already there with the camper, so we pulled right up and unloaded our gear. We set-up our hammock and relaxed in the mild temps, light breezes and sunshine. After some rest we walked the trail down to the reservoir.

Relaxing at Camp

Relaxing at Camp

Arriving later would be 10 other people spread out   Continue reading

Don’t let the weather . . .

Don’t the let the weather run your life. Or, so the saying goes. Sometimes I forget this and don’t do things because the weather forecast says it’s going to rain, or I look outside and it looks cloudy and not even close to ideal.

Earlier in the week we decided to go for a paddle on Rampart Reservoir on Saturday, but the forecast was rain and the skies were cloudy on Saturday morning. I wasn’t feeling like I wanted to go, but I hoped that if I just got to loading the boats my attitude would change. And, it worked. Also, knowing that the weatherman isn’t always correct, we decided to give it a try anyway.

When we arrived were rewarded with mild temps and light breezes. Once out on the lake we paddled past some friends in a motor boat who were returning from a morning of fishing.

Rampart reservoir with Pikes Peak

Rampart reservoir with Pikes Peak

 

We paddled in and out of coves for an hour or so and found   Continue reading

Paddling at Rampart

On Saturday we loaded up the sea kayak and the new Mill Creek 16.5 tandem kayak and headed up to Rampart reservoir. It was really windy and the waves were a bit rough at times. Lisa and Luke and Paul and his friend Robert all went along. This new boat is significantly more stable than the sea kayak and if it was less windy, Lisa would have gone out for sure. Maybe next time.

A few instructions for Robert and Paul before we launch

A few instructions for Robert and Paul before we launch

Underway and looking good

Underway and looking good

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