Ahhh, vacation. I love to travel and can hardly get back from one trip before I am planning and scoping out our next destination. Back in February we decided we wanted to go to Colorado for our summer vacation. Steven's parents stay in Buena Vista for July and August and his mom is always begging us to come visit them so we made that a target destination. We found a cabin in nearby Alpine and reserved it for August.
Steven loves to camp and would spend our whole vacation backpacking in the wilderness if I would agree. I do not agree. But since marriage is supposed to be about compromise, I agreed to camp four nights. We were going to camp near Buena Vista but found out they had a burn ban on, meaning no campfires. So instead, we headed to Platoro, Colorado for the adventure. Never heard of it you say? That's because it has a population of 300 and is closed in the winter. Seriously---the forest service makes everyone leave unless you apply for a special permit to stay.
We left early in the morning. It took all day to get to Platoro and was raining when we arrived. Because we didn't know where we were camping, we spent several hours driving around. As the sun continued to set, I decided that we were getting a cabin for the evening. It was too late to try to set up. We found a vacancy at some hunting cabins that were decorated circa 1963. When Steven laid in our bed, it made a HUGE crater and I had to sleep on the very edge to keep from rolling into him all night. However, it did have running water and a toilet so I wasn't going to complain.....too much.
The next day we packed up the camp. It took us 3 hours. I don't know about you but that is NOT my idea of a vacation! I told him it sure seemed like a lot of work for a vacation. He said if we didn't have to bring the kitchen sink it wouldn't take so long. Smart aleck! I had agreed to camp 4 nights but was so glad we had to get a cabin the first night. Three nights was just about all I could take of that!
It was a great vacation but might just be my last camping excursion. We'll see. The kids love it so maybe I'll do it again but it will be a couple of years. By then I might be too old!
Plug: I wanted to take one camera lens that would let me shoot close-up and far away without having to change. I priced that lens at $600. Whoa! Luckily I found an awesome place to rent the lens for the bargain price of around $80 including all shipping charges and insurance called ATS rentals. They even sent a lens hood for the camera. The lens arrived the day before we left, complete with a return shipping label. I used it our entire vacation and shipped it back the day after we returned. So easy! If you're ever in the market to rent camera or video equipment, I highly recommend them! I will certainly use them again.