At 8pm the campground owners called us and informed us of a flash flood watch in the area and asked if we wanted to move up by their house (higher ground). We decided we'd keep an eye on the creek and remain where we were (ha - hindsight!). We stayed up until around 10:30pm (with me looking out at the creek with the flashlight every 5 minutes while Tom was calm, relaxed and enjoying the football game on tv). Our neighbor said he set his alarm for 3am and would wake us if things look bad. At midnight the alarm on my phone (NOAA) sounded (thanks Sue Shuckhart for telling us about this app during your tornado experience!) and we quickly jumped out of bed to find the creek rising up and over the bank. We packed it up and at 1am headed a mile down the road to the Ranger Station parking lot for the rest of the evening! Phew! The next morning we moved back to the campground and into a temporary (higher) site. We remained there until Monday when the rain finally ended and the creek receded (slightly). It was not fun at the time but looking back a good experience for us to have to quickly pack under such circumstances. We learned what we would do differently if the need ever arises again (hopefully not!). Anyway...we had a great time in the area for the next 13 days.
Mt. Evans and Summit Lake
|another double rainbow on our drive from Guanella Pass - 2 in a week!|
|incredible picture of Everest at the Mountaineering Museum|
|Would be great to see a concert here at Red Rocks Ampitheatre! Hopefully next time around.|
|roasting our Hatch chiles from NM - smelled great but way too HOT! Ooops - got medium. Will get MILD next time!|
|Sports Authority Mile High Stadium|
Herman Lake hike with my cousin, Donna
|wonderful camp hosts - Anthony and Renee!|
I think that's it, I'm all caught up on the blogs! Sorry to swamp you with 3 in a row but I had to catch up while the mood struck (and the internet speed cooperated)! We are currently in Monument, CO (30 minutes north of Colorado Springs) and will be here until Saturday. I'm so excited to visit with PA friends, Tess & Scott Cunningham, on Friday. They recently sold their house in PA, bought a house in CO and moved out here. What perfect timing that we are close by and will get to enjoy a hike and dinner with them as well as get to see their new house at 9,800ft! Can't wait!
Til next time...Happy Trails!