Next Up: Rocky Mountain National Park

Yesterday, one of Jon’s colleagues said, “When are you ever going to take a vacation?” Answer: at the end of the month. Destination: Rocky Mountain National Park. We’ll be camping near Estes Park during our week-long stay, which will allow us time to acclimate to the altitude before hitting the trails. After traveling to Grand…

The Problem With Paradise

The American humorist Garrison Keillor once said, “The problem with paradise is that it’s temporary: You don’t belong here and the neighbors are nobody you care to know, so it’s only blissful for a week or so.” We lost count of how many blissful weeks we’ve spent camping at Loyd Park this season, but one…

Six-Week Staycation

We’re wrapping up a six-week spring staycation at Loyd Park, and we’re in no hurry to leave. In fact, Jon’s Mom recently asked, “Do you think you’ll ever stay in your house again?” There are campers who have no desire to stay, and campers who are in no hurry to leave. We fall squarely into…

Rainy Days and Sundays

Our Sunday at Loyd Park brought thunderstorms, with lightning, winds and flooding rains–quite a change from previous days of warmth and sunshine that gave us clear skies and spectacular sunsets. Life at Loyd Park is a wonder, precisely because it includes an occasionally rainy Sunday. We had an unexpectedly quick move to site 139 on Thursday afternoon,…

Lake Life

We often spend two or three weekends a month “at the lake,” but the fact of the matter is that we spend very little time in or even near the water. Oh, we catch an occasional glimpse of the shore as we drive in or out of the park. We see a couple of ducks…

An Ideal Weekend

We returned to Loyd Park for the weekend that closed Spring Break, surrounded by families trying to make the most of the gorgeous weather. Mild temperatures and gentle breezes made conditions perfect for dining al fresco, sitting by the fire, and sleeping with open windows. In a word, the weekend was ideal. We’ll return again…

Spring Break

The second weekend in March found us among the spring breakers at Loyd Park. It seemed like children were everywhere: playing street hockey, screeching through the forest, riding bicycles. Thankfully, most parents (and grandparents) call a halt to their activities around sunset, so we were able to enjoy calm, quiet nights. Typical of spring in…