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Dutch Star Ready for Action

For a variety of reasons Nancy and I have had a hard time firming up our summer travel plans, but finally I believe that we've got it worked out.

At the heart of these plans is the fact that I'm going to have a new grand daughter some time this month in Denver. Jeff and Linda are expecting a baby girl somewhere around the 16th of June and Nancy and I will want to visit them to get to know her as well as spend time with them and Maya. We tried working out a visit in July but our schedules conflicted, so we moved on to Plan B.

Plan B is the following: We're going to leave here early on the 29th of June heading for S.W. Colorado where we plan to spend most of the month of July in and around the spectacular and cool San Juan mountains that to me are some of the most beautiful that I've experienced in my travels.

Our first stop will be at Priest Gulch campground which is located on Rt 145 (the Million Dollar Highway) about half way between Cortez and Telluride. We have reservations for two nights with a campsite right on the Delores River. We're going to check it out and may stay longer. It's very pricey ($37 + tax per nite) which will limit how long we stay there. I've driven by this campground in the past and it looked real special to me and is highly rated by Trailer Life Directory. We'll let you know what we think about it, and if it's worth the money.

I've driven this road (the Million Dollar Highway) numerous times on a motorcycle, in the Dutch Star, and in the Ranger and each time have found it to be beautiful beyond my ability to describe adequately. I want Nancy to experience this area in depth as I have, and to do that will require somewhere between 10 days and 2 weeks. We're going to play it by ear once we get to the area, but we will want to visit and spend some time in Ouray, Silverton, Telluride, and Cortez as well as drive the entire Million Dollar Highway from Cortez to Durango at least once.

After that we'll move on to the Gunnison, Crested Butte area for the remainder of July. We'd like to spend as much time as can be arranged at Rosy Lane campground which is a National Forest CG located on the Tye River. I stayed there when I was last in this area and just loved it there. We'll probably stay at the Tall Texan campground in Gunnison when we first arrive in this area while we try to work out a stay at Rosy Lane CG.

From there we will move on to Red Rock RV Park which is located in Island Park, Idaho about 22 miles from the west entrance to Yellowstone NP. We will be staying there from August 1st until when they close in late September. This campground is really something, and if you want more information about it you can Google them at Red Rock RV Park and check it out. Lots of exploration and photo opportunities all over this area. Henry's Lake which is a world class trout fishing lake is only about a mile from the campground. We'll be spending a lot of time in Yellowstone NP during our stay. Our fulltiming friends Gordon and Juanita Pierce are already there and will be there for the entire summer. It will be great to spend time with them again. I've followed their website for years and Nancy and I finally met them last summer in Oregon. Great people!

In late September we'll pick up stakes and head to Denver to spend some time with Jeff, Linda, Maya, and our new grand daughter. In July we may also try to do a day trip to Denver during our stay in the Gunnison area. We'll have Packwood with us and we can't leave him for more than two or three days which will limit how long we can stay in Denver, but we'll at least be able to see our new grand daughter for a short time prior to our visit in late September. It's about a 200 mile drive one way to Denver from Gunnison thru some very beautiful country.

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