Day 16 – Hang Ten…Doggie Style

Posted: August 31, 2010 in 2010 summer trip
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Thursday
August 5, 2010

Woke up this morning after yet another restless night.  After breakfast we had a nice conversation with the couple next to us.  They invited me to play cards later in the afternoon.  We took it slow this morning and had an early lunch.  In middle of the meal we saw the manager on his ATV ending to the north end of our campground that borders the forestry at a pretty good rate.  After about 10 minutes he heading back.  It seemed strange since there were no campers up there right now but we dismissed it.  After cleaning up we headed down to the showers.  On the way we spoke to the manager and he stated that he had to use the gun to shoot rubber bullets at one of the bears that frequents the campground.  He stated this is one of the bigger bears and is not afraid of humans.  Okay now we are totally freaking out!  Here we were cooking bacon (outside mind you) to make sandwiches and not more than 100 ft from us was a big black bear looking for his next meal.  I have been nervous about the bears but in my mind they were only coming at night and we were making sure we were staying inside.  But now here was one right here and in the middle of the day.  That made the decision for us easy…..it was time to move on.  Within an hour we were packed and ready to go.  We didn’t quite know where we were going but it was time to pack up.  In two hours we were on the road and heading to I25.  Along the way we discussed where to head.  We are not ready to head home but it seems that the bear activity is going to be an issue anywhere in the mountain region this year and so we have decided to head east to a reservoir located in the plains.  We have never been there before and this was not on my planned list of place to visit and so we are going blind on this one.

We arrive in the late afternoon at our destination. We are staying at John Martin Reservoir State Park.  It is located off Hwy 50 and is about 25 miles west of Lamar and about 2hrs east of Pueblo.  The park is located on the east side of the damn and is comprised of shaded and open sites.  The park looks a little rundown at first glance, I think it was because it was pretty empty as it was a Thursday night and because the grass was on the overgrown side, but at the same time has a beauty of its own.   Most of the campsites are reserved for Friday and Saturday night but we did find one site that has plenty of shade does not have a reservation slip and so we set up camp in site 99.    As we were preparing to set into dinner preparation mode our neighbors behind began waving at us and so I decided to go over and say hello.

The view from our site of the water across the street....we had the best site.....water breeze, no bugs, and great shade!!!!

The view from our site of the water across the street....we had the best site.....water breeze, no bugs, and great shade!!!!

After dinner we sat in the shade and noticed that the makings on Shyla’s tongue resembled a humans footprint like the famous “Hang Ten” clothing and so we spent the next 1/2 taking pictures of her trying to capture what we were seeing.  She finally had enough and waddled up under the table obstructing our view.

Shyla advertising for Hang Ten

Shyla advertising for Hang Ten

We had an early night tonight.  Decided that it was time to watch a movie on the portable DVD player of Nina’s that we had brought.  We usually watch one at night on most trips but this trip has been so jam packed we have been totally exhausted every night.  It was nice just hanging loose with each other.

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Comments
  1. Bev &Barry says:

    Maybe you could take a folding cage camping – that you two could hide behind – sorta like being in a human zoo protected from the bears. Now that would make an interesting photo!
    Gosh Shyla is beautiful – Hang Ten tongue and all – and her coat looks so healthy doesn’t it?
    I think you have inspired me to do a blog next holiday – yours is fantastic.

    We are on our way home now – lovely drive with green paddocks and tiny new born lambs everywhere. Our last night at Albury with about six hours drive to go….and it is raining, cold and the forecast is for more of the same. First day of Spring too!
    Will give you both a call after the unpacking is done.
    love Bev

    • triptracker says:

      What a great idea!!!! I will just write on the long list of my “Honey Do..” items! Maybe we could have even charge a viewing fee….but now that I think about it though at least with the camper we could possibly cut our way out one side as the bear slashed its way in from the other….with bars well we would just be stuck …. waiting for it to find a way in….and from what I’ve heard these bears would probably find the way.

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