I finally moved away from Centennial, though I sure do love it there. Getting groceries is problematic though, as the nearest grocery store is 35 miles away. And since I don’t have a freezer, I had to go to town once a week for groceries.
I’m back in Leadville, CO now, though not in the same area as before.I found a new campsite that’s less than 4 miles from town, and all paved roads except for the last ⅓ mile! And while the town is really small, they do have a Safeway (smallest one I’ve ever seen) and a Family Dollar store. This is a much busier area though, with cars, trucks, campers, ATVs and dirt bikes going by often. The road is sort of a horseshoe shape and I’m at the “base” of the shoe, so everybody goes past. I don’t mind, it’s just different from what I’m used to. It’s very quiet at night.
The elevation here is about 1000’ lower than my previous Leadville campsite too, so it’s easier to breathe. (I think the last one may have been around 11,500’) I’m loving the weather here; every day it’s the same….69 degrees daytime, 40 at night. The stars at night here are amazing. I really need to learn more about the constellations. I got a “star finder” app for my phone but of course I seldom have a good enough signal for it to work.
It’s the weekend of the Leadville 100 race, and the town is bursting at the seams. I had to go get ice Saturday and vowed not to go out again until after the weekend is over; traffic was horrendous, and they already had roads closed off and were putting up bleachers on both sides of the race route. It’s a grueling 100 mile run in elevations from 9200′ to 12,600′! The winner was from Flagstaff, AZ and finished in just under 16 hours. !! I can’t imagine. The Turquoise Lake Recreation Area is nearby and their campgrounds are full, as well as the overflow areas. (Yet here there’s plenty of free space, less than a mile away….go figure.)
My campsite has a gigantic boulder, and I WANT IT! Guess I can’t take it back on top of the car, eh?
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5 replies on “Leadville Again”
Wow, who would want to run in such a grueling race. Glad that your campsite is closer to town and that the elevation is more favorable!! I think that you saw some of the photos from Acadia State Park in Maine. Although in a tent it was fun to reunite with some of the WACS!!Between your blog and meeting up with everyone the camping bug is biting!! Thanks for sharing your story!
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Glad you’re getting to meet up with the WACS again, Cathy!! Even if it is in a tent, LOL.
Just lost a whole comment. I’m not getting emails notifying me of your posts anymore. I suspect it’s something I’ve done fiddling around with passwords etc. I have to go back and see what I missed. I really liked the Leadville area – Temps are great.
Not really relevant to this post but thought this link might be of use to you. I avidly follow your adventures as you travel through my favorite parts of Colorado. – Ei from NC a fellow AFrame camper
Check out this PDF I found with tips for camping off grid in your A Frame.
Ed thanks for that; I’ll check it out!