Colorado is experiencing a severe drought and the lake in the state park we visited was a casualty of the drought. Instead of a nice swimming beach to play and frolic the day away, the water level was so low, that all we were left with was a stinking, muddy mess. OK, no big deal, we had other activities planned....like eating!
Oh, eating...we forgot the taco beef and the marinated chicken breasts in the freezer. Oops! We also forgot stuff to make sandwiches. Did I mention that we had to take two cars because we brought so much stuff with us??? How could I have brought so much stuff, yet forgot so many things? Good thing my kids like cookies and chips because we had plenty of those.
One thing that went 1000 times better than planned was our visit to Rifle Falls. The falls were breathtaking. It was fun to wade around and be sprayed by the mist because it was 100 degrees outside. The falls are surrounded by caves that we explored.
We decided to head back to our campsite for some lunch. We were surprised by what we saw at our campsite. The tent was wildly flapping in the wind. Not only was it 100 degrees outside, there were gale-force winds as well. Upon closer inspection, we realized that one of the tent's metal poles had snapped in the wind and broken through the fabric. Not good.
At this point, we all decided that it might be a good idea to pack up and head home. The combination of the heat and being blasted by a dusty, oven-hot wind had gotten to us all. The idea of a clean cool shower and sleeping in our own beds won out over another night in the tent.
Even if things didn't go exactly as planned, we made some great memories and everyone had fun.
Camping is fun...as long as it's only for one night!