Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sportsman’s Campground - More Pictures

Let’s explore a bit more about the Sportsman’s Campground RV Park in this entry, and then later ones will touch on things to see in the immediate area of the park. While the RV Park is like many others, it does have some additional features, one of which I mentioned and that being the cabins.

However, there are also horseback trail rides that can be taken, and the starting point is right there at Sportsman’s. You’ll have to check with the website or call them directly to get the full details of those rides, but they seemed to be of interest, especially if you didn’t have a lot of other things to do or see.

This image is of the office for the stables that conduct the horseback trail rides. It goes by the name of Crazy Horse Outfitters (I think.)


This building is the central rec center/kitchen/showers/laundry room building. When we were there, this was where the pot luck supper was held. We had the misfortune of not really having a good RV in which Jo could cook, so we ended up buying something for a dessert when we happened to be in town the day before the supper. As it was, we were the ONLY ones that showed up with a store-bought food item.


Jo said that it would never happen again, and that she would find and keep something in our RV’s that could be cooked up as a home-made dish.

This next picture is of what is probably the absolutely smallest cabin in the park. Jo and I referred to it as the 2 X 4 cabin. The others are all larger, with one being a lot larger.


Looking from the north part of the campground, this looks back toward the entrance, with the office and general store being the building that is the furthest away and on the right. It is just beyond the playground equipment. That is also where the dumpsters are located, requiring the “campers” to carry their trash to that location.


Then there is the largest cabin, which is named the Rio Grande, and is located in the northern-most part of the park.


These next pictures will be various pictures taken in the park area. I won’t even bother to describe them. As you can see, there is quite a bit of maneuvering room throughout the campgrounds.







This last one is the only pull through site in the park, and as you can see, it is a large one. There was a bit of room at the front of the coach to park their tow vehicle, but for the most part, the owners of this Mobile Suites would park their pickup behind the coach. The owners were one of the couples that come to the Sportsman’s Campgrounds every year.


As for pictures of the inside of the clubhouse and cabins, I didn’t take any of those.  Most of the cabins were rented and I am more interested in nature and critters than I am the insides of buildings.

One other thing of note, one or all of the owners are involved with conservation efforts in this part of Colorado, especially in the Weminuche Wilderness area.  One evening while we were there on our vacation, a large number of vehicles and people started showing up and parking just about anywhere that they could and brought their lawn chairs into the campground.  We found out the next day that the owners host the annual “get-together” of the local conservation group.

Obviously, they are folks that appreciate the area in which they live and operate their business.  If you have a desire to get out away from towns but still have the modern hookups, Sportsman’s Campground is a good place to go.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.