Hopewell Lake

July 29th continued. Beyond Earthship and past the Rio Grande Bridge we continue along Hwy 64 coming back into the Carson National Forest and into the trees and green meadows again. It’s beautiful here. I get out in several places to photograph the scenery: Old buildings, beautiful green meadows, and the afternoon storm clouds gathering.

It isn’t long before the bruised and angry looking clouds begin dropping, a few fat tears. I begin looking in earnest for a place to stop. DSC_0027

Rounding a corner among the tall pines I spot a Carson National Forest sign for Hopewell Campground. It’s off to the left and I gladly turn onto the road. It’s not far to the campground, and I speak with the host who gives us directions to a shaded site. Turns out it isn’t quite the shady spot I had in mind, and is rather out in the open. Thunder is rolling. I feel too exposed here.

As more thunder rolls I decide to move, and we head around the hard packed dirt road searching for a better camp site. We’re heading around the bend, Boys Not around the bend as in nuts, but maybe that’s true, too, but around the bend in the road. Ha! I find a site I feel much more comfortable with, and we settle in to wait out the storm before making camp.  We have this guy watching over us. DSC_0034 (2)

We spend a couple of nights here. The days are warm and the nights cool. And the view!! MissAdventure is backed right up to the table, doors thrown wide, and as I look out the back I see a gorgeous green meadow strewn with many different kinds and colors of wildflowers backed by stately pines and aspen trees whose leaves are dancing in the breeze. It is truly breathtaking, the prettiest high mountain meadow I have ever seen.

DSC_0036DSC_0044 (1)Aspen Trunks and flowers

DSC_0049 (1)MissAdventure, Our Camp At Hopewell Lake Forest Service Natil CG

This forest service campground offering vault toilets, water, tables, fire rings, good dirt road, gorgeous scenery, and peace and quiet is $16 per night, $8 with senior pass.

Thanks for stopping by 2DogsTravel.  Hugs, Shawna

DSC_001 (3)Hopewell Lake
Hopewell Lake