We get to watch a kids baseball game

Trip Start Apr 18, 2007
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Trip End Oct 16, 2007


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KOA Campground

Flag of United States  , Colorado
Sunday, August 5, 2007

After a breakfast with some excellent coffee (has to be mentioned as such a rare occurrence) we headed to the museum which was an old house that had been moved there on the back of a lorry. There was a section about a local family of early pioneers in the valley and also much about the early skiing in the area with old clothing and ski equipment.

We then decided to head back to the river and soon came across one of the baseball games that was going on as part of a local kids competition. We saw a game between the "Hard Knocks" and another team and found it very entertaining >> standing leaning on the fence in the sun with the backdrop of the pine-clad mountains. It was interesting to note that all the cars in the car-park were with SUVs or Pickups - no saloons.

About 2pm we headed back to the bar from yesterday and ordered what turned out to be an excellent shrimp and an oyster sandwich plus beers. We managed to find the same seats as yesterday and enjoyed the river scene in the sun. After a while we moved over slightly to allow another couple named Mark and Karen to get a view of the river and what turned out to be the daily 2.30pm coal train composed on two engines at the front, two in the middle and one pushing at the back - incredible sight. We got chatting to Mark and Karen and during the conversation they asked us if we'd like to join them at Steamboat Lakes tomorrow afternoon to go fishing on a pontoon boat - which we gladly accepted. After a while we decided to continue our walk down the river where after a short while we came across a smelly (sulphur) spring after which the town had been named. Here we met a chap who we found out was a well-known chef called Andrew Lawrence. He was in town determining if it warranted an up-market restaurant on behalf of a well-known investor. We had a long conversation with him about US politics - it seems that Americans discuss this subject regularly.

He was a very nice chap and gave us his card - we said we'd keep in contact, but time was pressing and we had a date at the KOA campground 40 miles west in Craig. We arrived to find a highway RV-park where our tent site seemed to double up as hard-standing for yet more RVs as it was very stony - we decided to gamble it and didn't bother with the flysheet pegs. The wash facilities were rather poor with US-bar type swing doors on the showers which were right next to the toilets. In summary whilst the owners were making good attempts at landscaping really the whole wash-block needed replacing. We haven't been at all impressed with the KOAs in the area.

After a quick dip in the pool we headed off into Saturday night downtown kicking Craig - NOT. It was dead and only seemed to have a few rather poor restaurants. We found an Italian and got ok food with rather disinterested service. Not a town we will be rushing back to in future visits.

A rather poor nights sleep - tenting is absolutely not to Munchie's liking.
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