Monday, May 30, 2005

He Stole My Blog...

A Younger Stern Family Hiking Above William's Creek Posted by Hello

I happened to mention to my husband that I have been thinking about writing a blog about my favorite place to go. Next thing you know, he had written about his favorite place to go. Next to home, my favorite place is in the mountains outside of Pagosa Springs, Colorado. When Fraser and I had been married only two years, we decided to take a trip to Colorado and go camping. My family had only taken vacations to the beach and never to the mountains. I remember how excited I was to go see real mountains. As we drove out of the flat lands of Houston, I discovered hills; Wow! The further we drove north the bigger the hills got. Fraser reminded me that those were still hills, not mountains yet. I was totally enthralled with the beauty I was seeing. We had gone on vacation at the end of September because it was the only time we could get off of work at the same time. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. There were shades of yellow and orange all over the trees. The leaves on the aspen trees would shimmer in the breezes and it was so beautiful. I had never seen such beauty. As we drove up threw northern New Mexico, you could see the mountains, with snow on top of them. Everything around me was like a dream world, mountain streams, wildlife, fresh air, winding roads, meadows and more. I couldn’t have been happier. We found a place outside of Pagosa Springs called William’s Creek camp ground. (If you ever want to go there take Hwy 180 to Pagosa Springs. Go west through town, up the hill to Piedra Road and turn right (north) on Peidra Road. It’s about 23 miles up and start looking for the signs that say, “William’s Creek Campground.” ) A nice creek goes through the campground and they have wonderful camp sites.
One year while we were there I ventured down to the creek and found a huge boulder on the edge of the water. I climbed out onto the boulder and actually sat there for two hours. The sound of the water rushing by had me hypnotized. I could feel life surging all through my body. I closed my eyes and felt like I had left this world. What a powerful feeling. I did some deep thinking and thanked my Heavenly Father for the experience. I love going there. A few miles up the road from the camp ground is a beautiful lake called William’s Lake. Mountains completely surround it and you can see the reflections of the trees in the lake. At the base of the lake is a spillway where the lake ends and the creek begins. We enjoyed taking a hike around the lake and we would rest near the spillway. Just above the lake the road goes for a few more miles and ends with a parking area that takes you to a trial for a hike up to the Continental Divide. We would pack light and take to the trail. There was a certain place that I would stop because it would just get too steep for my dad. (Did I mention that after my mom died, that my dad would go camping with us, just like he were one of the kids. I think he loved it more than we did.) Fraser and the kids would go up to a large meadow a few more miles and then come back down. We absolutely enjoyed exploring and taking in all we could.
I can see it in my dreams and one day we plan to build a log house on the land we own in Pagosa Springs. That piece backs up to Martinez Canyon with Pagosa Peak in the background. If I close my eyes I am there.


At 7:43 PM, Blogger Evey said...

Hi Lucy,

Thanks for visiting my blog the other day. I am just really getting into this whole "blogging" world so I am always excited when someone knew pops by.

Where exactly is Pagosa Springs? Mu hubby and I want to eventually end up in Denver. I love the mountains!

At 9:43 PM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

evey, Pagosa Springs is off of Hwy 180 in the very southern boarder of Colorado. It's about 1/3 way in from the eastern boarder. It's definately south of Denver. My daugher lived in a suburb of Denver for two years. She liked it up there. We love the mountains also. One of these days it would be nice to build a house up there. Who knows.

At 9:07 PM, Blogger Sherpa said...

this photo rocks. I'm a friend of Bonnie's by the way.

At 9:36 PM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

ruby g, She hasn't changed a bit has she? LOL

At 12:36 PM, Anonymous Linda said...

If you and TF like Pagosa Springs, Lucy, you'd love the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Gold medal waters: one of my very favorite places to go fishing.

Have you driven the Million Dollar Highway, yet?

I live along the north end of the Front Range of Colorado. I have Estes Park with Rocky Mountain National Park not thirty miles away, with a slew of smaller parks and recreation areas sprinkled all around.

Evey, the Denver Metro area is expensive, but not as expensive as Boston! If you would prefer to live south of Denver and along the Front Range, Castle Rock might be a good choice, or even one of the little towns around Colorado Springs. North of Denver, and still along the Front Range, there's Brighton, Lafayette, Longmont, Johnstown, Windsor, Loveland, or even Fort Collins.

The cost of living is a little higher along the Front I highly advise researching the economy first.

Another thought: the Eastern Plains have their own beauty, even though they're more prone to tornadoes, and the cost of living is more sane. The Western Slopes are beautiful, too, but I have my own personal bias against moving out there, and so I'm not a good source in terms of that geography.

There are lots and lots of great places up here. Good luck and much happiness with your move.

At 12:33 PM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Linda, Loved Rocky Mountain Nat.Park and yes, we have driven on the million dollar hwy. many times. The Black Caynon of the Gunnison is really beautiful. You can see the lava flow in the rock formations. I absolutely love Colorado.


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