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July 11, 2011

Camping Redemption!

This past weekend we went camping with our church life group.  There were 17 (or so) families that came out and we literally took over about 1/4 of the campground at Cutty's resort.  This was a GREAT camping experience for us for numerous reasons.  We opted to rent and "try out" a pop-up tent camper since tent camping has not been hugely successful for us in the past (verdict: it was awesome.  We are now in the market for a used pop-up tent camper if you hear of any good deals).  The campground had so much to do, was off the beaten path, and had great views of the Rockies.  We also had a wonderful time getting to know other families in our new church.  It's never easy to transition to a new church family, but I really like the people I am meeting there.  Everyone is very friendly and out-going, love it!
Oh, and there was barely any rain!  The "Recke Curse" is broken!! :)

View of the Rockies
A deer Tom admired...a little too much.
On Friday we drove to the Royal Gorge, not too far away from our camp.  We chose not to pay the crazy-expensive entry fee (we were just there 2 years ago anyway), and took pictures from scenic overlooks.
I love the juxtaposition of flowers on cacti.  Just don't accidentally brush your hand on it.  Those needles are sharp!
The pop-up. Oh how I miss it.
Tom loving the quality time with the kids
Unfortunately, with the lack of moisture in Colorado this year, we were unable to have any campfires.  Even charcoal grills were banned.  So, we all came prepared and used propane stoves for cooking.  I also made some meals ahead of time so I could just heat them up with minimal prep.  While I missed the gathering around a campfire (and s'mores of course) we managed quite well!
White bean chicken & bacon chili hit the spot!
I also made some s'mores brownie bars.  Hey, had to get s'mores somehow!
One big reason we enjoyed Cutty's so much was the amount of activity they had for kids.  There were indoor and outdoor pools, miniature golf, horseshoe pit, volleyball court, shuffleboard, a playground, and a creek running by our campsite.  The bathrooms/showers were very clean too, so other than them ALL being uphill from our campsite, going the bathroom was a non-issue.
The girls analyzing the course.
Apparently that analysis wasn't "on par".  ha.
Tom also took part in some friendly competition.  He did pretty well considering he never played before.
On the last day I took some pics of the kids playing by the creek. I had fun playing with the "manual" setting on my camera here.
What a fun time.  I can't wait to get back up there and do it all again!


  1. Great pics, as always. Glad you had a good trip. My parents have a pop-up trailer and I agree--that's the way to go!

  2. Hooray!!! Redemption! :) So glad to see that you're curse is broken, and you can now officially ENJOY camping! Cutty's looks like a great resort.

    I particularly like the photo of Tom enjoying time with the kiddos. Classic.

    Pretty soon, I think we're going to be in the market for a camper, too... they are just so practical with all the mishaps possible with tents. and I know you know the possibilities :)


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