One of the things that at first surprised us about the Golden Bell RV Park was that campers would pull in and go directly to their assigned site, never checking in with us. What we discovered was that most of them have been coming year after year, maybe even multiple times a year, and they know the campground better than we do! They reserve a year in advance many times, especially the large groups. We’ve learned to know them by their first names in some cases, and even recognize their pets. We try very hard to keep up our end of the bargain by hauling trash and keeping the bathrooms relatively clean.
Lots of the visitors bring pets, but one couple who is back this week are accompanied not only by two nice dogs but also a bird! I can’t say that I’ve ever met an RV’er with a bird. Cats and dogs maybe but not birds. They’ve been here several times this summer, beginning the first weekend we were here, I think, and we definitely remember them!
This weekend has been interesting away from the campgrounds. On Saturday we watched a portion of the 22nd annual Salute to American Veterans Rally and the 27th annual POW/MIA Recognition Ride. Several thousand motorcycles were expected but I haven’t heard how many actually arrived and how many of those were veterans. We sat on the corner in Divide where the cycles turned toward Cripple Creek and watched the cyclists running two abreast for about half an hour, usually just about on one another’s tails. It was a pretty impressive morning!
We’re here until just after Labor Day, not that we’re counting. We are starting to see more open spaces in the park, even on the weekends. This week we will make all the signs that go up in each site, telling people to check in at the lodge and to take their trash to the lodge since there is no camp host during the off season. It has been a good summer and we’ve enjoyed having someone else doing the cooking! I am still amassing photos of the Golden Bell campus and one day soon, when we actually reach internet service above dial-up speeds, I’ll post them.