Water, water everywhere!

1 Sep

This Labor Day weekend, Travis and I planned to go backpacking with Becky and Scott (Travis works with Becky). We went backpacking with them the other time we went too. We drove separately down to Pagosa Springs (because they have a huge golden retriever) and met down there around 6:30. Our whole drive there it looked like rain. At times it did rain and for a while, it even hailed. But when Travis and I got to Pagosa Springs, the rain had stopped.

We had planned on camping at the trailhead but found out there wasn’t any camping up there. And it just had to be the weekend of the Folk Festival in Pagosa Springs so there was not a one hotel room to be found. We did, however, find a campground right off the main road going through town. And when I say campground, I mean an area of undeveloped land that had a few fire pits and one portapotty.

After we met up with Becky and Scott, we went out to eat at a mexican restaurant and then set up camp. It didn’t rain before we went to bed so we got to have a campfire, which was nice. But we were all so full that none of us felt like s’mores. Travis and I were a little worried about our tent being able to keep water out if it rained–we only paid $25 for it on sale. So when it started raining about 4 in the morning, I was worried. But we stayed dry the whole night, which is good.

But it was SO LOUD at that campground. Big semi trucks came blazing through town at 3 AM; some drunk guys from the bars came back around 2:00, yelling and carrying on about God-knows-what; motorcycles came through around 6; traffic was constant. It was actually kind of nice when it rained because it drowned out the noise from the street.

I will say this though: I was actually warm that night. So warm, in fact, that I unzipped my sleeping bag the whole way and had half my body hanging out the whole night. It was glorious. (I am usually freezing all night when we go camping so this is a great change of pace!!)

Anyway, the next morning we got up and of course, everything was wet (except for us and our sleeping bags!!) and it looked like it was going to rain some more. We decided to pull the plug on our backpacking expedition and just hike the trail we had planned on. So that’s what we did. And it was a very pleasant–albeit wet and cold–hike. It was very foggy in the mountains and in the 50s, so it was a good change from our normal hikes (when it’s sunny and in the 80s or 90s).

Then, to top it all of, I got up last night at 3 AM to go to the bathroom only to find our bath mats soaking wet and the pipe to the toilet in our main bathroom spraying water everywhere. Fun! Travis was able to shut the water off just using the valve on the toilet (so he got out of having to go down in the crawl space). I put the mats in the wash and sopped up all the water. At least it was clean water and not sewage!!
Ah, the joys of home ownership begin.

Here are some pictures:

The fog over the trees

The fog over the trees

Another pic of the fog and trees

Another pic of the fog and trees

The culmination of our hike was at this waterfall:
The bottom of the waterfall

The bottom of the waterfall

The top of the waterfall

The top of the waterfall

One Response to “Water, water everywhere!”

  1. Leah September 1, 2008 at 3:08 pm #

    Looks like you had a fun and eventful weekend . . . even including the toilet spray!

    What a bummer about having to tent on the side of the road. 😦

    Your hike was worth it though, gorgeous pics!

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