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Old 02-20-2015, 10:37 AM   #1
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I am so excited. I recently booked a national forest campground for the first leg of our first trip when I retire in July. My last day of work is July 31 and our first night to camp is August 3. We plan a month trip through Colorado, Utah and ending up in California. Our first 8 days will be at Lottis Creek campground in the Gunnison National Forest. I'm so happy that some of the national forest campgrounds have standard electric. We drove through this little campground last summer and it is beautiful. There is good trout fishing, hiking and lots of beautiful scenery in the area. I am not sure about the rest of the trip. My daugher lives in California so we will spend a few days with her. After that, not sure where we'll end up!!
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Old 02-20-2015, 10:42 AM   #2
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Early congratulations! Retirement is a wonderful thing..and so is camping in Colorado.
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Jill, congratulations on your upcoming retirement.
Take time to smell the roses along the way. I don't know if you ever seen or read the thread I started a few years back on retirement. If you are interested here is the link. Lots of different input from members.

http://www.crossroadsowners.com/foru...read.php?t=408
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Thanks Lloyd, I'll check out the thread.
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Our first campsite on our first day of retirement (if the creek don't rise)!
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Our retirement trip last year was the first long trip in what was then our new camper. (We have since bought another!) It took us from SC to KS, with about 4 destinations within KS, and return. It included tourist stops like Branson and Stone Mtn, as well as RV Resorts, KOAs, and Mom/Pop places. Even a boondock in a Georgia county park. Great trip! Try to bring all you need without overloading, and be ready to spend more than you plan. We hit budget in KS, had to come home on the "cheap!" LOL Congratulations!
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Old 02-20-2015, 01:03 PM   #7
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Early congrat on retirement. I retired 2 years ago, wife retired last year and have several travel plans. Gunnison is a beautiful place to visit. Enjoy your time together.
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Since we live in Kansas, we have camped in a lot of places in Colorado. We love national forest campgrounds as they are usually in very pretty spots. I am happy there are a few with electric now. We have traveled extensively throughout the west, southwest and northwest. I want to go to New England and Florida. Just hard to believe how fast time goes. It doesn't seem possible that I am 65 and ready to retire!! I am happy we took our kids on lots of vacations through the years. Great memories.
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Old 02-20-2015, 01:51 PM   #9
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Jlongsta, when you're back in KS, check out Glen Elder State Park, on US 24 between Beloit and Cawker City. We stayed there 3 days and loved it. Water/elec, dump station. Wifi when you're close to restrooms, where transmitters are. We camped further away, but would drive up, and check email/news once a day. Wakonda Lake is beautiful! If you reserve a "prime" site, you'll pay about $2more/day, but you'll have a big wide site, and plenty of shade. Well worth it!
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Old 02-20-2015, 02:19 PM   #10
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We have some fairly nice state parks here in Kansas. Some of the lakes have both state parks and corps of army engineer campgrounds. We like the corp campgrounds because we can use our federal senior pass and get 50% off camping. Our state parks have yet to figure out that giving seniors a discount is a good thing!! We've been to Glen Elder but have not camped. Thanks for the tip.
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