We had a great time with a great crew out there. We left Denver a little after noon on thursay and tried to get as far as we could with kids napping. Eventually made our way through a gnarly little hail storm at the top of the San Louis valley and into Del Norte for dinner. Great communication by @RayRay27
to relay camp site info.
Woke up to an amazing view sitting right above an inversion. I didn't take any pictures of this but it was awesome with a cup of coffee. Made our way to the visitors center and onto the Bachelor Loop.
After a quick stop for lunch we headed up the "hard" trail to an amazing waterfall. Harry went on the Argentine clean up, but this was Katie's and August's (16 MO) first run with RS and and they really enjoyed it. Well August doesn't know any different, but he was having a good time.
Back in town we gladly passed on cooking dinner and got some grub supporting the local economy. After getting back to camp everyone pitched in to create a pretty awesome 3 awning + pop up rain shelter. I kept thinking the storm would pass and it would dry out... While rain might get you a little wet and make for a muddy campsite, there aren't many things I like more than getting warm in a sleeping bag and listening to the rain.
Saturday was a wet wake up and a little slow, but we made it down to explore the underground mining museum. Pretty cool and as others noted, informative, but short enough you don't lose interest. There was also a Scout International show going down in town. A community I certainly can appreciate. Cool rigs and some serious dedication.
We traveled with the group to a beautiful alpine lake (Crystal lake). Fun quick drive up. All the rain made for great wildflowers and very green meadows. While we missed out on the very cool looking Bristol Head, we decided to try and get 1/2 way home with the kids to avoid what would've been a very long Sunday. Found a group of 100 series guys outside of Salida and put up a late camp with @DomOfTheDead @Yarn Runner
Great trip. Thanks @bh4rnnr
for organizing and everyone for being a cool group.