Location: Strasburg/East Denver KOA, Strasburg, Colorado
Dates: July 30 to Aug. 2, 2017
We arrived in Strasburg, Colorado on Sunday afternoon after an easy drive from WaKeeney. Strasburg is, according to the sign outside the KOA office here, about 35 miles east of Denver.
We had tried to get a campground closer into town, but they were all very full. The Strasburg KOA wasn’t a whole lot to look at, but they’re working on various improvements, including new sites along the back. Our site was pretty nice. It was wide enough to park the truck next to the trailer and deep enough we could have parked it across the site in front of the trailer.
Note the red stripe on the artificial turf. It appears as if they got a good deal on some turf removed from a football field somewhere. There were various stripes and hash marks on different pieces throughout the park. Great way to repurpose. Once we were set up, we generally just relaxed on Sunday evening.
While we were at WaKeeney, we contacted some friends of ours, Phil and Mary Ochoa since Val knew they were in the Denver area. They had found four tickets to see The Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton at the Red Rocks Amphitheater. They asked if we’d like to join them if they bought the four tickets (the show has been sold out for a long time). We said yes.
On Monday, we left fairly early in the morning and got some shopping done around the greater Denver area. We ate lunch at a mall near some of our stops. After our last stop, we contacted Mary and she said she was finishing up a doctor appointment. We hung out for a couple hours at a nearby Starbucks, where she came to meet us.
We stopped by the grocery to pick up something to take to the concert for dinner, then picked up Phil. We left our truck at their house (they full-time in their RV, but still own a house in Boulder that they rent out) while they drove us to the venue in their car.
The show was great. The Red Rocks Amphitheater was as great a venue as we had heard it was. We were far enough back that the music wasn’t super loud, but close enough to still see the stage.
We stayed until almost the end of the show, but slipped out a little early just as The Steve Miller Band was getting into their encores. We beat most all the traffic out that way.
By the time the Ochoas dropped us off to get our truck and we drove back to our campground (about an hour drive), it was nearly midnight and we were wiped out. It was a very fun time, though.
On Tuesday, Malcolm worked most of the day. Val worked on some of her projects, as well. Malcolm took a break from regular work to climb up on the trailer and apply some self-leveling sealant on some existing seals that were starting to crack from weather.
We cooked dinner out on the grill Tuesday evening and got most everything packed up for the move on Wednesday. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will all be travel days, with single night stops on Wednesday and Thursday nights.