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Coach-Net Camping: Mt. Elbert, Colorado

Joseph is one of our highly skilled Learning Program Managers. He has been with Coach-Net for 3 years and we couldn’t be happier to have him! Recently, Joseph rented an RV with a few of his friends and drove up to Colorado! Here’s how his trip went!

Where did you go?

A group of my close friends and I went on a road trip to Mt. Elbert/Leadville, CO, and back to North Texas. We made so many stops on our trip, staying at a different campground every night, and even a gas station parking lot an hour outside Amarillo on our way to Colorado. We spent the first day in Leadville so two of our friends could attempt the hike up to the peak of Mt. Elbert the next morning. They made it only about 400 ft in elevation shy of the peak before turning around and heading back down to us. We also went to Buena Vista and Cañon City, CO, and spent time at the Royal Gorge Bridge, Centennial Park, and a couple KOAs along the way.

How long was your trip?

The whole trip was a little over four days long, leaving North Texas in the late afternoon on a Wednesday and driving the whole way back from South-Central Colorado that Sunday. We spent the first night outside Amarillo, the second night in at the Mt. Elbert Creek Campground, the third night at the Journey KOA in Buena Vista, and the last night at the Royal Gorge/Cañon City KOA.

Royal Gorge, CO

Was this your 1st time RVing?

This is now my fourth time RVing, after going once with my family to Inks lake, and taking out Coach-Net’s Airstream Flying Cloud to Broken Bow a couple times with a few friends. This was my first long-distance RV Roadtrip, and my first time driving a big motorhome! For this trip, we rented a Class C motorhome from Outdoorsy and drove it all the way to CO and back.

What’s the fondest memory of your trip?

We got to spend a lot of quality time together on this trip, especially since we spent so much time in the RV as we drove all over the place every day. I especially enjoyed getting to cook and eat most of our meals together, and spending time just relaxing in the Arkansas River that Saturday.

River

Did you find anything challenging about your RV trip?

Since we rented a bit of an older motorhome for this trip, we definitely had a couple minor hiccups, but thankfully no major challenges! We did learn as we were driving into Colorado that we needed to adjust the pressure settings on our generator since it couldn’t run at the higher elevation, and it took a couple nights of moving around our bedding options to figure out the most comfortable way for everyone to try and get a full night’s rest. My biggest challenge for this trip was definitely the drive home. It was my second time driving a motorhome, and I drove the last 6 hours of the trip home. Unfortunately, about 4 hours of that trip consisted of driving through a hail storm, a big thunderstorm, and even a crazy dust storm. It wasn’t fun…

Where would you like to go next?

Broken Bow, OK

I’m not really sure where I’d like to go RVing next, but I have a feeling it will be my usual spot of Beaver’s Bend National Park near Broken Bow, OK. We had a great experience there and have talked about going back!

Why do you love RVing?

I’m loving RVing more and more because it has become such a great opportunity to spend some good time with close friends, get out in nature, escape the city, and it gives us an excuse to make a lot of good, home-cooked meals.


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