On the road again

Each year around the first of August or the last of July, we make our anual trip to the mountains of Colorado. Some years we go to Wyoming, or Montana or Utah or some other place, but we end up in Estes Park, Colorado. This is our most popular place to come and we usually stay at least 2 weeks.

We started our trip on the first of August and took 2 1/2 days to get here. The first day we stopped at the Olde Towne Cotton Gin RV Park in Goodlet, Texas. This is a great place to stay for an overnight. I have written about it on my website This Old Campsite. The second night we stayed on top of the Raton Pass at a new place for us, Cedar Rail Campground. We usually stay at the KOA in Raton but decided to change and stay at Cedar Rail. It was a good decesion as we really like the campground. This campground is also on my website This Old Campsite. Go there and read about it. It is a small campground but very nice with good views. We have been here in Estes Park since August 3rd and will be leaving, reluctantly, Friday. While in Estes Park we stay at Elk Meadow Lodge & RV Resort.

I was concerned about the cost of the trip with the price of diesel being so high.  As it turned out the prices weren’t as bad as I had expected.  I had expected to pay $5.00 per gallon but didn’t have to pay over $4.69 until we got to Estes.  Here the price of diesel was $4.89 but has since dropped to $4.69.  What a difference a year makes!  Last year the most I paid for diesel was $3.49 in Crede, CO.

Speaking of prices, it is good to see the price of oil dropping.  We have a long way to go to get the prices back down to where they should be.  There is no good reason for prices being at these levels.  The US has a lot of potential oil reserves.  We need to get Congress to allow the oil companies to drill where they aren’t allowed to drill now.  We also need to continue with efforts to find alternatives to oil where we can.  There is no good reason that the US has to depend on the Middle East or anyone else for our energy needs.  Think long and hard about how you vote in November if you want the US to become energy independent.

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