Camping / Outdoor Stuff Thread

TedSheckler Emporium Entrepreneur
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Wed, Aug 17, 2022 8:02 AM
posted by Automatik

Drove Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park over the weekend. Started in Estes Park then stayed at Grand Lake. Got shut out of camping due to some heavy rain so overpaid for some mediocre lodge at Grand Lake.

Overall, would highly recommend! Fucking awesome drive. Both Estes Park and Grand Lake are very cool towns. 


I was in RMNP and Estes on Sunday too.  I wasn't camping though.



Automatik Senior Member
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Wed, Aug 17, 2022 11:09 AM

I just only drove Trail Ridge Road. There's a lot to see in RMNP, I definitely want to go back.


What did you think of Estes? I really wanted to go to Smokin' Daves BBQ but it was absolutely slammed on a Friday evening. Ended up at Post Chicken & Beer. It was solid.

kizer permanente Senior Member
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Wed, Aug 17, 2022 11:38 AM
posted by Automatik

I just only drove Trail Ridge Road. There's a lot to see in RMNP, I definitely want to go back.


What did you think of Estes? I really wanted to go to Smokin' Daves BBQ but it was absolutely slammed on a Friday evening. Ended up at Post Chicken & Beer. It was solid.

You're not down in Mexico?

Automatik Senior Member
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Wed, Aug 17, 2022 11:43 AM

I left for the summer. Insanely hot and humid there this time of year, beaches full of seaweed. Opted to hop around Colorado for a few months. Off to Nashville next week for a bit. I have no idea what I'm doing long term.

justincredible Honorable Admin
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Wed, Aug 17, 2022 11:49 AM
posted by Automatik

I left for the summer. Insanely hot and humid there this time of year, beaches full of seaweed. Opted to hop around Colorado for a few months. Off to Nashville next week for a bit. I have no idea what I'm doing long term.

TedSheckler Emporium Entrepreneur
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Wed, Aug 17, 2022 12:47 PM
posted by Automatik

What did you think of Estes? I really wanted to go to Smokin' Daves BBQ but it was absolutely slammed on a Friday evening. Ended up at Post Chicken & Beer. It was solid.

I have been there before.  We just went to Bear Lake for a quick hike.  Got back into Estes Park around 11 and it was stupid crowded.  We just are lunch and had a beer at Estes Park Brewing then headed back to Fort Collins.  Went up to Cheyenne later that afternoon and stopped at Natural Fort (between Cheyenne and Fort Collins) on the way back to climb around the rock formations.  We stopped at a Post Chicken in Longmont Thursday when we got there....just for beer though.


Automatik Senior Member
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Wed, Aug 17, 2022 12:52 PM

Yeah, I didn't plan enough. Estes was slammed, same with Grand Lake. 3 hour drive back to Denver due to Sunday traffic. Hello peak season! 

Automatik Senior Member
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Fri, Aug 19, 2022 11:12 AM

After much research, going with the Eureka SPRK Grill + griddle add-on.

https://www.rei.com/product/179538/eureka-sprk-camp-grill?storeId=8000&toUrl=%2Fproduct%2F179538%2Feureka-sprk-camp-grill

justincredible Honorable Admin
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Fri, Aug 19, 2022 11:17 AM

Looks good. Let me know how you like it as I'll be in the market for something similar for next year.

Automatik Senior Member
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Fri, Aug 19, 2022 11:20 AM

I've been reading so many damn reviews and watching vids. I'm still not 100% sold lol. Looks like if you're diligent with cleaning it, you'll be fine.


This also caught my eye, but griddle add on is out of stock and that's a bit more than I'd like to pay.

Link



justincredible Honorable Admin
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Thu, Aug 25, 2022 9:30 AM

I head for the Boundary Waters in two days and I'm starting to get that heavy pre-trip anxiety kicking in. But I'm really looking forward to it since I missed last year due to forest fires (thanks, Smokey).

Dr Winston O'Boogie Senior Member
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Thu, Aug 25, 2022 9:48 AM
posted by justincredible

I head for the Boundary Waters in two days and I'm starting to get that heavy pre-trip anxiety kicking in. But I'm really looking forward to it since I missed last year due to forest fires (thanks, Smokey).

have a great time.  That is perfect country this time of year.

justincredible Honorable Admin
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Tue, Aug 30, 2022 2:06 PM

Currently 5 miles deep in the wilderness. Weather kinda sucked yesterday afternoon and evening but morning weather was fine for travel. Weather the rest of the week looks awesome. Haven’t seen another human in 24 hours, hopefully the lake I’m on stays empty until Thursday. 

justincredible Honorable Admin
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Sat, Sep 3, 2022 10:14 AM

Got back from my trip about 2am last night. That’s a long drive from northern Minnesota.

 Chicago into northern Indiana is an absolute joke of a stretch of highway, especially at night. Fucking psychopaths driving like they’re the only ones on the road. 

Anyway, I’ll post some pictures later today.

BRF Senior Member
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Sat, Sep 10, 2022 1:08 PM

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