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Old 01-25-2016, 07:37 PM   #15
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In the spirit of keeping the number of visitors to your state to a small enough number to allow one to also find campsites, I feel compelled to make sure everyone knows that in FL:

1. The mosquitos are the size of birds
2. There are alligators roaming the streets
3. The cops will ticket anyone with an out of state license plate

and

4. If you allow squashed love bugs to sit on your Airstream for more than 30 minutes, they will eat holes right through the aluminum.
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:53 PM   #16
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Our parks are incredible. Our roads need work. I am very liberal, but I do believe the people who use these resources should pay for them. Every park we have visited as a NATIVE have never disappointed. Wait a minute... you are right---- Lets keep people out of the state by reverse psychology. While we are at it lets build Trumps wall on the northern boarder of Texas!
Might be a good thing....would keep all you "Snowbirds" out in the winter.
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:05 PM   #17
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Might be a good thing....would keep all you "Snowbirds" out in the winter.
I promise not to take one single camping spot in Texas, if you return the favor in my state!
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:09 PM   #18
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In the spirit of keeping the number of visitors to your state to a small enough number to allow one to also find campsites, I feel compelled to make sure everyone knows that in FL:

1. The mosquitos are the size of birds
2. There are alligators roaming the streets
3. The cops will ticket anyone with an out of state license plate

and

4. If you allow squashed love bugs to sit on your Airstream for more than 30 minutes, they will eat holes right through the aluminum.
Damm; I was getting ready to come down there for a good old time python hunt!
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:12 PM   #19
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coloradopete, that is a lot of great information! I'll have to remember to check back here before we go to Ridgway next time.
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Old 01-26-2016, 09:57 AM   #20
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Two Chicks - question; Do you recall which "loop" you were in at Dutch Charlie? Was is "D" or "E" ? ..... just wondering if you were lakeside for that gorgeous view! Love to camp in Colorado and will have to check this park out! Thanks for your great blog w/photos too!
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Old 01-26-2016, 10:45 AM   #21
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I promise not to take one single camping spot in Texas, if you return the favor in my state!
Not going to make that promise, and besides, without tourism and marijuana Colorado would be in serious financial trouble. Colorado is blessed, or burdened, what ever your opinion on the subject, with having some of the most beautiful mountains in the lower 48, but tourism is how they make the money for the state. Mining has long since played out, and there's not too much money in sheep herding.
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Jame, we were in loop D. You have to walk behind the site, to the trial, that takes you to those views. If you check Google Map you can see all the trails behind the sites.

Hope you make it to Ridgway State Park!
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good to know, thanks.
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Old 01-27-2016, 10:48 AM   #24
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I remember camping in Colorado with our Dolphin micro-mini motorhome back in the late 1980s and you guys didn't like all the Texas tourists not to mention Texans who purchased land in Colorado even back then. I remember camping in Almont on the Taylor River and driving up stream from Almont to the Taylor Park reservoir. Some land owner and placed in the middle of the stream every couple of hundred yards, rock pillars with no trespassing signs. Later learned from the locals it was a Texas resident. Don't know if its still like that since I haven't been back to the Gunnison area since then.

Over crowded campgrounds are not just a problem in Colorado. Back in the late 80s we never had to call ahead to reserve campgrounds. We moved from California to Texas and we could just drive to any state park close to DFW and get a spot. Now you have to reserve weeks or months out. Even in Missouri the COE campgrounds at Table Rock lake you need to book weeks and months out if you want to get some weekend camping during the open season.

The Feds and states don't seem to be building any new campgrounds and more RVs are being sold.

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I have friends who grew up in Texas and they are nice people. I even like Steve H. and I know that is hard to believe. But I have met him in person, even with his giant Texas flag above his Airstream, he is a decent guy for a Texan. I think when we keep Texans apart, they act nicely; just keep them from congregating in a group, then they start thinking they are in Texas.

You can check for reservations at Colorado SP's online sometime in the spring and see what is available. You don't have to reserve to check. Weekdays are always better and that's when we usually go to any park or national forest campgrounds.

As for Colorado roads, along the Front Range and much of I-70, there are more and more potholes and cracks. We were just there for 5 days. The western slope isn't as bad, but will be. Seems worse each year. Let half the air out of your tires and drive at 5 mph and you'll be fine.

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Not going to make that promise, and besides, without tourism and marijuana Colorado would be in serious financial trouble. Colorado is blessed, or burdened, what ever your opinion on the subject, with having some of the most beautiful mountains in the lower 48, but tourism is how they make the money for the state. Mining has long since played out, and there's not too much money in sheep herding.
Steve, You obviously have no idea of our state economy. Mining is definitely down, along with energy and sheep dogging. We however have other sources of state income that allows us to have a moderate income tax, along with a property tax that is 1/10 as much as you arrogant texans pay. Pot taxes are insignificant to the state budget and if you would look, Colorado doesn't get nearly the Federal aid that texans get and complain about. We do not need your tourism dollars. Don't kid yourself. Tourism is usually a two way street. I, and many other Coloradan's have no intention of spending money in your state voluntarily. Unfortunately only for business. Very unfortunately.
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Steve, You obviously have no idea of our state economy. Mining is definitely down, along with energy and sheep dogging. We however have other sources of state income that allows us to have a moderate income tax, along with a property tax that is 1/10 as much as you arrogant texans pay. Pot taxes are insignificant to the state budget and if you would look, Colorado doesn't get nearly the Federal aid that texans get and complain about. We do not need your tourism dollars. Don't kid yourself. Tourism is usually a two way street. I, and many other Coloradan's have no intention of spending money in your state voluntarily. Unfortunately only for business. Very unfortunately.
I would submit to you that although you may have encountered some arrogant Texas, most are not. There are bad apples in every barrel. I would also submit to you that I, on average, have been rudely treated by many more Coloradoans than I have Texans. Don't know how long you have lived in Colorado, but I have been visiting your state almost yearly since '72, so I have left a considerable amount of funds there to help the economy.

Yes, Texas does have property taxes, but we have no state income tax. There are reasons why a lot of Federal aid goes to what I will call people "who live in Texas", but to elaborate any further would be politically unacceptable on this forum.
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Steve, You obviously have no idea of our state economy. Mining is definitely down, along with energy and sheep dogging. We however have other sources of state income that allows us to have a moderate income tax, along with a property tax that is 1/10 as much as you arrogant texans pay. Pot taxes are insignificant to the state budget and if you would look, Colorado doesn't get nearly the Federal aid that texans get and complain about. We do not need your tourism dollars. Don't kid yourself. Tourism is usually a two way street. I, and many other Coloradan's have no intention of spending money in your state voluntarily. Unfortunately only for business. Very unfortunately.
Whoa - that's not very neighborly - I think we still live in the United States of America - Texans and others are welcome in my town - Durango Co - and yes tourism is a significant revenue source for businesses in Co which translates to tax dollars - yech talk about arrogant - let's get back on to the wonderful state we have

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