Our time at the Dolores River, Circle K Ranch, Colorado

Though we are not the dude ranch type of folks, we found ourselves at what really amounts to a dude ranch, in southwest Colorado, at a place called Circle K Ranch.  It was our second stay there.  The first was last year, squished into a small hotel room.  This year, we were slightly less-squished into a one bedroom cabin.

The Dolores to the southThe Dolores to the southThe Dolores to the SouthIt’s the setting that most drew us there, and most called us back.  It’s right on the banks of the fairly wide, shallow, scenic Dolores River.  Circle K features things like trail rides, flyfishing guides, and guided hunts.  We didn’t participate in any of that, cheapskates that we are.  I think a trailride on a horse would be nice;  when I have a child that could come with me that would really appreciate the experience, I may do just that.  As it was, we spent our three nights there simply fishing, birding, playing baseball, taking walks, picking flowers, splashing in the river, feeding the horses handfuls of grass, and hanging out at the lodge, sipping hot chocolate and hot tea.  We’re not the kinds that need lots of excitement to be happy;  we felt it a very full experience.

Myself, Audrey & Wesley:
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Martin & Wesley:
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My hubby really enjoys fishing, though his skills (or luck?) are few; the only fish he caught our whole trip, he threw back because it was small.  Still, though, he looks like a fisherman, eh?:
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Ethan, though, caught a nice rainbow trout:
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Almost 17-month-old Audrey discovered the joys of picking dandelions:
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To almost 6yo Wesley’s extreme delight, Jerry the Amish cowboy worked again this summer at Circle K.  I blogged a bit about Jerry, after our trip last year.  Wesley’s prayed for Jerry nearly every day between our last meeting and our current one.  Of course, his ideas of cowboys are skewed by media stereotypes, so his prayers are along the lines of, “Please help Jerry shoot all the bandits.”  😆
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More loveliness:
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A boy fishing off of a bridge.  Classic.  Even better that he’s my 10yo son, Ethan:
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~sigh~  Besides the fact that we had to leave, it was perfect.

About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on September 7, 2007, in birding, Colorado, Loving Nature!, Summer Plans, The Dear Hubby, The Kids, Travelling. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. How cool that Wesley and Jerry were reunited!! 🙂

    Looks like a very fun trip!

  2. Oh, I ache to be there! It looks so lovely! I’m a country girl at heart stuck in the city. From the looks of it I better learn to love the city, ’cause God wants us here.

    BUT, O’ to sit by that river and relax in a cabin and sip cocoa and eat freshly caught fish and walk through tall grass picking wild flowers! It’s heaven on earth!

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