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My First Camping Trip – Green Mountain Reservoir

August 29, 2013

I survived loved my first camping experience ever!  Camping is an item I’ve been majorly wanting to scratch off my 30 Before 30 list, partly because I suspected I’d enjoy it and partly because I was ashamed of myself as an outdoor-loving, Colorado-dwelling 28-year-old that I’d never tried it.

Mountain Hardware TentI spent the night in this awesome Mountain Hardware tent, and while I can’t say it was the best night’s sleep of my life, it also wasn’t the worst, and the whole experience was a great one.

Green Mountain Reservoir Camping

We camped at the Cow Creek North campground right on the shore of Green Mountain Reservoir, about 20 minutes north of Silverthorne, CO.  Car camping was an excellent way to ease into the whole camping thing, and this spot on the edge of a gorgeous reservoir was beautiful even with other campers nearby.

Green Mountain Reservoir CampingWe joined our friends (who’d been camping there the night before, too) on Saturday evening and kicked the festivities off with a sunset boat ride.  One of my friends brought her family’s water ski boat to the lake that weekend, which I think is a key ingredient for having fun at Green Mountain.  Without it we probably would have sat on the banks feeling jealous of the others having fun on their boats.

Sunset at Green Mountain ReservoirAs the sun dropped behind the mountains surrounding the lake, it just got prettier and prettier.

Sunset at Green Mountain Reservoir

After a delicious campfire dinner and a few s’mores (tip: if you’re camping here be sure to bring your own sticks or marshmallow roasters as there aren’t any trees in the immediate vicinity) washed down by too many beers, we called it a night.  I was surprisingly comfortable sharing our little tent but SO HOT.  I’m pretty sure I could spend the night in Antarctica in my sleeping bag.

One perk of camping is that you tend to wake up and get going pretty early (at least we did).  I love the beauty of the morning sun in Colorado and was so happy to take it all in.

Morning at the Campsite

Green Mountain ReservoirIt started off too chilly to go out on the boat, so we had a leisurely morning sitting around the campfire, drinking coffee and eating doughnuts while waiting for it to warm up.

Morning at Green Mountain ReservoirWe broke down camp while waiting for the sun to climb higher in the sky.  Then, it was time to water ski.  I was beyond excited because I grew up living on the water and water skiing frequently over the summers, but hadn’t gotten to do it in years.  I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t be able to get up, but after a couple of tries it was like riding a bike.



I had forgotten just how exhausting waterskiing could be and wore myself out pretty quickly but loved every minute of it.  Green Mountain provided by far the most epic surroundings in which I’ve ever water skied.  There was even a little rainbow in my spray that followed me the whole time.  I spent so much time gaping at the scenery that I’m surprised I didn’t fall.

Green Mountain ReservoirSee?  I was on a total high between the scenery and my successful lap behind the boat.  I was chilly back on the boat watching my friends ski, but I loved seeing everyone kill it.

And by "kill it" I mean put me to shame!

And by “kill it” I mean put me to shame!  Get it girl!

After waterskiing, there was time for one more “first” for me before leaving the reservoir: cliff jumping!  There is a series of cliffs at the north end of the lake that are popular for cliff jumping.  The lowest (where I jumped) is around 25 feet while the highest might be more like 40 or 50.  A crowd gathers on and around the cliffs, with boaters and other onlookers cheering on the jumpers.  I ventured up on the cliff by myself but was totally tickled to hear “Go Lauren!” not only from our boat, but from complete strangers floating nearby.  So I went.



It was totally exhilarating.  Feeling totally satisfied with my weekend of firsts and exhausted from the skiing, I was more than happy to head home.  We stopped at Q 4 U barbecue in Frisco on our way home, which was delicious enough for me to forgive the spelling of the name.  It was a wonderful weekend with a great group of people, and I’m happy to say that I’ll go camping again in a heartbeat!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 30, 2013 5:04 pm

    You have to camp if you live in Colorado! Even though we now have an RV we still pull out the tent for the awesome out of the way places which are abundant in this state. Hopefully next summer you’ll get in a lot more trips 🙂 FYI….that sleeping bag will come in handy at the higher elevations like Lake Irwin.

    • September 2, 2013 9:06 am

      I totally agree! I can’t wait to give the tent a workout next summer and maybe even a couple more times this season. I know I’ll be thankful for the warm bag if we keep going into the fall.

  2. August 30, 2013 7:36 pm

    We just picked up a new tent( actually the same tent you are using) and are looking forward to getting in some camping and backpacking! This looks like an excellent place to start!


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