Junction Creek Spa Resort – $22 a night

Girls’ Campout and Knitting Sessions

After dropping my son off for his backpacking trip I had 4 days to vacation in the Durango before Parent Orientation at Fort Lewis College – (my husband was in NY for business and flew to Durango for Parent Orientation). Since an expensive spa isn’t really in the budget this year (3 kids in college) – I created my own spa experience at Junction Creek Campground. With all the camping I did as a child and an adult, I have never camped on my own.

Junction Creek Spa - Bring Your Own Accommodations - Fresh Air and Views Provided

Junction Creek Spa Campground – Bring Your Own Accommodations – Fresh Air and Views Provided.

To make a comfy place to sleep, I brought the 4-man tent for the girls and I to share. I slept in my outrageously big and comfy sleeping bag and pad that took up a good third of the tent.  (I love my backpacking sleeping bag and pad, but while these are comfortable enough, they don’t meet my “spa” requirements). The girls also had their beds from home which I should have vacuumed (lots of dog hair floated around the car and then the tent).

In addition to the sleeping quarters (tent) I brought a living/dining room (screened room) complete with 6 sided views. Here I set up my knitting/design station with books, yarn, supplies, and my computer. Cell reception was basically non-existent, but I was working on a couple of new patterns so I didn’t need the internet. The spa accommodations came with electricity (to charge my gadgets) for an extra $4 – total price per night $22 and the views were priceless.

View from My Accommodations.  No one in sight.

View from my accommodations. No one in sight; knitting with my feet up.

After setting up the Spa Accommodations, I completed a couple of WIPS:

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Weaving in the Ends of My Vogue Knitting Live Scarf – lots of ends.

First on my list – weave in all the ends from the Vogue Knitting Live Scarf that I had just finished knitting. Stripes are great but leave lots of ends. Luckily I don’t mind finishing work, and so I wove in the ends while sitting at my picnic table in my screened room.  Blocking will come later.

Next up – finish a few crocheted fingerless mitten samples and photograph them for the Abuelita’s newsletter.

Make-One-In-An-Evening-with-a-Great-Movie-Mitts

Make-One-In-An-Evening-with-a-Great-Movie-Mitts

These mitts are perfect for beginning crocheters and the free pattern (I love the name) can be found on Ravelry. The designer has more crochet patterns on her blog:  Tina a Pari.  Ulli knit the solid color mitts out of Baah Shasta and I knit the two color ones out of Cascade 220 Superwash. Both yarns are machine washable (on delicate) so are easy to care for if you decide to make gifts. Do check your gauge if you crochet these; the pattern calls for a size F hook which Ulli used and the mitts turned out small. Because of her experience, I used an H hook and the finished size is larger. A skein of yarn will make several pair.

My view looking up

Another View from the Spa.

By 8pm each night the sky was darkening and while I brought yarn into the tent, I didn’t do much knitting after dark.  The girls and I walked/hiked a lot in-between knitting so once it turned dark we were ready to sleep. We drifted off listening to “Divergent” – a good knitting and camping Audible book.

Flowers from a Hike through the Campground

Flowers from a Hike through the Campground.

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