What is wrong with people? They pull into this beautiful, quiet park in their motor home with a car following, they park and get set up, open all the windows, and take off, leaving several little yippy dogs inside that have now been barking solid for about two and half hours. Do they picture their little angels resting silently under the dinette table, dreaming about chasing birds? Has no one ever told them that their dogs bark the WHOLE TIME THEY'RE GONE??? Lordy.
Okay so anyway, I went out to the truck for something and there was an older woman walking past and I guess she noticed me looking in the direction of the noise, and she walked over and started chatting with me. We commiserated. She is in the RV between me and the yippy dogs and was reading happily outside until her new neighbors showed up. Today was her reading day. Yesterday was her biking and walking day. It's so loud and annoying that she had to go inside and close the door so she could keep reading. We got through the initial "How inconsiderate!" part of the conversation and I learned that she and her husband are from the Lakewood area near here, but come to this park often because they've gotten older and don't go as much to the more boondocky/out-of-the-way places they once did.
She told me she has a special connection with this place because her family lived on a farm when she was a little girl (4 or so) that used to be part of this park before they built the dam to keep Denver from occasional flooding. She told me that she used to go to the Melvin School — a one-room schoolhouse built in 1922 — its original location was over near the edge of the lake/reservoir here in Cherry Creek State Park. (Click map to enlarge.) More here at the Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society. (She said she originally thought the schoolhouse site was underwater, but that they reviewed some maps and figured out that it was not underwater, just near the water's edge.)
In 1949 when they started preparations for building the dam, they moved the Melvin School to another location over near Smoky Hill High School (see on map). She's been able to visit both the original intact schoolhouse, as well as the original site of her old schoolhouse, while staying in this campground. It was such a sweet story.
The dogs are still barking, however.
Update: Ranger is sitting in his car outside the yippy dog campsite.