Jernigan Land… Arriving

As we arrive at Cherry Creek State Park in Aurora, CO and purchase an annual Colorado Parks’ Pass (which was cheaper than paying the daily fee of $9 for 10 days) Jeff’s ex-wife, Patty pulls up to greet us. Whew! That was a long sentence! Apparently, knowing our arrival date, Patty just happens to stop by on her way home from work to see if we are here yet. Perfect timing! We hug and laugh and laugh and hug some more. We tell her our loop name, Gold Rush, and site number, 94, and she leaves us to park and set up.

We luck out with a beautiful space with a tree and spectacular view of the park.




After setting up, jacks down, slides out, plugged in… Patty brings Jeff’s son, Dave, out to visit us. How much more love can we exchange!

About Cherry Creek State Park

With 4,200 acres of a natural prairie environment and an over 850 acre reservoir at its center, Cherry Creek State Park is an oasis for all sorts of recreational sports in the Denver metro area. There are 12 miles of multi-use trails for running, walking, cycling, and horse-back riding. The reservoir dam was built in 1950 by the Army Corps of Engineers to prevent flooding in Denver and to provide water to the community. Early pioneers drove their wagons through parts of Cherry Creek State Park on the historical Smoky Hill Trail. (from and


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