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Pike NF - South Park district Do NOT go there!
#1
I will NEVER do this place again!
US 24 between Lake George & Wilkerson Pass to CR 31, FR 224 & 216

We got attacked by 2 boxers about the end of our (1st) 14 days, while walking on forest road 224. This is an area with multiple campsites, both individual & grouped sites.

TG I use a walking staff; I got injured using it to keep them@ bay & so couldn't drive safely. Gypsy & Trav were not injured.
Over the Labor day weekend we got attacked 5 different times walking on FR 216. By 2 pit bulls, by a pit bull + a malinois & by 1 dog about Gypsy s size 3 different times. Each time, I told the owners that dogs are supposed to be restrained.
The 2 pit bulls owner said "bullshit! This is the natl forest"; the pit bull & malinois owner flipped me off. About 30 minutes later he fired off 2 boxes of either 40 cal or 9 mm thru the area behind my campsite & 1 of my water containers on the wheel chair carrier was KIA.
I whacked the dog that attacked 3 times with my staff. The female of the 2 owners screamed "you don't hit a dog with a stick!" I informed the male they were guilty of felony (I can think of 6 off the top of my head & I never played a lawyer on tv) He said I should leave.
No one apologized, nor asked if I was ok. The campers in adjacent sites all disappeared.
I have only now healed enough to leave. I drove to the FS office which had recommended the area along CR 31 to report these incidents & suggested they NOT recommend that area to any senior, disabled or dog owner as they could be killed. (I'm surprised we weren't) The office was staffed by 2 grey haired volunteers who failed to identify themselves when I asked to whom I was speaking. I explained what happened. The woman said "well now you know where not to camp next time" I suggested LEO could patrol & she said they were all transients (the campers). I'm still not quite understanding what that has to do with a LEO patrol.
I told her I was a bit underwhelmed by her response to a serious situation & left.

During our month-long stay in South Park I noticed 5 deer on the back of ATVs. I doubt deer season has started yet.
Every weekend that entire area sounds worse than a firefight (I've been in combat & hostile fire zones that were quieter, & safer) & includes full automatic weapons, all of which are fired from the campsites, not off somewhere remote.

WTF is going on here? I don't know - are all the people who camp along CR 31 developmentally delayed adult delinquents or do all of them eat several huge bowls of dumb ass for breakfast? but they all had CO plates. I would have had to enter their campsites to get tag numbers & thought that not a good idea.

I seriously doubt I shall ever return to CO.
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#2
Damn! Thanks for the warning!!!! That really sucks
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yea Damn, you must have hated it big time for 3 postings on it Smile

crazy unresponsible people suck rocks big time and you hit them....only thing one can truly do is drive away as fast as you can. I can see crazy in people's eyes real fast, I never stick around ever when I think I got total aholes in my view

thing is you can't take out the whole state of CO for the actions of some bums! CO has some wonderful spots of course....I hope you are feeling better and more calm now!! Onto the fun new adventures and leave this turd behind ya!
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Interesting

The South park rangers district is my favorite area. We held the Colorado get together there a few summers ago on Rock creek road near Jefferson. They have always been liberal with the stay time but they always made their presence known along with the sheriff. Sounds like it is getting out of their control.
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(09-07-2019, 05:41 AM)RoamerRV428 Wrote: yea Damn, you must have hated it big time for 3 postings on it Smile

crazy unresponsible people suck rocks big time and you hit them....only thing one can truly do is drive away as fast as you can.  I can see crazy in people's eyes real fast, I never stick around ever when I think I got total aholes in my view

thing is you can't take out the whole state of CO for the actions of some bums!  CO has some wonderful spots of course....I hope you are feeling better and more calm now!!  Onto the fun new adventures and leave this turd behind ya!
Thought y'all should be aware & not everyone reads all the new posts.

Trust me, if I could have operated the brakes with a foot, I would have left & gone on to Kite Lake - I used my cane on the brakes to move from FR 224 after the boxers incident.
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CO does have wonderful spots - I'd planned on staying another month, trying Mt Cameron & returning next yr as well.
Tincture of time, thank you for your kind thought ... & not my 1st rodeo. Am debating Lincoln or Cibolo next
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(09-07-2019, 07:58 AM)justjim Wrote: Interesting

The South park rangers district is my favorite area. We held the Colorado get together there a few summers ago on Rock creek road near Jefferson. They have always been liberal with the stay time but they always made their presence known along with the sheriff. Sounds like it is getting out of their control.
I saw 1 FS vehicle the entire month. The original plan was to go to Kite Lake on Mon (19th) but the boxers happened 1st.
Sadly, I agree w/u, which is why I won't return. I really wanted to find that 8th claimstake, too
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If you hit “View today’s posts” you can see all new posts. 

One and done.  Big Grin  As a cat person I do not appreciate loose dogs. Tigger has enough Siamese to not put up with aggressive behavior. I remember once Blanches dog was going after him and every dog in camp came into our rv to see the action. It took a while to calm Tigger down  Rolleyes
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(09-07-2019, 09:43 PM)GotSmart Wrote: If you hit “View today’s posts” you can see all new posts. 

One and done.  Big Grin  As a cat person I do not appreciate loose dogs. Tigger has enough Siamese to not put up with aggressive behavior. I remember once Blanches dog was going after him and every dog in camp came into our rv to see the action. It took a while to calm Tigger down  Rolleyes
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Am sorry that happened to Tigger. & I imagine it did take awhile, poor guy! Wish y'all didn't have that to deal with.
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He takes it in stride. At 17 he does not tolerate being treated like anything but the camp boss. Most dogs just leave him alone.
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(09-08-2019, 03:19 PM)GotSmart Wrote: He takes it in stride. At 17 he does not tolerate being treated like anything but the camp boss. Most dogs just leave him alone.

Tigger's cool. He's perfectly nice to Stewie. Nibbanna can't resist him, though. Big Grin
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