Eleven Mile Canyon is awesome!
January 23, 2015
A friend from Texas recommended this place, so we tried it out. The first day, we fished in Mueller State Park, catching and releasing a couple dozen tiny brook trout. It was fun, but we wanted something big enough to eat. The guy in the Woodlands Park flyshop suggested either Eleven Mile Canyon Reservoir, or Eleven Mile Canyon itself, which flows from the Reservoir to Lake George. We bought a few flies and headed out the next day to the Canyon, 20-30 minutes from the cabin (depending on how fast you drive). Once you get to the park, the road is rough, but every turn brought a new postcard picture view. It's amazing! The fish are abundant, but stubborn. At one point, I laughed as my son started whacking trout with his fishing pole. They were clustered at his feet, adamantly refusing to bite. After a selfish hour of fishing, I headed back to the cabin to get the girls, who put on swimsuits and loved wading in the cold water. We'd have stayed until sundown, but had tickets to the musical (Guys & Dolls) in Cripple Creek. There's a Boy Scout camp in the canyon, so if your son is taking a trip to that camp (Camp Alexander), you might think about staying in this cabin.
The cabin is great. It looks like it has been recently remodeled, and was very clean. We didn't notice that the mattresses are hard, but they're memory foam, so there's no bounce to them. It's an ab workout to get out of bed, especially if you're the one who sleeps next to the wall. You can't just roll out of bed, but must climb over your partner, or climb over the footboard.
Two things they should fix: (1) Master bedroom window. The weather was great, so sleeping with the windows open at night was wonderful. But the big window in the master bedroom barely opens, and is even harder to close. (2) When we arrived, there was a slight sulfuric smell in the master bedroom. We opened the windows, and it dissipated after a couple hours. The owner says it's from the hot water heater in the master bedroom closet. If the cabin is vacant for few days, the sulfur smell builds up. They should replace the hot water heater, if that would fix it. But neither issue is significant enough to knock a star off.
The whole stay was so much fun, we spent a day driving around, looking for cabins for sale. But we realize that would be too much hassle. We'll be back to Evergreen.
L.a. Dulevitz, Houston, Texas
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