Monday, October 31, 2011

Back To Our Regular Scheduled Program

I forgot to mention why we were heading to Colorado.

This little one…


…will be turning ONE! Can you believe it?

With that said we got on the road to our destination for the next week.


We got settled in and were out walking about…


When we looked up and it was our son and his family.



  “The Boy” wanted to walk back with us.





  “Punky” loved her new backpack and  brother decided he needed to help her smile. Like this little girl needs any help with that. In fact, she thinks she doesn’t need any help at all and wants to do many things herself.








Even walking, she doesn’t really like holding your hand. But we kept at it.

And brother…well he was trying really hard to jump, I know it looks more like flying across the benches. In case you wonder, he never smacked the other bench with his face. Believe me we were worried he would.


So dad jumped in to help with proper take off and landing and off he went…



Sister is such a monkey see monkey do! Yes, she wanted to do exactly what brother was doing.





And brother would do what sister was doing. They were just to darn cute!







No sooner had we gotten back to our campsite when we saw someone else who wanted to play, or eat rather, right where the kids were playing.



We instantly went back down, ever so quietly as to not spook them. We were able to get within 10 feet of them. If we had offered them food, they might have come closer but there are rules.

It was the perfect end to a perfect day.


That is until we went out to dinner. It was terrible service, not much better on the food, but the company made up for it. We’re to be on our own for a couple days while they work and go to school.

And boy did we see some great stuff. Stay tuned!

No Rest For The Rested

The minute we pulled into the driveway,  my plan was to unpack slowly, hang out with the dogs that had to stay home, and watch some of our recorded programs. I also was only going to start getting ready for our 3rd Annual Boo Bash.

Boy were we surprised when we found out we were going to have visitors that very weekend.


It was a perfect weekend to dedicate Grand Buddy.


These 5 just have the best time together.     

Though my house was not ready, as always we welcomed the surprise.

Oh, And We Spent Time…

Cleaning up after some powerful storms.










At one point was raining or hard and the wind made rain going where we really don’t want it. Thankfully it  passed by without causing much damage, just a few limbs in the yard.


Of course Bella enjoys all the branches.

We Interrupt The Scheduled Program

I took a break from our vacation to catch up on other things we have been up too.

Before we even left the trailer needed some TLC. First I took all the NASCAR stuff out since we won’t need it till…well, like next week. At the time, which was mid Sept, it would be November. Traveling  for 2 weeks, we needed the space. With cupboards cleaned out, it was time to properly arrange them. The closet in the hallway really needed a make over. Before I had a shoe rack hanging to house hubbies, ok and my, hats. I decided it would be better used in the bathroom as a hand towel, wash cloth, hair accessory, storage.


It hung  perfectly on the shower curtain rod. Bath towels hang out the bench next to it. Most the time I will use the shower facilities at our location. It is a small bathroom with a small and I mean small tub. Visualize a laundry basket fitting in it perfectly, which is what I do with our dirty clothes. If do need to use it, lifting the laundry basket out is a minor thing.

With the closet empty we went shopping for new storage things and found these hanging shelves. With one on each side it leave the middle open for item that must be hung up.


It hangs close to the front which leaves storage space behind for the vacuum, umbrellas and other items. There is still spots for the hats, and I even left some shelves for hubby. Though while traveling, he never did use them so they worked great for souvenirs.

The Road to Durango

It was a  blessing to have tire trouble, that is if you can see things like we do. Sure it was inconvenient but from the changing, to the repair, the people we met, and Bella seemed to draw them in, we would have never had the pleasure we did. God seems to put people, even places in your path when we least expect it. We got to be a part of other’s journeys, just as much as they became a part of ours.  As I reflect on our journey to write this post, God’s plan was for it to be just what it was.

As we drove out of Cortez our view was changing rapidly.


The high desert was changing colors and terrain. It made me anxious to see what was ahead. With each turn, the view changed.


Durango was a cute little town. It reminded us of Nevada City, a place we visited often with the parents as we had property not far away in North San Juan. Antiquing in a place like this had been a thing of the past. I couldn’t enjoy it because they weren’t here anymore. It just didn’t ever feel right until now. I think, when you lose your parents, and they had been a big part of your life, it takes time to heal. Since it was not the only thing we had to deal with, it did take longer for some things to find their proper place. Slowly but steadily we have healed, grown, overcame, and made it through so much these last 10 years. Even the last 7 months wasn’t a picnic, but to now be, or again be, enjoying the life that God has planned for  us, it is right where it was all suppose to get us.


However, as we walked down main street, hubby, out of the blue, said…”Mom would love…” to a variety of places or things. Honestly, we felt them with us throughout much of the trip. RVing was something we did together. Our kids remember many trips with them. Now it’s our turn and this trip was just the beginning. It was just what we needed, to do something we always enjoyed. RVing with a destination but no reservations. Free to stop and go, stay or leave. Next time, we already decided, we will go for 3 weeks. Before you know it I will have him on the road for 3 months, the hottest in Yuma and the best time to get away. The times they are a changing around here, and ALL for the best. How can I not feelso blessed.


The road out of Durango was awesome…



Though we never saw any along this stretch…


We drove right past this point of interest only because there was no place for a truck and RV. But we could see the falls from the road…


The road just kept winding up and up…



We found a place to pull over for the Great Divide and some great people we met took our picture. We then returned the favor for them. That’s how RV’ers roll!


I have never seen a snow shed, never knew they existed. I wonder if I will ever see snow on it…very doubtful. However, never say never!


Del Norte  liked metal art…it was everywhere…


Between Del Norte and Alamosa we had to decide which fork to take.


The 285 would provide some awesome scenery, lots of mountain to go up and down. The 160 was more mountain but would take us to the 25, and honestly, we were ready for some highway travel. We were ahead of schedule, even with the tire delay, so we made way to Pueblo, CO for the night.


Off the mountain coming into Walsenburg…



As we pulled into Pueblo we learned there was an Air Show in Fort Carson and most places were booked. This KOA was no different then the one in Cortez and Flagstaff, it even had a miniature golf course. 


I am beginning to like these KOA’s. They called ahead to another one on the other side of town and they had room. Though not as nice, ok, we had to see a bad one sooner or later, right. By now we didn’t care, we just wanted to call it a night. In the morning, it was as desolate as it had appeared in the dark. The only neat thing was this giant trampoline…


Next up, we head into Aurora…are surprised by some guest just after we checked in…check back later as I continue with this vacation journal.


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