Thursday, July 12, 2018

Wednesday July 11, 2018-Mountain Views at Rivers Edge Resort

Today we made a drive over to Lake City with our neighbors Joe and Jan. It was a beautiful drive, as all drives in this area of Colorado are. The drive over was uneventful but it began to rain shortly before we got to town. We decided to eat at the Packer Saloon and Cannibal Grill in Lake City for lunch. The ran had slacked up and we decided to eat outside. The weather was nice, cool with little wind, but just as we finished our sandwiches it started to rain again.

We walked around the downtown area for awhile after the rains let up some. We stopped in the Russ Brown Gallery. He was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam and now does paintings of military aircraft as well as nature, autos and portraits. He is very talented and worth a look the next time you are in town.

We drove back toward Creede but turned off near the top of the Slumgullion Pass (elevation 11,530) where we turned off toward Deer Lake in search of sighting some moose and other wildlife. We drove about 4 miles to the lake but the weather did not cooperate and it continued to rain. When we got to the lake, we walked a short distance to a viewing area where Stella and I have seen moose in the past, but they were apparently laying down someplace warm and dry and we didn't get to see any today. The rain and lightning made us leave after a very short time.

We did see a mule deer doe with her fawn as we drove out, but she didn't stay around long enough for me to get a picture of her. We did notice a solitary small trailer off to the side of the road as we came in. As we left we noticed some animals across a valley that were apparently grazing. There was a large group of them, so I took some photos. I assume that the trailer belongs to the sheep herder but we never saw anyone around the sheep or the trailer.

We couldn't tell what the black animal was, so I took  close-up and found that it was a black sheep. We thought it might have been a large dog, but we learned different.

We are planning more trips out into the mountains and I'll post more photos.

So long.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Wednesday July 4, 2018-Mountain Views at River's Edge Resort

Today is the 4th of July-Happy Birthday U.S.A.!-and we knew that there is a big parade in downtown Creede. We left at 9:15 for a 10 o'clock start of the parade and couldn't believe how many people were already there. The downtown area where the parade was to start was already blocked off and packed and parking was already spilling over onto the highway leading into town, so we gave up and went for a ride on our own.

We drove west out of town to the road leading to Middle Creek Rd. and Lime Creek Rd. for today's drive. 

My dirty truck parked beside the road with beautiful mountains in the background.

Those black specks are a cattle herd, grazing in the valley. If those cows only knew how much humans would pay to live in a valley with this view of the mountains!

Further down this creek were some anglers. It just looks so cool to see people fly fishing in the creeks. 

There was a lot of traffic on this road today. I guess others had the same thoughts as we did, getting out and seeing the sights of the area.

It is interesting to note that Lime Creek Rd. goes through a private ranch. We drove about 4-5 miles on it before the road narrows down to one lane and we turned around. 

More travels soon, so please return to check out more photos.

So long.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Monday July 2, 2018-Mountain Views at River's Edge Resort

Today our neighbors, Glenn and Lois invited us to ride along with them in their Jeep up the Bachelor's Loop and up the Rat Creek Trail. We have driven up the Bachelor's Loop before but never on the trail. The road is restricted to Jeeps or other off-road type vehicles. 

The road was very bumpy but their Jeep handled it very well. There are so many beautiful views on this drive, but these were taken on the highest point.

Notice the white patch of snow? Look below.

A group on some side-by-sides was also on the top at the time we were there. I've noticed that most of the riders in these type of vehicles wear masks or covers over their faces to avoid the dust. Luckily we didn't have to do that with the Jeep, just roll the windows up.

A side view of the Jeep and view in front of it. I'm not sure of the elevation on the top, but it's waaaay on up there! It is noticeably cooler up here too. If we'd stayed much longer, a jacket would have felt good. 

A closer view of the small snow patch that remains.

Look close and you'll see the moose on the right corner of the picture (brown spot). It was several hundred yards away and this was the best I could do with my little camera. It was awesome to see this magnificent animal. At one point it just stopped moving and blended in so well, if it hadn't been for her wiggling her ear, we would have missed her.

Please stay tuned for more beautiful photos of the Colorado mountains.

So long.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Friday June 8, 2018-Mountain Views at Rivers Edge Resort

Well. we've been here for a week, but it's been an uneventful week. We rested all week because we were EXHAUSTED from making the drive from Elkhart Indiana. This will be our home for the next few months and I think we'll enjoy it.

What I did for these pictures was to stand in one place and take photos in a 360* circle, to try to show you the mountaintop views all the way around us.

There is another site behind us that is unoccupied at the moment. I feel pretty certain that it will be fill soon, as most of this park is spoken for this summer.

This is the site next door. As I said above, the park will soon be filled, and this site is now occupied by a motor home. I didn't want to be rude and take photos of my neighbors as soon as they arrived, so none yet.

Also note that there is a concrete patio on this site and there is not one on our site. That is one of the reasons we got a deal on our rent, no patio! 

These pictures don't do a very good job of showing the breathtaking views from this site. The mountains are beautiful and completely surround us here. 

Our tree!

To bring you up to date on this week, we went out to eat at a place called Cascada Bar & Grill and Cabins. Cascada, which means Little Waterfall in Spanish is a quirky little bar and grill that was built using parts and pieces of other buildings in Creede and art pieces to decorate the building. 

The food was pretty good, but we both had burgers and they were dry. Even with condiments, the meat tasted overcooked and rather tasteless. We may go back, but we probably won't get a burger.

Today, we met our friends Martha and Dana for lunch at the Cottonwood Cove Guest Ranch. This place is great, being a restaurant, gift shop, cabin sales and rentals and an RV Park. I'll be honest, we may come back here some day for a stay! We had a nice lunch and sat, chatting with our friends for an hour or so. The food was very good and we will definitely be back here. 

We are looking forward to a fun-filled summer in Creede. Please stay tuned!

So long.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Thursday May 31, 2018-Moving Day-Gunsmoke RV Park to Pueblo South KOA, Pueblo Colorado

We were up early and getting ready to leave here. This is a nice little park that was perfect for our overnight stay, but we stayed here three years ago with Dave & Nancy and Tom & Marti for a few days to explore the area and it worked well for us.

We actually pulled out about 8:30 and had another uneventful day of driving in western Kansas and eastern Colorado. We went through Lamar Colorado, where we stopped with Dave & Nancy after his truck broke down.It actually blew off a turbo hose that he found at the Ford dealership there. Dave bought the part and installed it and we were back on the road the next day. Lucky...

I've gotta tell you that I don't usually complain about highways but I am on this occasion. We traveled about 25 miles on I-25 and I can't think of another time that a major interstate highway was in such bad shape! The Colorado Department of Transportation should be ashamed! We found cabinets thrown open and the contents scattered on the floor and food thrown out of their cabinets. Be very careful traveling I-25 south bound at Pueblo.

We rolled into the KOA about 3 o'clock and were soon set up in our site. I had to ask for another site because they had put us into a heavily wooded site and I couldn't get out on the rooftop antenna. Gotta have TV!

Tomorrow is our last travel, thank goodness! I am tired and wanting to be somewhere that I can rest and relax. so don't expect to hear much from me for a few days. At least today will be a short 160 mile day but it's in the mountains, so that will slow us down. Can't wait to arrive!

So long.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Wednesday May 30, 2018-Moving Day-Peculiar Park Place Resort to Gunsmoke RV Park, Dodge City KS

We had another uneventful travel day today. We were up and on the road a few minutes after 9, even taking time to fill up with fuel at a Flying J service station, where fuel was a good price, so we took advantage. Stella found some "new" sandwiches, a sausage and egg and bacon and egg, both of them on French toast bread. Mine was just okay, but it was a good experiment.

We only made two pit stops again, the first at a rest stop in Kansas and the second at a very small truck stop out in the boonies. We did take time out to let the dogs out alongside the highway. We found a place where the grass had been mowed, and took them out for their own little break.

The only interesting things that happened today was that we saw a bull in a pasture that had the largest horns we've ever seen. It was a longhorn bull and it was not the length of the horns but the diameter. Those things had to be 6 or 8 inches around! 

The other interesting thing was that we got stuck behind a big truck carrying a load of round bale hay. He must have had 10 or more bales on his truck but he managed to drive at a decent speed, so I just stayed behind him. He was being followed by a couple of cars that refused to pass him and a motorhome that did find a long enough stretch to pass this group of cars and truck. He has more guts than I do, to pass this group with fairly heavy traffic. I must have had to follow him for 40 miles or so before he finally turned off. Then, when we got here to the Gunsmoke, the motorhome that passed was here ahead of us! I went by to talk to those folks but they were gone somewhere.

We did find some Shell diesel fuel at a great price here, so we filled up again. this will give us plenty of fuel for our stay in Creede.

Just one more overnight stop!

So long.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Tuesday May 29, 2018-Moving Day-Double J Campground to Peculiar Park Place Resort, Peculiar MO

We made an uneventful drive from Chatham Illinois to Peculiar Missouri. We pulled out about 9:30 and made very good time on the freeway. We had freeway driving all day and it was a nice trip.

We only made two pit stops today (hooray for Stella!), the first in a rest area, which we always like to do, and the second at a large truck stop where we picked up a couple of sandwiches. I love truck stop burritos, but haven't been able to find any recently. Rest assured, I'll keep looking!

We saw a large coyote loping down the road. He got near us and turned off out into the pasture and his normal running grounds. This is the first time we've actually seen a coyote in the wild, not counting carcasses on the shoulder of the road. Nice...

We crossed the Mississippi river at Hannibal Missouri, home of Mark Twain. We should plan a trip here to explore this area sometime. I never really thought about it until now.

It was rather confusing when we got to the Kansas City area. I knew we were in Missouri, but all of a sudden I saw a large Welcome to Kansas sign along side the road. Then, a few miles down the road, we saw another welcome (back) to Missouri. I knew the park has a Missouri address and we have been this way before, but I guess it never hit me that we went through Kansas in ten minutes!

We pulled in here and were soon checked in and escorted to out site. In no time at all we were hooked up. This site (#58) is very unlevel and we ended up with three tires off the ground, but there was no rocking, so all is well.

The trip will continue tomorrow, please stay tuned.

So long.