Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
I took a walk around the park and caught up with Dick, the birthday boy from the other day. We walked together around the park and had a nice visit. He lives in Deer Park near Tommy and Susan and I hope we can stay in touch when we leave here.
We came back inside and ate some breakfast and hung out for awhile before deciding to go over to Cortez to buy some groceries and to have the batteries in the truck checked. I knew the batteries were getting pretty old, so I wanted to get them checked. When we got to the Auto Zone, where I had bought the batteries, I asked one of the clerks to check the batteries for me, which he did. he said the battery was putting out the correct amount of power but the cranking power was very low, about 260 cranking amps when it should have been 800. He went inside and researched his computer for the purchase date and it was just a month over the free exchange. He then prorated the price and I got both batteries replaced for $57.00. What a deal! I told him to change them out, which he did. Wow, how lucky was that? We're out here in the mountains with no cell service. How would I have called someone to come help me if the batteries had failed?
We got our groceries bought and came on back home. I guess the Service Engine Soon light that had been on since we have been here was related to the battery because it went off and has not come back on since changing the batteries.
We came back home and Stella went to the washateria to do our laundry. Since its been so cold, I have been wearing my jeans and sweats every day and was running out of clean long pants, so it was time to wash. I went down later and got her and we came back here and ate our leftover smothered steaks which were better tonight than last night when they were fresh. We relaxed in the trailer until time for bed.
Stella fixed us another good breakfast of eggs and toast and we just hung out here around our end of the park, enjoying the sunshine. We visited with our friends Gene and Linda and of course Tommy and Susan. The big news of the morning was the catching of a very large rat in the trap in Tommy's motorhome. I think they heard the trap when it caught the monster (13") rat. He was put out on display for everyone to come by and see before he was put in the dumpster. We're all glad to be rid of this thing. So far, we haven't seen any signs of mice in our trailer and I feel bad for Susan. She has worked so hard cleaning up after finding the rat and mice droppings in her kitchen drawers. Hope they don't return!
I walked up the mountain again and enjoyed the scenery. I will miss these times for exercise and being in the cool outdoors. We didn't do too much in the afternoon, and invited Tommy and Susan over for a smothered steak tonight for supper. Its their last night here, and Stella didn't want them to have to cook so she made it for them. We had a nice fire after eating and several friends came over to sit with us. We broke up pretty early tonight and everyone had a nice time. We'll miss Tommy and Susan!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
We didn't leave the park again today. I took another walk up the mountain and around the park this morning and Stella took care of her clients' books.
Tommy intended to go for a ride up into the mountain again today to take some more photos but decided not to go because Tess was still not feeling well and he didn't want her to be confined in the car for that long. Susan was busy with cleaning up the motorhome after the rat was seen again in the storage compartment. There was evidence that a rat or mice had been inside their house in some drawers, so she wasn't taking any chances and thoroughly cleaned everything.
Susan came over and told us about a birthday party for one of our new friends, Dick. He is 86 years old and lives in Deer Park where Tommy and Susan live. It was to be a potluck meal, so Stella said she would make some potatoes to bring. We all met at the gazebo on the other side of the river for the party. It was a very nice time and I know that Dick appreciated everything.
I got the news this afternoon that my Aunt Frat had passed away. She was my favorite great-aunt and we spent a lot of time at her house when I was a kid. I regret that we are so far away and can't make it to her funeral but I sent my love by Janie, and will do my best to get to Center and visit with them as soon as we can.
We came back home and relaxed until around 6:30 when Tommy came by and said that there was another campfire at Linda and Gene's place. They have been coming here to the park for 12 years, so there was a lot of talk about what had gone on around her in the past. The main topic was the rats and mice that have been in the park and the one that had run around the fire the other night. We didn't see any more tonight but Gene showed us a very large rat trap that he was using in his woodpile to try to catch the rat. We all went home around 8:30.
Stella worked on some of her client's books most of the day today and I stayed out of her way. I was having trouble getting on the Internet all day, so I spent a lot of time outside. It was cold and cloudy most of the day but I took a walk around the park and visited with some of the friends I had made all over the park. Most of the folks up here are very nice and we will likely come back to this park.
About 3:30, we decided to go back down to the Dolores Brewery to have more pizza and beer. We met Gene and Bonnie there, but Tommy decided not to go since Tess was still a little sick and he didn't want to risk leaving her alone, so we brought him some pizza. When we got back sat outside at the fire that had been laid last night. Our new neighbors, Bob and Hellene came over and sat out with us. We stayed out until about nine o'clock when it began getting colder.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
We stayed in the campground today because we were all tired from yesterday's drive. We learned that it is supposed to be getting much colder tonight, and that the park has shut off the red faucets, which is wash water that is not for drinking. They normally shut down the campsites on this side of the river starting in September, but they have been so busy this year they had to leave it open. I read online that it is supposed to be 19 degrees in Rico tonight, the nearest town to us. Rico is several hundred feet higher in elevation than we are here in the park, so it shouldn't get that cold here. Snow is forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, brrrrr.......
This park is pretty amazing in their booking. They don't use a computer to book sites, but every time someone moves out in the morning, someone else moves in in the afternoon. It's a busy place. Even the tent spaces are booked up.
Stella rode into Cortez with Susan this afternoon. Their dog, Tess, got sick last night and Susan had to go in to see the vet to get a prescription refilled and they went to the Wal Mart to pick up a few things. It saved us a trip into town, so it all worked out well. While they were gone, Tommy was working on my photos and I was watching him when we heard a noise. We discovered that a large rat had tripped one of the mousetraps that Susan had set. They had found evidence of mouse or rat inside one of the kitchen drawers, so she had set out several traps. Before we could catch the rat, he ran away and hid from us. Stella and Susan later saw him again in one of the slide out drawers in the storage area of the motorhome but he ran. He left a mess of rat droppings which was cleaned up.
When they got back, Susan invited us over for supper. We had sausage with rice and beans which was very tasty. We were going to have a campfire at their house and I laid it all out, but Gene and Linda had one, so we went over there. We had a nice visit with them and came home around 9 o'clock when it started getting too cold to enjoy the fire. While sitting around the fire, the rat came back out near the fire. When we saw him, he ran back into the firewood stack at Gene and Linda's place. Hopefully, he'll find another hiding place.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
They both left around 7:30, which was a good time to get away. Little traffic on the road and it is light enough to be able to see well. We are sorry to see our friends leave, but we'll continue to have a great time with Tommy and Susan.
We were supposed to have gone on an over-mountain trip with Tommy and Susan and several others from the park, but it was called off because of the weather. It is supposed to be rainy and cold all day-and that's exactly what happened-so we just stayed inside and huddled under our blankets. Around noon, I got up and went outside for a walk around the park and when I came back, Stella had discovered that one of the propane bottles had run out, so I went outside and took the empty one off and set it beside the road to be picked up and refilled. Later in the afternoon, it was returned and I reinstalled it.
Stella fixed us tacos for supper, which was ironic because Tommy and Susan came down later to visit and said they had had tacos today too. We had a nice little visit with them and I think all of us went to bed, or at least got ready for bed, really early tonight. I was in bed about 8:30 but was up again about 1. I went back to sleep in my chair at some point, so I had a good night's sleep anyway.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Harry and I walked around the park this morning. It was a very nice morning, about 48 degrees out, and we had a nice little walk. I pointed out some of the people in the park that I had met and we talked about our routes out of here. He is going to Boerne Texas to have some work done to his trailer there, and plans to go south through New Mexico to Roswell where he plans to spend the first night.
We all had decided to go out to eat tonight because they are leaving in the morning. We had a choice of going to Rico to the Argentine Grill or to Cortez to eat pizza and beer. Everyone chose pizza, so off we went about 4:30. We wanted to get an early seat in the restaurant because it is Friday evening and everyone in town will be eating out. There was already a pretty good crowd there but we got our table and food pretty soon after getting to the restaurant. Tommy and Susan had gone ahead to Cortez to get some new walkie-talkies for a trip up into the mountains, and they met us at the restaurant. We had a good meal that everyone enjoyed, with the only bad thing that happened was that the girls working there were overwhelmed and it took a long time to get checked out.
Harry and Judy learned that a friend of theirs had died yesterday when we got cell phone service back. They are going to change their plans and try to get to Boerne earlier than planned so that they can drive back to Texas City to go to the funeral services on Monday.
We came back to the park in the rain (again!) and went over to Tommy and Susan's motorhome for some cobbler and coffee. We sat around and visited until about nine when everyone went home.
Since there is so much mud in our end of the park, everyone had taken off their shoes when we got inside the motorhome. When we left, Harry put on the wrong shoes and walked almost all the way back to his trailer before we discovered it. He came back and exchanged shoes with Ricky and we all had a good laugh about it. I guess it was one of those things that you had to be there to see how funny it was......
Friday, September 18, 2009
This is the courthouse in Rico. At one time this building served as a County Courthouse for Dolores county but in 1956 the county turned the building over to the Town of Rico for use as the town office and the Rico branch of the Dolores county Library. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
This photo shows Hwy. 145 at the turn off to the Dunton road on the north side of the park.
We traveled almost 35 miles up the mountain. Susan said she has been up this drive before but has always turned around before reaching the end of the road. Today we got all the way up and found several people camping at the top, so we turned around and came back down the mountain. It was a very nice day of riding around in the mountains, looking at the scenery.