So, I should post a few things that have happened since the summer, just to keep up on things.
After the Sand Dunes, I spent some time in Santa Fe. I parked at the Elks lodge for a few weeks. I really like it there.
I like Santa Fe a lot. I might spend a few months or a year there some time. The farmer's market is pretty big and full of goodies.
And downtown is fun to walk around. Since I've posted about Santa Fe and some of the tourist attractions before, I thought I'd just add a couple random, colorful pics.
After Santa Fe, I went to the Balloon Fiesta for the opening weekend. Debbie joined me there and we had a great time. I just love the Balloon Fiesta.
For really great posts and pictures of the Balloon Fiesta, see Nina's blog here.
I spent a few days at Lake Cochiti between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. It's a nice Corps of Engineers campground which Dolly and I enjoyed. I'd definitely go back there when in the area.
The second weekend of the Balloon Fiesta, Brion joined me there. Then we did some sight seeing in Santa Fe and Los Alamos. After that, we moseyed our way over to southern California. On the way there, we stopped for a break in Seligman, AZ to observe some of the Route 66 kitsch. And with a name like Roadkill Cafe, we just had to eat there. It was actually pretty good.
If you're ever driving through AZ on I-40, it's worth at least a drive through.
Now I'm back in California until next month when I go to Quartzsite.
In the meantime, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
While I spent most of the summer in Salida, staying with and meeting up with Jeanne, Kim, Randy, Barbara and Ron and Jim and Gayle and a few others who don't have blogs. I also spent some time in the Denver area.
While in Denver, I went to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science with my friend Laura. The museum was larger and more impressive than I expected. I highly recommend it. I even took a few pictures.
I visited with other RVing friends while at the Westminster Elks and a few friends I'd known since before my RVing days, but I didn't take pictures.
While in Denver, my roommate from college, Alisa, flew out from Maine and spent a couple weeks with me. I didn't take any pictures then either, but here's one of us in Maine a couple years ago.
I also visited with Trish and Chip in Woodland Park. Their new house is now built and ready to be occupied. Finally!
They have a good bit more solar power than I have.
When I finally left Salida, I drove down to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve since I'd never been there before. There they have the highest sand dunes in North America. The dunes were impressive and the campground was very nice. Though not big rig friendly, there were some spaces that I could park nicely.
The view out my window at the campground.
The dunes in late afternoon.
Dolly and I enjoyed the campground. Oh, yea, Dolly is my new co-pilot.
And now, we've left Colorado and will be spending the next month or more in New Mexico. If I take some pictures and am not too lazy to upload them, I'll post from here too.
Parked at about 8500' elevation, the temperatures are ideal. It's pretty quiet up here on BLM land, though we did have some unexpected visitors one day.
At the farmer's market we saw Carol, who we last saw at Elephant Butte State Park in NM last fall. She has a booth at the farmer's markets in both Salida and Buena Vista on the weekends. She makes and sells the most colorful cloth napkins (on the table) and pot holders (hanging above the table).
There was a festival going on and we watched the small home town parade go by the park where the farmer's market is held.
My first time in Montrose. It was bigger than I expected with all the stores and businesses along the main highway. The downtown area was nice and reminded me a little of Grand Junction. I didn't have my camera while we were there though.
We drove out to Ouray which is a scenic little mountain town. (click on the pictures to see a larger version)
We spent a few days in Grand Junction after being in Moab for a couple weeks. We figured we'd do some shopping at supermarkets, Walmart, etc. and it would just be a quick city fix. But, as it turns out, I really liked the place. We spent some time walking around downtown one day. It's very clean, with flowers, sculptures, fountains and outdoor cafes along Main Street. Definitely a nice vibe to the place.
There are more than a hundred sculptures along Main Street. I'll just post a few pictures here of some of the sculptures and fountains.
Spent a couple weeks in Moab, UT recently. The weather was mostly good, especially the temperatures which were cooler than usual for May. It rained frequently, which was good and bad. Good because it kept the dust down, mostly. Bad because it turned the red dirt into very slippery mud and caused the roads to become more torn up when ATVs and 4-wheel drive vehicles churned up the mud. Overall, it was a good stay though.
This was the view out my window.
And this out the other side.
Jeanne and I went to Canyonlands one day. I've been there a couple times before and blogged about it, so I'll just post a few pictures.
Canyonlands is one of my favorite national parks. We didn't go Arches as I've been there before too and it was especially crowded this year. A ranger at Canyonlands said that the number of visitors this year at national parks in Utah is up 20-30%.
On to Colorado. I might actually post more pictures next week.
Yea, it's been a while since I last posted a blog entry. After my usual stay in southern California for the holidays, I spent a few weeks in Quartzsite, then Scottsdale and I've already posted about those places in the past as it's the usual travel route each winter.
When it heated up in the Phoenix area, I headed north and met up with Jeanne. We're near Cottonwood, AZ and at 3400', it's just perfect, temperature-wise.
We drove into Jerome yesterday for a couple hours. I was there in 2010 when I first started out as a full-time RVer, but I missed the Nellie Bly Kaleidoscope store back then, so I just had to go see it. What a fun store with some beautifully crafted kaleidoscopes! Click on the images to get a larger picture to see more detail.
I especially liked this Willy Wonka kaleidoscope.
Using a teleidoscope, one of the sales gals took this picture of me.
And here's one I took of Jeanne.
I was almost tempted to buy one of these neat little gadgets. Maybe next time.
I'll post again when I find something else fun to share.