Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Goats and Leadville


Spent a night at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy in Buena Vista. Did a tour of the farm and saw all the animals - goats, sheep, cow, pigs, dogs and guard llamas. Here's one of the llamas. They do a great job of guarding the goats.


Saw the goats being milked.


All of us on the tour had the opportunity to milk the goats too.


We saw how cheese was made and the "caves" that the cheese is aged in. We also got to sample most of the cheese that they made. Yum!

Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy is a member of Harvest Hosts, a group of farms and vineyards, etc. where RVers who are members can park overnight for free.

From Buena Vista, I drove up to Leadville. It's been hot in the Denver area and being at 10,200' had to be better. Well, it was that, for sure. It was actually a bit COLD in the morning, but a nice change. Leadville is an old mining town and I stayed at the Elks Lodge just a block from the historic downtown.


I met Cindy and Harold who were also parked there and we went to the Mining Museum shortly after I arrived.


This museum was lots better than I expected! There is a room of dioramas that document how gold mining progressed over the years.


There was also a model of a mine that you could walk through, that for me was a little creepy with the mannequins, but it was still impressive.


They had some sculptures and this one is called "Self-Made Man" which I thought was especially creative. Click on the image to get a larger copy.


I also liked this Wooten Desk.


Debbie and Indie came up to visit for a couple days too. Here they are napping after a busy day of touring.


We were surprised and delighted at how friendly all the people we met were. I'm definitely going to return to Leadville the next time I'm in Colorado. It's a place I would consider spending the summer if I wanted to stay put for a few months.

Friday, August 17, 2012

California with the Kids


Debbie had a 2-week break between summer and fall semesters and so planned on driving to California to visit her dad and her friends. I decided to drive with her. We took her car since it gets 3X the gas mileage of my RV.

Mark also decided to fly down from Seattle for a week, so both my kids were in California.

Brion learned of a museum near John Wayne airport that had a special exhibit of 1930's era Packards along with its airplanes, etc., so we checked it out. The Lyon Air Museum is a small place, but was packed with interesting exhibits, videos and memorabilia. My favorite of the cars was this 1934 Packard Runabout. Wouldn't it be cool if I could tow that behind my rig?


They have some pretty big airplanes in there including a B-24, a B-17 and this DC-3.


Overall, a great place to spend a couple hours.

Sally had some conferences for work in San Diego and she and Ted came up for a day. It's been a great time for family visits.


And now I'm anxious to get my RV out of storage and back on the road.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Longmont

Spent a few days in Longmont with the WINs. One day, we took a drive through Rocky Mountain National Park, which is always a treat.

Here we were on the way into Estes Park.


We stopped at a couple places on the way to the top of Trail Ridge Road.


Here's a picture from the top. Really, the pictures don't even start to capture the beauty, but I'll post anyway.


One day, Diana, Phil and I checked out a classic car show in Longmont. I won't bore you with a lot of pictures of old cars (this time), but I wanted to post this one. It reminded me of my Uncle Jimmy, who drove one like it, tho his was 2-tone green. A bunch of us would pile into the car and drive out to Hammonasset State Park to go fishing or something like that. Good times. Lots of good memories.


While in Longmont, near the park where this car show took place, I came across something I'd never seen before - a black squirrel. Just a curious thing.


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Cheyenne


Spent a week in Cheyenne with the WINs for Frontier Days festivities.

It started with a parade. There were 4 parades. I just went to the first one.

There were cowboys, of course.


 And lots of horses and horse-drawn vehicles.


And marching bands.


And old cars and old tractors.


And even bagpipes.


There was LOTS more, all of it interesting and fun.

A few of us went to F.E. Warren Air Force Base for their open house on the weekend. They had a tour of a few of the historic houses on base. I've never seen such base housing as this! Here's a house that's occupied by a colonel and his family. It was built in 1909 and it's over 6,100 square feet, not including the basement!! We weren't allowed to take pictures inside since it's a private residence. We saw 2 other houses which were equally beautiful, though the house occupied by a captain and his family was smaller ("only" 2500 sq ft). I wonder what they do with all the furniture when they leave and move to a base with smaller housing.


The rodeo is the highlight of Frontier Days. I enjoyed all the events which included:
Barrel racing



Bucking Broncos



Bull Riding


Diana has some more pictures and even some videos on her blog. Check them out here.

Our last day in Cheyenne, the Air Force Thunderbirds performed an airshow nearby. I watched from the roof of my RV.


Now I'm on my way south to Colorado again for another week of fun with the WINs.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Colorado


I've been in Colorado more than a month now and don't have a lot to post, but thought I'd at least add a few pictures here.

When we first arrived, Brion, Debbie, Evan and I went hiking in Boulder at Chautauqua Park. Brion and I went back a couple days later and hiked another trail. There's a variety of hiking trails here - something for everyone - and the views are terrific. Here's a picture of the flatirons taken from one of the trails.


It got dreadfully hot in the Denver area (record-breaking temps over 100 degrees F), so I scooted down to Woodland Park to visit Trish and Chip. They've recently put up one of the out buildings on their property. They call it a shed and at about 700 sq ft, it's the biggest shed I've ever seen. It was good to do some work in the outdoors for a few days.



One Saturday, we went to the Colorado Renaissance Festival. We enjoyed several shows, all of which were very funny, especially the Washing Well Wenches. I've been to several Renaissance festivals and this one had the best variety of food of any I've been to.



Last Friday night, we walked around the Pearl Street mall in Boulder. There are a lot of street performers there and it's a pretty festive place.



Mostly I've been hanging out with Debbie. She got a dog, named Indie, a little while ago and she's a riot. I've never known a dog SO OBSESSED with toys. She especially likes these little stuffed eggs. I'll be over there to play catch with her some more, no doubt.




Thursday, June 14, 2012

Hot in Moab


Temps were hot in Moab, so I wasn't as eager to go hiking and we only stayed a few days doing the whirlwind tour.

We checked out the Needles district of Canyonlands first. We stayed in the campground in the park, which was pretty nice, but the gnats were horrible. The rock formations were pretty though.


Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands is pretty incredible. It was hazy due to some fires in NM, I think. Still, the canyons were beautiful.


We drove over to Dead Horse Point state park one afternoon to check out the view there. Very nice park.


We went to Arches early one morning since parking can be an ordeal, especially with a larger vehicle. It was also cooler then and we enjoyed a couple short hikes.

Here's a picture of Brion at Turret Arch. To get an idea of the grand scale, notice that there's a guy in a yellow shirt below the arch. Click on the picture to get a larger view, if needed.


Here's a shot of Tunnel Arch.


And one of Landscape Arch. Note that these pictures don't do these formations justice at all, especially in the case of Landscape Arch. This is such an incredible formation to behold. It's nearly 300 ft across. The trail to this arch was closed a few years back after a big chunk of the arch fell. More info on this arch here.


Friday, June 8, 2012

My favorite national park campground


An Improptu Lazy Daze gathering!

While at Capitol Reef campground, we got to spend time with Don and Dorothy who we just met for the first time, tho we got to know one another through a Lazy Daze forum. We also got to spend a short amount of time with Martha and Bernie, who I met a couple years ago in Las Cruces and then again in Santa Fe. This made my favorite national park campground even MORE enjoyable!! Looking forward to seeing all of you down the road again soon!

(L to R: Don, Dorothy, Brion, me, Bernie, Martha)

The campground at Capitol Reef is by an orchard where you can pick fruit when it's ripe. Cherries wouldn't be ready for a few days after we left, unfortunately. Peaches, apricots, apples and pears are later in the year.

Here's a picture of the campground from a hike we took. It's down there under all those trees.

The trailhead from the campground takes you on a few miles of beautiful hiking.



Just outside Capitol Reef, in Torrey, UT, is a restaurant for which we got 3 recommendations called Cafe Diablo. The presentation and flavors of the food were first-rate. We actually ate there for lunch one day and for dinner another (different menus for lunch and dinner - we had to try both). I don't usually take pictures of food, but these dishes were just beautiful.

The mushroom spinach salad was almost too pretty to eat.

I just HAD to try the rattlesnake cakes.

Brion got the Turkey Chimole.

Stay tuned for more adventures as I catch up on my blogging.


Monday, June 4, 2012

Hoodoos

Hoodoo: a tall, thin spire of rock that protrudes from the bottom of an arid drainage basin or badland.

Bryce National Park is filled with hoodoos. Here's a picture from the rim. I love this place!


The best way to view the hoodoos is to hike down into them. This was great fun!




Sunday, May 27, 2012

Another Disney Day

Well, I wasn't going to post about it, but what the heck. I have a couple pictures and we had a good time.

Since we went early and planned to stay late (which we did), we drove the motorhome so we'd have a place to leave stuff, have a snack and take a break. It worked well.


We got there a half hour before opening, rode some of the rides, then went to breakfast. We chose a buffet, character breakfast, mainly for the buffet, but the characters came around to the tables and it was fun.



One thing that we saw that was pretty impressive, was a demonstration of a robot built by Honda called ASIMO. It was in Tomorrowland. ASIMO is an acronym for Advanced Step in Innovative MObility. On Wikipedia, it says, "Apparently the resemblance to the name of Isaac Asimov is merely a coincidence." Hmm... Coincidence? Really?


Check this guy out on the Asimo website.

We enjoyed the fireworks. We can hear them at Brion's house each night that Disneyland is open late, so it was fun to actually see them. It's been a long time since I've watched fireworks.

Coming soon: trip to visit Debbie in Denver. We'll be taking the scenic route via some national parks in Utah. Stay tuned.