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.