Boyd Lake State Park

November 1, 2017

We had a great trip last month to the east coast but we may not do that driving trip again. 4000 miles in 2 weeks is a lot of driving for Cliff and a lot of sitting for me. I managed to navigate my way through 10 different bathrooms at night and a lot of bathrooms at rest stops along I70. I mention bathrooms because that is the trickiest room to manage when you have limited mobility (you don’t need the details!). We were so tired of driving that on the way home we would just drive in the mornings and then find a motel and spend the afternoon at the movies. Ok, that part was fun!

Lisa, Lee and Clara are doing well and we enjoyed staying with them and just getting a look into their lives. The east coast is a busy place with lots of people and traffic but great restaurants and stores are needed to keep all of those people happy. Yes, we did find a good quilt store and I can breathe easier now that we have a place to look for good quilt fabric.

Our trailer was not quite finished when we returned but we are staying in it until the rest of the parts are in. It has been a warm fall and we are enjoying our new digs. After a bit of training we are settling into our new jobs and liking what we do.

That is Longs Peak in the distance followed by a couple of pictures of our campsite. We did have a dusting of snow one morning, not too serious!

We miss Ridgway, the people and the beauty of the place. There is something about seeing those mountains every day that makes our souls happy. We have been able to worship at our church instead of viewing the service online in our living room. Big difference, and we get to hang out with friends for dinner after church! The other bonus to our living on the front range is that we get to see the kids – David and Christine, Amanda, and Austin and Michelle. We love being able to say, how about meeting us for dinner later in the week? Or getting a surprise visit, thanks Austin, and ┬ácome back any time! We don’t like the traffic and the high prices and think we may just end up on the western slope when we decide to settle down again.

We added a deck and stairs to our trailer. Trailer stairs are a bit treacherous for me and even regular people. Our friend Connie fell getting into their trailer and ended up having surgery and now has bolts holding her ankle together! We wanted a landing to turn around on and set packages and grocery bags. Cliff added the white fencing to help with cat control!

The Front Range travellers, Cliff and Cyndy



On the Road Again…

September 19, 2017

On the road again…got that tune stuck in my head! We travelled last week from the Western Slope of Colorado back to the Longmont area, camping at St. Vrain State Park and Boyd Lake State Park. We spent a few days seeing family and friends, digging through the storage shed and getting the trailer ready for the fix-it shop. Whoa you say. OK, let me explain but first here are two pictures from the drive showing the color change is starting in Vail and Frisco.

Our trailer has a few problems, bigger ones than what Cliff wants to deal with. The plumbing system needs some attention with a leak in both the gray and black water tanks. TMI, yeah me too! Anyway, the repair could take a couple of weeks so we are leaving our house behind, going on a vacation to the DC area to see Lisa, Lee and Clara. Lisa has a few boxes of stuff in our storage unit and we are going to find them and drive them out to her.

When we return to Colorado we will start a new volunteer job at Boyd Lake State Park. We plan to stay for the winter, returning to Ridgway in early April. Cliff will be a campground host at Boyd and work some with the maintenance crew. I will work in the office/headquarters building doing much of what I was doing at Ridgway (passes, permits, licenses and registrations). We wanted a period of time to be closer to our kids, our friends, our doctors, and our church.

I am happy to report on the status of the corn fields in Kansas. They are tall. We are “on the road again” heading east on I70. We will travel a mere 1400 miles to arrive in Sterling, VA where Lisa, Lee and Clara Doggett make their home. For those of you that have travelled I70 through Kansas, you will understand when I say I am hoping a tornado comes along and swoops us up, depositing us further down the road. We would probably need to borrow Dorothy’s ruby slippers to make that happen.

We find ourselves in Salina KS this evening where the temperature was approaching 100 when we pulled in and the humidity about the same. Why do people live here? They grow corn and stuff but they put up with such weather extremes! I am grateful for people who grow food but living here in this heat is crazy, and I did not even mention the flies and mosquitos!

The Colorado weather wimps, Cliff and Cyndy