Sunday, August 28, 2011


Cowboys and a View

This is the view we have sitting outside the door of the motorhome. The first afternoon we were here there were quite a few cattle in that clearing. Cowboys and dogs were rounding them up. James caught a few glimpses of the cowboys. I could only hear them whistling and the dogs barking. The cows were mooing and complaining. Not something you get to see/hear everyday. James said that they were probably taking some of the calves from the mamas. He was right, we heard the mamas crying most of the night. It was pitiful but by late morning they were moving to the other side of the hill and we couldn't hear them anymore.

More cows

We just can't seem to get away from the cows. Our 2nd day in the site all these cows start walking around the campsite checking us out. They strolled by for a few days but never came back into the campsite. I will have to say that Colorado has some of the most beautiful cattle and horses I have ever seen. They are nice and fat and their coats are so healthy looking.

We are on our second bucket of local grown peaches and I just bought some homemade jalapeno jelly today. There are several bakeries here so we have been buying fresh bread every 5 or 6 days. James bought marble jewish rye today. He thought it would make a good sandwich bread.

We eat inside the motorhome so there's no scraps anywhere for animals to come and find. There are these huge flies but we're trying to keep them at bay with the flyswatters. For some reason they only come around when I'm outside and they seem to swarm me. James says it's because I'm full of it...

Camping on the Mountain

This is our own private mountain camp site. The views are amazing to say the least. James set the hammock up right on the edge of the cliff. You can see the tops of the trees in front of him.

We are both reading lots of books and just enjoying the scenery. We came into Pagosa to stay at an RV park for the night to get LONG hot showers, do laundry and get caught up with email, bills, etc. Back to the mountaintop tomorrow for another 7 days of camping. We'll have to come back to Pagosa on Friday morning to empty sewer and get some more water. Cell reception is spotty if we have it at all and we get no TV, which is OK except for knowing what is going on in the news.

Plan on heading back to Texas on the 6th making a few stops along the way. We will be home by the 11th so we are sure hoping that the temps are below 100 by then.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

4 Wheelin'

Coming back from Mesa Verde James decides that we need to go 4 wheeling since we have the jeep. He starts going down these gravel roads. I was OK with it until we got about 1/2 way up the mountain where the road narrowed and there was a cliff on one side. James was having a blast, hee-hawwing and making man noises since he was doing such a manly thing. Pretty soon the road went from gravel to mostly rock. I was DONE! I'm trying to be a good sport for James because he is having so much fun, but I am terrified. I was holding my breath and holding on for dear life. I was grateful that I had my super dooper bra on that day otherwise my boobs would be six inches lower. I kept trying to find places to turn around. A bear would have made this scenario perfect but we haven't personally seen one this whole trip. James finally found a spot to turn around (I just closed my eyes) and we headed back down. I was also concerned about James' neck. He was a little sore afterward but he has come a long way in his healing. Now he wants a jeep...

We stayed close around the lake the next day as we were both feeling the ride from the day before. James still has not fished. He's hoping to get some in within the next few days.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

It's Raining and Hailing..

We are still in Pagosa enjoying the condos. Went to lunch and saw the dark clouds rolling in. We'd been back about an hour and the rains came-then the hail. When it started hailing James had to run out and cover the up the bike. That lasted a few minutes, then rain for a few minutes mixed with a little more hail. It feels and smells so good, hail and all. Wished we could send it to Texas (well, maybe minus the hail), sorry... The rain seems to be letting up and most likely will fizzle out soon. Wishing it your way...

There are no pics-camera charger hasn't arrived yet. We're leaving tomorrow and will be staying at the RV Park at Ute Casino in Ignacio, Colo for a few days. Then it will be camp wilderness where I will be forced to give up my internet yet once again. I think I'm going to have to have a 5 day limit then James will have to drive me somewhere with internet.

We are so very fortunate to be able to stay here for the summer and enjoy the incredible beauty and weather. We thank God every day that he has blessed us with the opportunity to be able to be here and enjoy so much. Thanks to all of you for thoughts and prayers as we take this journey.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Train Ride/Mesa Verde

Tuesday, August 3

We headed out this morning to ride the Durango/Silverton train. We get two blocks from the parking lot and they announce on the radio that the train is closed due to a large rockslide from the day before. The train will be closed for approx a week to get the tracks cleared. After standing in line to get our money returned we had to switch gears on what to do the rest of the day. Since we had the jeep we decided to go to Mesa Verde. By the time we got there it was after one and we couldn't get tickets to go see the Cliff Dwelling until 5:30, so we passed. We checked out all the other stuff concerning the Indian dwellings. It was interesting. We were glad to be in the jeep-riding on the bike for long periods of time really bothers our backs.