Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Central City And Black Hawk

I forgot to tell you that yesterday when Scout was laying in the sand, that she had sand all over her tongue.  Mama had to rinse it off with water.  BOL!   It was funny!

We also forgot to tell you that yesterday was our one year anniversary of being on the road.  We don't know if it really counts since we went home for six weeks though.  That six weeks at home really messed up our numbers.  BOL!

Our electric never went off yesterday, but Mama spoke to a lady who said that it did go off in several parts of the park.  I guess we were lucky.  It was 80 degrees and our air conditioning was on. Speaking of weather...it is going to snow tonight.  Yep, you read that correctly. Our last night here and it is going to snow.  They said we might get a few inches, but the roads will probably be just wet.  We hope so because we are leaving tomorrow. You don't want to know what Mama said when she heard the weather forecast this morning.  BOL!

The folks drove to Breckenridge, CO on Saturday.  They were disappointed to see that most everything was closed. They ended up eating at a bar in Frisco. 

Burger at Moose Jaw - The burger was really good.  The fries were not.
Going into Eisenhower Tunnel

Inside Eisenhower Tunnel

Central City Parkway

They then drove to Central City and Black Hawk which are located right next to each other and are casino towns.  There are modern casinos as well as old casinos.  The folks played penny slots.  Mama won $15, but Dad said they ended up loosing $6. 

The folks ate at the Ameristar Casino buffet.  They were seated next to two women. They had six plates full of food in front of them.  The waitress asked them where the receipt was for the second person and they became rude and said something about the one woman not eating, just waiting.  Well, whenever the waitress turned her back, the lady jammed food into her mouth.  The waitress saw her, but I guess she didn't want to start trouble.  The lady who didn't pay had a monitoring device on her ankle and maybe that is why the waitress didn't want to do anything about it. 

Scenery along the way.

Waterfall along the highway.
Mama found a free book for Kindle readers today that might be of interest to some of you, especially the other full-time RVers who read our blog.  Here is the link: Dear Bob and Sue  It was free this morning, so please check the price before ordering.  Here is a summary of the book on the Pixel of Ink site:

This complete version of Dear Bob and Sue chronicles the journey of Matt and Karen Smith, who took a mid-career break to travel to all 58 U.S. National Parks. Written as a series of emails to their friends, Bob and Sue, they describe their sense of awe in exploring our national parks, and share humorous and quirky observations. The national parks are among the most stunning places in America – pristine wilderness, geologic wonders, and magnificent wildlife – places everyone should put on their must-see-before-I-die list. Matt and Karen take you along as they visit them all.
Unlike a traditional guidebook, this is one couple’s perspective on the joys and challenges of traveling together. This is a story of discovery and adventure: chased by a grizzly, pushed off the trail by big horn sheep, they even survived a mid-air plane collision. Dear Bob and Sue is the next best thing to visiting all the parks in person.

Mama loves the Pixel of Ink site.  They offer free books every day.

The Greyhound Who Is Ready For A Road Trip

Monday, April 29, 2013

Our Final Stop In Denver

We left Chatfield State Park yesterday.  We liked the park because we had privacy at our site.  There was really only one trail that was easy for us to get to and we walked it every day.  It went by the log cabin. 

Hot air balloons preparing to take off.  Picture was taken from inside our motor home
 We packed up and left yesterday and headed to our final destination in Denver.  It was a short trip.  We are back at Cherry Creek State Park. This is the park that has the beach.  We like the walking area better here because of the beach, but there is not quite as much privacy.  The sites are large, but not as many trees to hide us.  There are trees here, but they do not have their leaves yet.  The trees at Chatfield are mainly cedar trees and pine trees.  This park is located in town and close to Dad's work.  Chatfield is about 30 miles from Dad's work and it is not as close to town.

There are signs up all over the campground saying that the electric would be turned off from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. today.  We decided to head out for a walk since it might be boring at home.  We went to the beach.

Scout relaxes at the beach.

I am on full alert and wanting to move.

Scout prefers to lay in the sand.

 We let Scout rest forever and it was boring!  We would start walking and Scout would flop down on the sand.  Mama said we needed to let her enjoy it because she is not going to be happy in Dallas.  She is already having a fit if it gets over 70 degrees here.  Mama says it is hard having two hounds who are so opposite when it comes to walking.  She said it would be nice if we were the same, but if she had a choice, she would choose two Scouts over two Joeys.  She said she couldn't handle two Joeys.  Can you believe that?  I'm fun!  Scout is like a sloth. 

The electric is still on.  Does that mean they are not turning it off?  We hope if they do it, they do it soon.  It is going to be near 80 today and that will make it hot inside without air conditioning.

The Greyhound Who Wishes His Sister Didn't Fuss On Walks

Sunday, April 28, 2013

5 Months, 5 Days!

What does five months, five days mean?  That is how long we were on the road in 2012 when we went home for what we thought we would be the entire winter, but turned out to be just six weeks.  We have now hit the five months, five days mark on this trip!  It really doesn't seem like we have been on the road for that long.  How long will we will be on the road?  We have no idea.  We have learned that our life can change quickly.  We have no plans of leaving this life anytime soon though.

Remember the log cabin that we found here?  Well, we did a little research on it.

The cabin was built in 1856. It is one of the oldest buildings in Denver.  It was moved here a few years ago.  We were disappointed to hear that as we liked to imagine the original owners walking the same grounds as us.  There are spring bulbs that are scattered around it and we wondered how long ago someone lived in it.  The cabin is open to the visitors for tours about once a month in the summer according to the article we found.  We really enjoyed walking to the cabin each day and sniffing around.

The Greyhound Who Is Happy To Be Living On The Road

Friday, April 26, 2013

Clean Up Day

Yesterday, Mama washed our ID collars.  They were looking pretty bad.  Scout's white lettering looked tan.  We hung them outside to dry. You know what that means?  We were NAKED!   We would have put "Naked Day" in our title, but decided we might get some strange responses from spammers.  We are still getting spam from our title "Here We Come" that we wrote last year.  What? We might get spam for just putting it in our post?  I guess we will see.  We only accept comments from registered readers now, so it should be okay.

I'm naked!

It is relaxing to be naked.

Help!  I'm not only naked...I'm headless.  BOL!
This morning, we were given a "bath" with wipes.  That probably should have been done when we had our collars off.  Mama is going to wash our sheets today.  She really is doing these things in the wrong order.  BOL!

We had a pretty sunrise this morning.

We are moving to a new campground on Sunday.  Our time in Denver is winding down.  We would have liked it more if we hadn't received 20" of snow this month. The average amount of snow for April is 9".  I guess we got lucky.  BOL! 

The Greyhound Who Loves Being Naked

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Prairie Dogs!

Yesterday, we took a very long walk so that we could see the prairie dogs.  Dad was right, prairie dogs are more interesting than bunnies.  We were amazed by the noises they made.  We also loved sniffing around their homes.  We didn't get any actual pictures of them since they were pretty far away and our camera is not that good.  We did take a video and you can hear them.

 Our video...it is not very exciting.

Here we are listening.  We really wanted to go in the field and visit them.

This is the field where the prairie dogs live.

On our way home, we passed some geese.  We have been careful to stay clear of them.

Can you see our motor home?


There's our home!

The snow is gone today.  It took it longer to disappear than expected since it was still snowing until about 11 a.m. on Tuesday.  We were able to hook up to water for the day yesterday, but we disconnected last night.  Today, we are hooked up again and it looks like we can stay that way for the remainder of our stay here.  Life has returned to normal for us.

 Now that the weather is nice again, we are taking long walks.  We usually take two one hour walks each day.  I think we could go longer, but Scout just isn't up for it.  Mama was a little nervous that we went too far today, but we made it back okay. We met some people on the trail and Scout was able to rest up before we continued on. Scout has always been one that wears out fast, but since she is almost a senior, Mama doesn't want to push her too far.

The campground is sold out again for this weekend.  People will probably start arriving today.  We kind of like the excitement of having other people around, but it is also nice to have the place to ourselves.

The Greyhound Who Is Happy That The Snow Is Gone

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

Waiting For The Snow

It is a beautiful day so far, but it is supposed to change by afternoon.  We are getting more snow later today.  Dad says we will have to bring the slides in.  We are not happy about that.  The snow will probably be gone by tomorrow afternoon though and we hope that is the last of the snow for us. 

How can it snow when it looks this nice?

We took an hour long walk this morning.  We walked over 6,000 steps according to Mama's pedometer. We have four legs though, so doesn't that mean we walked 12,000 steps?

The folks planned on visiting Unsinkable Molly Brown's House on Saturday.  They couldn't find a parking spot though.  They didn't realize that the 420 Rally was being held nearby, but they soon figured it out.  The 420 Rally is a marijuana celebration, or something like that.  There ended up being shootings there late in the day.

Yesterday, the folks went grocery shopping. They normally go on Friday nights, but Dad didn't get home until late.  Dad said they will never again go on a Sunday because the store was crowded  They also went to Camping World for the fourth time since we have been here.  They returned that $140 hose that they can't use here since we can't hook up to water if it below freezing even with a heated hose.  We will be out of cold weather soon and if we need one next year, we will buy one then. 

After all the shopping was done, we got to go for a ride.  We wanted to visit another state park that is nearby, but they said NO DOGS ALLOWED.  There is wildlife in the park, so we can't go in.  The folk took us back to this park and we took a walk along the river.  It was nice to ride in the Jeep and to see another area of this park. 

Mama is going to take us to see the prairie dogs later this week. They have a "town" just down the street from us.  Dad thinks we will like them better than the bunnies.  Scout and I don't try to get at the bunnies.  We just stare at them.  I think we will just stare at the prairie dogs, too.

The Greyhound Who Is Dreading The Snow

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Radio Controlled Airplanes

The weekend is finally here and we are happy.  It has been a long week with bad weather.   The park was all but empty until yesterday.  It is full this morning.  We watched many people leave disappointed yesterday when they found all the sites were reserved.  The park comes to life with all the other campers.  We were invited to a "party" last night, but it was past our bedtime so we declined.

There is a field across from us where people fly radio controlled airplanes.  They are pretty loud.  Luckily, we are not late sleepers because they were buzzing by at 7 a.m.   It makes us wonder why they decided that the field right next to the campground was a good idea. 

You know what I discovered?  I can watch bunnies from my bed!

The Greyhound Who Likes Watching Bunnies From His Bed

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Almost Back To Normal

We had a few inches of snow last night.  We took this photo on our walk today at around 11 a.m.  It is now after 2 p.m. and the snow is basically gone.

The maintenance guy came by and noticed that our water handle was broke.  Mama had to listen to his lecture about it.  Dad broke it the first day and she broke it yesterday.  If you turn the water on below 32 degrees, it breaks. Mama thought it was okay to turn on, but not to leave hooked up.  Mama broke it getting water for us.  The guy fixed it and told Mama it was safe to fill up the tank. She said "Nope, I am not touching it."  He hooked it up for her and told her it was fine to use, but to unhook it when the tank was full because it will be freezing again tonight.  It looks like we will have to do that every day since our night temperatures are below freezing. Tomorrow, it will be in the 50's, so it should be safe to use, but Mama will probably leave it unhooked.  BOL!

Our slides are back out!  We are happy campers.  We may get snow on Monday, but that is a long way off, so we will live in the moment and enjoy having more space.

We took a long walk at lunch time.  The path didn't go anywhere exciting, but it had some pretty views.

We met a lady who is trying to make her way home to Montana.  She has been stuck here.  She and her husband are in a little camper.  She said they are tired of looking at each other.  She agreed with Mama that winter camping is not fun unless you are in a warm place.  She said they are leaving tomorrow no matter what.  She said the highways have been closed on their route and that is why they are still here.

The folks ate at a restaurant that they really liked on Sunday.  Here is Mama's review: TOCABE: An American Indian Eatery   We didn't get to try anything. 

The Greyhound Who Is Happier Today

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Almost Wordless Wednesday - Snow!

What the heck?!

The wagon and log cabin in the snow.

Tuesday 8 a.m.

Tuesday 11 a.m.
At least the snow melts fast here.  We are snuggled in our motor home with the slides in (sardine can) bracing for for more snow today. Some say we may get a few inches to 8".   It really depends on where you are located. This should be it until next week.

The Greyhound Who Doesn't Like The Sardine Can

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