Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Night We Saw The Sun Crash into the Earth and other Interesting Things

After leaving Colorado we landed in northern New Mexico at Cochiti Lake for several days.  It was the time of the full moon in Sept.  This is the full moon taken with my iPhone.

After taking the moon picture I turned around just in time to see the sun crash into the earth.  Well not really.  The night before we had a thunder and lightning storm that started a small forest fire.  The fire eventually burned for about 4 days but on the second day at sunset this is what we say from our campsite.

Another night DeDe and I saw this balloon in the evening sky.  We looked at it through her binoculars but didn't get a picture of it.  It was way high in the sky.  We were already in the evening shadows but the balloon was so high it was lit up by the sun.  It was glowing red as we watched it drift away.  The next day the newspaper said that as people in Albuquerque were looking at it, at sunset, it was over Farmington, NM about 185 miles away.  Don't know how that could be but that's what they said. 

The next day we saw an elusive roadrunner running across the road.  Not the best pictures, camera was focussing off in the distance, as he was in a hurry.  I'm lucky I got him at all.

Beep beep.

We now are in Albuquerque for a few weeks.  When we got here our intention was to stay in the Sandia Casino parking lot, but the first day it was 91ยบ, way too hot for me so we checked into an rv park so we could have electricity to run our air conditioner.  

We'll be staying in the ABQ area for several more days.  Long enough for DeDe to have some work done to her Honda and her RV as well. And let's not forget about the Balloon Fiesta.  If you click on the blue link you can read all about it.

Picture from last years Fiesta.

Be back soon.

Evie and Joy

One more thing.  Did I mention that our friend DeDe who we met last Christmas in Yuma is caravanning along with us.  She camp hosted this summer in Colorado and that is one reason we hung out up there in the Rockies (besides it being so nice up there).  Now she's tagging along behind us as we zigzag our way towards Yuma for the winter.  Here's a picture of her rv.  It's fun having her along with us.

Here we are at Cochiti Lake.

See you later.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Wrapping Up Our Colorado Summer

The new header picture is where we're boondocking in the shadow of Mt. Princeton.  We're in a large pasture area with plenty of boondocking sites.  When we got here last week there were two other campers here but yesterday one of them left so we moved up the hill to where they were parked.

We drove around Salida, Colorado the other day.  We've been wanting to see what this smokestack was all about.

This smokestack is the last thing standing, (well almost, there is one other little building) from the Ohio-Colorado Smelter and Refining Company.  To read about it click here.

A herd of Elk in a field not far from downtown Salida.

At this time of year, late August, the weather is cooling down at night.  This morning there was a dusting of snow on the tops of the highest mountains around us.

Mt. Massive, 14,429 feet high, as seen from Leadville, CO.  
Those larger patches of snow are what's left from last seasons snowpack.

We'll be leaving this area of Colorado next week.  

We'll catch up with you next week.

Evie and Joy

Antelope out standing in a field north of Salida, Colorado. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Seeking Warmer Elevations

It has started to cool down at night around the Leadville, CO area so we went down the mountain to a lower elevation.  First we went to Cheyenne Mountain State park for two nights.  Cheyenne Mountain is near Colorado Springs so while there we did some grocery shopping at Trader Joe's. We also had our hair trimmed by Anne at Cut It Out Salon.  Anne was so sweet and did a great job, and they even give a senior discount.  We'll remember Anne and next time we're through here we'll come back.

View east towards Kansas from Cheyenne Mountain.

From Colorado Springs we headed south on I 25 to highway 160 and turned west and went to San Luis Lake State Park for two nights.  While there we did some scouting out of dry/boondocking camping spots.  We found two that we marked on our map to stay in later.

View of Great Sand Dunes National Park east of San Luis Lake SP, out bedroom window.
Sun shinning on dunes while mountains behind are in shadow of cloud.

Here are the dunes up closer.

Then we moved back up towards Salida, CO.  Salida, elevation 7195' is at the southern end of the Arkansas Headwaters State Park and Leadville, elevation 10,152' is at the northern end.  In some places in this area it is a wide river valley and in other places it's just wide enough for the road, river and railroad tracks.  We found a very nice dry camping spot with good AT&T and Verizon coverage.  Another blogger mentioned this location and a few weeks ago mom, DeDe and I checked it out.  The next few pictures are of this pretty location off FR 272 between Buena Vista and Salida, in the shade of Mt. Antero.

See rv hiding in the trees?

We're not really in the trees.

A member of the cleome family.

See you down the road.

Evie and Joy

It must be love, fire ring at campsite.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Shrine Pass

We took a drive under this bridge, past the little town of Red Cliff and up to Shrine Pass, elevation of 11,094 feet.  There are fields of wildflowers blooming everywhere.

Maripsoa Lily

We're still in the Leadville, Colorado area and will be here for another month.  Then in early Sept. we will head south towards New Mexico.  We are planning on going to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta again this year which is in early Oct.  So we are just going to wander around staying to the higher elevations to stay cool.  

Until next time.

Evie and Joy

You never know what you'll see when out for a drive.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Weston Pass

We did a day trip up through Weston Pass which is between Leadville and Fairplay, CO.

Weston Pass is the headwaters of the South Fork of the South Platte River.  We saw many wondrous things.

That snow you see in the background is at the top of the pass and the
very top of the headwaters of the South Fork of the South Platte River.

Sky Rockets.

I wrote and posted this blog from outside a pizza shop, I hope the pictures are ok as I couldn't tell one way or the other.

Be back soon.

Evie and Joy

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Leadville, Colorado and Dry Camping in the Shadow of Mt. Elbert

Last week we moved from Parry Peak campground to a great dry camping area just west of Leadville.  This free camping area is quite large and I haven't seen it listed on any "free camping maps" not even Sock Monkey's map.

We moved here before the 4th of July weekend.  Maybe not the best time to be in a free camping area but we managed to find a nice spot tucked in between some pine trees(good) but right along the main dirt road in(not good) but it rained off and on most of the weekend which helped to keep the dust down(a good thing) because there were about a hundred kids on dirt bikes and such running up and down the road all weekend long(not good).  When most everyone had left the area on monday we moved to a nicer location tucked into some trees at the end of a dirt road.  No one drives by us now.

Second parking spot with big rocks.  Lots of sun on our solar 
panels to keep us charged up.

It's spring.

This area of Colorado is home to some of the highest mountains on the North American continent.  And we are camping in the shadow of the tallest, Mt. Elbert, at 14,440'.  The elevation where we are is 9,688' and being this high makes it a little hard to breath.  We get out of breath very easily.  

Mt. Elbert elevation 14,440' seen from the road.

There are two really nice things about this location, the first is there is pretty good internet here(no internet at Parry Peak) and second is we are only about 10 minutes from a grocery store and restaurants. 

Everywhere you go  in this area you can see the beautiful Arkansas River.  Just down the road from our campsite the river is no bigger that a creek but just down the road it looks like this.

Tomorrow we will drive north to interstate highway 70 to meet some friends from California for lunch in the town of Dillon.  They're on their way east so we thought we'd drive up and see them as they pass by.

I'll be back soon.

Evie and Joy