Tuesday, October 17, 2017


We're enjoying beautiful weather and beautiful surroundings here at Chatfield State Park.   Most of our time has been spent just relaxing or exploring during the day and visiting with Jesse and Erin for dinners.    Its so nice to be able to see them so often.

Saturday evening the four of us enjoyed dinner at Citizen Rail and then a fabulous Colorado Symphony performance of Mozart's Requiem at the Boettcher Concert Hall.  

While Jesse and Erin slave away at their jobs, we jeep around the area or sit in the sun and read....or just play with sweet Lewis.   Nice work if you can get it!

so fun to go wherever we want!

The other day we drove south through Sedalia and across the Rampart Range to the South Platte River (and the north fork of the South Platte).   We always enjoy potching about in the water so this drive looked perfect for us three.

The road runs alongside the rushing river so there were only small stretches of "beach" available to us but I think we found most of them!   

The three of us shared lunch by the water under a canopy of brilliant yellow.

The water was beautiful and clear and rioted around huge boulders in its path.   

Friday, October 13, 2017


Some of you wondered if Mr. David's Office Supplies did my staple job.   No, I did call in Mr. David's Fastener and Emergency Closure Service, and their tech. did a valiant job of shaving and butterflying the wound.   In the end his efforts failed and he escorted me to Urgent Care.    He did try though.

I'm feeling fine and the staples peeking out from under my hair look like a little silver barrette, and I'm going with that.   It's a new look for me.

We had dinner at Jesse and Erin's house last night and today Dave and I took off for a little drive into the mountains.   We (I) forgot to take a map with us so we didn't get really creative on the National Forest roads but we did have an enjoyable time going off road once again.

beautiful Aspens have their feet in snow at higher elevations

The scenery was beautiful on the way home also.  Rolling foothills dotted with cattle and horse ranches with the mountains as a backdrop.

Pregnant or just well rounded?

As we approached Chatfield State Park on the way home, the late afternoon sun gave Denver's downtown buildings a rosy glow.

We'll meet Jesse and Erin at a neighborhood restaurant for dinner tonight.   It's so very nice to see them.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Chatfield State Park

We finally left Kansas, the bad weather moved away and we drove under blue skies.

We like the spot we have, views of the lake and nice privacy for second cup and happy hour outside.    I decided to "help" Dave set up our sitting area, spread out the mat, put up the x pen, move the picnic table....

see those dark spots in the gravel?   From me....

I should have let him do it.....

looks worse than it is.   I'm fine
  Yep, 8 staples in my head from the edge of the fire pit.   Damn.

This morning Dave took over and set everything up nicely for our second cup.   I'll leave this  job to him in the future.

Monday, October 9, 2017


Sunday the three of us went in search of water.   We often find ourselves doing that....not a surprise that our cottage is on the shore of a lake.   Pam and John's "lunch with a view" photo is almost always from an elevated position, looking out over some beautiful and rocky landscape.    Our lunches out are usually beside some body of water.

Wilson Lake near the dam

Yesterday we took the 18 mile Post Rock Scenic Byway between Wilson, Kansas (the Czech capitol of Kansas) and Lucas, Kansas (the Grassroots Art Capitol of Kansas) and on the way we passed by Wilson Lake (the Clearest Lake in Kansas).

Wilson lake is beautiful and clear and big.   Plenty of room for us to find a spot all by ourselves to set up our beach chairs and have lunch.

guys guys....are we gonna eat or swim first, guys, swim or eat?

And chase sticks and dig in the sand and run around like a lunatic.  There may or may not have been some careful butterfly stalking also.

painted lady butterfly

It was hard to believe we were in Kansas.   I guess we shouldn't prejudge a place without actual knowledge.

After a lovely time in the sun we continued our drive along the Scenic Byway to little Lucas, you know, the Grassroots Art Capitol of Kansas.   Some examples of it's Grassroots Art below....

We also viewed The World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Version of the World's Largest Things situated in an ex school bus sitting in an alley behind The Garden of Eden.      I   am    not   kidding!

The Garden of Eden is a "log" (more of the local limestone cut and built to look like real logs) house built in 1905 by SP Dinsmoor.   A quirky Civil War Veteran, Mr. Dinsmoor also sculpted more than 150 creatures both political and biblical.
He and his first wife are entombed in a mausoleum on the property (yep, also built by Mr. Dinsmoor).   It is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been open to the public since 1907.    Quite a place.

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Adam and Eve, complete with the apple and serpent

I don't know what this is, but it was really sparkly!

And, last but certainly not least, we used the Second Best Public Restroom in the United States in Lucas's Bowl Plaza, yes we did.

See the toilet with the lid up?   See the flush handle? (hubcaps) It's as decorated inside as it is outside.

ladies room sink

bottle end stained glass window

We were on overload as we drove away from Lucas.    I had one more world record holder to check out before going home for happy hour.   It was in Wilson, you'll remember it as the Czech Capitol of Kansas.

This small town seems very depressed.  It has the usual grain elevators, railroad tracks and tiny main street with some originally beautiful limestone buildings but we saw very few people.

Dave liked the variety offered for sale in this stamped metal "brick" store

Behold........The World's Largest Czech Egg.......20 feet high and hand painted in traditional Czech motifs

Our tour of Russell, Kansas and it's World's Best surroundings is over, we thoroughly enjoyed this unplanned stop.

 We did stay here one extra day (today) because snow is falling at our ultimate destination  and the temperature overnight is forecast to be 18 degrees there.
The wind was howling all day so we pulled the slide in and took care of business all day, bills, cooking, laundry, groceries and all other domestic activities.

We're on the road again in the morning.