Sunday, May 3, 2015


I'm struggling with computer problems so I'll be brief.  

Yesterday morning Dave met Jesse and they attended a small car show.   I stayed back at Beluga and performed some of my Domestic Goddess duties.

Later in the day we were invited to Jesse and Erin's for a special dinner,  to celebrate the end of school days, the beginning of a new chapter for them.   Jesse had saved very special bottle of wine for many years, waiting for a special occasion.     Last night was that special occasion - Thanks for sharing Jess.

Thursday, April 30, 2015


Today was Jesse's last day of school.    Most "kids" are happy on the last day of school,  most adults are happy too!   Congratulations Jess you've worked hard and today is the last day of a very successful academic career.   Its first day of the rest of your life.

We've moved from the beautiful bucolic setting at Cherry Creek State Park  to our spot for the next 5 (ish) months at Dakota Ridge RV Park.   We have one site for a month, then we have to move to another for a bit, then back to this one, but we're happy to have a site at all at this late date.   The Elks Lodge in Westminster didn't work out for us so we were a bit at odds finding somewhere for the entire summer season.

The park is full of honey locust trees (at least that is what we call them back home) and the fragrance is intense.    The wind has come up and their tiny white petals are blowing around like snow flakes.

This location will be perfect for our time here and it will be so nice to sit still for awhile and relax.   We'll travel a bit from here this summer but Golden will be our "home" until after Jesse and Erin's wedding in September.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Ah.....absolutely perfect weather.   Sunny, warm, low humidity.   The trees are a beautiful shade of tender green against the impossibly blue sky.     I'm so glad we're finally here.

view from Beluga

Snow capped mountains peak over the Cherry Creek Reservoir.

I think we've nailed down our accommodations for the next few months.  That was the big event of the day.     Other than that, we didn't do anything shopping, laundry (hung towels out in the fresh air, so nice), and Dave grilled steak and asparagus for dinner.

Happy hour visitors today were two raucous magpies in the tree next to Beluga.   They made mincemeat of a clueless squirrel that ventured too close to their nest.   These guys are tough!

Tomorrow we move to Dakota Ridge RV Resort in Golden.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


This morning we went into Westminster (a north and west suburb of Denver) to lay claim to a spot at the Elks Club there.     We did, but we're having second thoughts now.   Its not in the best neighborhood and the sites are terribly close together.      We drove over to the small city of Golden (home of Coors Beer) west of Denver to check out a private park that some of our RV friends will be staying at in the coming months.   It is quite pricey and the sites are close, but its in a much better area with views of the wonderful mountains.    What to do, what to do....

 For lunch we found a sweet little Mexican restaurant on Golden's main street and sat outside in the warm sun debating the pros and cons of both places.   There aren't many camping choices in the Denver area, we decided.    Plenty of lovely state parks, but they only allow a 14 day stay and we want to be here for much longer.    Oh well, stay tuned to see what we pick.

The weather today was sunny, breezy and a little chilly out of the sun.   We managed to find a sunny sheltered spot for happy hour and Lewis did very well dealing with the occasional pogo stick boy sightings.   Neither dog seemed bothered at all by the deer strolling all around us.   Go figure.

 It seems so long since we were able to sit outside, it felt really good today.   Perhaps we've turned the weather corner.

Monday, April 27, 2015

We're here!

We've crossed into the Mountain Time Zone, Sasha is still on Central.   She insisted we go to bed way too early last night (she twisted our arms) and woke us up at her regular time, earlier than we'd like.    I'm sure she'll adjust now that we'll be in this time zone for a few months....I hope, I hope.

We got a relatively early start this morning and continued our drive north through the plains.   We started out in grey drizzle, had a bit of beautiful sunshine, then plunged back into heavy mist as we approached Denver.   We haven't been able to see the mountains yet.

We're in for the night at Cherry Creek State Park in Aurora, a suburb of Denver.   We enjoy this park, it is close to everything, yet feels very far away.   The sites are large with plenty of trees and grass and even some wandering wildlife.

the Denver skyline seen over Cherry Creek Reservoir

our site - #44 in Pioneer Loop

If it had been warm enough to have happy hour outside tonight, we would have hosted this bold visitor.  At first look I thought it was a deer, but I realized he was a young elk.  

Happy hour was held inside  mostly due to the very chilly and damp weather but also because of a young child across the way trying to master the pogo stick.   We know children on bikes terrify Lewis, but a wild and erratically bouncing child sent him to a new level of panic.

Tomorrow we'll drive up to the  Elks Lodge in Westminster to stake out a claim on a site for the summer.

Sunday, April 26, 2015


Dave beat it to the office this morning to collect our 2 free donuts and good strong coffee.      We all enjoyed second cup, except Lewis.    He hates donuts.

He enjoys eating most things.....we can't figure out what the difference is between donuts and....say, coffee cake, or birthday cake, or bread, or cookies, or biscotti.     He eats tiny bits of the other "second cup goodies" happily.   Just NOT donuts.   He claps his lips, he backs away with a horrified look on his face.     Today, Dave offered him a very small bit of his bright pink donut.   It was gingerly taken, rolled on, frosting licked and ultimately rejected, once again.

take it away

We've stopped for the night in tiny Lamar, Colorado in the midst of the great plains.  The weather is cold, wind driven rain and The Elks have taken us in with a 50 amp gravel site and all three networks on the antenna.    Life is, once again, good.