High on Dave's list of drives he doesn't look forward to is I-70 east from Glenwood Springs. The road is narrow, construction makes it even narrower, and the road is in poor condition. Because of Beluga's size (no comments please, she's sensitive about her weight) our travel is restricted to the right lane, as are all trucks. Chain usage, weather and heavy weight have made the lane deeply rutted and full of holes. It took all Dave's concentration and skill to keep Beluga between the lines.
Along that stretch of highway we encounter two long, high elevation passes that require paying close attention to engine temperature, RPM's, and gear selection.
We stopped at Vail pass for a break and lunch. Snow. There wasn't any snow on the road, thank goodness, but everything else was pretty much snowbound.
It was pretty to look at, but the melting snow along the sides of the highway made Beluga and the Jeep filthy, including the windows.
And.....because of the road condition and potholes, Beluga now smells like a Chinese restaurant. It could be worse, but it makes my mouth water every time I open the door.
Beluga took a deep hole just the wrong way and 3 cupboards flew open, spewing their contents all over the floor. The last time this happened we were in Mexico, 16 years ago so I guess I shouldn't really complain. But, did the new bottle of sesame oil HAVE to tip, open and empty it's contents over the plants in the sink.....did it have to do that?
|trying to air out the foliage outside on the picnic table|
I cleaned up everything in the kitchen, put things back in their places and rinsed off as much of the oil as I could from the plants. Their soil was soaked though, I hope it doesn't smother them.....time will tell.
So, we're here at Chatfield State Park, we'll stay for 2 weeks to visit with Jesse and Erin before turning east toward our Lake. We have a great site, A6, and are surrounded by birds. Spring has sprung and the birds know it. We have a nest of Magpies right off our sitting area and we are having a ball watching Western Kingbirds, Robins, Chipping Sparrows, Bluebirds and very loud Meadowlarks go about courting and making nests as we enjoy second cup and happy hour outside.
Beautiful and fragrant White Locoweed is blooming on some of the hillsides, but it's beauty belies it's real nature. It is very poisonous to horses, cattle, even elk and is a real enemy to ranchers throughout the west.
I've passed this information along to Mr. David's A-1 Professional Posy Pinchers lest they show up at my door with a nosegay of White Locoweed. In response, I was handed a beautiful bouquet of fragrant and decidedly non poisonous lilacs liberated from behind an empty building next to Safeway.