Tuesday, June 29, 2010

South Fork, CO



We enjoyed three free nights of camping, but moved on this morning N to the little town of South Fork where we'll spend two nights. Hello civilization! They have free wifi, so first order of business was to get online and download 200 emails, throw a load of laundry in the washer, and oh yes...get the slides out and everything put back in place inside. We each have our duties. Lunch will be fixed soon, but first I need to do a post and say howdy. I'll definitely be going around and visiting all my blog buddies just as soon as I can. Like, after lunch! I've missed y'all, and do appreciate all your comments.

Western Colorado is a beautiful state. We enjoyed a 25 mile drive along the Conejos River yesterday in the Conejos Valley, then stopped for lunch at a little restaurant that sure welcomed our business. Another couple stopped in, making a total of 4 customers. Hard to stay in business with those numbers.

We'll do as many scenic drives as we can around here before heading up to Creede on Thursday. We want to be in place before the busy holiday weekend begins, so Creede will be home till after the fourth.

I should have begun my aspirin therapy sooner before hitting such high altitudes. I assumed I would be OK, since we are driving and have sort of gradually been climbing higher and higher. Not. I got a bit of altitude sickness the first night at Cumbres Pass (10,022'), so sitting on the train all day worked out fine, since it didn't require any exertion on my part.

We wouldn't do that particular train trip again--it was 4 hours of sage brush, and 2 hours of pretty scenery--but we like trains so it was fun.

We saw two deer on the trip, as well as two mama elk and an elk calf, plus numerous cattle and chipmunks. And a bunch of alpaca the previous day. The only think exotic we saw along the Conejos River was a cute groundhog, and more chipmunks. They are absolutely everywhere!

Uh oh...Dick's gotta go put the belt back on the washing machine. For the third time. He is SUCH a handy man! Thanks, honey.

That's life from the road, y'all! Gotta go feed my hungry Maytag man...

12 comments:

Lisa Ceaser said...

No bears? That surprises me for some reason. Guess I always associated Grizzlies with Colorado.

Sounds like a great trip. And yay for that Maytag man!

Haley D. said...

Well I for one am glad you haven't seen any bears. (Hopefully if you do they won't get your raisins or anything else!) Thanks for the update! Enjoy this stop.

Sandee said...

Glad you are having a great time. You two always do. Seeing the countryside is a fun thing to do indeed.

Enjoy the Internet and the couple of days of catch up. Glad Dick is so handy.

Have a terrific day. Big hugs. :)

Joy said...

Staying away from bears is ok with me. Chipmunks are cuter and less threatening! Glad you've got wifi for a day or so, anyway. Hugs!

Barb said...

No big Horn Sheep? I saw tons of them when I was out there, mostly at the higher altitudes, but then it seemed to me we were frequently at 14,000 feet. No bears works for me!

I'm sorry you're having altitude sickness. That sux. Enjoy yourselves and DO feed that hungry man of yours!

Big hugs xo

ivana said...

Glad you got some civilisation's signs...
Your trip is not boring!!!
Continue your wonderful travel!!!
Big hugs...compliments for your handy partner!!!

Ciao!!!

Zane D. Clark said...

Wild alpaca?
z

"Lois Grebowski" said...

Glad you are having fun... You will have wonderful scenery to celebrate our nation's independence...

Brian said...

Sounds like you need a new washer. Isn't that the 10th time it's been taken out in the last 6 months? Honey Do's are fine, but the scratches on the cabinet putting it in and out, aren't. I'm sure dad is fed up with it as well..... Cheers from Mayberrrrrrrrrry!

Linda said...

Oh noes on the altitude sickness! I hope you have it under control now.

Sounds like a wonderful trip so far even though the train ride was a bit of a let-down. Are you going anywhere near the Durango-Silverton Railroad? We made that trip once when I was in junior high and it was great.

Hope the temperatures have Bern kind to you and that your Maytag Man got a big ol' thank you lunch!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

oh fun! keep posting! ha ha ha

smiles, bee
xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

And Miles To Go... said...

what a wonderful trip. We lived in Idaho for several years and took many trips through that part of the country--we in fact lived right next door to an alpaca farm! Beautiful country and what a lovely photo you posted. Looking forward to seeing more.