Friday, August 18, 2017

We Got Eclipsed!

Aug. 17 - 22, 2017
Elks Lodge #2227
Westminster, Colorado

We spent the last week in Colorado Springs with our son Derek, daughter-in-law Sarah and granddaughter Sofia. Five people in an RV meant for two poses some problems but we managed to survive the week without a serious disaster if you don't count the toilet getting plugged.

Even though it rained every day but one, we managed to find some fun things to do. Decades have passed since the last time we bowled, and our bodies certainly reminded us of that fact.  I must be aging better than Dave because I didn't have to work too hard to beat him.

We were privileged to be able to attend a dedication ceremony for three sculptures in honor of Sarah's father who had been a teacher and drama coach at the college in La Junta, Colorado.  It was appropriate that this was the one day that we didn't have rain.

After Derek, Sarah and Sofia left to fly home to Virginia, we continued on our trip towards Glacier National Park.  Obviously I'm not very good at planning because I didn't factor in the anticipated eclipse.  Due to large crowds and impossible traffic Colorado has restricted oversize vehicles from the major roads until the eclipse is over. Fuel and food deliveries in some areas closer to the path of totality have been curtailed from today until next Wednesday.  We decided the best thing was just to wait until after the eclipse before venturing into Wyoming.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Driving in the Clouds

Aug. 1-9, 2017
Elks Lodge #2227
Westminster, Colorado

We are waiting in the Denver area until our son & family arrive in Colorado Springs on the 10th.  There are more things to see and do here than in western Kansas.

One sunny day we drove into the mountains for a leisurely break from all the traffic in the Denver area.  We enjoyed the beautiful day at Grand Lake before we drove through Rocky Mountain National Park on the way back to the RV.

Notice the nice RV sites on this narrow piece of land jutting out into the lake.

It was sad to see so many dead trees as we traveled through the forests.  Wild fires and Pine Beetles have really taken their toll on the normally green landscape.

While we were on Trail Ridge Road above the tree line storm clouds quickly grew near.  We planned to seek shelter at the Visitor's Center but when we arrived we found it closed due to renovations.  There was some thunder and a few lightning bolts but fortunately most of it passed us by and the clouds settled in the lower elevations.

Unfortunately we weren't able to enjoy the spectacular views.

Luckily there was a sign telling us about the view we missed.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Cavalry, Bugs, and OZ

July 27 - 30, 2017
Tuttle Creek Cove Campground
Manhattan, Kansas

We left Minnesota about a week ago so I am pretty late updating my blog.  We had a rainy drive until we got to Kansas thus didn't stop much.  We are staying at an Army
Corps  of Engineer campground on Tuttle Lake.  Large level sites and good facilities make for an ideal spot to stop for a few days.  We are on a hill overlooking the lake instead of at the shoreline so we are prepared in case of high water.  The last time we were here several of the roads had washed out following a flood.

Yesterday we drove over to Fort Riley and after a criminal background check we were allowed on the base to see the US Cavalry Museum.

This museum was larger and more interesting than we had predicted.  We spent so much time in there that we didn't have time to go to the Custer House or other things on the base.  Both George Custer and J.E.B. Stuart were assigned to this fort.

We went to Kansas State University to see the gardens and the Insect Zoo.  The outside of the building had large wrought iron leaf cutter ants climbing up the stone face.

I should have paid closer attention to the sign outside because I didn't realize that parts of it were a petting zoo.  Have you ever seen bugs as large as a rat?  Did you want to touch them?  Neither did I.

A few miles east of here is the OZ Museum.  Other than the story of the author, most of the other exhibits were memorabilia from the movies and other collectibles.  The bugs and Army horses were more my style.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

A Long Road

July 1, 2017
Tilly's RV Park
Rochester, Minnesota

We are back in Minnesota following a trip with our grandson to the Badlands and Black Hills in South Dakota and to Devil's Tower and Yellowstone in Wyoming.  We will be staying here for a few weeks so Dave can attend an IBM celebration and we can visit with family and friends.  We will then travel for a while until be meet our son's family in Colorado.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Custer, Presidents, Crazy Horse, Gold Mine, Jewels, Mammoths and Devils

June 23, 2017
Devil's Tower KOA
Devil's Tower, Wyoming

I've been so busy helping Troy with his Facebook page that I haven't kept up with my blog.  

Tuesday we visited Custer State Park and Mt. Rushmore.  We saw many animals at Custer but my favorite were the donkeys.

Wednesday we went to the Crazy Horse Memorial and the Big Thunder Gold Mine.

After touring the mine we panned for gold.

Troy and I didn't do so well but Dave found a few specks.

 Yesterday we went to Jewel Cave and then to the Mammoth Site where workers were  carefully digging out the bones of Mammoths and other animals that had fallen into this sinkhole many years ago.

Today we moved to Devil's Tower, WY. Troy wanted to know why so many people drove so far to see a big rock.  He was disappointed that you couldn't go inside.  The campground we are staying in shows the movie, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" on an outdoor screen every night.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Badlands and Prairie Dogs

June 19, 2017
Buffalo Ridge RV Park
Custer, South Dakota

Yesterday we stayed at Wall, South Dakota.  Of course we had to visit Wall Drug and all the various tourist sites.  After Wall Drug, we headed out to Badlands National Park. 

Troy really enjoyed hiking on some of the trails. 

I had a much harder time keeping up.

We were lucky to be able to see antelope, big horn sheep, and a coyote.  The coyote was circling around the prairie dog town.  I think he was selecting dinner.

We stopped to see the prairie dogs before we entered the park.  One prairie dog sat
very still while Troy approached him.  It might have something to do with the peanuts in Troy's bag.

Obviously prairie dogs also have a problem with self control.

 I think this guy has had way too many treats.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Corn & Wall

June 17, 2017
Famil-E-Fun RV Park
Mitchell, South Dakota

We have been busy keeping up with our grandson, so don't have time to blog.  Today we drove to Mitchell, SD and visited the Corn Palace.  Did all the silly tourist things.