September 19-30, 2012 – Chama, NM continued

Our friends from Oregon, Doug and Barb visited us for a few days.   One day while Rex was on the train, Doug, Barb and Nancy chased the train to Cumbres Pass.     The train was stopped long enough at the pass so that we could talk to Rex.

The train was a double header which was fun to watch going up Cumbres Pass.   They only need the 2nd engine to get to the top of Cumbres Pass so they uncoupled the lead engine at the top and it headed back to Chama while the train continued to Antonito, CO.

To get the first engine turned around to head back to Chama they back it into the snow shed so they can switch tracks.

 We had a great time chasing the train and seeing some of the beautiful fall colors.    We enjoyed our visit with Doug and Barb and are really glad they spent a couple of days with us.

On Saturday the 22nd, we participated in the First Annual Chama Job, Walk and Wag, a fund raiser for the Chama Humane Society.  They had a 5K run and a 2 mile walk - we took the dogs on the 2 mile walk.  After the run/walk we all gathered at the High Country Restaurant for a great breakfast cooked and served by volunteers.  The weather was perfect for the walk and we all had a great time.  Nancy even won a door prize.

Saturday the 29th was Rex’s last trip on the train.  He certainly has enjoyed his month of volunteering here.

Our friends, Terri and Bill, from Broomfield, Co visited us on the 29th and 30th.  After an enjoyable evening playing Pegs and Jokers, Rex was taking an extra chair outside when he slipped on the bottom step and fell into the edge of the slideout.   After a 50 mile trip to the emergency room in Pagosa Springs, CO, we found out he fractured his ankle and badly bruised his back.  They put him in an air cast, gave him crutches and sent us home at 2:30 am.  We were certainly glad that this happened when Terri and Bill were here as they were a great help getting Rex to the hospital.   The four of us had planned to drive to Pagosa Springs on Sunday and soak in the hot springs but that wasn’t feasible as we were all tired after spending most of the night driving to and from the hospital and Rex would not be able to get into the springs.  Instead we had a great breakfast buffet at the High Country Restaurant in Chama before Terri & Bill headed back to Colorado.

Consequently, we have had to change our plans and will stay in Chama a while longer.  We really like the RV park and the area so it won't be a problem.  The weather is beautiful, although it gets a little chilly at night, and all the trees are turning gold.  We just want to make sure we leave before it starts snowing!   Rex has a doctor’s appointment in Pagosa Springs on Thursday and then we will decide when we will leave here and head to Arizona.   Everyone here in the RV Park has been really great with many offers of help for whatever we need.


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