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August 1 - October 11, 2017, Chama, NM

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We traveled back to Chama on July 31st and were ready to start work again on August 1st.It will take us a few days to get back into getting up early and working again.We didn’t do a lot in August except work and enjoy the wildlife and surrounding mountains.We especially enjoyed the hummingbirds that visited our feeders.

















And the chipmunks














We also enjoyed watching the deer – especially this doe and her fawn that visited almost every day.


July 22-31, 2017, Longmont and Fort Collins, CO

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We are staying at St. Vrain State Park just outside of Longmont.We spent the week visiting with Nancy’s parents, family and friends.We enjoyed spending two days and a night with our granddaughter Mariah.We also spent time with Nancy’s son and his wife Kim (Mariah’s parents), Nancy’s sister Carol and her husband Vince, and Nancy’s parents.We enjoyed an evening with our good friends Jean and Bob in Loveland.






We celebrated Nancy’s parent’s 70th wedding anniversary and her Mom’s 91st and her Dad’s 90th birthdays.












Nancy’s family at her dad’s 90th birthday party.
We enjoyed seeing family and friends but now it is time to head back to Chama and get back to work.



July 17-21, 2017 – Jacks Gulch Recreation Area, Roosevelt National Forest, CO

We spent five days at Jacks Gulch, one of our favorite campgrounds in northern Colorado.Before we retired we spent many weekends here and one weekend we met a couple with an English Cocker puppy.A year later we adopted Camille and found that their puppy was Camille’s sister.Over the next few years we saw them here at least once every summer.A couple of years before we retired they showed up with Cody’s mother.We spent an English Cocker family weekend hiking together and comparing the similarities between Camille and her sister and Cody and his mom.On Friday afternoon a camper parked in the space next to ours and lo and behold it was them.Unfortunately, Camille’s sister died in April and Cody’s mother had passed away a few years ago. Anyway, they had a new little English Cocker girl – she was adorable but we didn’t get a picture of her. We enjoyed relaxing, walking the dogs and taking a couple of Jeep trips.It is always nice to visit your favorite places from the past.

July 10-16, Leadville, CO

We left Lake City on Monday morning and headed to Leadville.We drove north to Gunnison where we stopped and picked up some groceries before continuing to Leadville.We are staying at Sugar Loafin Campground.We have a nice spot the backs to an open area which gives us a nice view out the back window.This campground is also very full but the sites are larger than we had in Lake City.We didn’t do a lot in Leadville – just spend our time relaxing, reading and walking the dogs.We did walk around town and browsed around an antique store one afternoon and also drove around Turquoise Lake. One morning we decided to drive the four wheel road to Mosquito Pass (13,186 ft).We were told by another Jeep owner in the campground that you could reach the pass but could not go much farther because of a large snow bank across the road.The road was really rocky and rough and got rougher as we started up the steep switchbacks towards the pass.After bouncing and bumping up the first two switchbacks and look…

July 1-9, 2017, Lake City, CO

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We left Chama on July 1st and drove to Lake City, Colorado.We drove to Pagosa Springs and then over Wolf Creek Pass (10,850 ft).At South Fork we turned north and followed the Silver Thread Scenic Byway over Spring Creek Pass (10,901 ft) and finally over Slumgullion Pass (11,361 ft) and into Lake City - it was a beautiful drive.We are staying at Henson Creek RV Park and are very disappointed.We knew it would be crowded by didn’t expect to camp next to the bathrooms/showers where we have no patio and cannot even put out our awnings as there must be a roadway between us and the restrooms for safety.We are constantly concerned about vehicles coming around the corner of the 5th wheel and running into our slide out. Our truck is parked on the other side of the 5th wheel basically in the patio area of the next camper – his truck is parked on the other side of his camper in his neighbor’s patio area. When we booked this RV park in February it was the only one that said they had any space avai…

June 1 - June 30, 2017 – Chama, NM (cont.)

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We are continuing to enjoy working at Rio Chama RV Park – Nancy is learning more about the office and Rex and the other outside crew are mowing – a big job here keeping everything mowed and trimmed!




Rex spent some time renovating this railroad baggage car for the park owner, Russ.











Rex enjoyed working on this project and the cart certainly looks better now!





Rex rode the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad for the first time this year on June 9th.He wanted to make sure the dizziness from his head injury in March would not interfere with his being a docent on the train.His ride went well and he will work as a docent on his days off from the park when they need him.


We love all the big cottonwood trees in the park except for this time of year when all the cotton is flying – sometimes it looks like it is snowing and there are small piles of snow on the side of the roads!It is also playing havoc with Nancy’s allergies.The mosquitos have also arrived and we are glad we have the screen room so we …