Independence Day 2012

This 4th of July was highly unusual for us. Last year, we enjoyed a concert and wonderful fireworks display in the stadium at the Air Force Academy, along with several thousand of our closest friends. This year, Mother Nature (probably with some help from a human accomplice, although we don’t know for sure yet) provided enough fireworks for everyone’s taste with the Waldo Canyon fire, so the local fireworks were called off. While everyone back home was complaining about lots of firework noise late into the night, all of Colorado was oddly quiet since there was a ban on anything other than commercial displays.

Since we knew there would not be any fireworks to attend, we made plans to spend the day with family in Buena Vista. Roy and Nell Delaughter, the cousins we had visited earlier, had invited us since Roy’s sister Carolyn Kennedy and her husband Dean were also visiting them.

The RV park where they all stay had a potluck dinner to celebrate our country’s independence. Well, really, it was to celebrate the fact that we all love a good meal and that one was very good! LeRoy and I joined Carolyn and Nell in the afternoon to see the quilt show in town. We saw some beautiful quilts and I ran into a man I recognized from Wichita. He lives just across the river from the house we owned in Benjamin Hills before we hit the road in Liberty! This is such a small world.

The visit ended with homemade orange sherbet before we headed back down the road to Lake George in the rain. It sounds good just to say that–rain! And according to the weather prognosticators, the Monsoon Season is about to begin. Let’s hope it truly is a good one and that the rain will replenish the dry, dry earth here and across the country.

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