Colorado

While we have been here a time or two in other parts of the year, we’ve always considered ourselves summer Coloradans. I know that technically summer isn’t due for almost a month, but we are in Colorado and this is not my idea of summer! The last few days the temperatures have worked hard just to get to 50 and they have failed more often than they succeeded. Today again we’ve had ground covering hail, so looking out the window looks like an early winter day. Thank goodness for heat!

One of the perks of volunteering here at Golden Bell RV Park is that our meals are furnished, so our days begin with breakfast over at the lodge at 7:45 a.m. Typically we are just beginning to wake up for coffee about then but we are adjusting. Daylight comes well before the actual sunrise, so we’ve learned to cover our bedroom windows before we go to bed! This weekend we have had our first guests in the RV park, but the cold rainy weather has shortened the stay of campers in pop-up trailers with no heat.

This weekend has been an event called Barn Raising, a couple of workdays for the camp. They are replacing their tepees with an updated version, including a urethane covered fabric for the outside, real doors and concrete floors in Camp Itchy Owie. New bunks are made of sturdy wood and everyone was scrambling to get them done before the first camp in just a couple of weeks.

This past week, an organization of cave rescuers from all over the country has been here learning new skills. We wouldn’t have wanted kitchen duty because they wanted to be fed at the crack of dawn and occasionally dinner was after 8 in the evening. Several attenders were vegetarian, vegan or gluten free. We thought the kitchen staff did a great job of meeting demands and being flexible. Now if I can just use enough common sense to not eat everything that is offered, I’ll be in great shape!

I’ll work on pictures of our surroundings, as well as more about Golden Bell, in my next post.

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2 Responses to Colorado

  1. Joyce Veenstra says:

    I will try again. We are going to Brian Utah with Christi the early part of July. We have increased our walking and stair climbing to help get ready. Anything else we should do to be prepared for 9000+ feet? By the way, I always enjoy reading your blogs.

    • 2010liberty says:

      I’d suggest you invest in collapsible walking sticks. LeRoy and I each use two when we are hiking. Other than that, lots of water and protein bars or something like that help you to keep going without energy crash. The walking sticks help more than you can imagine.

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