What a summer!

Well, we’re back at the Landing after a fantastic summer in Colorado. We’ll have memories to last a long time.

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And this!

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We saw snow on the Peak when we arrived in early June and we had seen it begin again before we left on September 6, although it wasn’t yet covered. Pikes Peak is no doubt my favorite view of all those we’ve seen in six years of travel.

We’ve committed to serving at Golden Bell again next summer but it won’t be the same. There is a new director just beginning and he will have his own way of doing things. The young woman who has been in charge of programming and her husband are moving on to a new position in Idaho. The food services group will look different because our friend Marilyn will no longer be in charge. We will miss her husband Kenric, too, the cowboy in the plaid shirt and cowboy hat who cooked over a campfire like no one else we know.

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The ribeye steaks were handcut on site and oh, they were good! Biscuits in two dutch ovens and bread pudding in another made us keep eating long after we reached FULL!

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One volunteer couple left at the beginning of August but the rest, all but one, pulled out on Tuesday after Labor Day. We ended with a flurry of closing-up work: painting bathroom floors, making sure all the paper supplies were in place for campers who come after the hosts are gone, hanging signs to tell campers to take their trash to the lodge. Just the week before we left, bears were sighted in the RV park about 4 o’clock one morning and trash in the camp would encourage the unwanted visitors. Good-byes aren’t easy but most of us will be back next year, the Lord willing.

Now we’re “home” and Kansas met us with heat, humidity and wind on Wednesday when we arrived. Since then we’ve had lots of rain, almost 3.75 inches just night before last. The creeks and rivers have risen and we’re glad we are on a hill, small as it is.

We still have two rentals in Wichita, one with two bedrooms and one with one. The smaller one was badly in need of cleaning and refurbishing so we’ve spent the last three days beginning demolition of the tiny kitchen.

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And when I say tiny, I mean tiny. The end of the cabinet is the end of the wall.

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The kitchen cabinets are now gone and so is the water heater. The new water heater is electric and will fit in a lower cabinet, so there will be a few more inches of countertop for the next person. We’re trying to get out of the rental business!

The most important occurrence for me this week (sorry, family and friends, I love you but…) was my haircut! One of the joys of fulltiming is that I don’t always have a good hairdresser available. I’m so glad to have a good haircut again!

After we take our car in tomorrow for service, we’ll be back to the grind. That’s something else that can be troublesome on the road, finding a good mechanic. We’ve been fortunate to mostly get car mechanical work cared for here in the Wichita area by our buddy Larry Buller.

Think about us hard at work while you’re enjoying a nice cool iced tea this week!

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