After a nearly perfect day yesterday, we woke to 41 degrees this morning and I think that’s our high for the day. We pulled out the long pants, long sleeves and leather jackets. The forecast does look better for later in the week.
Yesterday we drove to the little town of Hartsel, about 30 minutes or so west on highway 24. We’ve driven through many times and at one time, we even knew people who lived in the area, but we’ve never stopped. There is a mercantile store with a little bit of the necessities of a house, cleaning supplies, milk and eggs, in addition to shirts and a few other items of clothing. There is also a gift shop down the street and nearly everything in the store is made by local crafters or cooks. In between those two stores are two places to eat. We ate at the saloon/cafe and were very pleased with our choices. My green chili stew was very tasty and LeRoy’s chorizo and egg burrito was smothered in the same green chili stew. Half of mine came home with us and I’m beginning to think it sounds like supper! Next to the mercantile is HOPP Pizza, which we’ve been told stands for Hartsel’s Only Pizza Place. We’ll try it another time.
On the way home, we stopped at the observation spot to get pictures of the snow capped Collegiate Mountains to the west with the broad valley between. No picture could do it justice. The Collegiates wrapped around to the right behind the trees and other hills. I tried to use the video LeRoy took, but it was too large to load. (Did I mention our internet is marginal here?)
We also stopped at the Wilkerson Pass Visitor’s Center and watched the hummingbirds coming to their feeders. We have a feeder up and we hear the hummers, but we have yet to see one at the feeder. LeRoy even moved it to the other side of the RV to see if that protection would make them feel more comfortable. Not so far!
This morning, Heidi posted a picture o Facebook of Jadelyn driving to church. Earlier she and the youth praise band from Northridge Friends Church led praise and worship at the EFC-MAYM junior and kids camp at Camp Quaker Haven and she had to miss a couple of days of drivers ed in order to go. She thinks drivers ed is going well and will be over this week, I think. It’s hard to think that our youngest grandchild is driving age already!
We’ve attended the Community Fellowship of Christians here the last two Sundays. Today the men provided breakfast and we met some locals who have Nazarene connections. Since we’ve been at a Nazarene camp the last few summers and we attend Desert Grace Nazarene Church in Yuma, we felt right at home.
Robert and Shelly are getting ready for their move to Hawaii. The Army will be moving them before we know it. Robert has to show up for duty July 9. They are planning to fly to Phoenix to see Shelly’s parents before they go and then fly to Hawaii from Phoenix. We wish them the best in their transition! Since we’ve never been to Hawaii, you can bet we’re planning on a trip there while that’s their station.