LeRoy is pretty sure he could be a weatherman here in the mountains. All he’d have to say is “You can look for rain this afternoon at higher elevations”, and 90% of the time, he’d be right! This was our view leaving our favorite Mexican restaurant, Fiesta Mexicana, in Woodland Park this afternoon.
For anyone who hasn’t kept up with us lately, we left the Landing in Sedgwick Thursday morning headed to our summer volunteer gig. Going to and from Colorado, it is so handy to stop in Ellsworth to visit granddaughter Jordan and her family and if we time our trip right, we can even have lunch with them. They took us to (what else?) a Mexican restaurant they like. Rae’s favorite thing is their rice and they only have to say that one word to get her to head for the car! We had just been there for her 3rd birthday party a few weeks ago, so she remembered us and even called us Papa and Granne. She knows how to melt a great-grandmother’s heart! She likes Papa pretty well, too. He was feeding her ice and this picture caught her just before that piece came flying back out.
She also loves to be outside and may be the only one in the family who really likes dandelions when they are fuzzy. She has yet to figure out the blowing part and sometimes ends up with fuzz in her mouth. She really liked the “bus” and was ready to go with us, even when Mom went out and started for the house.
The trip itself was fairly uneventful, just a little wind before we got to Colby for Thursday night at the Whistle Stop RV Park. We’ve been there sometimes when we got the last space, but it was mostly empty this time. They are remodeling the old depot building that houses their office and adding new sites that will be ready by summer.
The lunch stop in Limon, CO was the first time since a year ago in March that we’ve been able to eat inside a McDonald’s. I’m disappointed that they have discontinued all their salads and other grilled chicken items and the website says some of those will be permanent. Those are the only things I go to McDonald’s for, so it probably won’t be a big calling card for me.
When we leave Limon, the search is on for the first sighting of Pikes Peak. It’s always so exciting to catch a glimpse and remember that we hiked it, all the way up from Manitou Springs, in the early 1980s.
Several years ago, on two separate occasions, we took grandkids and our daughter up the Peak on the cog railway, but it closed shortly after our last trip and at the time, they thought it might be a permanent closure. The powers-that-be pulled their act together, though, and did the necessary maintenance and upgrades and we understand that tickets are available starting May 20! So this engine is just in time! The newly constructed Visitors Center will be open in June and I’m sure there will be hot donuts on top once again.
While we haven’t been “trained” yet, we have begun our job as camp hosts in the Golden Bell RV Park. It was pretty full when we arrived on Friday but as always has cleared out now. This summer is the first time they have had a provision for long term stays and the trailer next to us is here until October 1. There is one more fifth wheel that is here until the end of May, but only one other senior volunteer. We heard yesterday that the pond has been stocked with nice sized fish, so come on out and join us. It’s catch and release unless you’re willing to pay a per fish price, though. Our co-hosts have had family business to attend to, so we have no idea when they will arrive. Fortunately, the camp management people are campers, so we aren’t left out to dry all by ourselves. The park store still needs to be stocked, but I did that last year so it won’t be hard. If we have supplies, it should be open by Memorial day weekend. We’ve met several of the summer staffers already, college students who do everything including counseling for the camps. They are what keep us coming back year after year.
Just before we arrived, Colorado’s governor lifted the mask mandate entirely, although it is still up to individual stores to make their own decisions. Teller County is pretty much up to individual discretion and it seems so nice to be able to walk into Walmart without having to dig out a mask. We’ve been vaccinated so we will take our chances.
As LeRoy predicted, it is raining and there’s lots of thunder and lightening. I love a good thunderstorm! Picking up trash and cleaning bathrooms will just have to wait a while. I’ll let you know later how we get along!