The Wandering Matchett's travel blog

Our rig parked at a nice place we like to call Walker's...

Heather and Daniel enjoying Family Fun Night and Fireworks at Eaton Days

Bob and Carol's first time at the Texas Roadhouse

View from our spot at Lathrop State Park, Walsenburg

Moving the yacht from the reservoir to the trailer.

Oops! That's not good.

Chatfield State Recreation Area

We toured the Coors Brewery - again!

a male yellow oriole enjoying the hummingbird feeder at Chatfield

also had a visit from a female oriole.

Polar bear at the Denver oo

Camels at the zoo

Should we ask for directions? Nah.

Ice cream is more fun to eat from the tray in the...

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Jen and Brad taking Caleb for a train ride at the zoo

The apes were entertaining as usual.

Happy 2nd birthday, Caleb

King of the jungle - er, zoo

Giraffe at the zoo

There's creepy stuff at the zoo.

lots of wildlife at the zoo

More wildlife at the zoo

Take me out to the ballgame. . .

Who says cheap seats are no good?

Dinger getting the crowd excited

Carol, Jim and Bob enjoying the baseball game

Carol, Chris and Jim at the game

Chris' Dad and Mom

Colorado state flower

I like colors!

Colorado skies can be scary and beautiful


On June 10, we arrived home. We came back to Colorado to get some work done on the RV and to take care of some medical issues.

We were in Colorado from June 10 to August 25, spending our time at various places including St. Vrain State Park, Chatfield State Recreation Area, and Lathrop State Park near Walsenburg.

Most of our time in Colorado was spent getting annual medical check-ups out of the way and getting maintenance and other repairs completed on the 5th wheel and truck. Jim did have to have two more cancerous cells removed from his hands and arms.

The sightseeing we did was a lot of repeats of things we've done before, visiting both the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Ft. Collins and the Miller Coors Brewery in Golden. We did have an opportunity to tour the Celestial Seasonings factory. Celestial Seasonings is in Boulder. The company was started about 40 years ago and manufactures close to 100 different varieties of teas, as well as other snacks, seasonings, etc. The tour is very informative and fun. VIsitors get two free souvenirs from their tour, a sample pack of tea and a hairnet!

We spent a lot of time visiting with friends and family. Jim and Sally camped at St. Vrain for a few days with us and also at Lathrop State Park for a few days.

We visited the Denver Zoo to celebrate Caleb's second birthday. It's been a while since we've been to the Denver Zoo and it was just as much fun as ever, although it was a rather warm day and the animals weren't too active.

We stayed at Chatfield State Recreation Area twice while in Colorado, this was our first time at their campground. Olaf and Rosemary Thingvall, friends we met in Livingston Texas, were campground hosts there this summer. It was good to see them again and get to visit with them. We were out riding our bikes around the park one afternoon and stopped to watch some activity at the marina. A large boat - or small yacht - was being loaded onto a semi trailer for transport. Two large straps were placed around the boat, one in the front and one in the back. All went well until the boat was about six feet above the trailer and the front strap slipped off the boat, causing it to fall down onto the trailer. It was hard to see if there was major damage to the boat, it was probably a stroke of luck that the boat was over the trailer when it fell. That's not exactly something you see every day in Colorado. While at Chatfield, we had lots of hummingbirds visit, as well as lots of magpies and yellow orioles.

Towards the end of our stay in Colorado, we went to see a Colorado Rockies game with Jim's brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Carol. We got some pretty good seats to watch the Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates.

On August 25, it was time to move on, although Chris was trying to come up with more excuses to stay in Colorado a little longer.



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