Bill and Ruth's Travels 2017 travel blog

Margie, Aurora and Athena on July 4

CSU flower gardens in Fort Collins

CSU flower gardens in Fort Collins

CSU flower gardens

CSU flower gardens

CSU flower gardens

CSU flower gardens

CSU flower gardens

Vedauwoo in Wyoming

Jack and Sue at Vedauwoo

Bill and Ruth at Vedauwoo

Vedauwoo

Jack and Bill at Vedauwoo

Vedauwoo

Vedauwoo

Curt Gowdy State Park

Curt Gowdy State Park

Larry's deer

Larry feeding deer

Fred and Leslie on the Poudre

Fred and Leslie on the Poudre


We can't move on to August without sharing one more 4th of July memory. Margie and her two granddaughters rode in a float for the 4th of July parade in Round Rock, Texas. These are my brother Roy's two granddaughters and his wife. What an experience for them, and this photo is a treasure for all of us.

It has been a warmer than usual summer in Colorado and way too much hail. Fortunately most of it has been smaller than when Cory was here and got his truck damaged. Still we have managed to take many scenic drives and enjoy lots of time with friends.

Since our last update we have continued to enjoy the weekly joker sessions with friends from Wellton who live here. During the last one at Larry and Elsie's place, we got to meet one of Larry's pet deer. Fred and Leslie hosted another group for joker at their clubhouse which turned into a thoughtful surprise birthday celebration for me.

That same weekend Jack and Sue took us to Wyoming exploring new territory. We had a picnic at Vedauwoo amid the interesting rock formations. And yes, they remembered my birthday, too. Some of those boulders are extremely large. Rock climbers were ascending to the top, rapelling down and retrieving their rope. It was like watching a real episode of Bear Grylls on TV! We took a short hike on the trail to get a closer view. On the way home we checked out Curt Gowdy State Park. It has a beautiful lake with RV sites scattered all around it. If that area wasn't known for so many hail storms, it would be a fun place to camp. That day Jack managed to skirt several bad looking clouds to see what we came to see, and we actually got home with not even a rain drop!

One day recently Bill and I ventured into Fort Collins to enjoy the CSU test gardens. They have survived despite the weather including hail and were absolutely beautiful. These gardens are planted every year, and we always enjoy visiting them.

Our most recent day trip was another drive up the Poudre Canyon with Fred and Leslie. We enjoyed a picnic and some Bastra on a beautiful, sunny day albeit a little warm. Every trip is different, and we always enjoy the scenery along the way as well as the company.

We have definitely extended our reservation to October 4, so we will be staying another month. Hopefully we can enjoy some cooler fall weather and some pretty fall foliage as well as maybe some bugling elk.

Thanks to all of you who made my birthday special again this year. I enjoyed all the communication and attention whether by phone, email, text, facebook, cards, gifts or surprise parties. What a blessing to have such wonderful family and friends.



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