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Jun 1, 2020 - Machines, Music and Making Do

Machines, Music and Making Do Even though I have not been traveling in a physical sense, I have definitely been on a journey. Most likely you have too, or at least a quest, trying to find a way out of, into or around this new world we live in. Because of my extreme chickenshitedness (yes, of course that's a real word!) and my inner (only) child's willingness to spend a lot of time alone, I choose to avoid as many people as I can for as long as I can. If that seems unrealistic to you and maybe a bit 'tetched in the head', I can't disagree....

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May 30, 2020 - Our 33rd Wedding Anniversary

We started the day with a short walk along the bank of the Arkansas River in downtown Buena Vista watching a river surfboarder negotiating the rapids. We then ordered "specialty sandwiches from nearby Sorelle's Deli. We took them across the street to McPhelemy Park and sat in a covered picnic pavilion to enjoy the food. Next we HAD to have dessert so we headed down the street to K's Dairy Delight. Jim ordered a banana split and Sue ordered a small sundae. The clerk however misunderstood and gave Sue a banana split also. Neither of us...

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May 28, 2020 - Chalk Lake

Today we went to the nearest lake to our camp to do a little fishing. Jim tried catching some trout with some salmon egg bait, had some nibbles, but never any really good hit. We got there in the middle of the day which is never the best time to find hungry fish. Sue walked around the lake with Billy while Jim fished. She also dipped her feet in the water finding out it was about one degree above freezing. So that didn't last long. After an hour or so, some mountain showers developed so the expedition was halted and we headed back to our RV.

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May 18, 2020 - Brown's Creek Falls Trail

Today we drove 3 miles from our camp to County Rd 270, turned west toward Mt Antero and drove another 5.5 miles to the Brown's Creek Trailhead in the San Isabel National Forest. The trail has 3 options: At 1.5 miles the trail joins the Colorado Trail for a few hundred yards. At that point you can take the Colorado Trail in either direction. The Colorado Trail is a super-trail running 486 miles from the mouth of Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver to Durango, Colorado. Its highest point is 13,271 ft above sea level and most of the trail is...

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May 13, 2020 - St. Elmo, Iron City, & Alpine Colorado

Today we explored the nearest county road from Chalk Creek Campground. The campground is on the north side of Chalk Creek, the county road is on the south side of the creek. It travels west winding itself upward and between Mt. Antero and Mt. Princeton passing the village of Alpine and ending at St. Elmo, with the nearby forest campground named Iron City. St. Elmo is a ghost town, although there are a few residents remaining with a general store still open. It was originally named Forest City but was later changed because there were too...

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May 8, 2020 - Photos of Chalk Creek Campground & RV Park

Here are some photos of the campground. There are four rv sites for employees. Three of us have arrived, one spot next to us is currently vacant. Not sure when that couple will arrive. The park has three distinct sections. There are two areas in what is known as "the upper section" and "the lower section" is actually down a steep hill with sites along Chalk Creek. The upper section is where all sites have full hookups, electric, water, & sewer. We are in that section right near the park entrance and office. This area also has a small man...

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May 6, 2020 - We have arrived

We have arrived at Chalk Creek Campground & RV Park in Nathrop, Colorado. This is where we will be staying from now until sometime after Labor Day. We will be working 25-30 hrs a week sharing duties with three other couples. Duties will include working in the office, signing campers in, making reservations, answering camper questions about the area, and stocking and selling items in the store. Outside duties will include maintaining the park grounds, emptying trash barrels, escorting campers to their site, and helping with special events...

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Aug 23, 2019 - Independence

This summer I drove to the top of Independence Pass for the first time. It was so much fun I did it again, this time going down the west side of the pass into Aspen to meet up with friends who had generously invited me to spend a night with them in Basalt. You might think that going down the other side of a big hill would be pretty much the same as the uphill side, but that wasn't the case. It was much narrower in places, as in 1 ½ lanes to share with oncoming traffic instead of the usual one lane each way. It occurred to me while...

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Jul 1, 2019 - This Land is Your Land........

This Land is MY Land! That song popped into my head yesterday while I was hiking in “my” backyard on the Turrett Trail in Browns Canyon National Monument. And I couldn't shake it out, because for the first time I really noticed how many signs there were nearby, all shouting “Mine! Mine! Mine!” like the seagulls in the movie “Finding Nemo”.* I also noticed that many more people were on “my” river and “my” trails, including a half-naked dude who was apparently unaware of how close he was to the trail. I think he must have been one of the...

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May 28, 2019 - What's In a Name?

What's In a Name? Since moving up to Chaffee (CHAY-fee, not CHAFF-ee) County, named after Colorado's first US Senator, I have discovered there's a whole different way of talking in this neck of the woods. I live in the small town of Nathrop which is pronounced “NAY-thrip”. The town is named after Charles Nachtrieb who owned the town site, but apparently no one knew how to pronounce his name, so they just did the best they could. Eight miles north of me lies the cool, friendly and beautiful town of Buena Vista. As you probably know it means...

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Apr 24, 2019 - Permanent Vacation

April 24, 2019 Permanent Vacation That's what my life feels like, anyway. So now that my roof is no longer leaking (hopefully) and the temperatures are warming up, it is time to start enjoying this beautiful place I live known as Colorado. The last two mornings I have taken my next-door dog, Hombre, for his morning hike in Browns Canyon National Monument which is about 500 feet away. Actually it could be 5,000 feet because I have no skill when it comes to estimating length, which would be a very good thing if I were dating. All I know is,...

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Oct 1, 2018 - On the Move

On the move, in more ways than one. In early July I was taking a break from keeping my house clean (selling is a pain in the butt), just killing time Googling campgrounds in the Buena Vista area in anticipation of next summer, when up popped a place called Chateau Chaparral. Hmmmmm, right on the Arkansas River. Wow, a private footbridge that leads into Browns Canyon National Monument with beautiful trails. Whoa, you actually can own the lot! I had to check this out. Long story short, on August 8 I became the proud owner of a 328 square foot...

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