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Sep 8, 2018 - Pagosa

We left the campground in Oklahoma a day early so we could get to Pagosa, as there was much to do when we got there. We spent our first night in the Walmart in Garden City. This particular Walmart had a large parking area set aside from the regular parking, which made for a much more pleasant night with less traffic and noise. Don took the time to check out the leaf spring pin on our trailer before we left as that had been making a loud noise we did not like when turning sharply (as in parking.) He came out from under the trailer with bad...

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Sep 17, 2017 - The last days

Our last few weeks were a blur!!! We had gotten into the habit of having our last cup of coffee in the morning with Jan and Sue in their camp. And we did nearly all our evening meals together with them and Lynette. By this time I had hired Lynette as manager for next year, so was spending time with her in training. As well as all our regular duties. And I wrote a manager manual for her, mostly a compilation of all the information in a day by day format to help her get started. Even though there were only a few days in September, we still...

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Aug 31, 2017 - August

At last! A relatively calm month! At least until the Beast (Patrick and Kris's vehicle) broke down. They were using their own vehicle to drive between 2 campgrounds 8 miles apart. But since they were unable to do this until it was fixed (of course not a simple or quick fix!) we had to do their second campground. Eight miles for them, but 42 miles (one Way) for us every day. Kris continued to do all the paperwork for the campgrounds during this time. Though we really didn't mind doing the campground, the time required because of the distance...

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Jul 31, 2017 - The rest of the month

After a good couple of days with no responsibility we had to hit the ground running with water and wood delivery and, over the weekend, water sample collection to take into Durango for monthly bacteria testing. We felt good though after our few days off and once again looked forward to a good month. Our July potluck was held at the city park, on the banks of the river. Burgers and brats, watermelon and the many goodies contributed by the hosts. A good time was had by all. Then another problem. Our hosts at Teal, who also did Cimarrona,...

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Jun 30, 2017 - June

After a busy and nerve-wracking 1st month, we had higher hopes for a smooth sailing in June. The weather had improved and we had hosts in all our campgrounds again. Sue had learned quickly and was doing a great job at Williams Creek, we had our second truck back again and were looking forward to a good month. We had our second potluck at Teal campground with Del and Vicky as hosts. And I had heard from Leonard, a host from last year, who said he would be in the area and available to help out if we needed him for anything. We were both...

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May 31, 2017 - May

Well, May turned out to be an interesting month. After a good orientation and the beginning of training, we were hit with really cold weather and had to shut down the water systems we had already started up. We left water in the holding tanks, but had to drain all the lines. Bummer! Not only were our campers without water, but a few of our hosts were relying on us to deliver water to them also. luckily we had few campers; after all, who like to camp in freezing weather. And we felt like our hosts were doing OK with the situation also. The...

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May 3, 2017 - We Begin

We arrived in Pagosa on June 21st, to begin our last year. Our Williams Creek Host came in with us, and together we drove up to the campground to get set up. The weather was fairly mild, although colder than we were used to, so getting in was no problem this year. With both of us in place, we notified Sherry that we were ready for electricity and Hughesnet to be turned on. The next day we (Don) got the Hughesnet wired up to the trailer while I got the back end set up to be our office space for the duration. Then he began preparations to...

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Sep 1, 2016 - Winding Down

Our neighbor from Pagosa was in town for a few days, the first time she has been able to stay longer than just a weekend. We were able to get together with her on several occasions during her visit. The man who bought the house that we rented was here also. In fact, they came together. Nova wanted some help to bring a car so Bill helped her drive the distance. She is from Corpus Christi and he is from Florida, so this benefited them both. Anyway, we know them both, so enjoyed spending some time together. They came out to the campground the...

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Aug 1, 2016 - A Busy Month

With things well in hand in the campground, I left Don in charge and flew to Cincinnati to visit with my sister and my mom. Mama has been diagnosed with a type of dementia which is characterized by difficulty with concepts and memory. So I wanted to go see her while she can still enjoy the visit. It is also nice to be able to spend some time with my sister. And to catch up with my niece and nephew and their families. Meanwhile, one should never become complacent about the state of the campgrounds, as I have been fielding messages, requests...

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Jul 1, 2016 - In Full Swing

Our second potluck of the season was held at East Fork campground. Our Palissades hosts were out of town so we counted on being a bit short, but then Leonard and Dave were also no-shows. We did brats and burgers this time, and ended up with a lot of food left over. Dave had said he was going to bring sauerkraut to go with the brats, and I was really looking forward to that. But oh well. When I collected the next day I asked each of them what happened. It appears that Leonard just spaced it out; he said he needs an engraved invitation next...

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Jun 30, 2016 - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Tuesday June 28th We went into the town of Pagosa Springs today. It sits on the San Juan River, with a little river walk & across the river is the Pagosa Springs Resort. We stopped at the Lost Cajun for a terrific lunch of Fried Oyster Po Boys & Crawfish Etauffee with Beignets for desert. Mmm good. Another of the mountain storms rolled in with lightning & thunder so back to the MH. An hour or so later the sun is shining again so we drove to Chimney Rock. We didn’t do the 2 hour walking tour; just a look & pics of the towering rocks. Now...

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Jun 27, 2016 - Sand Dunes & Mountain Passes

Sunday June 26th we headed to Great Sand Dunes National Park. What a view of grassland, stream, sand dunes & mountains behind it all. Then cover it all with blue skies & big fluffy clouds. This 32,643 acres of park has North Americas tallest dunes in what was once a lake in the San Luis Valley. The San Juan & the Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges which are part of the Rocky Mountains, have their sediments blown by constant winds into the shrinking lake until the dunes formed about 440,000 years ago. The Medano Creek, a seasonal stream...

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