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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Summer… Finally? Maybe? Almost?


We are loving our summer location, and grateful that we are now seeing more blue skies and warmer temperatures.  It is much greener here now than the header photo shows, and the campground trees are leafing out.  Tom is watering now, and will need to begin mowing soon!  It seems that summer is trying to arrive, though the clouds and wind still come and go to tease us!

Our first project… as those of you who know us well understand, we love to have a labyrinth to walk.  At our stick-and-brick houses, in Colorado and New Mexico, we built a labyrinth in each of those yards.  Well, with the rocks we found in abundance here, it just had to be done!  So, we hauled rocks and hauled rocks… and, created a labyrinth in “this yard” for our use and to share with our campground guests.  I must say that, though it is rustic, it is truly lovely!
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We have settled in, had at least one rig in our campground most nights, and as many as three.  Mostly, we are a convenient, peaceful stop on the way to and from other places.  Our “day use” area sees more activity as people stop to use the restrooms, picnic and use the dump station.  We understand that once the river settles down this will be more of a fishing destination.  For now, it has been good to ease in slowly and find our rhythm. 

Before we moved to the campground, Nancy & Dave stopped in the area on their way to their summer job at the visitor center in Jackson, and we enjoyed a visit and dinner together.  Have popped in to say hello a couple of times when we went to Jackson… it is very busy where they work!

Tom has taken two fly fishing classes, and thoroughly enjoyed the learning and making some acquaintances to talk fishing-guy stuff with.  He had hoped to have caught fish by now, but learned that this must wait until conditions are better.  It WILL happen!

Alice & Robbie arrived on May 27th and stayed five days.  So special to have them as “our” first campground visitors. We had a great time with them here… numerous chats and catching up, and took a drive one day together “up river” to check out the camping and fishing areas in the Warren Bridge Recreation Area near our campground.  We feel honored that they made time to come by for a visit!  Here are a few photos…
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Other neighborhood news… we met a couple who live nearby and have greenhouses, as well as chickens and pigs.  They sell a variety of items at several area farmers markets, so we are set for produce, eggs and pork this summer.  Yum!  For additional shopping needs, we have learned that we can find anything needed in Jackson, an hour away.

All in all, we are off to a good start and enjoying our location.  It is peaceful here!  We are watching a Killdeer nest for eggs to hatch, a pair of Osprey on a nest are a delight to see, the Pronghorn frequent our campground and one female appears ready to drop soon… twins? she is huge!  We’ve seen only a couple of moose (and know to be careful of them!), a pair of swan fly over now and then, and there are lots of birds.  We enjoy the wildlife and wide-open views in all directions! 

Now, if summer would just arrive and the wind would quit!!! :)

Our best to all!  Hugs, Dianne & Tom

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”  Douglas Adams

12 comments:

  1. Oh my aren't we at opposite ends of the campground spectrum. We are way too busy with a huge campground and not enough staff.

    Labyrinth is gorgeous. Wish we had a flat place to make one.

    Miss you.

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    1. We will enjoy this "easing in" to the summer season, as I'm pretty sure we will be busier in the months to come :) Take care!

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  2. I love the labyrinth. Enjoy you time there.

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    1. Yes, it is nice... particularly when we wake to clear, blue skies and sunshine, like this morning, and the wind is not blowing! And, it was fun to watch some campers walking the labyrinth last evening :) Be well!

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  3. The most important thing is that you are enjoying what you're doing and it sure looks like that is happening.

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    1. Yep, you taught us early on to have fun! :)

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  4. Looks like you have settled in nicely have a wonderful time there.

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    1. Hi... was thinking of you two just the other day! Hope the projects continue well and that you both are doing well. Will we see you in the winter? Tom is thinking rockhounding, Janice :)

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  5. Checked out the long range forecast and then discovered our furnace wasn't working. Not a good thing for the desert person. So we stayed an extra day and Jim figured out it was the thermostat and got it replaced. So probably Thursday or Friday. My kind of campground - wide open spaces. I can hardly wait to visit. And I saw where the river was flooding so I warned Jim that fishing might not happen. But he says he and Tom can at least talk fishing.

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    1. Sent you an email... will be great to have you both here!

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  6. Do you think you will host there next year...? It doesn't look good for us to visit you this year but it sure sounds attractive!! Birds, fly fishing, cool, quiet, conversations with dear friends! What more could a person want. Yes less wind would be great. We have had that problem this Spring too. It was a late spring but summer is in full blossom now however. We've had two great rain falls recently. Of course, the mosquitoes are out now. Do you have trouble with biting bugs. We spent last week with the Cactus Sam RV Club at Deer Springs RV Park in Mayhill. There were Deer Flies there! Ouch!! The temp was 80/50 most of the week. Ideal! Now we're home for 3 weeks in the heat catching up with things here at the house, then take off for Westcliffe's High Mountain Hayfever Bluegrass Festival in Wet Valley, Colorado with immediately following, attending another Cactus Sam gathering. This time at Vallecito, CO. We're going with the group on the Durango-Silverton Train. We've ridden Cumbre-Toltec and the one at William, AZ but never the Durango-Silverton. Have you ever been to either of these locations? We've been to Westcliffe 2 years ago and Bill loved it. This will be the first at Vallecito. Supposed to be able to fish with a $21 license. "Life is what you make it!" Isn't retirement GRAND!! Enjoy as we know you will!! Love...Nancy & Bill

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