Saturday, August 16th was a busy day for us. We headed out about 8:30 am with a goal of being at the Masonville Gospel Music Festival when it started at 11 am. I think we finally arrived there around 12:15 or 12:30. Our shortest route was Trail Ridge Road across Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). Lots of areas were posted at 50 mph. Switchbacks less and then of course Saturday's are one of the busiest days of the week for visitors. I've never had much luck seeing wildlife within the park. This time shortly after the gift shop on the area above treeline we saw an entire group of elk. We were just amazed at the rack on the one pictured above.
As we were about to exit the park we were behind an ALFA RV (the kind we own). He turned one way and we turned the other. Once we started down The Big Thompson Canyon there was a pullover and the Alfa was in it. Jim QUICKLY pulled over. It was a couple and their two kids. What a small world...he was the Mayor of Laurie, MO one of the small towns on Lake of the Ozarks where I grew up and where Jim and I met when he was Manager of the Radio Station at the Lake. We visited then headed on down the Canyon. Having driven the route several times we observed changes since the Big Thompson last flooded. There's been a lot of clean-up and overall it looks great. There was one house where the floor was hanging in mid-air, with a freezer on it. I would have liked to have had a photo but there wasn't anywhere to stop.
We had a great time at the Gospel Music Festival. It's hosted by the Buckhorn Presbyterian Church. Jim is a distant relative of the organ player at that church and we always visit with her, her sister and her husband when we are in town. It was a great event. No admission fee. Inexpensive but great food. This festival is an annual event and if you are going to be in the area in August you can find more information at buckhornpress.org. Back to the organ player. The Amphitheather is dedicated to her late husband and I believe was built with funds given in his memory.
On July 7th we went on our second "moose hunt". I call it a hunt...but my hunt was to see them and get a photo. The lady at the Grandby Chamber of Commerce suggested we go near the entrance to the Rocky Mountain National Park (34) and take Forest Service Road (FSR) 491 and/or 120, they can often be seen in that area. BINGO! Just before we got to 491 cars were stopped on the side of the road and everyone was out looking. That is definitely a sign that something is visible! Yes there was a moose, seen in the photo above. I did hear one person comment "we drove the entire park and we see it here after we are out of the park". That has been my experience. Well one moose sighting was not enough for me so we took FSR 491. Nothing. So we took got back on 34, took it to 4 and then FSR 123 (Stillwater Pass) back to Hwy 125. The gentleman at the Forest Service Office said we might be able to find a place to boondock on FSR 123 near 34 or 125. We saw lots of places to boondock and several fifth wheels. Although we made it fine in our truck, the further in we got we would definitely not want to take our 40ft RV. Not too far in though I saw another moose, photo below.
It was a very scenic route. Especially the views of Grand Lake and/or Grandby Lake. We aren't sure which one. We had gotten donuts in Grandby so about 1/2 way we stopped by "the smallest waterfall" for a break and to enjoy our snacks.
Second Moose seen on Stillwater Pass Road
Wednesday was Jim's birthday. We'll just say he's as young as he feels! Mid-day we headed to Silverthorne/Dillion/Frisco. He had an item ordered and shipped to the Walmart there. What's different in our travels this year than in the past? We have a dog! Lovable Buddy. We hate to leave him when we are going to be gone more than 4 or 5 hours sooooo...he enjoys the ride...sitting on my lap. Or we will say occasionally sitting. What that also means is... Jim and I can't go into a business together. Or go eat in a restaurant when Buddy is with us. While Jim was in Walmart I walked Buddy. We saw a we'll call "Mountain Man" walking with a back pack and two dogs. When we went to wait for Jim to exit from Walmart we saw his back pack and the two dogs waiting outside the door. The little dog was so cute. We were still there when the gentleman came out and the dog was just like Buddy. So excited to see his owner, he had to be picked up and loved on. I guess we all just need a little love.
Since we couldn't take Buddy into a restaurant, we picked up KFC and went to a park on Dillion Lake to eat. Yikes, the mountain winds had arrived. It was misting a little and it was chilly! It was still a nice time though.
Another "issue" I have this year is my oldest grandson will be getting married in September. I now know what type dress/colors I should wear. The closet place to find anything is Denver, about 2 1/2 hours away. There is an outlet mall in Silverthorne. After much research online last night I found that Ann Taylor carries bridal wear. Not at the outlet store though. So I am in a quandary. Should we make a trip into Denver now or wait about a month when we will be there and pray I can find something.
We picked up a few groceries, pet food and a few other items and headed home. Instead of a cake I gifted Jim with a Ding Dong with a candle. He enjoyed it with icec ream! I don't think either of us has had a Ding Dong since the company went out of business and sold and came back. Since it was his birthday I had to have one too. Very good! Better than I remember.
All in all I think he had a nice day, really enjoying all his calls, texts, emails and FB messages.
I love flowers. Years ago I used to go by the flower shop on Monday to buy flowers for my desk. When Jim and I lived in Indiana the previous owners of the house we bought had a wildflower bed. When my Dad came to visit he came in and told us he had "pulled the weeds" which most of the wildflowers were to him when he found them in the field on his farm in Missouri. There was one that he referred to I believe as a thistle plant. When he found one he would take his pocket knife out and dig it up roots and all. So surprised to me when I went chasing after our dog and my feet, in thongs, identified a "thistle" plant. Now I am not sure if it's the same because he never let them get that big on the farm in Missouri but here I found out just like roses with thorns, these thistle plants have beautiful purple flowers.
I tired to identify the thistle plant by name along with the other wildflowers I have photographed. I give up easily sometimes. When there were pages and pages of just purple and blue wildflowers in Colorado...I gave up! So I will share the photos and maybe some of my wise friends will identify them for me!
We are still boondocking between Kremmling and Grandby, CO. Thursday we decided to take a drive to Steamboat Springs, CO. We took a back road to Hwy 40 where we saw several deer. Then just North of Kremmling we took CR 135 to CR 131. It was a scenic route, entirely paved road, going through several small towns. and over Gore Pass. We saw two does and a fawn, one of the biggest does I ever recall seeing. There were also several interesting rock formations on the route. Once there we went to the F.M. Light & Sons store, their tagline is "Outfittin' the West for over 100 Years".
By then it was lunchtime and we were hungry. Since we had Buddy we don't/won't leave him in the car so we went to Wendy's and then went to a park to eat. After that, we headed to Fish Creek Falls. It's less than 5 miles outside of Steamboat by car and then it's about 1/2 mile walking if you take the loop to the top view of the falls and then lower. It is beautiful. There apparently is a higher falls and a lake. We opted not to make that 10 mile round trip hike!
We went back into town and I had my hair trimmed, we went to the Walmart (not a supercenter) and then we headed home on Hwy. 40. Another scenic route going over Rabbit Ears Pass!
Beautiful day! Ending with another beautiful sunset!
This is a pretty simple, although moderately expensive, procedure. The most time-consuming is replacing the fluorescent bulbs with LED strip lighting. There is a pretty good instruction video on YouTube that explains how this is done.
I purchased a roll of LED strip lighting stipulated cool white, 24W in a 16.4 foot roll. You can access their Web site for pricing, but they are relatively inexpensive.
The real expense comes when you replace all the 12 volt bulbs throughout your coach. The best site I found for all the bulbs you’ll need is TechnoRV. Not only does he have just about every bulb replacement, but he also has several instruction video’s that stipulate which type of bulb you’ll need for each replacement.
If you’re a dry camper, or boondocker, you’ll be very happy with the light these LED’s emit, and the small amount of energy they draw.
$15 a night water, sewer and 30 amp electric ($30 without the Golden Age Passport)
8199 County Rd 436, Princeton, TX 75098
Verizon: Wifi & phone worked great!
This is a COE (Corp of Engineers Park). We stayed there in April 2014 and the day use areas were closed because they are in a drought and the lake was very low. It was an okay park especially for the discounted price with picnic tables, grill and fire rings at each site. The concrete pads need some repair and mowing needed to be done. There were also tent campers. The COE has other parks on this lake. One or two of them have 50 amp but not sewer (dump station available). We selected this park so we could do some laundry. I did a load the first night with no problems. The next morning I started just the dryer and it kept throwing the circuit breaker. My husband kept resetting it and finally went to tell them there must be a problem. It was a Saturday and unlike a regular RV park no one worked on weekends to fix it. Nice views and walking if you enjoying being around water. Note: we do carry an adaptor cord for 30 amp hook-ups.
Here's the link for reservations with more info and two additional campgrounds on Lavon Lake. http://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/lavon/Recreation/Camping/index.asp
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Cost: $12 a night full hook-ups (March/April 2014)
2005 N Vine, Victoria, TX 77901
Verizon: Wifi and Phone Service were great!
The Victoria RV Park is city owned and operated and is a part of the park system which includes the Texas State Zoo. There are sidewalks and also hiking paths within a beautiful wooded area. Deer abound in the area and are in the open fields near the RV’s almost every morning and evening. We also saw several cranes. What makes this park truly exceptional is full hook-ups for $12 a night. It's a great stopover if you have been boondocking and need to stop and do laundry, fill your water, etc. If you are in the area and need to dump that is only $2.
If you need TV service we while in the area we also highly recommend Al at Apache Television Repair. We had a TV under warranty and they worked with us and the company to have the part overnighted. They were there when the shipment arrived the next morning, came directly to our RV and fixed it within minutes. That is great customer service, especially since they may never see us again.
If you are like to visit cemeteries there is one across the street with many old tombstones.
There is also day access for the beach and they had just opened a public restroom.
Verizon Wireless - Our wifi and phone worked perfectly.
Only an hour away from Victoria, TX, the examiner.com reports that Magnolia Beach is a hidden gem and is well known among the Canadian Winter Texans, especially those from Quebec. When we were there probably 85% of the RV’s had Quebec or Canadian license plates. It looked like many of them also fished on a daily basis.
This beach lover’s Boondocking paradise is actually on Lavaca Bay and is a shell beach. Even my husband who isn't a water fan said "this is very peaceful". There are areas where you can park a few feet from the beach that have covered picnic tables and then other areas where you can park right on the beach (shown in the photo above). When sitting on the bed and looking out the bedroom window I felt like I was on a cruise since all I could see was the water.
It’s a historical area, where the German’s first came ashore in xxxx. Be sure to also see the statue at Indianola Beach.
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