Granby, CO (AIM Rally day 1)

We attended the AIM rally in Granby, CO. Near Estes Park, this location is known for summer and winter activities. It was a great place for AIM to hold their rally. It was held at River Run RV Resort, a huge new park that is still growing.

After arrival, we met up with the Cooks and the Phillips, and attended the AIM cocktail hour and dinner. Good to see all the face again and renew acquaintances.

Our first day activities were horseback riding or wagon ride to an old homestead. We decided not to go horseback to prevent sore body parts, not riding for years didn’t prepare us physically. So we did a much mores sedate wagon ride.

We ended the day with another get together and, of course, more food and drink.

Buena Vista, CO

We always enjoy Buena Vista, so we stopped by for a few days as we hear north and west. Managed to get an RV park near town, a little run down, but it had all the services we needed.

There is a favorite restaurant called Quincy’s. It is unique because it only has one item on the menu- filet mignon during the week and prime rib on weekends, with all the trimmings. We couldn’t pass up a prime rib night.

Good thing we also know some nice hikes in the area. BV has a river that is used for rafting and white water sports, and over the bridge there are many trails for hiking, biking and equestrian enjoyment. Part of these trails used to be a rail way originally used for transporting mine goods. They have been converted into riding and hiking trails.

So all told a pleasant few days with good eating and good hiking to work it off again.

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South Fork, Buena Vista

July 13, 2021 1 comment

After the July 4th rally Romola and I drove to South Fork. It’s quite a climb over Wolf Creek Pass, we were down to 32 mph up hill. In South Fork, our RV site was right on the river, where we watched fly fishermen, birds, and amazing sunsets. We also stopped at the Grande Premium Meats, a store specializing in wild game meat and bought some elk, bison and venison.

A few days rest, and we drove to Buena Vista. We had dinner at Quincy’s, a favorite for filets and prime rib meals. And enjoyed several hikes up to the abandoned railway, originally used to transport mining goods to town. BV has quite an extensive network of hiking, biking, equestrian and Jeep trails. However, there was quite a bit of damage visible from the recent heavy rains and resulting landslides.

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Durango; Ouray

We moved our Pikes Peak Roller rally to Durango for the Fourth of July. We had a very pleasant time, good food, good fellowship. Some card games added some high finance spice to the gathering. I believe I won $13!

The last day we drove to Ouray. This takes us from Durango to Silverton, then over the Million Dollar Highway. There was some of the most magnificent scenery you can find. But the driver better keep their eyes on the road, there is a huge cliff right at the side of the road.

We had a nice lunch in Ouray. We did split up as the tourists pretty will filled the town. But we found the Red Mountain Brewery and enjoyed some local craft beer and food.

We were surprised by the weather on the way back. Going over Red Pass we hit a hail/snow storm. And that while it was close to 90 degrees in Durango! We slowed down for safety and made it back in one piece. But that won’t be easy to forget!

Chama – Ghost Ranch hike

Long ago, when rustlers hid their cattle in a box canyon in New Mexico, they floated the idea that there were witches to keep people away. This eventually morphed into the name Ghost Ranch. Georgia O’Keefe did a lot of her art work here, she split her living between the Ghost Ranch and New York. The ranch was eventually given to the Presbyterian church. Today it is a retreat emphasizing art and spirituality.

Gael and Darryl Barker joined us for a trip to the Ghost Ranch. On the way we stopped at Echo Amphitheater. This is a huge natural rock formation, and is currently used as a tourist attraction. I believe it also is an event center.

We selected the Box Canyon hike. It was a beautiful hike, along the stream which we crossed 40 times. The scenery is magnificent. You can see why Georgia O’Keefe was so inspired by the area. A most pleasant day.

Chama – Elk Wilderness Trail

From Taos we had an easy drive to Chama, where we stayed for a week at the Sky Mountain RV park. While there, we met up with some of the Pikes Peak Rollers as a pre-rally gathering. And had an entertaining evening with Sarah, singer and raconteur.

But first we did a short hike on the Elk Wilderness Trail. Didn’t see any elk, but plenty of wild flowers. And a very threatening sky, but we made it back before the rains.

Taos, NM

After Santa Fe, we drove to Taos and staid at the Bella Monta RV park. Kind of exposed on the plain, but a pleasant stay.

First, we hiked to the Rio Grande River Gorge, which was quite spectacular. We hiked the West Rim trail and got some good early morning views.

The next day we drove the Enchanted Circle, and stopped at the very moving Vietnam Memorial. Many years ago I did this on my bicycle, it was much easier in my car.

We also visited the Earth Station, a neighborhood of custom designed fully self reliant homes. No water, no sewer, no electricity, all provided by clever design using nature itself. Very informative, we could use more of this thinking in designing our cities.

Santa Fe, NM

We spent 4 days in Santa Fe, staying at the Santa Fe Skies RV Resort. It’s a nice park, a little pricey, but the best of the area. The owner has a large collection of antique equipment as well as art work decorating the park. It was hot, al the area had record breaking heat. But nothing to dampen our enjoyment of the area.

We had a nice hike where we met a couple named Joanie and Jim, who lived within walking distance from the many trails in the area. The next morning we had coffee with them, and had a great time talking about many things. We hope to visit with them again on some future trip.

Lunch one day was at the Fun Noodle Bar, where noodles were hand made. But the best thing was the food itself was great. After that we had a nice walk in the Plaza. Now it’s on to Taos.

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Hiking, new friends

June 18, 2021 1 comment

We started off the day with an early morning hike. We chose the Dorothy Stewart Loop in the Santa Fe Forest. The loop is three miles long and has about 450ft of elevation gain, so another nice one as we acclimatize ourselves to the elevation and temperature. After all, we are around 7,500 feet above sea level.

We met a couple on the trail – Joanie and Jim – who live within walking distance and avid hikers. They are about the same age as we are and we shared a lot of common history. They know the area well and after a long trail side chat we exchanged information so we can stay in touch. In fact, we are meeting them for dinner tonight.

Finally, the temperature is starting to drop. The high today will be around 94 and tonights low a pleasant 62. Tomorow we go to Santa Fe’s excellent farmers market, looking forward to it.

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Metal sculptures

The RV Park we are staying at in Albuquerque (Hi Desert RV Park) has some amazing metal sculptures on the grounds. So much so, that Romola and I checked them out and took some pictures to share. We found that the artwork was done by a local firm named Desert Blooms. If we had space for some we’d buy some, prices are quite reasonable. Check these out…