Life's Journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, totally worn out, shouting "Wow...What a Ride!"

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Staying Ahead Of The Cold and Snow

October 21-29, 2019

We were up and out early, after getting ice off the slides before we brought them in. We made it over Raton Pass before the weather changed and 177 miles later we arrived in Capulin NM well before the cold front got there. Capulin RV Park & Camp is the only game in town and served the purpose of an overnight stop just fine.

We had arrived early enough to go check out Capulin Volcano National Monument, this would be our 3rd try to visit this park. Why I didn’t check their website I don’t know, if I had we would have gone a little further south. A month ago they had some torrential rains that washed out the road to the top of the volcano. With plenty of time on our hands, we decided to do a hike in the park. The Bocca Trial provided us with some nice views of the surrounding landscape.

Old homestead ruins

The next morning we got up and headed even further south to Oasis RV Resort in Amarillo TX, a windy 197 mile ride trying to keep ahead of the cold weather.

Where else to go for dinner when in Amarillo

The next morning we got up and high tailed it out of Amarillo, there was snow in the forecast for there. By looking at the reservation system for TX state parks I determined there were no reservations, the day before our arrival. By noon we were on our site, 24, at Caprock Canyon State Park. Our 106 mile ride went smoothly then the rains came, the cold came and the snow came.

The next day we had to move to site 17, by the time we moved the snow was gone, the temps were coming up and the sun was out.

Caprock Canyon State Park is a place we’d like to check out when the weather is a little nicer. The Texas State Bison Herd calls Caprock Canyon home, we saw the herd as we drove into the campground upon arrival. There are prairie dog colonies here near the trail head we hiked from.

We enjoyed a few nights at Caprock, got some hiking in, found a geocache and enjoyed the peace and quiet. Our satellite Dish TV worked fine, Verizon signal wasn’t that great but one of us could get onto our hot spot at time.

Our next overnight stop was at Fredericksburg RV Park, 370 miles of TX highways and 7 hours later we were parked for the night.

By the time Dave was ready for his second cup of coffee the next morning, we were on our way to the Gulf Coast. 250 miles later and we were pulling into our lot at Gulf Waters Beachfront RV Resort in Port Aransas TX. We’ll be here for 17 nights before we head out and explore some of the Texas State Parks and COE campgrounds before heading west to AZ. Time for Dave to get some fishing done and to keep our fingers crossed the shrimp boat goes out while we’re here, and no snow in the forecast. 

Until next time…

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Colorado: Visiting Family and Friends

October 15-21, 2019

After arriving safely at Cheyenne Mountain State Park we headed to one of the Red Robin’s in Colorado Springs, the draw of this one is that our son is a waiter there. After another great lunch there we headed to his place where we got to say hi to his girlfriend before she headed off to work. Plans were made for the next few days and the enjoyment of spending time with Tom, and Krystal, began.

Over the next week we spent their time off enjoying their company and doing a few tourist things.

Bishop's Castle

Jim Bishop
Over the years Jim has been single handily building Bishop Castle, all through the donations from the public. Jim’s Parkinson diagnose has brought a halt to any more building of the castle. Hopes are he has sat a Guiness record of the largest structure built by one man. There is talk of a foundation when Jim passes to preserve his legacy.

Royal Gorge

Anderson Farms Fall Festival; where we spent the day in a corn maze, wandered around a pumpkin field, and when the day turned to night, the place became Terror In The Corn with a haunted village and a paintball fight with zombies.

Not too many pumpkins due to an early freeze

We had a couple of days free so we contacted some local friends and arranged some meetups. Unfortunately we due to our time restrictions we weren’t able to catch up with everyone, we’ll try again next year for a longer visit in the area.

We first met Mark & Janell in AZ our first winter there, we’ve caught up with them a few times since. They now have their home base in Salida CO which was about a 2-hour ride from us on a very scenic route. An afternoon of catching up went by way too fast, looking forward to our next catchup.

We met Steve and Cathy on our Alaska Caravan, we had hoped to catch up with them when we were in Ft Collins but alas with our RV issues that wasn’t meant to be. Since there were only about 3 hours between us we decided to meet for lunch in Denver at Rock Bottom Brewery in Centennial, Dave enjoyed his flight A fun few hours and our visit was too quickly over, can’t wait to see them again.

Views from site 9 Cheyenne Mountain State Park.

As our departure day neared it was clear that we would be leaving in snow, so once again an adjustment to plans was made and we left Colorado Springs two days early. Very thankful we were able to make it to see Tom and Krystal, going to try and plan our visit a little earlier next year.

Until next time…