Thursday, July 29, 2010
Does anybody know what's actually in crop dust? We'd really like to know since we're currently living in the middle of a cornfield in Iowa where crop dusters abound!
When left Wyoming early on a Sunday morning and headed for higher elevations, arriving in Denver, Colorado that afternoon. We landed at a place called Cherry Creek State Park. This park has everything! Scores of hiking and biking trails, a model airplane field, horseback riding, an outdoor gun range, swimming at the beach, boating and fishing. The fish in the lake include walleye, bass, crappie, pike, carp, catfish, and the ever elusive, trout!!! I really wanted to get a fishing license for that place, because unlike a guy I know who wants to return the fly fishing gear to his brother, I'm not ready to give up on catching that trout quite yet. Besides that, the park's brochure says that state record walleye have been caught in that reservoir. Wouldn't have minded catching one or two of those either, but we ended up finding other things to do instead. .
Colorado has a number of scenic byways to explore. I'd like the opportunity to experience all of them, but the time we spent there just wasn't enough We did visit Mt Evans however, which was a little less than an hours drive from our campground. If you ever plan to go there, arrive early enough in the day so you don't have to drive the mountain roads home in the dark! The roads are very narrow, curvy, and there are no guardrails guarding against the sheer drop-offs. And for some reason, the people on the side of the road with the drop-offs, like to travel in the other lane! It can be a little scary at times, but the trip is well worth it, with plenty of gorgeous mountain views, mountain lakes and streams, plant-life and wildlife. There was a restaurant at the top of this mountain at one time, but they had a propane explosion and never rebuilt. They did leave the ruins there however, which at times are dotted with scraggly looking mountain goats.
In Colorado Springs, we had a great time visiting with family we hadn't seen in years. It was great to see them and their families and catch up on everything that's been going on with them. Soon after that Andy passed away, so that put a bit of a damper on the rest of the stay, but we did see some other beautiful sights and celebrated our anniversary in Golden Colorado at a restaurant called GRAPPA, which is what our granddaughters call Trevor, so of course we had to eat there.
Our son Michael is graduating from Purdue University with a PhD in physics, which is why we're currently living in the aforementioned cornfield in Amana, Iowa. We're heading toward Indiana for the graduation ceremony and Iowa was about half way there. We have family here also, so it worked out nice for a wonderful visit with them too. The campground we're in is nice. It's clean, with spacious sites, and it's flat. Did I mention it was flat? I have to tell you, it's been a nice break staying here in Iowa. As you can imagine, there's not a lot to do in the cornfield, outside of trying to decide if it's a cow you're hearing or a donkey. It's afforded me the time to catch up on some things I've needed to catch up on. I'm really looking forward to seeing my son and watching him get the diploma he's worked so hard for over the last 10 years. Then it's off to....(I'll let you know)
One last thing, this is for our friend, Kevin Mossman. Kevin, forget about the RV bus of your dreams. We found it for you! We just need to know how much you want us to bid on this puppy when it goes up for auction!
We miss you all! Take care.
Trevor and Roni