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LIfe is Good

Friday, September 28, 2012

Camping Tuttle Creek Reservoir Manhattan, KS

My parents and I have been camped at Tuttle Creek State Park since Tuesday,  Nice park with water and electric.  It's luxury for me to have hookups. :)   Dad, Denise,my sister, trolled for fish Wednesday afternoon....no bites, but we had a good time riding on the pontoon with Dad.  

I'm writing today on my cell phone,  so if the pics don't load, will fix it when can get online with my laptop.  :)

Dad and I trolled yesterday, too,  no bites ....we can see fish hitting the top of the water all day!    Maybe they're just little ones....LOL

Paddy loves to fish!!  He thought our lures were fish everytime we reeled in.  Funny dog. 

We're going to stay here 2 more nights.   The campground is filled with big 5th wheels and big trailers ....my little rig has all that they do...lol....they're all sitting with noone here.....land grab I guess.  

It's sunny and warm here 70's. Lows in 50's.   Just nice.....

A bad day fishing is better than a good day working is the motto.  

So I'll hit publish and see if my pictures load.  





Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A week in Kansas by now

Time has flown since my drive to Manhattan, KS, last week.  Having a good time, keeping busy with family.   I went to TOPS last Tuesday with Mom, and we've been picking up my nephew from school everyday, taking him to work after school.   My dog Paddy loves it here.   Loves my Dad.  :) 
KState played OU last Saturday in Norman, OK, so we went to Oklahoma last Friday!    Stayed in a hotel in Edmond, OK.    My nephew Brandon, didn't get to travel with the team this game, so we watched it in the hotel, and Ed and Andrew went to the game.   Mom visited her long time friend Joan where she lives.  I hadn't seen Joan for many years, and was happy to see her again, too.
One of the highlights of the trip was visiting the Murrah Building Memorial and Museum in Oklahoma City.   Stunning and very emotional tour. 
We ate at some good spots, too.     Here's some pics:

Mom, Joan, and I



Murrah Memorial below:
























We visited Bricktown in OKC, where we ate lunch at Coach's, and sat above the field in the restaurant. 



Good weekend!  


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Monday, September 17--From Colorado to Kansas

Yesterday I left Denver area and traveled to Manhattan, Kansas, where my parents and sisters and their families live.  I'll spend about 2 months here before I return to Colorado to spend the holidays with my family.  
It was a long day of driving, and the wind was blowing from the north, causing crosswinds as I drove east on I 70.    Miles and Miles of Colorado and Kansas clicking off the odometer...around 500.   Me and Paddy, my dog, stopped several times to rest and get gas, so it took me over 9 hours.    I was so glad to pull into Manhattan! 
This week I'm staying at my sister Denise's house.   My camper will be parking in their driveway.  Today I'm pretty tired, so I even took a nap, and I don't usually take naps at all.  :) 
Mom and Dad have a huge old english apple dumpling in the canner for dinner. It takes 3 hours to boil it.   10 apples peeled and sliced, cooked inside a dough.  boy oh boy...it's a treat when we have dumpling!    My grand-mother and her mother and beyond have made these dumplings since before they immigrated from England.   yum...I can't wait for it to come off the stove.  :)
The weather is beautiful here.   Temps cooled off from the awful heat they had all summer....guess I brought Fall in with me.  lol 
Here's a few pics from the drive yesterday.


I got a pic of this sign as I was leaving Colorado, then missed the Welcome to Kansas sign.








Glad I'm here!   Fun and adventures await.  :)

Some pics of a previous Apple Dumpling






And that's what's for dinner. 

Sunday September 16. My birthday. :)

Sunday was my birthday...let's just say it was the year after the big.  :) 
Nice day.   David and Holly cooked some catfish for lunch, then we drove to Harbor Freight and used some coupons.  I love Harbor Freight....like I love any hardware store.  Then we went to their friend's, Danny and Betty's new brewery.  
CAUTION Brewing Co
http://www.cautionbrewingco.com/
 They make the best beers, unlike anyone else.  
Be sure and go check them out!
https://www.facebook.com/cautionbrewingco?ref=ts
While we were there, there was a photographer making  promotional videos, and we helped make one.  Coming soon at CAUTION Brewery.
:)














Sunday, September 16, 2012

My 1st week on the road

Wow, it's been just a week since I left my empty house for a trip to the Buena Vista area.  I found a campground west of Nathrop on Hwy 162....pulled into Chalk Lake campground, talked to the camp hosts, and they said take any spot you want, so I drove around the circle a couple of times and chose #16.   Very level and in the sun..which I wanted, because of the colder weather there.   In no time, I had my rig unhooked, awning out and staked, and took a walk around the campground.
What a nice place to spend 3 nights!    Camp hosts said "there's bears around".   I've always known how to camp in the mountains where wild animals might be roaming for a free meal.
Here's some pics I took there:

 Peak looks like snow, but it's actually chalk (kaolinaite) to be exact.
 Along the left side of this pic above, is the old railroad trestle from the early railroad that went through this valley.  I don't think the tracks are there. 



 Chalk Creek that runs alongside the campground.   Water was cold!  I waded!

Since there wasn't any cell phone signal, I drove down the road a few miles each day to send and receive emails and phone calls.
Saturday I drove down to Buena Vista and went to the Turner Farm Apple Fest.  Paddy and roamed around the property, going in each building as it was 100 years ago...the main house, too.  There were ladies selling dozens of apple pies! I got a sample of the apple butter on bread, and a cup of fresh pressed apple juice...oh yum.   I picked a few apples from the trees, and took them home.  Kids were playing in the small orchard there, playing games, and at the main house, musicians were playing on the porch.  I sat in the chairs out front listening to them.  A very nice morning.




I stopped along the road on the way back to my campsite at this meadow.












Next I moved on to Antero Reservoir near Fairplay.  Free campground by the lake.  I met some nice people there and stayed 2 nights.   It rained all night the last night before I left to go to my daughter's house in Conifer.
It was hot the 1st day and I spent my time making sun shades for the windows in my Casita, and read my book, and took walks.
Some pics:








I arrived at David and Holly's house on Thursday, and am departing from here tomorrow to go to eastern Kansas to visit my Mom, Dad, 2 sisters and their families for a couple of months.  Also will attend the Flint Hills Retreat in October.    So far..I love it..my little camper feels like home on the road.
I'll try to post more regularly, since I'll have internet access.
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