New Week – New Park!

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This weekend we are at Chatfield State Park Colorado. There is an open grass field near our camp and I’ve been able to take the boys out for walks. There are also lots of bunnies running around the field which the cats find remarkably entertaining.

When we got here the weather was windy, the fire danger was extremely high, and the temp was over 80º F. A couple days later it had snowed, the high temp dropped into the 40’s, and the wind was roaring through camp! The wind has increasingly become a regular feature of Colorado weather. When I was a kid growing up here the wind usually made an appearance in the fall and created an indian-summer in late October. The down-sloping winds, sometimes called chinook or snow-eater, warmed the plains east of the mountains. For the past 4 or 5 winters the experience has been strong winds from the west or northwest as a storm pushes into the mountains. These storms last several days and create wind conditions one typically associates with Wyoming – strong, seemingly endless wind.

Boyd Lake State Park

DSC_0682We’re at Boyd Lake State Park Colorado the first week in April (2018). It’s 25º F, the wind is from the North at 10 MPH gusting to 23, and it’s snowing. We accumulated some icky brown ice on the way up here and the robins near our camp are all puffed up like little feather balls. On the plus-side the slide is out for the first time in about 3 weeks so we can stretch out – YaY!

Fridge Art

DSC_0688I got a going-away present from the 4-year-old neighbor last week. We used to spend quiet summer evenings riding bikes in the alley and racing to the finish line. The poster depicts all the alley-related events we shared plus the truck and trailer. It has a place of honor on the RV fridge.