Kitty soaking up the afternoon sun near Marshall Lake
Well that was interesting. The forest service told me they were closing the forest on Wednesday because of extreme fire danger. Then business I-40 in Holbrook was closed because of a fire. All of the camp grounds I’ve visited in Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona have fire bans in place. I think we need some rain in the west!
Also, I feel compelled by the bruises on my spine to report the pavement on I-40 in Flagstaff is easily the roughest asphalt I have ever driven over – Argh! The only stretch of pavement that comes close to being as bad are the first few miles of Hwy 287 in Oklahoma.
Since Gallup is just an overnight stop on our way to Ridgway, CO we pulled off I-40 at a truck stop near a railroad crossing. We found a place to park in the dirt lot next to the retaining pond. The wind is gusting to 30 miles per hour and politely swirling dust into the RV. This is going to make our next planned stop in Durango seem like a mountain paradise!
Got to get here early if you want a spot by the trains
FYI: Gallup Propane has great prices for tank refills. We had a 30# tank filled for only $15! That’s about 1/2 what it would have cost in Denver. Also the best price for gas and diesel seems to be on the north end of town heading toward Shiprock.
Heading north across Arizona this week. We made the trek from Oracle to Payson and reached a tall-trees pine forest. Passed by Roosevelt Lake on the way to Payson and the wind was perfect for sailing.
Had a minor phone-failure along the way and was shocked at how I’ve come to depend on the map function therein. I had to pull over and get the map out from behind the seat so I could see what road I needed. Paper maps are still a good back-up to the all-knowing, all-seeing google!
The neighbor’s cat is on the roof of their RV. Fabulous!
I’ve been looking for a way to exercise my cats without letting them run free and this might be a way. I just need to build them a roof access and they can fiddle up there all they want. I think this cat got on the roof by climbing the tree, but if the RV was away from the trees my guys would be isolated on our roof.
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.
The oldest out for a stroll at St Vrain State Park Colorado