Tuesday, September 27, 2016


There has been a Francis sighting. I repeat there has been a Francis sighting. I will update you when I know more.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Vacay 2016 Part 1

Our normal vacation partners' schedules and DJ and mine didn't match up this year, so we called in the backups.  Actually they asked us... Chuck and DD .

We loaded up the truck and trailer and took off after work on Friday afternoon.  We stopped in town to grab some ribs before heading west.  We made it about 100 miles before we blow a tire on the trailer.  Awesome.  We limp it on in to a gas station and the guys change it.  Luckily we brought a couple spares and a toolbox so we were prepared.

The rest of the drive was pretty uneventful.  We stopped for fuel and that was about it.  DJ and DD traded off driving duties and Chuck and I tried to keep them awake.  After hitting the rumble strips a few times, we decided to pull over alongside the road and take a nap.

We decided to find a place to eat and have a bloody Mary.  We found Ol' Miner Steakhouse in Gunnison and went on in.  I'm pretty sure we were all members of the Clean Plate Club and of course washed it down with a bloody.   From there, we were heading to the store to pick up a few odds and ends since we weren't sure how close the nearest store would be.  Walking back to our truck we saw them setting up a farmer's market.  We waltzed over and bought nearly one of everything.  We got peaches, carrots, potatoes, lemonade, pickles, salsa verde, green beans, bread, and I'm sure other things...
We ran to the store and picked up some odds and ends and headed out of town towards Lake City.  We stopped at a little shop to ask where the best camping and riding areas were.  We pulled into Lake San Cristobal.  It was love at first site.  We set up camp at what seemed to us, the perfect location.  There were a few others camping around the lake, but we had prime real estate!!  
My awful attempt at a panoramic picture doesn't do it justice.  Go Google it.  I'll wait...

It was a few miles from the Alpine Loop, so we spent a day and took that adventure.  I'll have to post more pictures of that at a later time; all I have on my phone is this screenshot from Chuck.
We putzed around Lake City for a couple nights before heading to Taylor Park.
To be continued...

Friday, September 2, 2016

State Fair

Work gave me a ticket to the state fair.  I found a friend to meet up with and off we went.

Did I mention they also gave me food tickets?  As did my sister and a friend...I ended up with $40 dollars worth of food tickets.  Game on fair.  Game.  On.

I started off slowly, with an option on the healthy list-- the taco at the Turkey Federation.  I ate it before I remembered to take a picture.  It was delicious.

I went to the best lemonade joint there is, down by the horse, sheep, and pig barns.

From there, there was no holding back.  Peter showed up and we tag-teamed our way right through that $40.

There were Grater Taters:

Cheese curds. (again, devoured before a picture was taken)

A pineapple whip thing:

Egg rolls and crab rangoon (I can skip those next year)

A steak wrap from Cattlemen's (amazing):

Followed by two more lemonades to take home.

There may have been an adult beverage or two mixed in there as well...

I did manage to see a few things while eating my way through the fair.  Like the biggest bull:

and baby ostriches:

This little guy may or may not have came home with me. 

Okay, so I didn't see a lot besides food...  next year I'll do better.