Sorry to be so quiet over the past three weeks. After Great Sand Dunes, Andrew, Ame and I headed to Littleton, CO. This was our opportunity to visit with family, working on a few Rosie projects and relax. Here are a few of the activities we did with our time here.
*On the snowy Mother’s Day, we visited Lookout Mountain and Buffalo Bill’s Grave with Aunt Julie and Uncle Larry.
*We built a cabinet door for the shelf next to the stove. This way we could hold all our cooking oils and without fearing they will fall in transport.
*Visited with Andrew’s brother Pete and family. Nothing like spending time with our adorable nephew, Ronen.
*Rosie had a propane lift. We had the first horizontal tank remove and replaced it with a new 19.5 gallon horizontal tank. Who doesn’t love 50% more hot showers and heat in the winter.
*After picking up our nephew, Alex, we spent a day in Rocky Mountain National Park hiking the Cub Lake trail.
*Ame had a chance to stretch her legs at our favorite dog park, Chatfield State Park.
A very special thank you to Aunt Julie and Uncle Larry for hosting us in their driveway. We really appreciate it being so close and spending time visiting with them. I am already missing my bike rides with Uncle Larry at the park.
Our first stop in Colorado is Great Sand Dunes National Park. It is located in southern Colorado less than two hours from the New Mexico border. This national park is famous for its sand dune formations, with the largest dune standing at 750 ft high.
After parking at Rosie at San Luis State Park, Andrew and I decided to explore the area. We drove part of the Medano Pass stopping at different spots to take photos and take in the view. At a few different locations, we watched people climb the sand dunes. They resembled work ants going back to the anthill because of how small the people looked compared to the large, encompassing dunes.
On Sunday, we decided to hike the dunes. However, the gusty winds made it quite challenging. Anyone familiar with long walks on the beach can imagine the difficulties of hiking up 699ft. Now, add in forceful gust of sand slapping the legs. It is feels like 100s of red ants biting. Regardless, the view from the top made it worth the trip.
Wanting to try something a little less sandy, we headed to Zapata Falls on Monday. The hike to the falls is only 1/2 mile, but from the falls we had the opportunity to try the trail to Zapata Lake. Only after 1 mile into the hike did we learn that the trail was 8 miles one way. Since we didn’t come prepared for a longer hike, we turned around and enjoyed the views of the snow topped mountains and the sand dunes.
Our final adventure in the area including driving to look for rock art around Alamosa, Monta Vista and Blanca. This trip offered us many great laughs and unusual sites, such as painted road signs, horses at Sonic and the Feed Store Church, but lacked rock art…unless we count the American flag painted on a rock.
This week in Great Sand Dunes isn’t complete without a trip or two to Calvillo Mexican Restaurant for some margaritas and really tasty food.
On our first night at Black Canyon Recreation Area in Santa Fe National Forest, the weather was cold, with a touch of snow. It was hard to believe that we left 80-90 degrees and shorts for 20-30s and coats. The most challenging part of our stay in the forest was no hook ups, which meant we only had our propane furnace to keep us warm. Let’s hope the propane lasts the week.
Sunday was much like the day before snowy, cold and bleak. To fight off cabin fever, we headed down into Santa Fe to pick up supplies and touch base with a few people. Besides electricity and water, our 8,400 elevated campsite also lacked internet and cell service.
On our blustery Monday, Andrew and I drove down to town to explore the Georgia O’Keefe Museum and Loretto Chapel, famous for its mysterious staircase.
The next day we did a few projects around Airstream and took a scenic drive up to one of the ski areas.
To round out our final day in Santa Fe and New Mexico, we explore the Santa Fe National Forest along the Black Canyon Trail.