A lot of “real” water under the Dolores bridge!!

A lot of proverbial water has past under the bridge since we were last here on 4th July, and indeed it was here that Brenda got the bad news about Scuffy.

Being short of School Bus drivers this year there was absolutely ZERO chance of taking Thursday and Friday off, as I always have done in the past, to make the 2 day drive to Mosteller’s for my favorite trial of the year. Traditionally we would drive as far as Grand Junction, and night stop at the Peach Tree Distillery and enjoy a “tasting” before a purchase or two and then sampling the best Bloody Mary’s in town! Stay far enough away from the tracks and enjoy an alcohol induced sleep before setting off for day 2 and loading up with Palisade Peaches and Olathe Corn, not forgetting a few cherries, jams and chutneys.


Having fun at the Distillery

Well as none of that was going to happen …… how about going back to Groundhog ?  …….. sounds like a plan! Only 35 miles, cheap RV slot by the lake with full electric for my “iron lung”, and easy enough to take Plan B and the Cadillac as well.

Brenda wanted to leave as early as possible but found a good sleep more to her liking. Alarm goes off at 0700 ….. CNX …….. I wake her at 0800 but still not interested and we finally leave at 1200. I too, am not in any rush as its been a very hard working summer, but most pleasurable, and with a ton of memories. Of course there are still lots of things left to complete while the weather is relatively nice but I can only do so much and if truth be told I’m pretty  pleased with my efforts for the summer of 2016.

On the road by 1200 then, and all is well until the changeover to the dirt road 15 miles in. It now gets VERY washboard and the Safari does not like it! Fortunately a few miles further the road has been re-graded, which it was badly in need of, as last time we were down to 5 mph on this stretch. We complete the 35 miles in 1 hour and 10 minutes which I thought was excellent going compared to our previous trip.

Its a little windy, cooler, and with some black clouds drifting in. A few arrival drinks, dog walking and bus set up but the question of boating and fishing does not get much in the keenness answers! So before the storms roll in time to fit the new boat cover. Me thinks it needs a little stretching as its very new. The storm rolls in  and it rains. Well at least the boat stayed dry.

The weather never seemed to get much better so it became a drinking afternoon and then a steak for dinner. Very tender but a (George Bush) on the cooking front with a classic “misunderestimated” on the timing. However it was a nice piece of meat regardless of cook’s incompetence.

Rain and storms overnight and windy again this morning. Forecast breezy with 30 mph gusts ……. hmmmmm!! Well, could be some shoreline fishing so off for a walk. Not too cold but no sooner walked a 1/4 of a mile and it starts to rain again. Time for a Bloody Mary!!

Very windy, and table blows over ……more Bloody Marys and the day continues with a read of the blog going back to the end of school bus driving and what has happened since …  WOW !!!

Wind increasing, white caps on the lake, more Blood Marys and out with the cribbage board. 5 games of 121 later and of course more Bloody Marys time for a walk and then up to the shop to buy another 2 mugs and some ice cream. A windy selfie …….. time to light the fire and start supper.




Monday and still windy but no clouds so perhaps give this boating thing a try. Captain surveys the situation and declares a NO Fish day so camp is broken, goodies stored and we set off for home!








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