It's been a great summer so far, bringing wildflowers, rain, and a revolving front door of old friends and new acquaintances. They came bearing adult beverage gifts of fine wine, mysterious IPA's, and Spotted Cow ales exclusively brewed and sold in Wisconsin. We alternated between firing up the grill, ordering Pizza, and breaking out chips and guacamole. Spirits fueled conversations and exaggerations. As my friend Maikel says, "Never let facts get in the way of a good story!" So, the more we drank the bigger the stories :) It's typical RV fraternity...a Brotherhood of the Road.
But it really started before July, May, actually, when early bird RV'ers Mary and John Wells passed through Lovely Ouray for a meet up...I believe due the the BCB blog. They hail all the way from Maine, one of our favorite of the New England states in Fall, not winter :) Hey Guys! If I remember correctly you had to be back home by mid summer. Hope your life near the water/ocean is good and that you can take a winter break to someplace warmer.
The end of June brought Newbies Lisa and Hans to Lovely Ouray...another blog connection. They sold out of San Diego in order to wander but can see themselves back in a sticks and bricks eventually, perhaps in Oregon (so don't squander the nest egg!), then downsizing the big Montana Fiver to a smaller rig. Speaking of Montana, that's where you'll find them right now, exploring their hearts out. Check out Metamorphosis Road.
It was good to see John Q. from Zionsville, Illinois, again this year. His Hiking Pilgrimage to Lovely Ouray is in its fifth year now. Die hard Floridian Beach Bum, Walden Steve, came out for the second time...flying from grandfatherly duties in Wisconsin, to Dallas, renting a car there and driving straight through for 15 hours! His masochism garnered him the Ass Fault Road Rash Award and a month's supply of hemorrhoid wipes. John and Steve met here at our Wildflower Festival back in 2010, and have since crossed paths in Florida and Illinois.
|Walden Steve, John Q., and The Boonster and Coffe Girl
|Walden Steve, left, John Q., right, on Blue Lakes Pass
|Coffee Girl loves hiking...maybe even more than biking :)
New acquaintances were formed when Ingrid and "story teller" Al from Live, Laugh, RV showed up for a meet and greet. They are former developers and homebuilders, and before that Al was an Airline Pilot and Ingrid was a stewardess (Gee, I wonder how they met?). Al and Ingrid sold their sticks and bricks in Pueblo West recently and embarked on The Lifestyle full-time.
|Al and Ingrid in Telluride (their photo from Live, Laugh, RV) and a darn good one!
We also met BCB readers (and Lazy Daze owners) Don and Dorothy when they came over from a camp up at Ironton on Red Mountain. They RV away from the heat and humidity of Alabama every summer for six months in order to explore the west that Don has had a longstanding fascination for. It took a while, but Dorothy seems to be an eager and willing participant, now that they found the proper RV. We pointed them to a few four wheel drive roads and non-vertical hiking trails and hope to get together again before they head down the road.
|Lazy Daze RV'ers Dorothy and Don on our front deck
Illinois "salt of the earth" farmers Chris and Mindy show up in Lovely Ouray every year to Jeep the high country. We had them over for pizza...they were the ones that brought the Spotted Cow, which I liked! Mindy also teaches school; rumor has it only one more year to go. We met up through the Artful RV Adventures/Box Canyon Blog. Chris and Mindy love looking at photos of the area around Lovely Ouray to tide them over till next years vacation. A big BCB "Hello" to Pop, who stays behind to keep the farm in order. He is a big Colorado and BCB fan from what I hear. You need to get out here again, Pop!
|Professional Food and Livestock growers, Chris and Mindy!!!
We hope to see some of you this winter. You'll know where we're at by checking in right here. Till then, see ya down the road.
Mark and Bobbie
|Maikel and Susan
|Susan now wants to be a Big Mama Cabbie in Silverton :)
|Maikel, Al, Susan, Bobbie, Ingrid, and Boonie... in the Imax living room.
|A hike to Box Canyon Falls
|Yours truly, contemplating Whirled Peas...
|I will never tire of Susan's smiles...
|Mindy, making sure Chris keeps his eyes right...
|Walden Steve signs out...then Bobbie, Boonie, and John Q.
|This says it all...