We decided to stay at Boyd Lake State Park for the first week and a half. This would give us time to get the RV more organized and scout the area for a more permanent spot until January. We spent the first day putting the rest of our stuff away and figuring out where everything is going to go. One thing that we both realized pretty quickly is that we’re going to have to pick up after ourselves frequently because it doesn’t take much to make this small space seem messy. 5 dirty dishes makes it look like the counters are full of dishes waiting to be washed (pretty sure I’ll be missing my dishwasher very soon.) Laundry could easily start taking over the place if not done frequently. As we travel more we’ll probably soon be able to give reviews and locations of laundry mats across the country.
Sadie, Reid, T, and Heather all came here to spend a few days with us and Brooke and Ben live in Fort Collins so we decided to invite them over and have our first official family dinner to break in the place. Plus we had a jar of Apple Pie Moonshine that we got from Molly that needed to be cracked open! After pouring a round for all of us legal drinkers, it was gone pretty fast! I kept telling everyone we were going to have our first family Thanksgiving dinner in the RV and everyone was skeptical (except me of course!) There were 9 of us total and no one had to sit on the floor so we learned two important things: We will be able to accommodate this group plus 5 dogs for the holidays and Molly is going to have to send us more moonshine!
We’ve had some really beautiful weather here so one of the days we decided to take a hike up the trails at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space. When I say hike up the trails the operative word here is “up” because we did hike up….A LOT. Some of the trails we’ve been on will go up, then level off a little, then up but not this one. We’d hiked here before when we visited Brooke & Ben last summer and we chose the trail to Horsetooth Falls which is an amazing hike that ends with small natural pools that waterfalls from the rocks above flow into. It was a hot day so there were quite a people just hangin’ out, wandering through the water, hammocking, or just sitting there enjoying the space. This time Sam and Reid wanted to climb to Horsetooth Rock so we went the other way. All the way up there are breathtaking views and I find it difficult to take it all in at times.
One of my favorites of the day was this photo where I was able to capture moon and the sun in the same picture. I was trying to get a picture of all the different peaks and didn’t see it until I looked at it later. I love it when you get a cool shot of something that you weren’t trying to get.
Sam and Reid wanted to climb to Horsetooth Rock which involved a little bit of climbing so Jason, Heather and I headed back down about 1/2 mile or so before the rock. I blamed it on not being used to the altitude yet…definitely not age related! Sam sent this picture after they had reached to top of the rock.
The next day was a bit of an emotional day for everyone. It was our 20th wedding anniversary so taking a day to remember one of the best days of our lives is always a good thing for which I can feel nothing but complete happiness. Sadie and T had come to Colorado to go to a concert the evening before but now they had to go back to work in Iowa. Reid and Heather were riding with them so they were leaving too for school and work as well. When they came to say “Good Bye” I think we all kind of tried to ignore that they were going to be 2 states away but its tough to leave the people you love and start a whole new life no matter how much you want it. We’re hoping to see them all at Thanksgiving which is only about 3 weeks away so that helps. And of course we can all remain hopeful that they’ll decide to come live here one day.
Although our plan was to spend the day just relaxing and doing absolutely nothing, we spent the rest of the day moving the RV to another space in the campground but that is a whole other story that we will share later.