Not all who wander are lost.

What the heck are we doing here??

Those who know us well, know that we are not winter people.  All winter long we whine and complain about how much we dislike the snow, ice, and freezing cold temperatures and then vow that each winter will be our last.  Then we plan some way to get to a sunny spot to shorten the amount of time we have to suffer through the cold and darkness.  So it would seem sort of backwards for our first stop to be a place known for skiing, snowboarding, and all those other “fun” winter sports wouldn’t it?

Well, before we picked this spot we did our research as we do. We checked the average temperatures for November and December, which according to is in the 4o’s and 50’s.  One day last summer, Jason spent a decent amount of time putting together a spreadsheet of Iowa weather in comparison to Loveland, CO for me and it was significantly warmer each month (he was trying to help me make an informed decision since he knew how this cold weather makes me crazy) This area is also supposed to have 350 days of sun each year too which is just what I need to maintain my sanity. Who would have guessed that the time we decided to come spend some time here, they would see the coldest temperatures they’ve seen since the 1800’s??  This seems to be a growing trend with us.  When we were in Florida on our bike trip, the locals told us they haven’t seen that much rain in years and years, and now here we are sitting in our camper with cold weather that hasn’t been here since wooly mammoths walked the earth!

We knew that November and December were going to be tricky and there would be some cold nights but -11 windchill was nowhere close to the temps we thought we would be dealing with.  We learned that we can put heat on the waterlines all day long but at these temps, all we’re doing is using up propane faster than we care to and our waterlines?  Well, they’re still popsicles! We had a small tiny bit of thawing yesterday and got about 6 drops of water out of our faucets and got all excited, but after the temperature dropped again today we lost that tiny bit of progress from yesterday.  We woke up this morning trying to figure out why our noses and ears were on the verge of frostbite until we realized we ran out of propane.  Again.  But this time it was in the middle of the night.  So when we took the truck in to get the brakes looked at, we ended up needing to make another stop at JAX to get our propane tanks filled.  Sounds like the infra red heaters that my old friend Katy suggested might be on the shopping list soon.  At this rate, we’ll be paying over $300 a month in propane.   We’re not having trouble keeping warm in the RV really, well once we put on our 2 pairs of socks, long johns, pants, 3 shirts, sweatshirts, scarf and hat.  Its fun to get all bundled up and watch movies isn’t it?

One thing I can say is that its given me a little time to work with my fiber.  With all the planning and getting ready the last couple months I had to put it on the back burner so it was nice to spend some time prepping some fiber and getting a little spinning done.  Here’s a little of what I worked on over the last couple days.  If the temperature stays like it is, I should be out of raw fiber in no time.

Photo Nov 15, 2 44 28 PM   Photo Nov 14, 10 11 51 AM   Photo Nov 14, 1 48 39 PM

Luckily it’s supposed to be a balmy 40-ish during parts of next week so we’re hoping we can get a little thawed out.  We’ve gotten used to working with no water in the kitchen but it sure would be nice to get cleaned up without trudging through the snow and getting in the car to get to the shower.  Needless to say the last few days have been a little frustrating. When we were planning all of this, everything just fell into place.  We felt like we were doing what we were supposed to be doing.  Lately we wonder if these are all signs that we’re not quite where we are supposed to be at all.  We’ve definitely had a weird stroke of bad luck.  The good thing is even though we’re stuck in this tiny little space all day long like a couple of sardines (hoping we don’t freak out like that dude in The Shining who wasn’t very far from us) we still really like each other .  All I can say is that I sort of wish we were whining about the rain in Florida again. I know things don’t always go as planned, but man, we could really use a few of those average 40-50 degree Colorado days about now.



  1. Linda Squiers's Gravatar Linda Squiers
    November 16, 2014    

    One can do all the research available and make all the plans one wants ( get all your ducks in a row) HOWEVER, one cannot out guess Mother nature! She will have her way. We can attest to that from our Minnesota summers. Hope the forecast of some 40 degree days sets things aright for you. Pretty yarns…….

    • Jenny's Gravatar Jenny
      November 16, 2014    

      Yep we are definitely getting that figured out 🙂 should be better today and until everything it working again, time I’ll keep using my “cabin water saving skills.” And we might have to put our Anytime Fitness membership that we got at a very deep discount from Kirk and Kelly to good use so we don’t have to drive all the way to Fort Collins to take a shower. The campsite has showers but it costs $.75 a minute. Whaaatt?? It takes 10 minutes just to get all of my dang hair wet 🙂

  2. Jill's Gravatar Jill
    November 16, 2014    

    Mother Nature is just testing you. 😉

    • Jenny's Gravatar Jenny
      November 16, 2014    

      She definitely is Jill!! Some days I feel like we are passing the test and other days we fail miserably. Today is a new day, the sun is out, and we got a little water to come out of our kitchen faucet so it’s already looking better 🙂

  3. Lisa's Gravatar Lisa
    November 15, 2014    

    Ahhhhh the shining. Was that reference just for me??? That movie is terrible. Please move on to a new location before you turn into the crazy man. Stay warm!!!!

    • Jenny's Gravatar Jenny
      November 16, 2014    

      Haha actually we had just been to Estes Park a few days ago and we drove by The Stanley which is the hotel that parts of the movie were shot at. There are only like 5 people out here camping so it seems a little desolate out here so that’s what made me think of it. But now I know I have something else to torture you with besides spiders…hehehe

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