Well first the bad news. The picture I posted previously was my best eclipse picture. The gopro video did not turn out to be good enough to post. So, I am disappointed. Still it was incredible.
On the way back from the eclipse the traffic was so bad we stopped for dinner to take a break at the Terry Bison Ranch. The ranch is 27,000 acres. Yes, that is HUGE! It's so big that they have their own train to show people around. Of course they have a herd of bison, cattle, sheep, and some camels. The ranch was visited by President Roosevelt several times. Pretty neat.
The ranch has a restaurant. We had burgers. One of us was a bit more adventurous and had a buffalo burger. You guess which one.
Pam and David were great and have a wonderful home. We really appreciated their hospitality. Loved our visit to Denver.
We definitely plan to come back to Colorado and spend at least a month camping and hiking around the state.
Watching the eclipse was incredible. The totality is something that has to be experienced to be appreciated. Even with all the driving and crazy drivers to deal with it was worth it.
We started out on the highway at 4 am. Soon after we started out we could see that many had the same idea. It was not until after sunrise that the traffic became unreasonable and we started moving off the interstate to side roads.
Glendo Wy was at the center of the totality and that was where we stopped to enjoy eclipse.
There were some who were trying to make a profit off the eclipse. Look close and you will see that they are charging $150 per night with no hookups. Just a grass field. Wow!
I have more to post but that will wait till we return to NM. We will be here for one more day visiting family.
We head out to see the eclipse today. Seeing a full eclipse has been on the bucket list from the beginning. Today we drive to Denver to visit with Shawna's cousin. Monday we will be up early to make the drive to a location in Wyoming to be in totality. I may not be able to post pictures after we get back to the lake.
We did have a really nice sunset last night.
Well we had our first hail storm on the 5th wheel. The hail was pretty loud. It was almost impossible to talk to each other. We received over 1.13 inches of rain/hail mix.
Most of the hail was pea size but there were several times when the hail was much larger and you could tell. It sounded like someone was throwing rocks at the walls and roof.
The garden did not fare well. Before...
After. No so good.
We have already seen some amount of damage. Today I will get up on the roof and see if there is something we have not already discovered.
Next year we will have a cover that will protect the 5th wheel. We hoped to be started on it this year but it will have to wait till next year. The truck was under cover so it got no damage.
Almost all our work time has been on the lake house. Rebuilding the porch. Complete remodel of the master bath. Replacing siding and other exterior wood damage. And finally painting the entire exterior. Well here is what it looks like now.
It looks pretty good.
On to other projects.
We have been having some rain here. It makes for some unusual but pretty sunsets.
We have had all our visits from family for the summer. Back to work. It has been almost 4 months since we arrived at Logan NM. We are itching to get back on the road to the point that we have already started planning the trip even though we still have 7 weeks before we head back east. The plan at this point it to take an "off the interstate" path. We will go to Lubbock, Abilene, then to Waco. From there into Louisiana going through Nacogdoches then across the Mississippi at Natchez.
Basicly we will be driving Hwy 84 most of the way then down through Alabama.
We are early in our plans but leaving somewhere around September 20th. and arriving in NW Florida by the first of November. Just over six weeks to travel 1,466 miles with several multi day stops to hike trails, see museums, and relax.
Of course we have a beautiful sunset almost every night while we are at Ute Lake.
We are a couple who have started on a new adventure...