Day 8 – Living it Large

Posted: August 19, 2010 in 2010 summer trip
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Wednesday
July 28, 2010

Woke up early this morning (around 7 am) and after breakfast we decided to take a walk with Shyla down the country road where we are camping.  Along the way Andrew provided me with tips on how to take the best shots….not withstanding the comment each time….”We had this discussion before it’s like I told you last time…Remember”  Seemed like a funny thing to keep telling me because if I remembered I don’t think I would keep asking…….Sometimes I am so slow at compartmentalizing information.  In my defense there is so much to remember even though he programed a setting for me that I can use that gives me the best results.  He did show me how to Zoom in today and how to make other areas blur.  I spent a lot of time on our walk taking pictures of flowers and rocks today practicing the technique.  Still not quite there but  I have decided that I like taking pictures of flora.

Country Store in Vallecitio, CO

Country Store in Vallecitio, CO

My first attempts at working with zoom/blur function

My first attempts at working with zoom/blur function

Sign on a tree for cabins in the area

Sign on a tree for cabins in the area

The walk was great (about 5 miles roundtrip) all downhill one way and up hill the other.  It was so peaceful.  Shyla had a chance to meet a few locals of the canine persuasion who gladly escorted her across the perimeter of their properties.  We even had one fellow follow us a few hundred feet until he felt safe we were not going to invade his territory.  Was pleased to see that the dogs in the area are just as friendly as their owners.  Along the way we passed several houses up for sale but realized we need to save a few more pennies to live in this area.  Property it seems is definitely worth more than in Dallas.

We passed a resort called “Wits End”  but quite honestly if you stayed there I think you would be anything but at your wits end.  The property had a grand entrance and on the property were manicured lawns and ponds.

Shyla and I taking a breather of the fresh air

Shyla and I taking a breather of the fresh air

The day began very cool as it was early but with our meandering pace (or maybe I should say mine as Andrew always seemed to be in front and waiting on me) it was getting close to noon when he headed back and now had warmed up quite a bit.  Shyla however managed to, as always, find the best little spots to cool off.

Shyla cooling off from mountain runoff

Shyla cooling off from mountain runoff

Later in the afternoon we took a drive right around the lake on a county road.  We are beginning to learn that if it says county road ….. then it synonymous for bumpy gravel road. The road took us first over the damn at the south end of the lake and then followed the shoreline on the west side.   When we first looked for camping in the area we located a place on the west side of the lake.  After driving the road we were glad that we decided on Blue Spruce however as we may have had a little difficulty navigating the road with the trailer for this other site.  Not only was the road gravel but for about 1/2 mile it was riddled with rough rocks and holes. However it didn’t seem to stop people as there were plenty of campers dotted all along the private and public camping sites.  All but one camp area is primitive but they do have pretty views of the lake and if we made sure our gas and water tank were working properly it could be an option for us.

This blue spruce tree is typical of the area

This blue spruce tree is typical of the area

We stopped along the way and waded in the water.  The lake is fed by the water from the mountains and so is crystal clear.  Even Shyla found it refreshing and waded in and out.

Vallecetio Lake, CO

Vallecetio Lake, CO

When we returned it was just in time to join the potluck dinner.  Andrew chose to stay behind with Shyla tonight as they both were a little pooped.  A had Andrew stop by the local general store and was lucky enough that they had containers of fresh garden pasta for sale.  So with my two tubs of pasta off I trotted to dinner.  With the food that was brought you would have thought all these seasoners (that it what they are called if they stay all the summer season) had industrial kitchens at their disposal.  I am used to preparing dinner that can be made in an electric skillet when we camp….and have quite a repitiore of recipes too.  However I definitely ate good tonight with meatloaf, pasta, casserole, breads, veggies galore, and oooohhhh the deserts.  After dinner tables were cleared off and some cleared out to find comfort in their home on wheels while most nestled in for the next two hours of quality bingo.  Started off with three cards and was sure I had picked the “winners”.  Needless to say it was close……every time close…..so close I could taste it….and then it was ripped away and given to someone else.   I had a great time and gambled a whole $5 on cards…..living it large!!!  To bad I didn’t win the grand pot as it was $94.  These guys are serious about their bingo prizes.

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Comments
  1. Bev &Barry says:

    Sharon…Think you are a fast learner…the shots are terrific and even a bee on the daisy.
    I like flora shots too. though sadly my zoomer isn’t working, in fact my camera needs replacing I think. Sometimes it goes and sometimes it doesn’t and the batteries seem to run down extremely fast soon after I have recharged them. Oh well…I have taken lots of shots and the ones that work are great reminders of the spectacular scenery right up the NSW coast. Will send you some to see.
    I am really enjoying your ‘present’ and open up the computer with great excitement to see another day of your holiday.
    Love the sign ‘Lazy Time’ and Wits End Ranch is a great name. Folks are so creative aren’t they. I will send you a photo of a ‘laver tree’ and a true funny story to go with it. It is amazing the things you come across whilst travelling and the people too. Very interesting. We have struck some less than perfect roads too – bit scarey with the van. Your camp sites look wonderful. Glad to see you three looking so relaxed and that you really enjoyed the bingo and pot dinner…Yum! You deserve a good time.

    lots of love Bev xx

    • triptracker says:

      Bev…look forward to seeing your pictures. We have seen a lot of really good signs on our travels. I really didn’t pay much attention before but after the “Nuttin Fancy Cafe” and “It’ll Do Motel” I have really been paying attention. I struggle with each post to come up with just a catchy title. I am so glad you are enjoying these posts. I am enjoying them and it feels productive to put something together.

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