Flo's February 2011 Travels

February Camping Adventures 2011





Trip to Oklahoma

LOCATION:  Palestine, Texas    SITE:  Walmart Parking Lot
DATE:  02/20/2011    SPACE:  00    TRIP:  75   DISTANCE:  184 miles

Sunday February 20, 2011

After mom and dad came home from their snow ski trip they decided that we were going to go on a camping adventure to Oklahoma. We've driven through Oklahoma to go on other camping adventures but we never actually stayed at any of their state parks. Mom had another week off from work so this gives us more time so they decide to go to Oklahoma. While mom and dad were snow skiing someone broken into Aunt Louise's house. She was lucky because they only stoled about $30.00 and some costume jewelery. So before we started on our our camping adventure mom and dad went over to Aunt Louise's house to fix her front door. Mom and dad got home about 11:00 and finished getting the Minnie ready. While mom did that dad called his mom to wish her a Happy Birthday. After dad finished talking with Grandma and mom finished getting the Minnie ready they had lunch. After lunch we started on our adventure to Oklahoma. We arrived in Palestine Texas about 5:30 so we decided to call it a night. We found a Walmart and parked for the night. After we set up the Minnie for the night mom and dad took me for a walk around the parking lot. When we got back mom and dad put me in the Minnie and than they walked over to Walmart and bought a chicken for their dinner. I like it when they do this because I get some of the bones and mom feeds me some of the chicken. Mom and dad ate the chicken and mom fed me my food and a couple of bones. While we were sitting in the Minnie we watched four kids painting bricks and posts for Walmart. They painted the bricks red with a paint gun and they painted the post a clear color with rollers. It was about 9:30 when we decided to call it a night. 




click on photo for more pictures of Beavers Bend State Park

LOCATION:  Broken Bow, Oklahoma    SITE:  Beavers Bend State Park (Cypress Circle)
DATE:  02/21/2011 - 02/22/2011    SPACE:  C17  TRIP:  75   DISTANCE:  200 miles

Monday February 21, 2011

Mom slept downstairs on the couch last night so she woke up about 7:00, I was already awake waiting for her. As she was getting ready dad got out of bed. After they both were finished getting ready mom fed me my breakfast and than sat down with dad and had breakfast. After we finished breakfast mom and dad took me for a walk and than we left Walmart. We had another 4 or 5 hour drive to get to Beavers Bend State Park. On the way there I slept and mom dozed off once in awhile. We arrived at Beavers Bend State Park about 1:00. We stopped at the Forest Heritage Center. The Forest Heritage Center was cool it had carvings in front of it. There was a tall carving of an Indian and a carving of a mother bear and a cub. Mom took me for a walk while dad checked in. As mom and I walked around we was a nature trail and a cover porch with a picnic table where the carvings were. When dad returned to us he said he could pay for the site at the campground. He also said that that the Visitor Center had a very nice museum of the area. We went to the picnic table so dad could read the map of park. The actual park was a couple of miles from the Visitor Center. There is three circles (Acorn, Buckeye and Cypress). Buckeye was closed and Acorn was an extra $5.00 a night because it had 50 amps verses 30 amps that was in Cypress. So we decided to stay in Cypress to save $5.00 a night. After we set up camp for a couple of nights we walked around the campground. We walked to the day area and a small dam. Mom took a few pictures when she realized she for got to put the extra memory in the camera. She was upset with herself when dad asked her if she forgot to take it out of the computer. She said yes and we had bought the computer with us so she was glad now she can take a lot of pictures. When we got back mom made dad and her a chicken sandwich for lunch and she gave me a little chick for a snack. After lunch we took a little nap. When we woke up we went for a little walk. We walked to the cabins and the day area. What is so cool in Oklahoma is that you don't pay for the day use areas in the state parks you only pay for the camping. We walked for about an hour. We walked by Mountain Fork River and the cabin area until we saw the power plant and than we decided to go back because it was getting late. The cabins were great they were built by the CCC. Some of the cabins were divided into duplexes with two doors and others only had one door. The ones that had two doors on each side they had two big beds and two sets bump beds. The ones that had only one door had threes big beds and 5 sets of bump beds. As we continued to the power plant we saw a few more cabins, they were larger and looked over the Mountain Fork River. They were built on the hillside so it had a balcony and some of them had a picnic table at the bottom of the hill so you can eat by Mountain Fork River. Each cabin had a restroom, a couple of bedrooms, living area and a kitchen. They were very nice. Once we got to where we could see the power plant we turned around and headed back to the Minnie. As we were walking back we saw a few deer climbing up a hill. When they saw us they stopped and watched us until we walked pass them. When we got back to the Minnie it was dinnertime so mom fed me my food and made some tacos for dad and her. After dinner we stayed inside for the rest of the night.




Beavers Bend State Park Hiking Trail

Tuesday February 22, 2011

I woke up early and did my grooming while I let mom and dad slept in. Mom and dad got out of bed about 8:45, mom went to the bathroom and dad climbed back into bed because it was 38 degrees outside and it was a little cold in the Minnie. Mom fed me my breakfast and then she turned around and realized dad was back in bed. Mom teased dad about going back to bed and being a wimp. After she teased dad for while she took me for a walk. When we returned dad decided to get out of bed. Mom and dad sat down and had breakfast. After breakfast we went on a six mile mile for about 3 hours. We trails we hiked were Lookout Mountain Trail (1.5 miles), Beaver Creek Trail (1 mile), South Park Trail (1 mile) and Forest Heritage Tree Nature Trail (.5 mile). The first trail we hiked was South Park Trail which is a very nice trail that gradually goes up a hill, across Beaver Creek and through trees. On the other side of Beaver Creek South Park Trail, Ys off to Lookout Mountain Trail and Beaver Creek Trail. We decided to take Lookout Mountain Trail. Lookout Mountain Trail was very challenging it went up and down hills, through ravines, across Beaver Creek and through trees. As we climbed the hills we had to rest now and then to get our breathe. Mom and dad would sit on a fallen tree and I would eat a little grass. When we got to the top of a big hill the scenery was gorgeous. We hiked to highway 259A which is the entrance road to the park. We didn't have to walk on the road because a trail went along side of the road to the Forest Heritage Center which was .5 mile. I was glad because dad left me off leash until we got to the parking lot. When we got to the Forest Heritage Center mom and dad rested in a beautiful wooden chair. Dad went inside the center to walk through the museum and when he came back mom walked through it. I had to stay outside because dogs weren't allowed inside that was ok with me because one of the ladies that work there came out to visit with me. When mom got back we started back to the campsite. We hiked the Forest Heritage Tree Trail. As we hiked this trail we crossed over a couple of bridges. One of the bridges was a covered bridge and the other one just crossed over a creek. Once we got to the covered bridge dad took pictures of mom and me on the bridge. We also walked by the remains of a homestead. Part of the tree trail runs along Beaver Creek. When we got to the homestead there is a sign for Beaver Creek Trail. We walked to the homestead and read about it and than we walked back to the sign and hiked Beaver Creek Trail. As we were hiking along Beaver Creek we got to a place where dad let me walk into the creek to get a drink and wet my feet. I was very happy he did because we had hiked along way and I was thirsty and the water felt so good on my feet. After I finished we hiked a little farther down the trail we crossed over Beaver Creek. It was the same place we crossed of the creek earlier when we hiked Lookout Mountain Trail. Once we crossed the creek we back on South Park Trail, which took us back to the campground. Once we were back to our site we were all exhausted. Mom and dad sent up our chairs and I just laid on the ground waiting for them to finished. We rested a little while and than mom made lunch. She made chicken sandwiches for dad and her. She gave me a little chicken and a couple of chicken bones for a snack.

After lunch we went outside and sat in our chairs. I was sunning when mom decided she wanted to go inside to take a nap so we all went inside. We napped for about an hour and than mom and dad went to take a shower. They left me in the Minnie. When they got back mom and dad changed their shoes and we went for a walk around the campground. We walked around for about an hour. We walked by the cabins, the day area and by the river. When we got back mom made dinner. She cooked up some beef stew for dad and her. She fed me my food. When mom was serving the stew she look in her bowl and saw that she had all the beef so I guess dad had vegetable stew instead of beef stew. After dinner we stayed inside for the rest of the night.




click on photo for more pictures of Stephens Gap Area

LOCATION:  Broken Bow, Oklahoma    SITE:  Stephens Gap Area (Armadillo Circle)
DATE:  02/23/2011 - 02/24/2011    SPACE:  A17  TRIP:  75   DISTANCE:  7 miles

Wednesday February 23, 2011

Mom and dad woke up about 9:00 I was still tired from yesterday's hike but I got up. Mom fed me my breakfast and than sat down with dad to eat breakfast. We're taking our time today because the next campground we're going to stay at is only a few miles away. After breakfast mom and dad took me for walk around the campground to the day area by the river. We walked for about an hour. As we were walking a few fisher men showed up. They were fly fishing in the river. One of them said hi to me and when we got back to the parking lot I met another one. Mom and dad saw a wild turkey flying across the river, I didn't see it because I was too busy exploring. It was a beautiful hike along the river. When we got back mom and dad put me in the Minnie so they got walk to the Forest Heritage Center. They wanted to walk through the museum and look at the exhibits. I didn't mind being left behind because I was tired. They were gone a couple of hours. They walked the road until they got to the Beaver Creek Trail and hiked it to the Forest Heritage Center. They really enjoyed walking through the museum they saw a lot of fantastic exhibits. When they got back to the Minnie I was excited to see them. After we said our hellos mom and dad got ready to move to the next campground.

On the way to Stephen Gap Area we drove over the dam and by the power plant. As we were crossing over the dam mom took a few pictures. We drove to Carson Creek Area and drove around the area and than we drove back to Stephens Gap Area. When we got here we decided to stay. This campground was very nice with new campsites. The campground has two circle, all of the campsites have electricity with 30 amps and 50 amps. The B circle sites have electricity and water for $20.00 a night and the A circle sites are pull through with electricity, water and sewer hookups for $23.00 a night. We took a site in A without the sewer hookup for $20.00. After we setup camp for a couple of nights mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. When we got back dad barbecued sausage for lunch and mom gave me a pork rib bone. After lunch we sat on our chairs.

After awhile mom and dad decided to take me on a little hike before dinner. We hiked a mile of the Indian Nations Trail for about 45 minutes. The Indian Nations Trail is a four mile trail one way, we were going to hike to Carson Creek Road but it was a mile one way but it was starting to get late so we turned back after walking 1/2 mile. It was a very easy trail to hike, it gradually went up and down a hill and through trees. The trail had a lot of leaves so it felt nice on my feet. When we got back to the Minnie it was dinnertime so mom decided to built a fire to barbecue pork chops. As she was trying to light the wood she collected dad decided he better help her because she would be trying forever. Dad told her that the wood she had got was too big to start a fire with, she needs to start with leaves and twigs first and once the fire started she could add the bigger pieces. Dad had a great fire going in minutes and barbecued the pork chops, I was happy because that means I get some more bones. When dinner was ready we went inside to eat it because it started to rain a little. After dinner we stayed inside and mom baked cookies. Mom tried to take me for a walk before I went to bed for the night but I was so tired I just went to my bed and went to sleep.            

Thursday February 24, 2011

I woke up a little earlier than mom and dad so I decided to do my grooming until they decided to get out of bed. Mom and dad finally decided to get up at 8:45. When they got up mom fed me my breakfast and than sat down with dad to have breakfast. After breakfast we went on a 7 mile hike for 3 hours. There are three loop trails here so we decided to hike them all. We hiked the Indian Nations Trail for about 1/2 mile until it met Loop 3 Trail ( 4 mile trail). We hiked Loop 3 until it met Loop 2 (1.75 mile trail) and than we hiked Loop 2 until it met with Loop 1 (.4 mile trail). We hiked Loop 1 until it reached the Lakeview Lodge. We walked around the lodge and mom took pictures of the lodge and Broken Bow Lake. As we were walking around the lodge we saw a few guys working on the landscape. The lodge was very well kept up and each unit was maintained by a different organization, such as a bank, a realtor, people or other companies. The loop trails start at the Lakeview Lodge but we already hiked half of each loop so on the way back to the campground we hiked the rest of each loop. The hike was fantastic and the loops weren't hard to hike. As we were hiking we gradually hiked up and down hills and through trees. I saw a couple of deer before mom and dad did so I ran after them. I didn't go too far because there was I hill they ran down, I knew if I ran down the hill I had to run back up the hill and I was already tired because of the humidity. We were hiking back to the campground and dad found a log to sit on to rest and I decided to lay down. As I was laying down I started to slide down the hill, I tried to stay on the hill a couple of times and than decided to give up and just lay on the trail. It rained on and off during our hike so by the time we got back to the campground we were soaked but we had a fantastic hike. When we got back to the campground mom stopped at the restroom and dad took me back to the Minnie because it was starting to rain harder. When we got to the Minnie dad dried me off and like being dried off because I don't like my head wet. When mom got to the Minnie I was a sleep in her seat. Mom and dad rested a little while and than mom got up and made lunch. Mom cooked up some chicken noodle soup for lunch. I was so tired I didn't even get up to get a treat.

It rained most of the afternoon so mom worked on her Sudoku book, dad read a book and I slept. The rain finally stopped and mom decided to go take a shower so dad and I went for a walk while she was taking her shower. Dad and I walked around the campground. As we were walking around we decided to stop by another camper and talk to him. Mom finished taking her shower and came over to where we were. Mom and dad visit with the other camper for awhile. After mom and dad finished visiting we went back to the Minnie and mom made dinner. Mom fixed up leftovers, she heated up chicken and sausage for wraps. She fed me my dinner and than sat down with dad and ate dinner. After dinner we sat outside for a little while before it got dark. Then we went inside for the rest of the night.



click on photo for more pictures of Wilson H. Fox Park

LOCATION:  Granger, Texas    SITE:  Wilson H. Fox Park
DATE:  02/25/2011 - 02/26/2011    SPACE:  04    TRIP:  75   DISTANCE:   356 miles

Friday February 25, 2011

We woke up about 8:00 and mom fed me my breakfast and than she sat down with dad and had breakfast. After breakfast we went on a hike on the Indian Natives Trail. The Indian Natives Trail runs on both side of the main road in the park. Today we decided we would hike the trail on our side of the road. The trail runs along a creek that feeds into Broken Bow Lake. Yesterday it rained and the creek was running very nicely. Mom took pictures of the creek as we were hiking. The hike was a very nice hike, we had to cross over the creek and through trees. We hiked the trail until we lost the trail. We looked all over the place to find it but we couldn't so we hiked back to the Minnie. When we got back to our campsite we started to get the Minnie ready to go. We weren't planning to leave until about 2:00 but our hike was cut short so we left at 10:00.

We stopped a couple of hours for lunch. Dad found a Home Depot and parked the Minnie. Mom made ham sandwiches for dad and her lunch. I was so tired I didn't get up until after mom and dad finished lunch and than they took me for a walk around the parking lot. When we returned to the Minnie we continued our adventure down the road. Dad was going to stop in Palestine Texas for the night but when we got there it was only 2:00 so we continued down the road. As we were going down the road mom and dad decided to go to Lake Granger for a couple of night.

We arrived at Lake Granger about 5:30, Dad tried to get a campsite at Taylor Park but it was closed until Tuesday March 1. So we went to Wilson H. Fox Park. As we were driving around to find a site mom and dad looked at each other and said that this was the busiest they ever saw Wilson H. Fox Park. We found a site and than we went back and paid for two nights. Dad parked the Minnie and than mom and dad setup camp. Afterwards mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground before it got dark. When we got back from our walk mom made dinner. Mom fed me my dinner and than sat down and had dinner with dad. Dad had soup and mom had a sandwich for dinner. After dinner we stayed inside for night.   

Saturday February 26, 2011

We woke up about 8:00. Mom fed me my breakfast and than sat down and had breakfast with dad. After breakfast we went for a walk around the park. There are no hiking trails in this park so we walked to a few boat ramps, beach area and picnic area. When we were walking around the boat ramps mom tried to take pictures of the lake but they didn't come out because it was overcast. We walked on the dock at the ramp but we had to be careful because the dock was in bad shape, the boards we broken. As we were at the ramps we saw a lot of people putting their boats in to go fishing and there were a few people fishing on the fishing dock also. We continued to walk to the beach area and picnic area. This area was closed so dad took me off leash because no one was there. I didn't go on the beach but mom and dad did walk me around the area. As we were walking around the beach area we saw a dead hog. When we got back to the campground we had walked 3 miles. We weren't tired but it was misting so we sat in our chairs. As we were sitting in our chairs we saw kids playing in the playground, families throwing baseballs and footballs, people flying kites, people walking around and people walking their dogs. When lunchtime came around dad barbecued hamburgers for mom and his lunch. Mom gave me a new treat. She gave me a cookie bone made with chicken. It had broken in half so she gave me one of the halves. I wasn't sure what it was at the beginning but once I started to eat it I liked it. As we were sitting in our chairs we saw a lot of ducks flying in the sky. After lunch mom and dad took me for walk around the campground. I met dogs and people. As we were walking around mom and dad counted the vehicles in the campground, they counted 12 travel trailers, 10 fifth wheels, 9 tents, 4 pop up trailers, 3 A RVs and 3 C RVs. Mom and dad had a great time doing this. When we got back to the site we sat in our chairs and relaxed. As we were sitting there a few more people showed up and more people were putting their boats in the lake. When dinnertime came around mom made tacos for dad and her. Mom fed me my food. After dinner we went for another walk around the campground. I saw a kite in the sky and I didn't no what it was so I started to bark at it. Mom and dad tried to tell me that it was a kite but I didn't understand. Mom explained to the kids that were flying the kite that I was barking at their kite and they started to laugh. The girl came over to me and paid attention to me. She told mom and dad that she had 4 dogs and thanked mom and dad for letting her pet me. After she left we continued our walk and I didn't bark at the kite any more. When we got back mom and dad bagged the chairs and we went inside for the night.

Sunday February 27, 2011

We woke up at 6:30 dad got up and laid on the couch for a little while longer. At 7:15 mom and dad got up and mom fed me my breakfast. After we all had breakfast we went for a short walk around the campground. When we got back to the Minnie mom and dad broke camp and we left. We had a great time at Wilson H. Fox park. In fact we had a fantastic week camping but mom has to go back to work tomorrow so we have to get back.  

  
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February Fun Stuff 2011


Colorado Snow Ski Trip February 12 to February 18

Mom and dad dropped me off at Aunt Louise's House on Friday before they started their Colorado Snow Ski Trip. My visit with my Aunt Louise and my Cousin Regal was going to be for a week. I know my visit was going to be great. Everytime I stay with my Aunt I always have a fun and I get to sleep with my Aunt Louise. The first couple of days I miss my mom and dad but than I get over it because Aunt Louise keeps me entertained. I will now let mom tell you about their Snow Ski Adventure to Colorado.




click on photo for more pictures of Colorado Snow Trip


LOCATION:  Amarillo, Texas    SITE:  Days Inn    DATE:  02/12/2011    DISTANCE:   494 miles

Saturday February 12, 2011

Hi, Larry and I started our adventure early Saturday morning. The drive was very relaxing. We drove by farmlands and rolling prairies. While driving Larry saw a male pheasant in a ditch. This was very exciting because we had been in Texas for over 20 years and we had never seen any pheasant before. Larry drove 494 miles for 9 hours before he called it a day. We spent the night in Amarillo at a Days Inn. After checking in we went to dinner. We walked to a small hamburger place right next store called HUD’S. As we were walking to HUD’S we had to careful because there was snow and ice on the ground.  HUD’S was in an old building which needed some work but the food was great. We had a couple of hamburger melts and an order of onion rings. After dinner we called it a night.





A herd of Elk in a Federal Preserve in Colorado


LOCATION:  Salida, Colorado    SITE:  America's Best Value Inn    DATE:  02/13/2011 - 02/16/2011    DISTANCE:   438 miles

Sunday February 13, 2011

Sunday morning we left Amarillo Texas to continue our trip to Salida Colorado. Salida was 398 miles from Amarillo. The scenery during our drive to Salida was gorgeous, there was snow on the mountain ranges and snow on the side of the roads. As we were driving through New Mexico we saw some Big Prongs and antelopes. While drive through Conifer Colorado we drove by a Federal Elk Preserve. We saw a big herd of elk grazing and when they saw us they decided to run up a hill. They didn’t go too far before they realized that we weren’t going to hurt them. We also saw a couple of buffalo at the preserve. The preserve was very nice. 

We arrived at Salida about 3:00 pm and checked in at Americas Best Value Inn for a few days. As Larry was checking in the clerk asked if we had ski lift tickets and Larry told him that we were going to get them on the mountain. The clerk asked Larry if he needed any gas in the truck. He told Larry if he needed 10 gallons of gas he go to any of Shell Stations and get a voucher for buy one lift ticket you can get one free. Larry thanked him for the information. When we got to the room we decided that we needed to get the skis waxed so we looked for a ski shop. We found one which was about 10 miles from the motel. We loaded the skis in the truck and headed towards the shop. When we arrived at the shop they weren’t busy yet because the skiers were still on the mountain. They waxed our skis while we waited. On the way back to the hotel we stopped by a Shell Station to get gas even through we really didn’t needed it. We were lucky we got 10 gallons of gas and got a voucher for skiing tomorrow. After we got gas we stopped at a McDonald's for dinner. After dinner we drove around town  and around Salida historic downtown. The downtown was quaint with small shops and diners. As we were driving back to the hotel Larry saw a donkey tied to a tree in front of a shop. We thought this was cute so we took a picture of it. When we got back to the room called it a night.  



       

                          Monarch Mountain                                   Mom getting ready to ski down Monarch Mountain


LOCATION:  Salida, Colorado    SITE:  Monarch Mountain    DATE:  02/14/2011    DISTANCE:  20 miles

Monday February 14, 2011

The next morning we got up and had breakfast at the motel. After breakfast we went to Monarch Mountain. This was the first time we had been to Monarch Mountain so it was very exciting. Monarch Mountain is located 20 miles from Salida. Monarch Mountain Resort is on 800 acres along the Continental Divide in the Sawatch Range. There are 63 trails: 14 % are Beginner, 28% are Intermediate, 27% Advanced and 31% are Expert. The longest run is 1 mile long. There are 4 double chairs lifts and 1 quad lift. The runs were wide and very well groomed. The mountain wasn't too busy because it was Monday and people had to work. This was great because we didn't have to wait in line to get on the lift. The people working at the resort were very friendly and helpful. We started skiing when the resort opened at 9:00 and stopped at 2:00. After finishing skiing we headed back to the truck. The temperature was a little warm so the parking lot was muddy. When we reached the truck we wiped off our shoes before getting in the truck. When we got back to Salida we went to the motel to rest. We relaxed a couple of hours before we went to Fiesta Mexicana for dinner. After dinner we went back to our room and called it a night.


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Cooper Resort Ski School                                             Dad waiting for Mom


LOCATION:  Leadville, Colorado    SITE:  Ski Cooper Resort    DATE:  02/15/2011    DISTANCE:  72 miles

Tuesday February 15, 2011

We woke up in the morning and had breakfast at the motel and then headed to the ski slopes. Today we’re going to go to another ski resort that we have never been to before. The ski resort we’re going to is Cooper. Cooper Resort is 72 miles from Salida in Leadville. It has 400 acres that you can ski on. There are 26 trails (30 % of the trails are beginners, 40% of the trails are intermediates and 30 % of the trails are advanced) and 4 lifts to get you up the mountain. The trails are great and very well maintained. We had a wonderful time. While we were there Larry and I took pictures of the resort. In front of the ski school there was a cute bear made of snow, I couldn’t resist I had to take a picture of it. We left Cooper about 2:30 to head back to Salida but before going to the hotel we stopped to get some gas so we could get another voucher for skiing tomorrow. When we got to our room we rested for a couple of hours and than we went to Burger King of dinner. After dinner we went back to our room and called it a night.  



     

People enjoying Monarch Mountain                                       Mom getting ready to go skiing


LOCATION:  Salida, Colorado    SITE:  Monarch Mountain    DATE:  02/16/2011    DISTANCE:  20 miles

Wednesday February 16, 2011

Today is our last day of skiing in Colorado so we decided that we would go back to Monarch. Before we left the hotel we put our things in the truck and than went and had a little breakfast before going to Monarch Mountain. Monday when we were leaving Monarch we had to walk through some mud so today Larry decided to park a little farther away from the entrance put at the end of the day we wouldn’t have to walk through as much mud. Monarch was a little busier today because they had kids from the area schools skiing. In fact there was only couple of buses so the slopes weren’t swamped. Monday the restaurant was open for lunch but today the snack bar was the only place open for lunch. When we stopped for lunch we had to wait in line to order lunch but it really wasn’t bad because it gave us time to rest. After we ate lunch we went back on the slopes for a couple more hours before we called it a day. We had another great day at Monarch Mountain.


 LOCATION:  Pueblo, Colorado    SITE:  Microtel Inn    DATE:  02/16/2011    DISTANCE:  100 miles

Wednesday February 16, 2011

After finishing skiing at Monarch Mountain we headed down the mountain to start our adventure to Austin. We were going to drive a few hours before calling it a night but as we were leaving town there was a sign that said that there was a rock slide at the exit we were going to take so we had to turn around go another route. The route took us a little out of the way but it was ok because it gave us a chance to see a little more of Colorado. By the time we got to Pueblo Colorado it was 5:00 and Larry was tired so we called it a day. Pueblo was only 100 miles from Salida but the route took us through mountain ranges and we had to turn around and go back 30 miles so it took us a few hours to get there. We checked in at the Microtel Inn and than went to dinner at the Jack-N-Box because we only had to walk across the parking lot to get there. After dinner we went to our room and called it a night.    





A gorgeous sunrise on the way back to Austin

 LOCATION:  Sweetwater, Texas    SITE:  Days Inn    DATE:  02/17/2011    DISTANCE:  564 miles   

Thursday February 17, 2011

In the morning we woke up and had breakfast at the motel and than continued our adventure back home. We stopped a couple of time to stretch our legs and have lunch. Before we went home we stopped to pick up Flo. We called Aunt Louise when we were in Georgetown to let her know that we were on our way to pick up Flo. On the way to Aunt Louise's house we stopped at Taco Bell to pick up dinner for Aunt Louise and us. After getting dinner we went to Aunt Louise's house. Flo was very excited to see us. While saying hi to Flo and her Cousin Regal Aunt Louise told us that someone broke into her house while we were gone. Dad looked at her front door to see the damage and to see what he could do the fix the door. He also told her that he would put an alarm system on the door so would feel safer. After looking at the door we all sat down and had dinner. When we finished dinner we said our good-byes. Dad told Aunt Louise that mom and him would be back in the morning to fix the door and install the alarm. I always have a great time visiting my Cousin Regal and Aunt Louise but I really like being back home in my own house. Mom and dad had a great Adventure to Colorado and now we all need some rest before we start our next Adventure.