From Dalhart, we drove to Pueblo Colorado via the Capulin Volcano field in New Mexico. We pulled in to the national monument site, unhitched and drove the Jeep up and around the volcano's narrow winding road. Joy opted to drive up since she didn't want to be so close to the unguarded edge of the mountain. Kathy took pictures until we both admitted we were not enjoying the drive because of fear.
Haggards RV park has amazingly level gravel spaces with refurbished picnic tables and super wi-fi. We'll be back to check on the other updates this park will be getting as well as using our Escapees discount again.
We took the back-roads from Pueblo to Colorado Springs and it was a beautiful drive. Little communities were mostly hospitable to tourists with shops and art stores and we figured they were probably just hippies trying to make a living. We actually passed an older version of ourselves - a 1970's era Itasca Sundancer. It was in great shape and driven by an elderly gentleman. We stopped next to it at a stoplight and waved.
Beyond Denver we stayed on the freeway until we needed a break. We stopped at the Johnson conglomerate of RV store, campground and truck stop for a lunch break and dog walk. It's amazing how good a simple sandwich can be when you're sitting in your RV with your family, watching the world rush by as you munch casually on turkey and cheese and corn chips talking about Alaska, cooler temperatures and our new life in general.
Northbound to Wyoming we listened to John Denver's "Windsong" album. Unbeknownst to us, the last song on the album is the "Song of Wyoming" which began to play just before we crossed the state line. Joy kept saying we were meant to be "here" meaning "wherever" we are, together, when she says it.
It's a good thing we called because we found out that two of our possible landing points were closed due to snow! A few miles later and after driving the RV down a curvy dirt road, we set up camp in the Medicine Bow National Forrest at Yellow Pine Campground.
No electric, no sewer, and no water. It was absolutely beautiful! We took a pre-dinner hike with the dogs and, while Joy napped to rid herself of a sinus headache, Kathy built a great fire. As the temperatures dropped, Kathy got the guitar out and serenaded Joy and the pups with tunes by John Denver and the Indigo Girls. As the fire burned out it was off to bed with the heater set to come on if the RV got down to 66. Sure enough, we awoke to temps in the 40's and a strong northerly wind. Simply perfect! Kathy traded her shorts, t-shirt and flip flops for pants, a long sleeved shirt and tennis shoes.
After breaking down camp, we were off to the Laramie Wal-Mart to pick up a few items before heading north to Buffalo. We stopped in Casper, a wonderful historic city, so Kathy could print the dogs' vaccination records at the public library. We would need them in order to cross into Canada in a few days. Joy took pictures of the fabulous sundial, "Confluence of Time and Place” by artist Matthew Dehaemers and we ended our layover with lunch at the Village Inn, complete with a shared slice of apple caramel pie with ice cream.
We drove through a cute little historic downtown on our way to the RV site. The ground was dry but the air was chilly as we set up - assisted by stoned hippies left in charge. Althought initialy disappointed that the campground did not have the views shown on their website, it's very quiet and we both got a well deserved sound night of sleep. We'll be spending two nights in Buffalo and plan on exploring downtown on our second day.