Just a really quick update (haha, riiiight) while my toddler is taking a nap in the other room:
We have made it to Loveland, CO. We went via Albuquerque and up through Denver with stops in Raton, NM and Pueblo, CO. We figured this was the least mountainous way to go. While I have complete faith that Gertie (our pickup) could have pulled Hoss (our 5th wheel) over the Rockies, we decided to chose the path of least resistance and save some wear and tear on our rig.
Plus I have never been to New Mexico.
Well, I have never been to Utah, either, so I guess that makes it a moot point.
So now that we are all moved, I have a backlog of destinations to write up: The Grand Canyon; Petrified Forest National Park; Jerome, AZ; our scorpion hunting adventure. The story of how we may or may not have introduced giant, roach-eating Black Widow spiders to Loveland…
Then, of course, there was the drive to Loveland. I think I might call that one: “How to Survive a 14-Hour Road Trip With a Toddler and a 7-Year-Old in the Back Seat and a No-Movies-In-The-Car Policy” (Here’s a hint: turn the radio up so you can’t hear them. Haha, I’m joking… Sort of.)
But here’s the problem:
I’m not actually in Colorado. But my computer is. So is my external hard drive where I store all of the photos I take on these adventures. I cannot, in good conscience, write a blog post about some of the most breathtaking scenery I have ever seen without at least throwing a photo or two up.
In retrospect, I probably could have sent them up to live in “the cloud,” to be easily accessed from anywhere, but I didn’t because I have trust issues with the internet, which has been pretty un-breakable for at least a quarter of a century now. Instead, I prefer to store my most prized memories on an electronic device. And if anyone knows me even a little, you know that I have a special talent for killing electronics. If it has a power supply (including batteries) it will not last in my presence. My former mentor seriously thinks that I have a magnetic energy field around me that causes electronic things to self-destruct.
But, glass half full: You’re welcome, Lloyd Center Macy’s, for a new, all-digital surveillance system. And you’re welcome, Willamette Valley Medical Center, for your brand new eye surgery microscope.
So to wrap up the moral of the story: I don’t have photos for blog posts because I’m illogical with my photo storage preferences.
I am in Clackamas. I came back to Oregon to bring Kevin’s daughter back to her mother, because it conveniently coincided with my annual family camping trip at the lake. I stayed for camping, and, well, that was 3 weeks ago.
You see, the pulley system that allows us to drain our black tank broke. So we are sans bathroom at the moment. Which hasn’t been a huge deal because we just used the campground bathrooms, but then we parked the RV in the hospital’s parking lot for a few days of boondocking while we searched for a more permanent solution, and I’m sorry, but I am not hiking a quarter of a mile to go to the hospital to use the restroom with a toddler in tow.
So Kevin and I decided it would be smarter for me to keep the kiddo at my parents’ house until A) he found a more permanent parking arrangement and B) we can use the toilet again.
Happily, Kevin found a KOA that will let us stay long-term, and we have a RV repair guy coming out on Thursday. Now all I have to do is buy a couple plane tickets and we can return to our house on wheels. I have so much Colorado exploring to get caught up on!
And so many blog posts to get caught up on as well (she added sheepishly).