Wednesday, July 18, 2018
We have not been adventuring out much due to several reasons, mostly because we are both having issues with the altitude and other irritating issues.
Its been a terrible struggle just doing nothing in this altitude but to top it off I did something to my heal, which may be Plantar Fascia but for those who know us, we do not do doctors so this is a self-diagnosis and is very painful but for the past week has been improving with all the treatments we have been finding to take care of it.
Then, our allergies have been absolutely outrageous. For the past few days, I have been dealing with this over the top swollen, itchy and watery eyes symptoms that have made it hard for me to even see, let alone function at my best.
Not so long ago, we always said how lucky we were that we never got sick, but now it seems we are magnets for all sorts of things happening. We are so ready to get off this mountain and go back to those days of not ever being sick. SOON…we are down to just a few over 40 days before we head out.
Thank goodness we are enjoying our work here, otherwise we would be totally miserable. Our work weeks go by quickly since this is an extremely busy time here. We have realized though working here with 90% cabins and only a few RV sites that there is a huge difference between cabin people and RV people, just like the difference with hotel people we encounter while doing our other work. I am working on an article that I will publish regarding these differences. It has been a very enlightening experience for us.
For now, we just wanted to let you all know that we are still here and doing well for the most part. Next week we are hoping to put some travel and sight seeing into our schedule and of course that is all subject to how we are both feeling.
Wednesday, July 04, 2018
What a great time we had, but the drive there and back had many downfalls. Idiot drivers passing when they should not be or riding our butts even though we were doing a tad over the speed limits. There were so many animals running across our path, more than we have probably seen in total in the 15 years on the road, so many deer, several big horn sheep, and other small animals passing right in front of us that we had to break several times to avoid hitting them. Winding roads and high altitudes going over Monarch Pass which popped a few of our bags in the car. Construction, and an area where they were painting the yellow and white stripes, at one time we were traveling less than 10 miles per hour following the striping trucks that stripped over a dead black cat on the road. It was truly disgusting, they could have and should have moved the dead animal but instead they just stripped over it.
Our Royal Gorge Route Railroad adventure was awesome...
If you are ever in the area and plan to do it, then you must do it in style as we did. We opted to take the afternoon route with lunch and wine flights in the Dome of the train.
The views were spectacular...
Lunch was scrumptious...
The wines were good and the service was over the top...
We chose to stay and pay a higher price for the Hampton Inn, mostly because they had a hot tub, but unfortunately when we arrived the hot tub was under repair, but we enjoyed our stay anyway. We LOVE taking long, hot showers and stretching out.
We will be staying put at our site on the 4th of July because we do not do all that chaotic and busy times with others, but we do have plans for more adventures.
Saturday, June 16, 2018
We had such a grand time, we didn’t want to come back, but we did.
We both got off work at 2pm, in the heat of the day. No worries up here, but it was in the 90’s once we got off the mountain and it was hot! Just about a three-hour drive and a Walmart stop to get my haircut, we checked into our hotel around 6pm. Whew, that makes for a long day. We just took the night relaxing, showering in a huge shower with so much hot water and no worries about running out and sleeping in a King bed…it was fabulous.
Got up early like two little kids on Christmas Day and headed out around 10am. Since this was way too early to begin our wine tasting we checked out Old Downtown Palisade. Not much going on and it was still too early so we took a drive about 10 miles to Old Downtown Grand Junction and just checked out a few stores and by this time it was almost noon, so we stopped at our first winery.
Meadery of the Rockies, they made and served Honey Wine. We really enjoyed the tastes and our bartender was wonderful. Out of the 5 wineries we visited, this one was by far our favorite. We bought one bottle of Raspberry Honey Wine.
Our next stop was directly across the street at Plum Creek Winery and things were much different there. We did not feel welcomed, the two girls there were too busy talking about their personal life with one another and they did not have many sweeter wines, in fact they only had 3 and none of them were to our liking. We did not purchase any wines here.
Our next stop was right around the corner from our hotel and this winery had two separate ones combined…Talon Winery & St Kathryn Cellars.
St Kathryn Cellars was our first stop and they had more of the wines we like, which are made from juice, not grapes. We had our tastes and bought a bottle of Pomegranate Wine which was a hard choice since several others were our favorites too.
Talon Winery had a few sweet choices, but again were not to our liking so we did not purchase any bottles from them. We did find some great dips and a wine glass pin for our travel map.
Our final stop was the winery associated with our hotel. Grande River Vineyards also did not have many sweet ones, but we did find a good Riesling that we purchased a bottle of.
We headed back to our room and even though we stopped at 5 wineries, we probably only drank about one glass of wine in the 4 and a half hours we were tasting.
Our hotel, Wine Country Inn was a great choice for us. The customer service was outstanding, the room was nice with a great bed, a fantabulous shower and included a scrumptious breakfast.
We definitely have to continue taking these little vacations on our days off because we feel refreshed and it soothes the hitch itch.