Week 12 ~ This week has definitely been one of our slower, more relaxed weeks. We spent it at a state park called Rifle Gap, camping next to a lake. We drove the short distance to the visitor center on Tuesday for the eclipse, getting to hear a ranger program dedicated to it while it was happening. We got about 89% totality, though it didn’t get nearly as dark as we had expected. It did, however, get very still and we noticed a drop in temperature. Though it wasn’t dark, the warped shadows were fun to see and the light looked much more like late afternoon shadows than 11am.
Much of the rest of the week was spent at the state park itself, many of us going out kayaking or fishing. Some even tried swimming and braved it well, though they came back half frozen. We also visited a local fish hatchery - what a unique place that was! Very near the hatchery, we enjoyed a short hike around three gorgeous waterfalls. There were several caves around the falls, and we had a fun time exploring those as well.
Friday morning we backed up and left for an area close to Vail, CO. We woke up Saturday morning hoping to explore Vail Village, but quickly realized we had run into a problem that would alter a good portion of our plans. The RV generator decided to quit on us, and we spent much of the day trying to fix it. To complicate things, local repair shops didn’t have any openings for almost three weeks. Though it got warm in the RV, we were incredibly thankful that we were in the humidity free, cooler temperatures of Colorado. Saturday evening we went to visit Dad’s cousins who live in the area, and really enjoyed seeing them. Our great aunt, Gandy’s sister, was also there. When Kaden exclaimed, “Around you, it feels just like Gandy’s here!” we could only nod our heads in agreement. It was so nice seeing her and nearly having Gandy in the room. After church Sunday morning, we tried making a pit stop at another state park while we searched for someone to work on the generator, but again there was no availability. So we’re on a little adventure – heading back east and somewhat making it up as we go along. Come on week 13 – for once, we hardly know what you’re going to bring. Let the adventure begin!