Off the Grid  Retirement at our remote log cabin in Colorado

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Meet the New Member of our Family

Posted by: Lynne

 He/she does not have a proper name as yet but OH MY GOSH. We've gone and done it. We are the proud owners of a new RV. It's a Rockwood Ultra Lite (2304DS), 23 feet long, two slides.

From the moment I first stepped inside I had a Lucy and Desi moment. I'm referring to the movie The Long, Long Trailer with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. They go to an RV show where Lucy spies a very large trailer (unlike the tiny one they had come to see) and when she opens the door to the trailer and the doorbell plays a cute little song, she looks at Desi and just grins. At that moment Desi knows it's all over. That is kind of how I felt when I opened the door (no cute little doorbell song though) and stepped inside this beautiful roomy little trailer. Thank goodness it is nowhere near the size of theirs, nor did we have to buy a new vechile to tow it with it. Perfection on wheels!

We had originally gone down to see another trailer altogether but ended up not liking the floorplan as much as we thought we would. We also looked at the same model that we had originally seen in NJ at an RV show, which was just as nice as we had remembered it being, but it lacked some of the add-ons and certainly lacked in storage. It was like comparing a Cadillac with a Chevy. 

Let me take you inside ...

The dinette is on a slide ... and so is the kitchen!

It has the wonderful Murphy bed option which we love because when the bed is up we have a great couch and ottoman.

A closer look at the kitchen. I think the fridge is nearly the same size as the one we have here at the cabin. (The fridge is to the side of the range, see photo above.)  I also like the placement of the kitchen sink because it gives us more counterspace next to the range to work with.

And the bathroom.

There is one teensy little problem with picking it up at the dealer. We had hoped to tow it with our Expedition but as you know, it isn't going anywhere until spring since we can't get it out to the state line. So we'll have to take the Suburban down to pick it up and later on bring both the trailer and the Expedition down to be fitted for the sway bars and etc. Not a big deal, just a tiny glitch. 

We are keeping our little Tab for a while longer to serve as our extra bedroom here at the cabin, but she is just too small for three dogs and a cat.

If we ever get out of here, we are planning our maiden voyage down to Albuquerque to see family. After that? Well, the world is our oyster! 2018 Alaska, we're ready!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Around Sand Creek Park: “Abandoned Homestead”

Posted by: Lynne

This old homestead has always intrigued me. I don't know the history or story behind it, but in its day it must have been quite nice. Today I think only the pack rats live here. It's sad that whoever owns it has let it get into such a state of disrepair. You can see on the right hand side of the cabin the chimney for the outdoor fireplace/barbecue. This old place just begs to be photographed. I've tried several times, but I'm not sure I have gotten it right yet. Rick is really tired of stopping while I shoot photo after photo.  I would love to see inside.

They sure had a great view of Chimney Rock!

I like how the striations in the cliff face are repeated in the logs. At times it almost seems to blend in with its surroundings.

The out buildings are in even worse shape.

I hope it stands for many years to come.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Around Sand Creek Park: “The Border”

Posted by: Lynne

The Colorado/Wyoming border within Sand Creek Park. In this photo you can see a building way in the background against the bluff. That's the old homestead which is coming up next!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Around Sand Creek Park: “A Boot Marks the Spot”

Posted by: Lynne

But what does is mark? A property line? An old cowboy's grave?

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