Wordless Wednesday

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Today we find ourselves back in Grand Junction, Colorado, getting caught up on repairs and spring cleaning.  As busy as we’ve been, there’s always a little time to get out and about with the camera………photographywordless wednesdaywordless wednesdayColorado State ParksPhotos taken at James Robb State Park, Fruita, Colorado

Yesterday wine, today whine

Yesterday wine, today whine

It was time to head back to camp.  The drive from Palisade, Colorado, to our camp at the James Robb State Park in Fruita took less than thirty minutes.  Both towns are conveniently located just off Interstate 70 making the drive quick and easy.

Interstate 70
Palisade, Colorado …….. Interstate 70

The four of us ladies sit in the vehicle in near silence with smiles plastered to our faces.  A visit to Suncrest Orchard Alpacas, the day filled with wine tasting, laughter, treats, and the perfect Colorado weather was enough to send us into a perpetual state of euphoria overdose, if there is such a thing.Suncrest Orchard Alapacs

But our fun didn’t end there.  We arrived back at camp about fifteen minutes after Al and my brother returned.  While the ladies were out doing ‘girl’ stuff, the guys were out doing manly things with manly men and now they were doing manly things around camp…. chopping wood and preparing a campfire.

As we approached the picnic table, the sweet smell of deliciousness wafted the air.  That morning before leaving for the wine festival, I baked brownies and started a pork shoulder in the slow cooker.  The slow cooker was outside on the picnic table and the pork was slowly doing it’s thing while we were out having fun.pulled pork


wine tastingIt wasn’t long before we were all sitting around the table indulging in pulled pork sandwiches with plenty of side dishes.  If I recall correctly, a bottle or two of wine may have also been included with our meal 😉

After dinner, it was time for desert around the campfire.  As we indulged in brownies and more wine, we discussed the events of the day.  It was obvious why the ladies were smiling….the last two posts detailed our adventures, but what about the guys?  Why were they smiling?  Hum, we wondered……

They weren’t quick to share, but one look at my brother’s dusty, dirt covered vehicle told a tale;  boys and their toys in the Colorado back country!

browniesThe rest of the night was spent around a roaring campfire, devouring homemade brownies, and sharing events of the day all beneath a star filled Colorado sky.

The girls were up early the next morning.  They were greeted with freshly brewed coffee and warm cinnamon rolls.  I know, I’m a great hostess!

Ashton’s car was still sitting at my brother and sister-in-law’s house.  I’ll need to drive Ashton and Tasha over there so they can head home to Denver.  Since this was Tasha’s first visit to Grand Junction, I opt to take a detour through The Monument on the way to my brother’s home.

James Robb State Park
The guest room. Gals awake to a beautiful Colorado morning; James Robb State Park

Since I’ve already done so many posts in the past on The Colorado National Monument, I’ll jump right to the gals; they had a fabulous time taking in the sights and playing around during our 2 hour detour via Rim Rock Drive.

By noon on Sunday, September 22, we were saying farewell to Ashton and Tasha.  Al and I would leave Colorado the next day meaning I probably won’t see my daughter until next spring.  That’s where the whining began.  Yesterday wine, today whine……Palisade Colorado

Happy Birthday Bro

Grand JunctionWe’ve been happily camped at James Robb State Park Fruita Section located west of Grand Junction, Colorado for a little over a week now.  I think Al and I are finally settling into the RV life and joke about living on “RV time”.  I’ll admit the move took a lot more out of us than we ever could’ve imagined.  In retrospect, I wish we had gone about this move and change at a slower pace.  Moving is nothing new to us, but the major downsizing was overwhelming beyond words.

We arrived in Grand Junction just in time to help my brother celebrate his birthday.  He has a favorite Japanese Restaurant that he and his wife frequent in downtown Grand Junction.  Al and I aren’t fans of Sushi but do enjoy other Asian dishes accompanied by a little Sake and plum wine.

The Farmer’s Mart is held every Thursday evening throughout the summer in downtown Grand Junction.  The city closes several blocks to automobile traffic and the streets are lined with easy-up tents hosted by various vendors and entertainers.  The multitude of vendors marketing their products includes everything from wine by local wineries to a special blend of Bloody Mary Mix (a favorite of my brother’s…..do I hear birthday gift?), to a variety of food products, crafts, local veggies, fruits, etc.  Some of the local store fronts even offer specials.

After a delicious meal at the Suehiro Japanese Restaurant complete with Al and me sampling lots of Sushi (I’m still not a fan), we head to the streets to meander amongst the vendors and listen to the various musicians entertaining the crowds.   The skies looked threatening but fortunately the storm held at bay long enough for us to enjoy a wonderful evening.


The four of us had a great time and I loved being able to celebrate my brother’s birthday with him.

This past week in Grand Junction has whizzed by and Tuesday we’ll head to Ridgeway State Park for 8 days.   My brother and his wife will join us in their new travel trailer for four of those days.  We’re all looking forward to getting in a little biking, hiking, and lots of R & R.  We may even try to coax Mark over at Box Canyon Blog to take us on one of those beautiful hikes that he shares with fellow bloggers (His photos are always stunning)……  That is if we’re not too busy “watching the shade move”….. my sister-in-laws response to me when I asked her what she wanted to do while we were at Ridgeway State Park 😀

James Robb State Park
James Robb State Park Fruita Section

We’ve loved our time here at James Robb State Park but are already looking forward to moving on.  So if any of you are near Ridgeway State Park July 23 – 31 feel free to stop by and say “Hey”.