Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Yesterday was a very l-o-n-g day for Phoebe & I as we got up around 6am to start the various preparations for meals, etc. It was also a very blessed day, full of surprises (wink, wink, Mom!), blessings and laughter. Thank God Mom is still with us to enjoy and share the day of Christ.
We had Scottish scones for breakfast, along with some rice & a clementine (similar to a tangerine), along with honey, molasses and peanut butter for 'toppings'. Needless to say, both giant pans were scarfed up in a heart beat. Phoebe is such a great baker. :)
I'll have to leave it at that for now, but we have sooooo much more to write about in the next few days. Hopefully we can post pictures we took... especially of the big surprise we gave Mom!
Keep your *eyes* peeled.
I know it's been a good while since I've posted.
That said, for some time now I've been intending to post some photos and notes about my recent trip to Colorado... the time has finally arrived!
Let me preface by saying that this past September after Mom's parents had traveled to southern Colorado for a week (per their tradition the past 5 years), I mentioned casually to Poppy that I wished I had remembered that they would be doing that this year, as I would've tried my hand at stuffing myself into one of their suitcases... you see, I (as well as several others in this house) have joked with them about stowing away in their luggage on such a trip.
Well, a week or so after I had mentioned this to Poppy, he called me and said, "remember what you said about tagging along with us to Colorado sometime?" I said "yes." He said, "Well, how would you like to come with us to Colorado the week of Thanksgiving in order to help us with a remodeling project at Redcloud [the Christian camp they stay at every year]?" to which I replied, "Wow, I think that'd be great!"
So, approximately 2 months later, on a bright Saturday morning, 6 of us - Mom's 2 brothers, Jay and Abe, Uncle Anthony, Poppy & Grams and myself - left Uncle Jay's home in Ft. Worth for beautiful southern Colorado.
2008 Chevy Suburban - Our ride for our trip to Colorado - Fast, Quiet, Smooth, and a somewhat of a gas guzzler!
Our mission was to provide the labor to convert one apartment in Camp Redcloud's family camp lodge into two guest apartments . We would be dismantling a modest sized kitchen from floor to ceiling (to be turned into a bathroom), turning two adjacent closets and an office into a hallway and storage room, and hopefully having some fun along the way, not only during the worktime, but also in the form of some sight-seeing in the area.
We accomplished virtually all that we set out to. The 6 of us each worked about 60 hours on this project over the course of the Monday morning through Friday evening of the week of Thanksgiving. It was almost like being a part of the reality TV program "Extreme Home Makeover", but this was the real deal.
I will spare you the gory details, and just proceed to post (in separate postings) a few (around 95 - be forwarned!) of the several hundred photos I took on the trip. After all, "a picture is worth a thousand words"... right?! (Saves me some typing!)
Enjoy! (Scroll down to view the posts)
70 degrees, and an icy river (West side of Continental Divide - between the Spring Creek and Slumgullion Passes).
Whoa, Abe, what happened?! I think we must have made a mistake in our measurements! (Actually, the distortion is from splicing two photos.) This is the outside of the bathroom that was created on the "footprint" of the kitchen which we removed.
We were able to complete the lion's share of the remodelling. Basically all that was left to do, when we had to leave for home, was texturing and painting, putting up trim and laying flooring. That will be done by Red Cloud personel.
I suppose the weather in the mountains of Colorado can change about as drastically as it often does in North Texas. When we arrived in Colorado on Sunday afternoon the temperature was around 70 degrees. The low that evening was somewhere in the upper 20's, and Monday it warmed a full 50 degrees. Very nice, fall like weather. That was not to last long.
Drinking lots of water is key in the dry mountain air. The temp would be 20 with 70% humidity in the early morning, and then 70 with 20% by afternoon (the first two days). It really drys out skin quickly.
Red Cloud Family Camp Lodge (early in the week)
(Two photos above) The valley that Camp Red Cloud is located in (early in the week)
(Two photos above) The valley that Camp Red Cloud is located in (Friday and Saturday mornings)
Sign at the Entrance to the Family Camp Campus
Red Cloud Family Camp Lodge
Red Cloud Family Camp Lodge
Sunrise - Morning of Departure (Saturday)
2 Horse Power, All Wheel Drive, 48" Steel Rims, Hard Seats, Convertible, Great on Gas Mileage! (Heater and A/C broken)
The Ugly Mountain Framed by Two Alpines
Tim McKinney, Director of Red Cloud Family Camp