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Old 05-10-2011, 12:11 PM   #57
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Thanks for sharing

I'm enjoying the trip! Looking forward to the rest of your journey.
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Old 05-10-2011, 12:11 PM   #58
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wow, reminds me of yesteryear

Hey Gene, good report on the Moffett tunnel, although it replaced a standard gauge line "The Moffett Road" See Rails that Climb quite a history lesson, and one that ties the Titanic to Colorado's history. The dirt (when I was last there) roads in and around Yankee Doodle Lake are worth the effort, but certainly not with an airstream, unless you are directly descended from Wally. Nice travelogue, Moosetags. Perhaps one day I will get back to Colorado and really do the visitor thing.

Gee whiz, I misspelled Moffat, and left out the author's name, Edward Bollinger. The colorado Railroad museum in Golden will have copies of this book, and you will help a good cause, if you are interested. hmmm, May might have a live steam day at the museum, which would be better'n rattlesnakes, imho. you know, my 64 year old memory is gettin' to be more Ready, Fire, Aim as I recite from it...old timerz disease, I guess. apologies to all.
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Truck Camper Shopping

We spent the day shopping for a pop-up truck camper that we can use for wilderness side trips and still tow Lucy. We have been shopping these campers on-line for quite a while.

We looked at two different brands of truck campers. We looked at the Outfitter at their factory which here in Denver. We also shopped the Northstar at a local dealer who had one of the models we are interested in.

We are considering which one we want. We may go back a look again tomorrow. Here are some pictures of truck camper from today's outing.

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Old 05-11-2011, 12:17 AM   #60
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Well, the upholstery looks right up your alley...

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Old 05-11-2011, 12:39 AM   #61
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Well, the upholstery looks right up your alley...

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Having mooses on the upholstery didn't hurt.

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Let me be the first to suggest a name for the new addition whichever one you end up with. How about "Ricky" ?
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Here I am lovin' your trip this year.
Thought about you when I saw some Moose, "Beanie Baby" type toys in the local Camper World. They were on the sale shelf and listed as doggie toys.....actually pretty nice if your into that.

So, you went thru Boise. Did you know about the gold treasure and the great associated story....where the Santa Fe Trail water stop in the Boise area is? Very interesting story....made better when your standing out there.

As I mentioned before, I worked for the Forestry Dept. on a Trail Crew in the Big Horns. If you have a chance look into Lake Solitude and Cloud Peak. I hear that they have put in a RV camping spot and trails up that way.
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Let me be the first to suggest a name for the new addition whichever one you end up with. How about "Ricky" ?
As we usually use girl names for our rolling stock, we we thinking that the new truck camped should be named Ethel. We are creating a dilemma, though. Should the truck have a separate name from the tuck camper?

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Here I am lovin' your trip this year.
Thought about you when I saw some Moose, "Beanie Baby" type toys in the local Camper World. They were on the sale shelf and listed as doggie toys.....actually pretty nice if your into that.

So, you went thru Boise. Did you know about the gold treasure and the great associated story....where the Santa Fe Trail water stop in the Boise area is? Very interesting story....made better when your standing out there.

As I mentioned before, I worked for the Forestry Dept. on a Trail Crew in the Big Horns. If you have a chance look into Lake Solitude and Cloud Peak. I hear that they have put in a RV camping spot and trails up that way.
We did not know about the Boise City history. We were not even aware that Boise City was on the Santa Fe Trail. Also. thanks for the tip on Lake Solitude.

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You are pretty close to Rocky Mountain NP and Estes Park—lots and lots of elk. The Peak to Peak Hwy goes from Estes Park to Nederland and then you can go east to Boulder, or south to Golden. Lots of old mining towns in the mountains. The snow has started to melt off faster here on the western slope as temps have gotten into the 70's and the rivers are creeks are running fairly high.
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We were in Estes and RMNP last October. It is a beautiful drive along Trail Ridge Road (without Lucy in tow).




Gene is right on target when he says lots of elk. They were in the middle of the rut when we were there.





If you are musically inclined, check out the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. It is an incredible open-air venue less than 30 minutes west of Denver. Some of the biggest acts in history have played at this historic venue including The Beatles, U2, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, and more.





As you can see there is plenty to do in and around Denver. It is such a wonderful part of the country. On a side note I firmly believe they had that Outfitter reupholstered once they knew you were coming...
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The NY Times had a long article on Boise City on May 4 (I'm a little behind in my reading). The drought there has been difficult and small agricultural towns have been dying in the plains for a long time anyway.

Not only do you name your vehicles, but you name your generators too. Are they twins? If you name the truck too, remember Ethel will always be on top.

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Thanx for the photos, David. They look great. We may head up that way.

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The NY Times had a long article on Boise City on May 4 (I'm a little behind in my reading). The drought there has been difficult and small agricultural towns have been dying in the plains for a long time anyway.

Not only do you name your vehicles, but you name your generators too. Are they twins? If you name the truck too, remember Ethel will always be on top.

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That's true, Gene, the Oklahoma Panhandle towns are not looking real good. There are many empty commercial buildings. it's kind of sad. The ride through the Panhandle is almost eerie. I was reading that the population of the Oklahoma Panhandle comprises less than 1% of the state's population.

Yes, our Honda generators do have names (Amos and Leon) which are written on them boldly with a fat Sharpie. This is actually helpful as many times, we use just one. I like to rotate them, and they do look very much alike.

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That's true, Gene, the Oklahoma Panhandle towns are not looking real good. There are many empty commercial buildings. it's kind of sad. The ride through the Panhandle is almost eerie. I was reading that the population of the Oklahoma Panhandle comprises less than 1% of the state's population.
Couple that with the severe drought that's continuing to go on in that area (might have changed today, as they should be getting rain) but parts of west and NW Oklahoma have had 250+ consecutive days without any measurable amount of precipitation....many in the area are saying that it's just as bad as the dust bowl era.

It's really no surprise so many are leaving.
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