Thursday, May 21, 2015

Alamosa Arrival-May 11, 2015




This is always a welcomed sight when we come to Colorado




Another year of travel is completed with our arrival in Alamosa, as we retired from here in May, 2007. 


First thing I did was call my BFF, Salai, and surprised her by asking if she wanted to go to lunch.





Then I text Heinz and invited him to come over after work, which he did bringing along wife, Angela and pup, Tootsie


The next day I started volunteering at the public library for a few weeks.  Each year I ask Salai (she’s the Library Director) to give me a project I can complete for the library. This year I’m helping to digitize obituaries so they can become available online in the future.

Wednesday night I attended my local fiber group called The Fiber Floozies…we meet once a month in the library.

Our group of knitters, those who crochet, spin and weavers.
Beautiful shrug made
Look at that detail

Here’s a shrug I made for Salai
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Look at the beautiful mural one of the library staff members drew…very talented

Last Thursday Bernie and Dodo arrived from New Mexico and stayed with us through the weekend.  First night we took them to Cavillo’s Mexican Buffet…but had some Margaritas first.


Friday we took them to breakfast at the Campus CafĂ© before we drove up to Creede. We drove them up Bachelors’ Loop, but it started to snow and visibility was dicey, so we turned back.

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As we drove back to Alamosa we stopped in South Fork to show Bernie and Dodo our old haunts, like the campgrounds we hosted for so many summers.  Although online all the campgrounds were suppose to be open, we found them all padlocked.  We were able to drive up to Big Meadows to look around, but with the snow falling so much you couldn’t even see across the reservoir.  We stopped to take a few pictures and then hastened down the mountain.  The camp sites we could get to looked eerie with all the snow. 

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Friday night we went out to dinner to The Hideaway.  We haven’t been there to eat in years and years, but the original owner has taken it back over and is doing the cooking again.  Barb Parker grills a good steak and I enjoyed the my favorite of hers, the shrimp.

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Saturday we continued our sightseeing by taking Bernie and Dodo to the Great Sand Dunes National Park, which is located about 15 miles from Alamosa.  It didn’t snow that day, but it was very windy.

Here’s a shot of Mt. Blanca on our way to the dunes.


We enjoyed the very well done visitor’s center and watched the folks climbing the dunes from a telescope.  The 750 foot dunes are really spectacular and are the highest dunes in the USA.


On the way back to Alamosa we stopped at The Oasis for a piece of pie.  Diane is the mother of the owner and she and her husband took my computer class when I worked at the public library.  Her pies are really “to die for”.

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That night Bernie and Dodo invited us and the Berganns to dinner at their motorhome.  Dodo prepared tasty sea bass, roasted vegetables and salad.  Oh, it was sooo good.

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Not sure if it was the company, the jokes or the drinks, but Dodo really got the giggles…..

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Oh, we soooo enjoyed our visit with Bernie and Dodo, and were very sad to see them leave…….


Remember, you are loved…..all of ya’ll…..


  1. Such a great blog and love the pictures! Miss you all! Will beb in touch! Ann

  2. Sounds like you are having a wonderful time and to think you have the rest of the summer to go! Looking forward to seeing you two this summer. BTW do you think a 35ft motor home can get down into park creek with a toad?

  3. Susie, there are only 3 places it will fit in Park Creek...#10-11-13 with #11 being the best as it's the "beach front" one...that is where we like to stay.


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