- Blue Sky Challenge August 14, 2017
We were challenged The Blue Sky Challenge by Chickery’s Travels. Challenge accepted! For those of you who don’t know, the Blue Sky Challenge is issued by fellow bloggers to some of their favorite blogs.
As part of it, we must answer 11 questions from my nominator, then nominate 11 blogs that I love and give them 11 new questions.
1. What fictional universe would you want to live in?
Doctor Who universe. Of course, Kim gets very thrown off by changes from Pacific to Mountain to Central to Eastern time, so it would be a bit challenging.
2. What would be your patronus?
Sea otter. Because look at them.
3. If you have a tattoo, what is it? If you don’t, and had to get one, what would it be?
We both have tattoos but they’re very old and probably need some recoloring. For both of us, we plan on getting the same thing – our dog Ally’s paw.
4. What is your favorite quote?
“The future is no place to place your better days.” – Dave Matthews Band, Cry Freedom
5. What is the favorite place you’ve visited, and why?
Breckenridge, CO. There are mountain people and there are beach people. While Kim grew up on the beach, it turns out we’re mountain people.
6. Where are you planning to travel next?
Once we leave Breckenridge we’ll start a slow exodus to Florida for the winter. We’re like geese but have much nicer singing voices. We’ll go from Colorado to New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama then Florida.
7. What is your favorite garden?
Duke Gardens in Durham NC.
8. If you could eat anything for your next meal, what would it be?
Pizza. Good pizza.
9. If you could go to any point in history to witness it for yourself, when and where would that be?
Hmmmm. Probably back to the Revolutionary War, if only to prove that Hamilton didn’t really rap.
10. What book are you reading right now, or what was the most recent book you read?
The End of Eddy
11. What reality or TV series is your guilty pleasure?
Next Food Network Star. It doesn’t matter that only 4 or 5 of the bazillion seasons are actually “stars”.
So…we don’t really want to single out other bloggers. The thing about this is that if you’ve already done it, you don’t want to do it again. If we forget to include you, you may feel badly. If you don’t want to do it and we single you out, you’ll feel obligated. So do it if you want and if you do, let us know!
So the mission, if you accept it, is to answer the following questions.
- What is the best movie you’ve seen this year?
- If you were to name your own town, what would it be named?
- What’s the furthest distance you’ve been from where you were born?
- Chocolate or Vanilla?
- If you had to remain in one state for the rest of your days – where would it be?
- What pets accompany you currently?
- What’s your favorite cruising tune?
- Other than Amazon, what’s your go-to shopping site?
- What’s your news source (e.g. TV, newspapers, online)?
- Are you a mountain person, a beach person or other?
- What’s your favorite holiday, if any?
- Mac & Cheese Festival August 4, 2017
You all are probably thinking “Seriously? Another festival?” What did we say? Summer is the time for festivals in the Breckenridge CO area.
We had the choice of a wine festival and mac & cheese festival – same day, different places. We opted for mac & cheese because wine festivals happen all the time. Mac & cheese? Not so much. And not every festival has a Friends theme (fake tv show within a fake tv show), so it was a no-brainer.
This festival was held at Copper Mountain (same place as the Grilled Cheese festival – apparently Copper Mountain likes cheese). We brought the bikes in case we felt like finding some trails (and to work off the food).
Same deal. You had to buy tickets and we were very conservative this time. What was unexpected was that most vendors also offered a vodka drink for an extra dollar (read: ticket). The best we found was vanilla vodka, disaronne and club soda. Yummy.
We decided to take the ski lift up again and it was just as pretty. And yes, another wedding. Didn’t catch their names though. So congratulations, Mrs. Blah Blah.
After having enough Mac & Cheese and vodka, we decided to take a bike ride around Copper. This turned into a bike ride from Copper to Frisco. This turned into a bike ride from Copper to Frisco to Breckenridge. We turned around and realized “Wow, we went downhill for most of the trip.” Realizing that, with bellies full of Mac & Cheese and vodka, going uphill was much more difficult. Our car was at Copper.
Hey, did you guys know that Uber is available in Breckenridge? It is! Phew.
- Gov’t Surprises July 24, 2017
You sometimes don’t know what to expect until you actually are doing it. Sure, you can plan and prepare but even then, you come across unexpected good surprises and unexpected bad ones. We will be reviewing what those are, based on subject.
The first round is about government-run campgrounds.
1. COE Campgrounds. You may be wondering “what does COE mean?” We’ll tell you. “COE” stands for “Corps of Engineers”. They are usually located near water and you won’t generally find camphosts greeting you and showing you to the non-existent pool, but what bang you get for your buck! These are usually the cheapest stays for a paid campground (anywhere between $12-$18 per night), albeit there weren’t any sewer hookups at the ones we’ve stayed at. The sites are usually large. We knew people raved about them but this was still a pleasant surprise. If available we’d definitely stay again.
2. State Campgrounds. Ok. These can vary state to state. We admit it. We were surprised that unlike many national parks, many state-run parks and their campgrounds are big rig friendly. They’re all over the board with maintenance and such but we haven’t been disappointed yet. One of our most favorite campgrounds happened to be one that was a state campground.
3. County Campgrounds. These are even more diverse so generalizing is dangerous. They are 100% dependent on the county maintaining them, but we’ve stayed at ones with huge sites and amazing internet. The ones we’ve stayed at were big rig friendly and really well-maintained. This was surprising to us.
1. COE Campgrounds. If you have a big rig, not having sewer readily available may be a problem if you don’t want to unhook and find a place to dump. We didn’t realize that it was no sewer when booking (surprise!) but we were only here for two days. Okay, okay, we’re stretching here. You do get a ridiculous bang for your buck.
2. State Campgrounds. Reservations. Oh my, reservations! Some states are more cut-throat than others. If you are a full-timer, you are competing with locals who go to state campgrounds as a vacation spot on the weekends for a relatively cheap price. You can’t technically stay for more than 14 days, but the easy workaround is having more than one email address and booking with it. Forget holidays. Weekends are crazy as well. Some are not well-maintained as far as trees, so while your rig may meet the length requirements, there is an unspoken height requirement as well (we have met many a tree).
3. County Campgrounds. Many don’t allow reservations less than three days in advance and reservations aren’t posted until three days before arrival. This means, upon entering, if the camphost isn’t available, you need to guess which site to park at where someone isn’t about to make a reservation. It’s common in national parks as well, but man it’s confusing. We had no idea about this.
You’ll notice that we didn’t list national parks. That’s because, being a big rig, we haven’t had the opportunity to find a park that will fit us. Maybe that’s a negative for us but we have friends who love them.