A catfish fry by the Fire Department

A catfish lunch, in trout country. I guess they had to “catch and release” all the trout!

Truthfully I enjoyed my dining companions more than the lunch. But the $ went for a good cause. I dined with a gent from, guess quickly now… did you say Texas? You are right! Basically my age, my values, my experience so we had plenty to talk about. Forgot his name of course, so let’s call him Howard.When I was in Dallas in my Junior years working at Texas Instruments on the Terrain Following Radar for the F111 Bomber, Howard was in Ft. Worth at General Dynamics working on the F111 aircraft.

Howard has a cabin near here, “never quite finished.” But he was envious of my RV life style, as he has become weary of always having to take his summer vacation here, not traveling anywhere else. Perhaps he was dropping a hint that it was for sell, but if so, it was too subtle for me to pick up on it until this moment. A very nice personable fellow, Howard.

Another older gent, Howard and I figured from his story that he must be around 90, joined us after I joined Howard at the dining table. Name-wise, I remember that he was a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, a bomber pilot. So let’s call him Lt. Col. Shelby.

Lt. Col Shelby flew almost generation of ‘modern’ bomber to the advent of the B52. His story was a little jumbled, due to his age, but nonetheless interesting. It would have been very interesting to talk to him in a quiet place to get ‘the rest of his story’. Lt. Col. Shelby called himself a bum. Apparently he has no permanent residence, and is not a RV fulltimer, traveling around and staying in lodges, motels and such. At least that was the best picture we could get of him in the noisy trout catfish fry environment. Talking to career Air Force pilots is always interesting. The Lt. Col. said that the best part of his service was “seeing all the world at your expense,” pointing to Howard and I.

Sorry that I did not get a pic of them, as I was distracted by the conversation.

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South Fork parade

A large parade, for a small town. There had to be a large percentage of the town’s folks in the parade. Viewers lined the half mile parade route one person deep, intermittently. I chatted with some semi-locals, those that have cabins here to use in the summer. Some full time. The atmosphere was friendly and festive. Most fun parade I have attended in a long time. Only parade I have attended in a long time. Some candid shots, and potshots:

Texans await the parade - their undies were probably patriotic! Asked "So you are from Texas?" Answered "Isn't everyone here from Texas?"

A clown to warm up the crowd for the parade. A big hit with the kids.

The Unknown Grand Marshall

The Shriners go high tech

In Colorado, so gotta have a horse brigade

We used pickem up trucks and hay trailers in my days

As pretty as any horse, and smarter

What is a parade without antique cars?

And so off to Creede tomorrow to view their parade. It is rumored hereabouts that a lot of the same entries will be there.

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Inverters, dinner, rain and pics for the cuz

Ok, you pesky cousins, here are pics of the campsite.

Here is where I am

And here is what see

Unfortunately real rain started right after dinner. Still raining. May screw up the holiday festivities tomorrow.

Dick and Sandy! That are  their names. I told you I would remember, with the help of a business card! A great dinner. It is fun when one runs into friendly people. But being from Georgia, how could they not be friendly?

I have a minor crises. My inverter, that gadget that provides me with 110 volts for important things like the microwave, quit yesterday. I do not know if I can fix it or not. I gracefully avoided confronting it today, so today it was inverter 1, GarryP, 0. I have contrived a workaround by using a small spare inverter that is just large enough to provide my communication equipment with power. But will it also allow me to watch a Netflix/Roku movie late night? That I do not know yet! I do have cell service here, and ordered a care package of a month of mail today. I did not have to use Skype for that at least. Hard enough to understand Mr. Brown’s employees when face to face.

I still plan on getting wide angle movies or pics from Bob’s helmet cam. There should be some choice shots scooting over Wolf Creek Pass.

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A cam, a ride, and a neighbor

The NFS Park that harbors Barth is just the ticket. Small, quiet (only a small amount of traffic noise, out of sight), convenient to town, and it honors the GAP card at 50%.

My friend Bob loaned me a helmet cam that he never got around to using. So I took a ride from the CG to Wolf Creek Pass to test it by getting good videos of the area. Rats! Upon return, it was still powered off. No movie. Next time! If I get bored here there is Pagosa Springs and Creede to scoot to, possibly including some awe inspiring movie snippets.

A new neighbor, only three of us in this park of sixteen sites, came in today. Dang, already forgot their names. But they are nice folks, and invited me to dinner tomorrow. Some would say that I should shave. He even asked if I wanted go canoeing today. I declined because of no life jacket, being a non-swimmer.  And the folks from KS that have the MP3 500 over at the beaver Creek CG – forgot their names also. I hope they all forgot mine so that we will be even!

This is a friendly town, at least the tourists are friendly. Every time I drop in at the local grocery, a conversation seems to erupt. Scoot is a good conversation starter. The tourists so outnumber the locals, it is difficult to identify locals.

Another day down, the 4th coming up, movie scoots to take, and chores. Plenty to keep me busy the next several days.

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