Reaching Denver was kind of surreal, as this was the place we left from just over a year ago, and it was also our home for the past eleven years.
Our time here was a bit hectic, with visits to doctors and to the dentist for the humans (one root canal for Hector), medical tests, a visit to the vet and a vaccine for Angel, a visit to Freightliner and the RV interior shop for Island Girl, and a visit to the Subaru dealer for our toad. All of us checked out fine except for Island Girl who had leaking wheel seals. More on that in our next post.
The fun part of our visit was getting together with friends and family. There wasn’t enough time to see everyone that we wanted to see, but we made the best of it. We enjoyed several lovely dinners hosted by dear friends, had a gathering of the wine tasting group we were part of when we lived here, saw work colleagues from when we did that working thing, and generally had a wonderful time catching up with friends.
We stayed with Hector’s cousin Roy and his wife Cindy at their lovely house while Island Girl was in the shop, which made life a lot easier. But we got homesick for Island Girl! She is such a cozy little home.
When we got Island Girl back, we moved to Cherry Creek State Park while waiting for one last medical appointment. This park is where we stayed the first couple of weeks that we moved into Island Girl, so it was another surreal experience. But the park is beautiful and while there we saw deer, eagles, hawks, and one wandering coyote.
Once we were ready to leave, we got snowed in! This was a big test for Island Girl, with one 9 degree night (BRRR!) and she did well considering the circumstances. Not the kind of weather we want to deal with on a regular basis, though.
The storm that came through Denver decided to head south on the exact same route that we planned to take to New Mexico, so we had to wait a few more days for the weather to improve on the roads and at our destination, all of which got snow.
Hector had a big smile on his face as we drove away heading to the next phase of our journey. And we followed the birds south for the winter.