I told you in the last blog that our beloved Spicy had been ill, but we were still hopeful. Unfortunately, after four weeks of force feeding him, his little heart just wasn't strong enough for him to recover and we had to make the tough decision to let him go on June 29th. Those of you who have been there know how tough this is. Thanks so much for all the kind words, emails, facebook sharing, cards, etc. They really helped a lot. Although we knew we'd get another dog, we wanted to give ourselves time to grieve and heal before jumping into another pup. More on this later.
We spent two weeks in the forest, one in July and this past week. In July we were hit with almost daily thundershowers. They seemed to hit right at suppertime each day. Our trip this past week was a complete turnaround with only one rain storm, at about 3am one night. We enjoyed the river with Gary's sister, Pam and her family.
|Pam & Jim Cooking Breakfast|
|The Leffler Family|
|Joe and friend Julie with Hank|
|Chad missing his girls|
On August 18th, we celebrated International Geocaching Day, by all going to visit the Fairy Forest Pot of Gold, a geocache located behind a campground. It started about 10 years ago with painted rocks in a "Pot of Gold." Since then it has been added to by hundreds of people and now is about an acre in size. There is everything from small villages, to eyes in the trees, to waterfalls & lakes, to Stonehenge, and much, much more. It is really amazing. I've included a few pictures, but they don't do it justice, since there is so much.
|Gary at the Pot of Gold Geocache|
|Stonehenge in the Fairy Forest|
Summer is fair time in Uinta County, WY. I entered 6 quilts and 2 pieces of jewelry. It's the first time I've ever received all blue ribbons. In addition my bracelet I learned to make at Escapade last summer won the Reserve Grand Champion Ribbon. Needless to say, I was pretty proud. The gals at a local quilt shop (R & V Quilt Shop) had asked me to teach a class, so it was exciting when the quilt I taught turned out to be a Grand Champion winner.
|Escapade Crystal Bracelet|
|Grand Champion Quilt|
In addition to all the quilt shops, I arranged for us to get out yearly blood draws done while we were in Cheyenne. We usually get this done in Evanston, in conjunction with their annual draws at the State Hospital where I retired from. This year, the timing didn't work out, but since they have weekly draws in Cheyenne, we were able to get them done there. It turned out to the morning of Gary's singles billiard tournament. While I'd given Gary plenty of excuses should he not do well, he wound up a two time gold medalist, winning his age group in both singles and doubles.
|Two Time Gold Medalist|
|Bandit's first day home|
|Bandit drinking from the lickit faucet.|
I think that's finally it, so I'll just tell all our RVing friends to travel safe, so we can see you soon in AZ and to our WY-UT friends and family, we'll miss you, but look forward to seeing you again next summer.
Soon to be Dancing Our Way South................................
Hugs, Katy, Gary, Rusty, and Bandit too!