This week we’re hanging out in Leadville where it has been raining…everyday. Not just everyday, but often all day. Since the beginning of July and the start of the monsoon season, we’ve been stuck in a weather pattern where it starts out sunny, clouds roll in after lunch, a few pop up showers/storms arrive in the afternoon, and then it clears for sunset. A little inconvenient for our normal schedule of after work activities, but all in all nothing to complain about. Well this is different. This is rain starting in the morning (it’s raining right now at 9 am) and continuing on and off all day. This is also a cold rain that has us breaking out the wool socks, piling on the sweaters, and even turning on the heat a few times.
We’re making the best of this rainy situation by keeping busy inside and trying to get out in between rain storms. It was sunny when we arrived on Sunday and we wasted no time settling ourselves into yet another gorgeous boondocking spot to the west of town. A green sage brush filled meadow surrounds us, there’s not another RV in sight, and we have an incredible view of Mount Massive (the 2nd highest mtn. in CO). Well…sometimes we have a view. Most of the week the mountains have been at least partially, and sometimes completely, shrouded in clouds. Good thing I took this picture on Sunday while the sun was out.
Most of the week it has looked more like this.
One day in the middle of the week the sun graced us with its presence for a few hours in the morning and I ran out to get some pictures.
As you can see we are in a pretty prime spot. We discovered this boondocking area last year while we were staying at one of the national forest campgrounds a few miles down the road. Some other RVers had mentioned it, and after checking it out we decided that this year we wouldn’t even bother with the campground. The campground where stayed, Silver Dollar, was actually really nice with large sites and a path that lead down to the shores of Turquoise Lake. But for $18/night for no hook-ups you’re really not getting anything more than we have here besides a nearby water spigot and dumpster. Besides, we like the solitude and quiet here. The only thing we’re missing is easy access to the lake. But since it’s been raining so much who knows how often we really would have enjoyed it. There’s a 9-mile path that travels around the lake and we wanted to ride our bikes on it, but well, you know…rain. One day we drove over thinking we might at least take a small walk on the shore, but of course it started raining as soon as we got there. I did get one picture out the window.
Luckily we’ve had some excitement to break up the monotony of all that rain. We got invited to a tie dye party with some fellow RVers! We first met Sam and Tracy this winter during the New Year’s Eve gathering in Anza Borrego. They spend a good portion of their summers in Leadville, so it only made sense to meet up while we were in town. I don’t remember the last time I tie dyed, but I can say for sure that this was the best tie dye party I’ve ever been to. Tracy wrote up some instructions before hand so we would know what to bring (white clothing for dying and ziplock bags to bring our clothes home in), and they supplied everything else from the bottles of dye, to a color chart, and giant bags of rubber bands. They also shared their expertise with us and gave lots of tips on the proper tie dye technique. Of course it rained on and off during our little party, but they had a great set up under their awning so we didn’t care.
We’re still waiting for our shirts to finish drying, but here’s the preliminary results.
I am pretty impressed by how good they look. I almost never wear patterned shirts, but I might have to make an exception on occasion for one of my snazzy new tees.
Despite the rainy weather, and our lack of activities, this week has flown by. We’ll be leaving on Sunday, but not before attending the big parade and annual Boom Days celebration tomorrow. Let’s hope the sun comes out!