Our first long stay in our traveling home has ended. We left Howard with a bit of sadness and a heart full of great memories. It felt like the last week was a bit of a whirlwind as we realized our time there was coming to an end and we still hadn’t done all we thought we would.
We made time for a sunset horseback ride with Granite Mountain Outfitters on Labor Day. Sue was a wonderful, knowledgable host and guide and the weather could not have been more perfect. Despite really strong afternoon winds, everything calmed down quite a bit and our ride was sunny with just a light breeze. My horse (Leroy) and Bob’s horse (Fred) we’re well trained, well kept and easy to ride. We rode up the mountains just on the East side of Poncha Pass and were treated to great trees, flowers, mountain and valley views. With only a few wisps of clouds, the sunset was not too spectacular, but it was a great way to finish the ride.
We spent much of Tuesday packing up our campsite and loading up our vehicles. It was nice to do this in no rush and we are happy to report that all vehicles travelled without incident this time! At the end of a long day of packing and putting away, we were treated to another AMAZING sunset. It was so colorful and lasting that we actually unpacked our chairs and decided one more campfire was required before leaving our great site.
Back to the Denver area we headed Wednesday to stay again with our friends. It was wonderful to see and spend time with them again. It’s amazing how much that personal time means when you’re not so focused on what the “schedule” is telling you to do next.
We have wonderful memories of our month spent in Howard. Dave and Teresa have a welcoming, beautiful campground and motel in Banderas Bunkhouse. Dave’s advice on good roads to explore and places to visit was always helpful and appreciated. The few evenings we got treated to their music and singing were truly special. TK, Bill and Jan were all friendly neighbors that offered friendship and camaraderie on days we decided to stay home. We left much unexplored, which means that we will be back for more fun soon.