Sunrise in Monument Valley

Sunrise in Monument Valley

Friday, August 31, 2012

Day 4 Are We STILL in Kansas???????????

View from the High Plains Campground

   No grass as you can see, but it's just as well since they told us the grass had sticker weeds. No grass--no problem. It was plenty spacious however.
Bentley was pretty excited when he saw a cute little black and white kitty stroll by and several doggies.
Good grief, what a wide state Kansas is. It just went on and on and on. I must say the people in Kansas are either very lonely or very friendly. Probably both. When we checked in to this RV park yesterday the lady was extremely talkative and friendly. She talked and talked and talked and talked. It seemed like an eternity before she gave us our site. You'd think we were staying a month or moving in permanently.

There was a nice Steakhouse restaurant next door. We had dinner there last night --the waitress talked and talked and talked. She was a great talker and a very bad waitress--seemed to confused most of the time.
This morning we went back to the restaurant for breakfast and there was the same awful waitress, It seemed impossible, but she was even worse at serving breakfast. While we were waiting for our meal this elderly gentleman came over to our table and started talking about the big boys crowing out the little boys and he needed our help for the local farmers that needed water. We explained that we were just passing through town. He took out his hand drawn map and preceded to show and tell us about the big oil companies coming in and setting up drain fields. He went on and on even though we told him we did not live there. He proceded to tell us he was born and raised right down the road in Grainville--yada, yada, yada. We told him we were from Tennessee and he said there was a new couple in town from Tennessee and she worked at the hospital. He looked at us like we were supposed to say "Oh yea--we know her". He kept talking about her as if the more he talked the more likely we were to know her. Anyway---finally the bad waitress brought out meal and our friend moved on.
Now getting the bill from the waitress was a whole saga of it's own.

After millions of miles of looking at nothing and more nothing in Kansas and Colorado we actually saw the Rocky Mountains looming ahead. Imagine our excitement. We thought this moment would never come. We had actually had begun to see mirages of mountains in the distance. But alas no mountains, only clouds. They were the only clouds we had seen for 3 days--thank goodness at least something besides dry fields of sorghum, wind turbines and Chatty Cathies.

We took the long and winding road up Highway 36 to Estes Park  YEAAAA!!! It was like Lucy and Desi in the movie "The Long, Long Trailer" as we chugged up the mountain. It was so beautiful as we saw Estes Park in the distance. Cool weather, nice breeze. This is what it's all about.

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