Without anything too much on the daily agenda, it was a relaxing morning getting up and getting going. It has been so nice here since we arrived! Bright sunshine, crystal clear blue skies. Its so relaxing sitting in the sun just reading :-). Of course, one can't do that all day, especially with Casey around! We did take a ride to Salida, the "major" urban area just to our south. Its a 20 minute drive, and there's a smaller WalMart there which will be good when we need to do some stocking up.
Founded in 1880, Salida was originally a railroad town and was a significant link in the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. After World War II the railroad began pulling back its operations in Salida. Many residents in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s worked either in local ranching operations or commuted north to Leadville to work at the Climax Molybdenum Company. Today the most prominent business in Salida is tourism, consisting of skiing at Monarch ski area, whitewater rafting, kayaking and outfitting, particularly on the Arkansas River. Salida is home to the annual FIBArk kayak race, one of the oldest whitewater races in North America. (source: wikipedia)
It's a pretty little town, and it does have many tourist-oriented shops in the historic business district. We've also been told there are many good little restaurants down there. We don't eat out very much, but will have to try a couple :-).
Upon our return to Chalk Creek, I did a bit of laundry, and Al made a huge pot of spaghetti sauce with meatballs and sausage. It has to simmer for a few hours to "meld" the flavors, so that was his afternoon project. We now have enough sauce for probably five different meals :-). I had bought him a pasta maker after his diligent efforts making homemade ravioli last fall, so he made his first attempt at making homemade spaghetti. Whereas it was edible, :-), the results were not as good as had been hoped, but it is a learning process and we'll get there, just like the pizza :-).
After watching the latest installment of "The Amazing Race", one of our favorite shows ( we're rooting for Mark and Bopper from Kentucky) and one of the "Frozen Planet" episodes we have recorded, it was time to turn in. I'll try to have some pictures for you tomorrow. I believe we're off to Buena Vista again to find a tire place...apparently the tire valve was not the issue, as the tire is still leaking air :-(.