Chuck & Lynda Gumeson (22459)
Colorado State Directors/Kruisin Aires Presidents
We have just returned from Durango and hosting the Colorado Kruisin Aires Chapter Rally. It turned out to be much better than we had expected, and I believe a fun time was had by all who attended. We enjoyed wonderful weather; a fun historical tour of the town and the highlight was a Progressive Dinner. It was fun to get together in smaller groups and get to know everyone a bit better. And I must mention all of the fabulous food prepared by each of the Progressive Dinner hosts. It was an experiment dreamed up by our co-host, Rick Haugen, and it was a huge success. This activity will definitely return next year!
We really enjoyed the Bar D Ranch Chuckwagon Dinner and their western show. This was another activity that was blessed with warm temperatures and no wind!
The only disappointment of the rally was the cancellation of the 4X4 Jeep Tour of the La Plata mountains. The roads had been closed by all of the rains that had washed out the many jeep trails. So, everyone filled their time with other activities on their own. A few folks rode the famous Durango Silverton Train and others visited Fort Lewis College, and everyone found there were plenty of things to keep everyone busy. Just enjoying the beautiful surrounding scenery made simply hanging out at the Alpen Rose campground a real joy. The dog park was also a great spot to hang out. It was a 2-acre park with grass and shade!
Before the Kruisin Aires Rally, Chuck & I attended the Utah Pathfinders Rally in Coalville, Utah. What a great time that turned out to be! We enjoyed some real gourmet type meals prepared by Duane Paige & Laurie Hunt, and lots of yummy things prepared by the Pathfinder hosts. Food fare also included a soup and chili cookoff with Mary Roberts taking home the first-place honors. All of the crockpots lined up on big, long tables were quite a sight! And I should also mention the ice cream and the pies! It was a great way to gain some weight while meeting lots of new friends.
We returned home for about five days and are still trying to catch up on the mundane things that were waiting for us at our sticks and bricks home. All in all, we visited 17 states and drove around 7,000 miles. Our 9-month-old puppy, just 5 ½ months old when we ventured out, had really gotten a good education along our travels. Every day was like walking into a scene from the Wizard of Oz upon awakening and wondering where our travels had taken us for that particular day. A new adventure out of the motorhome door every morning!
If you have joined the Kruisin Aires Chapter, be watching for emails that will announce our rally schedule for next year. Until then, we will all see each other again at the International Rally in Sedalia.
Keep those wheels turning until then and see you all down the road! We can be reached at email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Chuck’s cell phone: 303-941-0907; Lynda’s cell phone: 303-907-8211.