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Colorado – Loveland and Fort Collins

By , August 25, 2010 4:15 pm

On our slow trip back towards the East Coast, we wanted to spend some time in Colorado.  Our first stop was Loveland.  We actually wanted to be in Fort Collins, but Loveland was pretty close and had a couple RV parks with reasonable rates.  We didn’t really have an agenda for what we wanted to do in Colorado, we just wanted to check out some of the towns.

One thing we found when driving around Fort Collins was a flower garden set up on the CSU campus.  Dasy spent some time wandering around admiring and we both took few pictures.

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Our next real stop of note was the New Belgium Brewery.  We got there around 10:30 and signed up on “standby” for a tour.  All the tours were booked out online, so we took our chances.  While waiting for the tours to start, we wandered around the front entrance and took in some of the interesting bits they have outside.  The most interesting (although not very photogenic), was a fountain made out of some kind of pipes and a tin catch pan.  It made the coolest noises as the water fell in the tin pan!  When we get settled again, I might attempt to make one. 😉

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Since we live in an RV right now, we also had to go check out the Airstream they had parked in a flower bed in the parking lot.  It’s not really a functional RV any more, but it’s still pretty cool. 

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After spending a little bit of time in the Airstream, we headed inside to the bar area.  I’m not sure if it’s an actual bar or just a “sampling room”IMG_2997 for customers, but there were a lot of glasses of beer being passed back and forth and we didn’t see anyone paying for anything.  When we checked in for the tour, we were given a token for “a free drink”.  Apparently, “a” is plural at the brewery because I ended up trying about five different beers before finally settling on Trippel.  Dasy tried a few and actually liked one!  She’s not a beer drinker and normally just makes really cute scrunchy faces whenever she tries one.  But, she quite liked the Mothership, which is apparently the only totally organic beer that New Belgium makes.  I thought it tasted like burnt cardboard, but maybe that’s just me. 😉

After sampling a fair bit, it was time to start the tour.  Meet our tour guide, Andrew:

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The tour lasted a little two hours, during which time we walked through or around several areas of the plant, mostly centered around brewing and bottling.  Speaking of bottles, Dasy got to be an official helper and poured several for the group!

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While exploring things to do in Fort Collins, we also found the Holiday Twin Drive In!  Dasy had never been to a drive-in, so we carved out a night to do so.  I had no idea how busy it would be, so we arrived fairly early, but we got a good spot.

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We watched Despicable Me, a kids animated movie, which was quite funny.  The other movie was Inception, which was just weird and a lot of work to get through.  We should have left in the middle of it, but one of our weaknesses is sitting through an entire movie once we’ve started it, even if it’s a bad one.  But, the intermission between movies made up for it…  They had dancing hot dog commercials!!! IMG_3051

The rest of the time was pretty relaxed and nothing to write home about.  Our next stop was to be Golden, Colorado, which will be in our next post!

 

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Short update and a quick tour

By , August 17, 2009 2:52 am

First, a quick update…  we’re in Christiansburg, VA, about 4 hours from home.  We stopped for the evening because we didn’t feel like rolling in to our neighborhood and having to do 12-point turns to get parked at 11 o’clock at night. 😉  We’re not impressed with the campground, but it was there and fairly cheap.  It’s got power and water and we can dump our waste tanks in the morning before we leave.

The trip down the mountain in Gatlinburg was relatively uneventful, except that Dasy hadn’t fastened the front curtain very well and it came loose.  I had to do a quick stop for that, as it was near impossible to concentrate on not falling off the mountain while getting smacked in the face with a floppy curtain.  Otherwise, the RV handled it just fine.  I think our brake issues may finally be behind us, as we’ve noticed no other oddities in that department since leaving Waynesboro a few days ago.

The family reunion was fine, but we didn’t actually do much other than the zip-lining.  That was fine by us and we got to spend a fair amount of time with a bunch of the family we don’t see too much of usually.

Since I’m awake and harvesting various pictures from several of my digital cameras, I figured I’d give you a really short tour of the inside of the RV.  Basically, I wanted a couple of reference pictures before we did too much to change anything.  They’re not great shots, but they show the inside fairly well.

The first view here is from the “hallway” looking forward into the main living room area (click on it for a larger view).  StormInside1 It’s a bit messy, as this was taken after the brake issues on the Blue Ridge Parkway and we were just kind of shuffling stuff around while we waited.  About the only things you can see here that we’ve already changed are the speakers and stereo.  They’re all relatively cheap (on special at Crutchfield), but they’re WAY better than the junker system that came with it.  The rear speakers (you can see one laying on the couch) aren’t mounted into anything.  They’re just boxes with long wires.  I can run them to the bedroom, stick them outside for patio listening, or stick them in the cabinets above for movies.  I just wanted some flexibility instead of cutting dedicated spaces for them.  The next major changes are going to involve the TV system.  It’s an older tube TV, so it doesn’t accept the digital signals and it takes a lot of power.  I’m going to switch it out with a small LCD.  The mounting kit arrived right before we left and I didn’t feel like dealing with it.

StormInside2 This next shot is from the main living area looking backwards towards the bedroom (I’m standing next to the living room table).  The main door is on the left, followed by the small pantry, the fridge, a closet, the bathroom sink, then the bedroom as you look towards the back.  The kitchen is on the right, although it’s not pictured very well.  It has two steel sinks, a microwave, a three-burner stove, an oven and a ton of little cabinets.  The black box on the wall is the main sensor panel that tells us when our various water and waste tanks are full or empty, plus the status of our water pump, propane supply, battery voltage, and a few other things about the RV’s current state.  Behind that wall is the shower and the toilet, which is separate from the bedroom.  I’ll diagram or photograph the whole bathroom area eventually.  It’s kind of neat how it was designed and is one of the things we really liked about the RV when we were looking at it.

I’ll probably do a video walkthrough of the RV eventually.  I found out that my laptop doesn’t have enough guts to handle the video from my camera, so all video will have to wait until I can get time on the home system to do some editing.  I may also have some decent footage of the zip-line stuff, but I haven’t gone through it all yet, so I’m not entirely sure. I’ll let you know when I get some editing done.

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