Iâ€™m typing this Sunday night as my son (along with many nieces and nephews) are running around playing various singing games and my siblings and parents are sitting around being entertained by them and I am taking a moment to hide away in our room.
Weâ€™re staying at a YMCA camp in Colorado, a huge (5000+ acres) affair near Winter Park that caters to family reunions and church groups and such. The house weâ€™re staying in is built to house 25, certainly comfortable for the 17 or so of us. It includes two stoves, two refrigerators, two microwaves, and two bedrooms that have nothing but bunk beds. Guess where the kiddies are staying?
It took us about four hours to drive up here, up what I thought was a pretty challenging pass. The picture here is of Annette and I at the top, taken by Will (thatâ€™s why it is a little crooked). The camp is at about 8700 feet, which means that low-landers like me are spending the first day trying to adjust to the altitude. We hiked around the camp a bit, but mostly, we watched the dramatic thunderstorms that rolled in and out of the valley and tried to see if we could start a camp fire and listened to the kids play.
Interestingly enough, even here in the wilderness, getting away from it all, itâ€™s pretty easy to get online. I am here via a free wireless connection in the coffee shop area of the administrative building. Down the hall, thereâ€™s a little store and a grill that has a â€œcyber cafeâ€? section, $5 for the day or $20 for the week. Try to give up the â€˜net (which Iâ€™m not trying to do, btw), and thereâ€™s someone ready to feed you a connection, even in the middle of nature.
Pictures are here; this is where they will be for a while as I add to it…