Up in the Rockies on the edge of a small town near Vail... we are visiting Stephen Jacobs and his family for the weekend. He grew up in the Village with me, Mike Denny, Lew Culley and others. The temperatures up here are cool in daytime and cold at night. We stayed in their basement spare bedroom king size bed, all of us sardined in, but being underground I imagine it was as cold down there as it would have been in the RV parked across the street. With a child beside each of us, we were snug and warm.
We drove the RV over a 10,000 plus foot pass yesterday. Kris had been driving after I navigated thru Boulder and Golden before letting her take over while the kids and I ate mac n cheese. She started us into the mountains on Hwy 6 and took us thru 6 short tunnels until we linked up with I 70 up to Loveland Tunnel but when I criticized her driving... let me rephrase, the RPMs were running around 4000 on whatever grade we were driving and I told her she was going to burn the motor up if she tried to go the speed limit. She pulled over and told me to drive. I did.
I showed the kids the runaway truck ramps and E wanted to try one. I told him the gravel was too deep to get back out and we would need a tow truck and Kris nearly spit her cereal out, thinking I meant we'd get to Stephen's even if we needed a tow truck. I kept the RPMs under 3000 and though we did not go the speed limit uphill, we made up for it downhill. It was still not fast enough for the kids. They wanted to go faster. It had started to rain and I did not want to go faster. We passed a semi that was belching smoke that smelled like a clutch dying slowly. Summer rolled down her window (the kids take turns sitting up front, seatbelted) and tried to air out the RV. I told her we had to PASS the semi first.
There are still packs of ice on the mountain tops and we aren't that far below them. This is the weather we came 1050 miles to enjoy. We will exceed our mileage allotment so our deposit will take a hit. We are prepared for that sacrifice.
Today we all go rafting. The Jacobs are tremendous hosts.