Summer took long enough to get here! Okay, okay, so it isn't officially "summer" on the calendar yet, and "summer" may have started for others with the end of a school year or Memorial Day Weekend, but for me summer starts when our camping season starts. And it was late this year for us...
Last week we (finally) found our way with friends to the Conejos Camp Ground located in the Rio Grande National Forest. It took us a little over 3 hours to drive to our destination. It is remote and there is absolutely no connection to the world because there are no cell towers in the area.
We spotted three big horn sheep a few miles from the campground! I was excited about that because that means that I have a "new" block to include in our camping journal quilt. While I have plenty of postcard patterns that could be used, I don't want to overuse many of them.
Dave got to celebrate the anniversary of his appearance to the world while we were in the wilderness by fishing. He isn't much a sit on a shore of a lake type of fisherman, but he really enjoyed fishing the creeks and the Conejos River. The river ran along the edge of our camp site and the sound of the water was calming and enjoyable (and convenient, allowing us to be near the camper).
But we also ventured out to another area. The first time out was not properly planned. We ALL walked away from the truck with nothing but the phones for cameras and fishing gear. Greenhorns! We should have had water at the very least... Sorry about the blur in the picture, but the road was rough.
We have been enjoying adventures with these friends for 26 years, including our exciting journey to the dinosaur tracks at the Picketwire Canyon last November. Good times, good laughs and good memories!
The trout needed to be 16" or longer to be "keepers" and Dave finally caught one that would would have made a great dinner. But, sadly, it got away... WITH a favorite lure. BUT I happened to have the camera to capture the moment!
I mentioned last week that Rachel at Fiona Sandwich created a "summer camp" and a summer sewing log... And while Dave enjoyed fishing, I successfully checked off five items. Here they are...
My blocks included... ✔larger star, ✔open space, ✔a pine tree trunk, ✔a barrel cactus, ✔campfire.
I still have a few more kits that are ready to go, but I will need to prep a few more for future trips.
While we were "unplugged" the fourth block in the Santa Fe Trail Sew Along was published without a single issue. Woohoo! Did you see it? The snowflake is a type of a log cabin block, cut once on a diagonal and a "spine" inserted. It is easier to piece than it looks and it is generous in size with the intention of trimming down to size to guarantee that the completed square is 12-1/2 inches. Get the pattern (free until July 22) and link up for a chance to win a free FQ. The linky party will be open until July 1.
✔ I have my personal paper doll quilt blocks prepped (ok, they are only pin basted and have no binding, but I have to move forward) and as soon as I get the two blocks I passed on to my Mom with the clothing patterns, I will get the tops assembled and quilted.
Even though we got home on Saturday and it is now Tuesday I feel like I am still playing catch-up. And having that small taste of rest and time away makes me only want MORE! Wah...
I think the biggest problem is that I haven't been sleeping well. We have had several days of temps in the 90s and we don't have central air. We have been sleeping with the windows open because it really does cool off nicely once the sun goes down, but it has also been windy. A gentle breeze would be fine, but we have had gusty nights. We have two window units that have been recently put into place and, fingers crossed, we will be resting peacefully with windows shut and keeping cool.
I made some fresh fruit pops to enjoy during a hot afternoon. Fresh strawberries, blueberries, some applesauce and a splash of apple juice... they are quite refreshing!
What are some of your favorite ways to keep cool?
Leave a comment... I'd love to hear your suggestions.
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