August 4, 2020 Alamosa, CO (Day 2)

It was hazy over the mountains from the forest fires this morning. The latest fire was caused by a bird that got zapped by an electrical power line. Go figure! We had an easy morning just doing some small chores that needed to be done. Bob took the Jeep to the car wash for a quick rinse. I finished giving Auggie his trim and he will be good to go for awhile. When Bob returned, we had lunch (leftover pizza) and took a short drive to Cole Park in town.

The park is located along the Rio Grande River. We parked and walked on the footbridge over the river.

The river wasn’t moving very swiftly and it wasn’t very clear. It’s not very impressive at this location, but we are not that far from its source at Canby Mountain in the Continental Divide at 12,000 ft. of the San Juan Mountains. It is the 4th longest river system in the U.S. There were a lot of friendly squirrels in the park and this one seemed particularly interested in me.

We left there and made a stop at Walmart and Tractor Supply doing some preliminary shopping for a propane fire pit. No luck at either place. We returned to the campground where Bob worked on polishing the wheels of the bus while Auggie and I enjoyed the afternoon in the shade. The clouds started to approach from the east as they have every afternoon and we heard thunder, but we only got a few drops of rain. The clouds disappeared and it became sunny. After dinner, we took our walk around the campground and discussed our departure tomorrow for Great Sand Dunes National Park. It is one of the best places to go for stargazing with a “dark sky” status. Besides seeing the dunes, we are going for the “dark sky”. We hope the skies are clear the two nights that we are there so we can see plenty of stars.

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