Monday, March 27, 2017

Tootling Around: Masonville, CO 3/26/17

Sometimes I just need to get out of the house. With working from home it is easy to feel like you're working all the time or not at all. Even though working from home gives you have the freedom to take time at unusual times, often escaping still happens on weekends.

Yesterday, it was one of those days. Sometimes I actually plan where I'm going. Sometimes I just jump in the car and drive. These adventures most often open me up to opportunities I wouldn't have otherwise.

I headed west, then north, then west, and north ... I wish I'd managed to track my entire trip on a map, but here is a composite that will give you some idea of the journey I took.

In a short time I was passing through Longmont on Hover Rd. Just before the Hwy 119 intersection and I saw this beautifully flowering tree.

Then just up the road, this ... two seasons in just a short drive.

Whenever I had an inclination to turn, I did. My objective was to stay close to the Rocky Mountains and see what I could find. I remember my son, Scott, saying, "I always take a different route so I can see new things." So, I stayed away from the high-traffic routes as much as possible. Eventually I found myself driving next to a body of water, which later I found myself often doing as I tootled around. Lon Hagler State Wildlife Area

Lon Hagler State Wildlife Area in Loveland, CO

Sometimes the cloudy days bring a different character than our frequent sunny days. Those two tiny spots along the shore are people fishing. They must be diehards. Or maybe this day was the only time they had and they were seizing the moment. I like to think they were good friends or lovers who never let anything stop them.

a selfie of sorts with Kobi

I stopped here to take Kobi for a walk. It was a bit chilly so I didn't last too long, but Kobi always enjoys a bit of "outside" time.

Along the way, it began to rain. This didn't stop me. On I went to see what I could discover. When you travel these side roads in Colorado, you travel through lots of farm land. I almost passed up these relics, but turned around and captured them. An old truck, a grain silo, and a mailbox with an engine part as its support.

As providence would have it, I was running low on gas (I find myself in this predicament all too often), so I was looking for a way to get back to civilization. But before I found the sign, 10 miles to Ft. Collins, I found the Masonville Mercantile.

I really wanted to refresh my coffee, but the mercantile was not a coffee shop and there didn't seem to be much else around.

I wandered around just to see what they were all about. In some people's books, it would be just a lot of stuff. It was a lot of stuff squeezed into a pretty small space, but there were some things that caught my attention. Hats, a model in a pay phone booth, a guilded cash register that was modernized (notice the keypad and digital display), and Mardi herself (the owner).

Before I left, I enjoyed a "hat" moment. Do you suppose this would make a nice Derby hat? Honestly, I would never be found at a Derby and most likely never be seen in this hat, but it was fun! (eyes look closed as I was taking a selfie)

Before I left, I went to purchase a treat. As it turns out, I had no cash on me (this is a common problem for me), and Mardi didn't take credit cards for such small purchases. But, she said I could take my treat with a promise to come back. I love when I run across people so trusting! So I enjoyed my Heath bar as I headed home.

I passed by Horsetooth Reservoir. I'd never been there. Looks like a great place to enjoy some water sports.Then I tootled on to meander through Ft. Collins on my way home listening to a digital book on my smart phone.

It was a great adventure ... Sunday drive ... 104 miles round trip. And no, I did not run out of gas!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Random Catching Up: Nederland, CO 2/19/17

It was a Sunday. I needed to get out of the house. I'd been having trouble doing that since I broke my ankle in October. Mostly, I just couldn't walk for a while. Then it just turned into a bad habit. I thrive on being outside, but sometimes I forget how refreshing it is.

My initial idea was to go to The Train Cars Coffee Shop and do a little remote working. I did manage to find it, wandered through.

The outside of the train cafe

Inside: the menu and staff. They were very friendly and I will take some time there my next trip out that way. I love the sign: "I just want to sip coffee and pet my dog." I'm surprised that wasn't enough to entice me to stay there.

Seating inside the train cafe

I didn't stay there though, finding myself rather indecisive. So Kobi and I wandered down to a park, a short distance away, where we found a little winter wonderland.

I loved the iced-over pond and cross-over bridge. The temperature was moderate and there really wasn't that much snow. Just the remnants here ... at least where I was. I didn't explore much more that day.

Another bridge ... a cross-over from some of the town homes to the park.

Looking out over Barker Reservoir in the distance. I wasn't up for going too far on the snow-covered path. I was still pretty skittish about slipping.

My favorite sound comes from streams and creeks.

After our little wander, I went to another coffee shop I'd passed, New Moon Bakery and Cafe and landed there for a short time. The staff explained several dishes they liked, but I stuck with tried and true, coffee and cake. But I was restless as Kobi waited in the car. I didn't manage to get more than 15 minutes of work done.

In addition, I'm too connected. I got a text while I snacked that my new external drive was waiting on my doorstep. So, I headed home. I didn't want something that valuable sitting out in the open for too long.

I need a road trip. Something I can get my head wrapped around. Something I can get excited about.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Where's Lissa?

It's been far too long since I have posted here on my blog. Almost a year, that is. Kobi is just as baffled as you are ... and as I am.

I've started several times and just not finished a post. So here we are hoping to get on with things.

I have a lot of catching up to do. Many things have been posted to FB as it seemed easier, but this did not serve the same story telling function, so I think I'm going to try to post the highlights from 2016, then move forward.

Kobi just as baffled