Updating our computer that had been in storage for 4 years has been a challenge and will probably require some professional Apple help. We are still unable to hook up any of our printers and get them to work---but we will! As we've both been a bit under the weather, just playing with the internet has been a wonderful diversion!
Over the past year, many of our friend have offered advice, assistance and equipment to help us get connected. We want to thank everyone for their help. Also, a big thank you to the friends and the library in San Ramon for sharing their WiFi while we were waiting for our own!
Since our last writing, we have been busy including a trip to Colorado to visit our daughter, Kristin, her husband Paul and grandchildren, Madeline & Jacob. Thanks to their generosity, Don was able to visit for a couple weeks and I was able to stay a month. Our time was jam packed helping out with projects, visiting the Denver Zoo, parks, Children's Museum, Trick or Treating, Pumpkin finding and painting and, of course, the necessary bit of shopping needed when we visit the US. We also enjoyed just hanging out! Don was to leave the 9th of November but ended up returning to Denver because our Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica was spewing ash and causing his flight to cancel. He eventually left on the 11th without a problem and was escorted home with a bit of fanfare by Errol, Julian and Roberto who met him at the airport! Thank you boys for the pick up and getting Don safely home!!
We were also fortunate to visit, Dennis, Nancy & Les, friends we knew in Wisconsin who now live outside Denver in the Colorado Rockies in the town of Frisco near Breckenridge. Dennis and Nancy are great friends and Les is Dennis's Dad who is very special to both of us at 96 years old.
Whenever we get together with Dennis & Nancy, we manage to get in a hike. This time our hike was short but very interesting because of previous hydro dredging for gold during the Gold Rush. We ate a wonderful lunch on some ruins of the hydro dredge equipment that were left behind. The area was covered with rocks that Don wanted to bring back to Costa Rica!
One other interesting side trip was to the Breckenridge Distillery!
It is similar to a wine tour, but the sampling consists of 10 1/3-1/2 shot size samples of Vodka, Whiskey, Bourbon, Gin and even Maple Syrup. Fortunately, we only sipped to get a taste or we would have had to stumble home! The Distillery was started by a number of young men and has won awards world wide for their products and are soon to open a restaurant in Breckenridge!
Well worth a visit!
Of course, wine in the hot tub with Dennis and Nancy is still our favorite! Good bye until we meet again!
Back to Denver and The Pumpkin Farm
We spent a day on the pumpkin farm deciding on just the perfect pumpkins! It was hard to believe it was October in Colorado with temperatures in the 80's!
There were hay bale mazes to climb on on walk through trying not to get lost!
A tractor to sit on and drive and so much more to see and do, including a large inflated slide. Fun times! And, we came home with pumpkins to carve or paint and even some for pumpkin pie!
Madeline and Jacob have lots of friends on the street and everyone seems to congregate in the front yard. Grandpa, Madeline and Jacob are hoping someone comes out to play! Again, so warm it was hard to believe we were in Colorado in October! However, before I left I was able to experience a little snow and cold weather!
My sister, AKA Auntie Carole, drove up from New Mexico to visit for a couple days. Madeline and Carole decided to dress up as butterflies! Always fun times with Auntie Carole!!
Happy, happy boy!
Thanks for visiting Carole, it was fun to spend some time together! Safe travels!
Kristin, our daughter, Jacob, Me and Auntie Carole!
Yes, Don was there too!
Eventually the decision was made to paint the pumpkins! We all joined in the fun and Grandpa and Madeline got to "share" the decorating of the last pumpkin! Grandpa patiently waits for permission to add his creative touch!
At last Halloween arrived and Madeline as Unicorn and Jacob as Devil hit the streets with their friends and filled their bags with lots of treats!
Going to the park is always fun and Pirate Park is only a few blocks away next to Slone's Lake.
Another fun day for Nana, Kristin, Madeline and Jacob was at the Children's Museum. We actually made two trips. The first visit was so warm the puddles outside were very inviting!