Spires, Campfires, and Hot Dogs!

Dear Maia and Isaac,

Last weekend, my dogs and I went camping on the Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction.  I use to camp here in college when I was attending Colorado Mesa University (it was called Mesa College back then).  My girlfriends from the dorm and I would go camping up here – and it is cool because it is hight above the city and you can see the lights at night.

The view from our campsite at Saddlehorn Campgrounds on the Colorado National Monument

From one side, you can see Grand Junction – where your grandpa Chip and grandma Melanie live.

View of Grand Junction from the Colorado National Monument

From the other side, you can see a smaller town called Fruita.

View of Fruita from the Colorado National Monument

We got there in the evening after my super long work-week and pitched the tent.  It was still really, really hot.  So, I let the dogs rest while it cooled down, then we ate.  It was hot in the tent at night – no doggy cuddles because we were all just wanting a breeze.

Sunset at the campground
Camping hot dogs! (L to R – Sazi, Maizzy, and Kachina)

And, then it was morning.  My favorite part of camping is the morning, because when I wake-up, I forget which campground we are at.  I seriously have to think about it for a minute.  Well, we camp a lot  It was my dream to teach you to camp, but you are stuck with my blog.  I don’t feel like much of a grandma – most my friends who are grandmas are with their grandkids all the time.  Well, not all the time, but more than I can be around you.

The red canyon walls of the Colorado National Monument (these are the walls of  the Colorado River)

My job has changed, and it is super busy and long hours.  We only get the big holidays off.  Remember when I used to be able to spend a couple weeks with you at Christmas?  And, during the summer?  Your mom is just so busy, and grandma isn’t feeling really great lately.  I go camping to help me get away from the stress of work, yet it is a lot of work to camp.  I hope to feel better and have more time off at some point . . . I don’t know when I will see you again, and that makes me sad.  It makes me happy to write this blog, though.

Coke Ovens at the Colorado National Monument
Independence Monument at the Colorado National Monument

Anyway, we drove off the Monument and went shopping for a bit.  I got Sazi a new raincoat – well, I ended up getting one for all the dogs cause they had carry pouches.  And, we went to Lowes and I got a sick orchid to save.  It is weird taking an orchid camping with you in the desert.

Sazi in her raincoat at Petsmart

Then we drove over the Monument back to our campsite. There are so many cool rock formations here.  I always thought it was a spiritual place.   It was super hot, again – 101 degrees.  Poor Maizzy – she doesn’t do heat so well anymore.  The next day, we drove home.  And, now I am planning our next camping trip for Ridgway next weekend.  Hopefully, it will be cooler.

Kachina taking a nap at our campground in the heat
Sazi taking a nap in the heat in front of my new orchid

This weekend, I went to a rodeo – and that is a whole blog that I want to write about rodeos for you.  I am not sure when I will get time.  Hopefully soon.

I love you two and miss you more than you know. But, you are always with me on my camping trips and adventures! – Grandma Hartt

artistic blossom bright clouds
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