Today we find ourselves camping in Breckenridge Colorado. We love this place so much. The first step out of the RV gets me every time. There is just something about the smells of an Alpine Forrest  that immediately quiets the mind and soothes the soul.  It simply stops me in my tracks. There is not better summertime weather anywhere than at high altitude in Colorado. Days are always in the mid 70’s and the nights drops down for great sleeping temps. In addition to this, some of my favorite people call this place home. My cousin Sasha and her parents Kenny and Phylis all live locally.  Ken is now in his early seventies and doing more than I do in my 40’s. He goes skiing probably close to 70 days per year,  has two  super cool hotrods, an awesome Porsche 356, and continues to fix all his own stuff.  He has always been someone that I looked up to and seeing him now only strengthens that.  If I can do what he does at that age,I will be a happy man. It was really great to catch up with everyone today. We smoked a variety of meats on our new Weber smoker including my signature ribs.

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We had a great time and we look forward to spending more time here in the future. Once retired, I can see us spending summers here in the RV.

This paragraph is for my good friend Darren who was disappointed that I did not have a story of misadventure yet. So, we love our new RV. It has great space, a powerful engine, and awesome storage. However we have run into some serious issues. On day one the refrigerator door fell off and crushed Kristi’s foot. Hours later the freezer door fell off in my hands. I spent hours patching it all back together only to have the whole thing quit completely while driving to Breckenridge. After hours of consulting with my friend Mr. Google, I was told that I should remove it and turn it upside down for 12 hours. Much easier said than done, but this is what we did. We reinstalled it this morning, but she is a dead. Anyone care to take a guess who much a 4 door RV refrigerator costs? $500?, $1000?, $2000?.. Try over $4000 installed!!!  I am in contact with the seller and he and I are trying to work something out. He is a good man, and I am confident that he will make this right.  So for now we are living out of a cooler.

This paragraph is for those of you who asked “Why Roxy”  I take the naming of my RV’s very seriously and this one is no different.

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.Rocinante was the name of Don Quixote’s horse. She was a grand workhorse who always performed. In 1960 when John Steinbeck set out on a cross country trip in his pickup truck camper he named the coach Rocinante. With his trusty steed and his Standard Poodle named Charlie he took the pulse of America state by state before retuning to Sag Harbor. This book spoke to me and the fact the we too are traveling from Long Island  with our Standard Poodle all influenced my decision to name her Rocinante or “Roxy” for short.  So there it is!

Now for an update on Colby. He is sick. We initially went to an urgent care clinic in Nebraska who did a strep test that came back negative. Yesterday we went to another urgent care clinic in Silverthorne, Colorado that did a mono test that was also negative. The doctor agreed that our little boy was very sick, His throat had a bunch of ulcerations, his fever was uncontrollable, and he has no energy or appetite.  Doctor George was great, but he had no answers for us. He started Colby on Z Pack but it has not done much. To add insult to injury his molars are now coming in. Tomorrow we are headed to Glenwood Springs and Colby was so looking forward to doing a Zip Line and go bungee jumping.  We are hoping for a miraculous recovery tonight.