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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Hanging up the wheels–RV for sale

We have made the decision to officially get off the road as full time RV’ers,  we do hope to return some day to roaming this great country.  Family and health issues are taking priority in our lives and we have settled in the Denver area to be available for both.
Fortunately we have great friends here in addition to family, and with Bill very active in the Masons and both of us busy with Eastern Star and our new church we have plenty to do.
We have enjoyed living full time in our 5th wheel since 2007. It is a 37 ft Forest River Cardinal / Americana with 3 slides.  Americana takes the basic rig and builds it out for full timers with a large comfy living area, entertainment center - TV is at eye level, computer station,  electric fire place, expanded basement area, king size bed and lots of storage.  The kitchen and bedroom cabinets and trim work are all wood and extra goodies can be found in unexpected places. The RV is an all weather rig, extra insulation, heated tanks, duo-thermo pane windows, and we added solar for comfortable boondocking.
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

11-11-11 Honoring our Vets

I would again like to share some beautiful pictures from Ft Logan National Cemetery in Denver Colorado.  Our fallen hero’s from many wars abide in peace in this lovely setting. 


Ft Logan through the seasons

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Fort Logan is located in Denver County near the southwest boundary of the City of Denver. By the 1880s, with the removal of much of the Native American population to reservations, the federal government had begun to close many frontier forts. The rapid growth of the railroad had made it easier for the Army to quickly move troops to where they were needed. The frontier posts that had played such an important role in the development of the West became increasingly obsolete and expensive to maintain. Still, the citizenry of Denver, in relative isolation and apprehensive concerning increased immigration from the East and abroad, petitioned the Army to establish a post near the city. In 1886, Colorado Sen. Henry M. Teller introduced a bill in Congress authorizing construction of the post, and it was signed in February 1887. A little over three acres was set aside in 1889 for a post cemetery. The first recorded burial in the post cemetery was Mable Peterkin, daughter of Private Peterkin, who died on June 28, 1889.

The first soldiers to arrive at the fort were members of the 18th Infantry from Fort Hays and Leavenworth, Kan., who immediately set up a temporary barracks and guardhouse while construction began on permanent facilities. The name of the fort, originally known as “the camp near the city of Denver,” became Fort Logan in August 1889. General John A. Logan had risen to the rank of Union Army general and commander of volunteer forces during the Civil War. As head of the post-war veteran’s organization the Grand Army of the Republic, he issued General Orders No. 11, establishing May 30 as “Decoration Day” to honor the Civil War dead. This later became a national holiday called Memorial Day.

Although 340 acres of land were added to the fort in 1908, by 1909 Fort Logan was reduced to a recruiting depot. This remained its sole function until 1922 when the 38th Infantry was garrisoned at what locals sometimes referred to as “Fort Forgotten.” Despite a brief resurgence of activity in the 1930s and early 1940s, Fort Logan closed in May 1946. In 1960, much of the land was deeded to the State of Colorado to establish a state hospital that still operates as the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan. On March 10, 1950, Congress authorized the use of military lands at Fort Logan as a national cemetery, but limited the size to no more than 160 acres. Since that time, the cemetery has expanded from the original 160 acres to 214 acres.


Medal of Honor Recipients
Major William E. Adams, (Vietnam) U.S. Army, A/227th Assault Helicopter Co., 52nd Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade. Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam, May 25, 1971 (Section P, Grave 3831).

First Sergeant Maximo Yabes, (Vietnam) U.S. Army, Company A, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Phu Hoa Dong, Republic of Vietnam, February 26, 1967 (Section R, Grave 369).

Private John Davis, (Civil War) Company F, 17th Indiana Mounted Infantry. Culloden, Ga., April 1865 (Memorialized in section MB, Grave 280).

Seven Buffalo Soldiers are buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

Karl Baatz, a German POW who passed away while being held at Fort Logan, was is interred in 1943 (Section POW, Grave 14).

Friday, October 14, 2011

Skirting the RV & staying busy

Well I guess it’s now permanent, we are installing semi-permanent skirting around the RV.  This means we can no longer pull out in 1 hour, it will probably take a week now, oh well.

We figured since we were going to be here through winter weather we ought to do what we could to keep the RV warmer; it will probably help in the summer too.

Bill has been diligently building this week since our vacation to Mexico was canceled due to hurricane Jova; he’s utilizing those carpenter skills; you know; measure twice and cut once or is it measure once, cut then re-measure and cut again?

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  Measure & cut & caulk           Insulation board inserted in 2X4’s

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   Street side front done               Under the nose is all enclosed

Our RV neighbor had to move to Pueblo recently and she was going to tear down and toss all her skirting, Bill volunteered to help her tear it down if he could keep the material.  This saved us a bit of $$$.  Of course he has to rework all the panels to fit our RV but it is really looking nice, don’t you agree, it even gave us extra storage.

Other than helping out my family here, we are very active with our Masonic families, the Masons and Eastern Star.  As RV’ers that have to remain stationary, we decided to put some of our energy into these organizations, so far this has been very good for both of us.  We have traveled a bit around the state to various events so it kind of helps the “hitch itch” syndrome.

We do love being back in Colorado with the awesome mountain views!

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          Central City Lodge                Volunteering keeps us busy too

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   All dressed up for our Eastern Star installation

Well that’s what we have been doing this summer, hope you too have had a great time this summer.