Thursday, July 14, 2016

St Anthony Hospital Metro Denver and Ted's Stay

Ted leaving Middle Park Medical Center heading for St Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, CO. Ted had gone to Middle Park MC several times during our first week in Grand Lake thinking he was having a hard time adjusting to the altitude this year. However, symptoms were showing something much more serious.

Ambulance leaving Granby, CO with Ted aboard.....

St Anthony's Hospital, Lakewood, CO, where Ted started his stay on the 4th floor.

Ted in his pre-operation room with his new dance partner. Diagnosis:  Ted needs a new heart value and a bypass. In other words, open heart surgery.  Remember Ted's on going cough(5+ years)...well that was a symptom of his heart problem. Thanks to the Colorado Doctors for finally figuring out his problem. Having visited Doctors across the country trying to find out why he was coughing, thank heavens we were in the right place at the right time. 

View from Ted's 4th floor room....

Ted's nursing angels!

Joshua Cross, PA-C of Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery Associates was Ted's helping hand after surgery. Ted's Cardiothoracic Surgeon was Patrick Rudersdorf, MD and team. (never did get Dr Rudersdorf's photo)

Jonathan Degner, PA-C and Lanette Bringham, Heart Nurse guided Ted's recovery and followup treatment.
Thanks to the whole team at Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery Associates in Lakewood, CO! 

Ted is now continuing his recovery at our favorite summer location Elk Creek Campground, Grand Lake, CO. It will be a very slow process and no golf for at least 6 mos.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Unexpected Visitor at Elk Creek Campground

Returned from Denver the other day to find that one of our neighbors was visiting.

Was trap in the car for awhile, but finally made it in to the motor home and were able to take these photo from the RV window.

Sorry this photo did not turn out well,but moose was right outside the window in the shade....

Friday, June 10, 2016

Grand Lake, CO, Settled In

We are back in our favorite spot in Elk Creek Campground, Grand Lake, CO. Check "Our Position" in the right hand column to see exactly where we are! 

Weather has been beautiful and you can still see snow on the mountain tops.

Tuco in his favorite spot. He is definitely a "companion dog".

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Golden, CO Visit

Enjoyed great hamburgers from Bob's Atomic Burgers in Golden and a nice visit with Kari.

View story of Bob's Atomic Burger...

Got to catch up on all the gossip with daughter, Kari, and Jan's sister, Jean, and her husband, Gerry.

Gerry and Jean's new Mustang 

Along Clear Creek in Golden...

Spring run off on Clear Creek....

Monday, May 30, 2016

USAF Thunderbirds and Colorado Springs

Heading north out of New Mexico toward Colorado Springs on I 25... view from  Raton Pass...

Pikes Peak

USAF Academy Stadium 

USAF Thunderbirds practicing over the famcamp at the Air Force Academy...getting ready for graduation.

Our campsite at the Air Force Academy Famcamp...

Accident on I 25 north out of Colorado Springs added an hour to our trip into Golden, CO

One of Tuco's traveling positions....

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Amarillo, TX Scenes on a Stormy Sunday

Ran into "Storm Warriors" storm chasers setting up right off I 40 at Cadillac Ranch. This was not a real positive sign, since our weather radio had been going off all day with Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado warnings.

Standing along Route 66 west of Amarillo, Texas, Cadillac Ranch was invented and built by a group of art-hippies imported from San Francisco. They called themselves The Ant Farm, and their silent partner was Amarillo billionaire Stanley Marsh 3. He wanted a piece of public art that would baffle the locals, and the hippies came up with a tribute to the evolution of the Cadillac tail fin. Ten Caddies were driven into one of Stanley Marsh 3's fields, then half-buried, nose-down, in the dirt (supposedly at the same angle as the Great Pyramid of Giza). They faced west in a line, from the 1949 Club Sedan to the 1963 Sedan de Ville, their tail fins held high for all to see on the empty Texas panhandle. 

your also encouraged to bring your own spray paint.....

Second Amendment Cowboy, near Cadillac Ranch off I 40 

You can visit Texas and not have a Whataburger......
We had storm warnings all day, but nothing happened in Amarillo. The bad part of the storm moved east into Oklahoma and there were reports of tornados.

Tuco in one of his favorite spots in the motorhome....

Oklahoma City East KOA a Campground of Note

 It is not often that we do a post on a campground, but this KOA in Choctaw, OK has some of the best sites we have seen.

We had one of their deluxe pull thros, which had patio, patio furniture, gas grill/with propane, fire pit and very nice landscaping. If you are passing through Oklahoma City this is the place to stay. 
The best thing was getting to visit with our long time friends (42+years) Nancy and Bill during our overnight stay.(see earlier posts)

Our travel buddy, Tuco, at the doggy park....

Bill's Oklahoma City Tour

RIVERSPORT Rapids, Oklahoma City’s new $45.2 million whitewater rafting and kayaking center just opened in early May.  The Road to Rio continued in Oklahoma City at the newly constructed RIVERSPORT Rapids whitewater rafting & kayaking center on May 7-8, 2016. The best whitewater slalom athletes in the nation  positioned themselves for a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team.
The Boathouse District is located adjacent to downtown Oklahoma City and the Bricktown entertainment district.

The Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark is located in the vibrant Bricktown District immediately east of downtown Oklahoma City. 

At the center is statue of Johnny Bench, baseball Hall of Fame catcher.....

Catch a carriage ride from Bricktown Ballpark...

One of the Oklahoma City's most notable destinations, the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum stands as a celebrated example of a living monument to honor those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever by the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial includes the Field of Empty Chairs with each chair honoring one of the 168 people who were killed, which you can see on the left in the distance.

Construction is underway on 21c Museum Hotels’ redevelopment of downtown Oklahoma City’s historic Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant. The nearly 100-year-old, four story brick building was built by Henry Ford as a Model T assembly plant. 
The Oklahoma City Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant , a four-story brick structure in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Opened in 1916 by the Ford Motor Company as a Model T manufacturing facility, it was one of 24 such plants built by Ford between 1910 and 1915.