This is what happens when your water line freezes overnight. Totally didn't expect routine freezing nights in New Mexico. This is what happens when your water line freezes overnight. Totally didn't expect routine freezing nights in New Mexico.

Today I boogied out to see my dad in northern Colorado. Little did I know today would be fraught with peril.

Plenty of driving later...

This is what most of northern New Mexico looks like. On the first leg of my trip to Colorado I saw an awful lot of nothing- not even the brush I'd seen on the way into the state. This is what most of northern New Mexico looks like. On the first leg of my trip to Colorado I saw an awful lot of nothing- not even the brush I'd seen on the way into the state. Look! It's something! Life does still exist! Look! It's something! Life does still exist! Now that's the sort of thing I want to see! Now that's the sort of thing I want to see!

Almost as soon as I crossed the state line into Colorado, I was just in ecstasy over the scenery. The mountains were just so beautiful! I'd forgotten just how much I missed them... Too bad all I got was one pic that wasn't a lousy driving pic. They rest were all shaky and blury, and don't do the scenery justice, anyway. But just seeing all of this, I'm just so happy to be back here :)

That's a large hill. I just wanted to clear that up. That's a large hill. I just wanted to clear that up.

Now the fun begins! Focus on the Family is based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado. I know that because I heard their address at the end of Adventures in Odyssey enough times that I had the address memorized for many years (their Canadian address, too!). So I figured I'd stop in and get a milkshake from Whit's End.

This is the one true John Avery Whittaker. All of the other renditions are profane blasphemies. This is the one true John Avery Whittaker. All of the other renditions are profane blasphemies.

So a funny thing happened on the way to Whit's End... They were closed. They close very early on weekdays, and I was too late :(

So close... So close...

...and things only went downhill from there.

You see, the plan was I would take my RV most of the way to Northern Colorado, drop it off somewhere very cheap, then go into the mountains to meet Dad at the timeshare. Well, that went out the window when I went too close to a tree pulling a U-turn and scraped up a big hole in my roof. And I just couldn't leave that for the week, with rain on the way. So, Dad will have to come down from Denver to the tiny town of Calhan some 40 minutes northeast of Colorado Springs to stay with me in my RV for the weekend, since I can't make the 3-hour drive to Breckenridge with the RV in this condition.

It was a very stressful night. I hadn't planned on actually residing at this place, so I didn't pick a place with wifi, cell reception, or proximity to anything useful at all. I didn't even buy the space that had a sewage hookup! And now I was going to have to spend the week there.

At least there was a place across the street with good food. It was a bar, but they gave me a pizza and some very good fried okra to go. At 22:00 EST. Yeah, late night for me.

So, there I ended my day, at Cadillac Jack's of Calhan, a combo RV park, gas station, and antiques store, squarely in the middle of nowhere. Seriously, the town doesn't even have a coffee shop. *sigh*