After meeting Andy Dooley for breakfast, we are headed to Taos, New Mexico for Camp Creative Thunder. Camp Creative Thunder is a 4-night, 5-day retreat offered by Jill Badonsky (another luminary that I admire) at her favorite site, the Mabel Dodge Luhan House historical hotel. My husband, Rick, and I had exactly 309.2 miles to cover today. We were expected at 6 p.m., so I figured we had plenty of time to get there.
Funny how things don’t always go how you plan. I didn’t expect our drive to go through so much undeveloped territory. There were very few places to stop off for gasoline and food or even to go to the restroom. About 2 hours into our journey, I needed to go. Thank goodness for the rest area that appeared just before Pueblo, Colorado; but, would you believe that it was completely dry with no potable water. The toilets were atypical, a deep downward tunnel to a pit where human excrement is composted. This facility was designed with a ventilation system that pulled any bad odors away. There were no sinks for which to wash your hands either, but there was antibacterial gel available. I was intrigued by the innovation.
After 2 p.m., Rick and I were getting hungry (remember breakfast was around 9:30 a.m.) and we were hoping to find a local diner to eat. As we got off I-25 south to get onto U.S. Highway 160 west, we came to the town of Walsenburg, Colorado, but the eating establishments along our path were either closed or fast food. We were not interested in eating a greasy fast food meal, so we continued our journey. At 3:15 p.m. we came to Fort Garland, Colorado and decided to stop at an establishment called Del’s Diner. I was tickled how it rhymed with the sitcom, Mel’s Diner. The special of the day was their bean or beef burrito. So, Rick and I got the beef burrito. The generous meal made for a satisfying lunch, but it took us longer than we planned.
We arrived at the Mable Dodge Luhan House historic hotel at 5:55 p.m. just before the opening events. I was absolutely thrilled to meet Jill Badonsky; and, she appeared to recognize me even though we never met face-to-face. Facebook has a magical way of connecting people, doesn’t it? It took us about 20 minutes to check-in and freshen up before our evening repast with the other Camp Creative Thunder participants. As it turned out, we were not the last ones to arrive, there were 3 more expected, who made it in time for the welcoming ceremony after dinner. Next week I will describe every detail of our retreat, as well as our adventure to Roswell, New Mexico; Dallas, Texas; and, Bristol, Virginia as we headed home again.
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