We started our RV remodeling project mid-March and took almost two months to complete.  A lot of the time was removing, prepping, cutting and fitting the new plank floor and wood panels from front to back of the RV.  But there were other areas that needed rework such as the floor and wall around the driver and passenger area, squaring up the entrance steps, and relocating vents higher off the floor.

When we started measuring around the RV to make our cuts, we quickly realized that there is nothing squared in an RV.  Literally every piece had to be precisely custom fitted.  This was very time-consuming but necessary.

The project was planned carefully as to which area of the RV needed to be done in the right order.  For example, we had to focus on the slide out first in order to ensure that we can add a ¼” plank floor on the main floor without interference or scraping of the slide out.  Once we were confident that we could raise the floor a bit, then the next step was to add a new subfloor on top of the slide out with a bit of overhang to extend the floor space for our new dining/computer table and euro chairs.  We continued working throughout the RV methodically until we were able to complete each area.

Mountain Lion
Last week on February 4, 2019, we were out enjoying a walk around the beautiful, fresh blanket of snow around the campground with our dogs.  Unaware of an event that was unfolding just a couple miles from here on Horsetooth Mountain Open Space (HMOS), a trail runner was being attacked by a juvenile mountain lion.

While these incidents are very rare, it's a stark reminder that we do live in wildlife country in these parts of Colorado.  We have taught a couple of classes on wildlife safety (once for the public, and once for Poudre Wilderness Volunteer (PWV) where we are wilderness rangers.) 

In October 2018, we started our volunteer position for Larimer County Natural Resources (LCNR) at Horsetooth Reservoir, in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Our schedule is a rotating 4 days on and 3 days off working every other Monday, and we share responsiblitites with another host couple.  We are in charge of 41 sites and cleaning of 3 camper cabins. The campground has several full time rangers and its own maintenance crew.  The office/visitor center is open 5 days a week from 9 am - 5 pm during the winter.

My husband and I, both like the position for the fact that it is close to our daughters and only few miles into town if we need anything.  We also like that it is slower in the winter and this campground is never full.  Most county and state parks only allow 14-day stays in a 30-day period. The down side to that is that it is not a lot for us to do, and we like to stay busy.  

This is not our first time winter camping in Colorado. The beauty of this state seems to draw us back every year. The azure blue skies, mild temperatures and availability of hiking and walking around the Horsetooth Reservoir in Larimer County, Colorado is one of the reasons. This was the ideal location for us this winter. Yes, it does snow and yes the temperatures do drop below zero just adds to the challenge of we can do this!

My Favorite Quotes

The mountains are calling and I must go. - John Muir

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. - Chinese Proverbs

The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders. - Edward Abbey

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. - John Burroughs

Not all those who wander are lost. - J.R.R. Tolkien

To travel alone is risky business, especially into a wilderness; equally risky is to have dreams and not follow them. - Robert F. Perkins

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