Wednesday, August 13, 2014
We'd brought some pancake mix that you just add water to ... must've had cinnamon and nutmeg in the mix, too. I mixed that up and heated the syrup in a pan of boiling water (I don't like cold syrup), and then cooked up the pancakes on our new cast-iron grill on the Coleman stove.
They were very good. We'd been turned on to the Kodiak gourmet brand by some friends, but I couldn't find it in any local stores. Plus online it was like $17 for a box. I found this brand at HyVee for $3.28. I can't remember off the top of my head what it was.
So something easy today. I'd never been to Lily Lake, and I never realized it was right off of the road. It's outside the fee area of the park, but I think it may now technically be a part of the park. It has a trail all the way around it, and we took it.
But what to do after that? We planned Thursday to be a town day because it was forecast to be the most likely day for rain - so we didn't want to do that. So we decided to drive down to St. Malo's in Meeker Park to my favorite little church. Vicki had seen it before, but it's always a nice spot to visit, and 7 is a scenic highway.
It's not nearly as photogenic without the pond ... so what to do now?
Well how far is Nederland?
GPS said 20 miles. So we started out. And when we'd gotten to the end of that 20 miles I realized that it was 20 miles ... to the TURNOFF. It was another 20 miles to Nederland. Oh well. We've come this far.
At any rate, the food at Kathmandu was very good, and I don't think it had anything to do with a haze of smoke over Nederland ... it's just good. No, really.
The coffee shop in a railroad car that Mark and I had stopped in back in '07 has been bought out, I'm sure much to the dismay of the purists.
We headed back to Estest Park. I wanted to stop at a hardware store to find some screws to replace some screws on the camper that had somehow gone missing and pick up a card to mail to Pam and John for their 40th anniversary. It started to rain rather heavily after we picked these things up ... and Vicki spotted a sign that said "You Need Pie".
Vicki likes pie. A lot. A place that specializes in pie? We're in.
They were out of pie. Guess we got there too late. Seriously. Don't tempt people with pie if you don't have pie.
Back to the park. Back to the campground. But first, we stopped at the Moraine Park ranger station/lodge. I picked up a Colorado Geology book there to read in the rain if it kept raining tonight, and perhaps tomorrow. Vicki already had books. It became a running joke that week that we'd get to that place within 20 minutes of closing time. It closes at 4:30. Even if we weren't going there, we'd note the time when we drove by it.
We had new neighbors at the campground.
Saw a Cardinals Baseball shirt on one of the ladies, heard a game in the background, Missouri plates and a Joe Machens plateholder - they were from New Bloomfield -- less than 30 miles driving from Columbia. Small world.
Ended up going to bed around 10. There was a little rain overnight, but not much. Didn't really need the heater that night.