June: Early June found the Columbines in southern CO at the KOA in Colorado City. It is a favorite spot with an outstanding owner and staff serving up great CO hospitality. This campout was a laid-back weekend of doing your own thing mixed in with the obligatory happy hours, a potluck dinner, and sprinkled with endless conversations. Enjoying the weekend were: Atencios;Veneables; Bowmans; Reinerts; Bakers; Dugdales; Stanleys; Nordstroms; Liesers; Jefferies; Cousins; Brownes; Kyes;and Sheri McFarlaneand her guest, Paula Edwards. We also had new
Winnebago owners, Jeff Rumrill and Barbara,join our potluck and were invited to join the Columbines.
Sunday noon we all drove into the San Isabel National Forest, past a beautiful lake, heading for the Ponderosa picnic area. With a stream running beside the picnic shelter, it was an ideal place to spend the afternoon as our wagonmasters, Jim and Joy Atencioand Jim and Vicki Venable,cooked our lunch. What a great way to spend Sunday afternoon! In the process, we enjoyed chocolate chip cookies, watermelon cooled in the stream, and birthday cake to celebrate Jim Atencio'sbirthday!
We got back from our forest adventure just in time for happy hour and to eat out at Obie's Filling Station. Many thanks to our hardworking wagonmasters for a very relaxing weekend outing.
July: This year's theme of "Wild West" had these Columbines enjoying the hospitality of WIT and Winnebago. In attendance were: Klibbe, Kness, Reinert, Bowman, Larsen, Kyes,and Dugdale. From Sunday through the following Thursday, the days were filled with seminars, eating, entertainment, eating, fellowship, and eating.
Daily seminars included a variety of topics. The entertainment was great during the day and the evening shows. The vendors in Friendship Hall were eager to sell you things, some of which you didn't know you needed. And for the nineteenthconsecutive time, the CO Columbines were awarded the Chapter of Excellence.
One of the traditional highlights of the GNR is Tuesday's row parties, where each state row seeks to impress others with food and drink from their state. CO featured cowboy stew and margaritas. MN served wild rice soup, KS had peach fuzzies, WI served cheese curds and sausage, while TX had their TX trash. While the Columbines brought back a number of new things from Forest City and GNR, the best was two new members to the Columbine family. Meet our newest members: Don and Terry Cohen and Kathy and Paul Miller.
By Dick Dugdale