Last weekend, E, B, and I took a drive up to Leadville, Colorado (aka. The Capitol). Not far from there is the valley pictured above where a gigantic military installation called Camp Hale was built in the early 1940s. Now it’s completely empty other than “street” signs and cement structures and foundations in varying forms of decay. From the overlook off the nearby highway, you can see where streets were once neatly laid out, but other than that and a marker on the side of the road, you would think it was just a big valley with nothing particularly interesting about its past.
In its more recent history, and more specifically 1996- 1998, Chrysler corporation decided to create an event for Jeep owners called “Camp Jeep.” It wasn’t quite as hardcore as Jeep Jamboree, but offered factory Jeep owners the ability to test the mettle of their vehicles. At the time, my dad and I had a particularly beautiful 1983 CJ-7 (which will always and forever be my favorite vehicle) and were in the Colorado Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs, which Chrysler approached to see if we would volunteer in various positions around the event, including trail guides, working in some of the tents answering questions, giving directions, teaching, etc. Of course we said yes and for two years in a row, Dad and I headed up to Camp Hale in July to work the event.
It was kind of neat to go back and take a walk down memory lane, though there wasn’t much to see. E found the old suggestions of what once was particularly interesting and B fell asleep. But mountain drives are never a bad thing. 🙂
Here are links around the internets that caught my eye this week for your leisurely weekend.
- When Jesus Took A Stand – “Massacres in Galilee or Aurora, Colorado are not God’s punishment of sinners. If God were murdering sinners then Earth would be vacant. No, death comes (eventually) to us all so…” ♥
- Child’s Play: Organizing One Toy at a Time – I especially like the “less is more” part. B doesn’t have a whole lot of toys, which has actually been a great thing. I rotate out the toys that he does have once a week and it seems to keep him engaged and interested, as well as my house free of being overtaken by toddler toys. It’s a win-win situation!
- 4 Grain-Free Noodles (compared, rated, and paleo-friendly) – Since reducing our grain intake (we’re not entirely grain-free, but only have them once in a while), we’ve tried spaghetti squash, but none of the others. None of us are big fans of zucchini squash, but the kelp noodles and shirataki Asian noodles look interesting!
- How to Cook the Perfect Steak in a Cast Iron Skillet – We have two rib steaks thawing in the fridge right now. I think this will be their fate.
- What Every Son Needs to Hear – These types of posts always make me cry.