The next morning broke to a wonderfully clear and sunny day. I slept in a little while my wife got up and fixed herself some breakfast. I knew we couldn't leave before 9AM because we needed to check in with the office and settle the bill, so I was in no real hurry to get up and start the day.
A little before 9 my wife told me that I needed to get up and stow the gear while she got the kids up and fed. She had to wake me up a couple more times but I finally did crawl out of the bed and tried to act like I wanted to be awake. One thing that got my day started was knowing that we'd be at our destination by the end of the day and our camp on the move would turn into a camp on site for a little while.
I dressed and headed for the office to settle up. As I was heading for the office I finally got to see some of the scenery and was reminded that we're heading into the desert climates. I also noticed a rather large speed bump looking thing off to one side of the office building. I put it out of my mind and opened the door only to find the manager was walking out at the same time and we almost rammed into each other.
After the initial shock I stepped back and got my first look at her. She was an elderly lady by appearance but not by attitude or movement and was on the small side but looked like she kept herself in fighting trim. After exchanging the usual excuse me's and apologizing for nearly knocking each other into next week she turned and went back inside waving me to follow.
I walked inside and we started chatting while she was getting my bill ready. I found out that her and her hubby had moved to Pueblo about a year earlier from Florida to run the campground. She said she needed a change of place and figured here was as good as any. She was quite the spit fire and enjoyed telling me stories about their lives camping and traveling around the country. After a short bit she asked me if I had kids and I said yes I had 4 in the RV. She looked at me for a moment and asked if I'd like to take them to the trampoline for a little bit so they could jump and play before we headed out once more. I quickly replied that I would like that very much and asked her the price. At that she just waved her hand at me and gave me 6 arm bands to wear. I tried to pay her for them but she wasn't having any of that so I eventually gave up and just accepted her gift with a grateful heart.
Remember the speed bump looking thing? That was the trampoline. I must confess it was rather fun bouncing all around and making the kids go flying at random intervals. Anyway I headed back to the RV with the news about the trampoline and how we were going to hang out for a little while before hitting the road again. The kids were excited at the chance to get out of the RV and go play for a bit. They quickly convinced my wife to take them over while I finished unhooking. I would then drive the RV over to the playground and join them.
For the next 2 hours we spent our time trying to keep the kids from killing each other. They were bouncing all around and after watching them for a few minutes I decided to join in the fun. Also I wanted to see how high I could launch them into the air. So we bounced and ran and fell all over the trampoline and just had a grand time of it. Eventually my wife got tired and hot and went into the RV to wait for us. I snapped a couple of pictures and started rounding everyone else up so we could get back on the road again. It took some doing but they eventually came with me to the RV.
Once inside we got them seated and passed out some snacks. I double checked our stowed gear and did a walk around of the camper before settling into the drivers seat once more. Satisfied we were set for the time being we pulled out onto the road looking for the interstate once again. It didn't take long for us to find it and get on it once again. By now the kids were engrossed in the TV and my wife was looking out the windows watching as the miles started passing by once more. I just concentrated on staying in my lane and watching the scenery change more and more.
I knew it would be a long day but I was determined to make it by the end of the day. Routine had settled over us once more only now the kids were tired from all the bouncing they'd done and were being extra quiet. The miles kept rolling until we hit Trinidad not far from the New Mexico border. I was tired of driving, actually I was kind of sick of driving truth be told, and decided to pull over for lunch. Of course sandwiches were lunch dejure, oh did I mention I'm really starting to hate sandwiches by this point. Anyway we sat around eating lunch while I explained that we would be in New Mexico shortly and we'd be at our new base before I finished driving for the day. That was greeted with a very warm reception from the kids. I think they had gotten tired of the trip by now and was more than ready to settle in one place for a while.
After cleaning up and re-stowing some things it was time to get on the road again and start looking for the New Mexico border.