October in Colorado- orchards and pumpkins and antiques!

Every October when we lived in Colorado we would go down to the Canon City/Penrose area to pick apples and pumpkins and say hello to Fall. It was a fun annual tradition.The weather is usually crisp and Fall-like but not yet cold. Not sure what’s going on down there this year seeing as how the whole state has been on fire or underwater for the past few months, but you could always call some of the orchards down there to find out. Here’s a list of a whole bunch of places all over Colorado. I noticed that our fave (and the one in most of these pictures), Third St. Apples, is closed for the season now. But there are still lots of others.

Penrose, Cañon City, and Florence are three little towns about 30 minutes south of Colorado Springs. Penrose is know for its farms. Cañon City is known for river rafting and the Royal Gorge Bridge. Florence is known for its many prisons, including Colorado’s SuperMax.

We go down there every year because those towns are a great place to experience an oldey-timey farm-ish fall day. We usually pick apples, check out some antique stores, have some lunch, and look at the changing leaves on the little country roads and bridges.

Here are some pictures of the places we always liked to go.


There are several good antique stores on Main St. in Forence, CO

There are several good antique stores on Main St. in Florence, CO

Hotel Florence under renovation, Florence, CO

Victorian brick building in Florence, CO

This old church is for sale- it would make a neat  live-work space. Florence, CO

This old church is for sale- it would make a neat live-work space. Florence, CO

One of my favorite farms, Colon Orchards, was on the way. We had the most fabulous apple turnover there one time and wanted to have another one. Alas, they don’t sell the apple turnovers there anymore! They did have my favorite honey, Bizzy Bee, which I was pretty happy about because just the day before I was trying to remember where it came from as I emptied the jar.

This farmhouse and pumpkin patch are for sale, across the street from Colon Orchards, Florence, CO

On to the burger stand which just happened to be across the street from the most awesome antique store around, Uncle Sam’s. Last year we came across a Victorian casket stand that was really cool there. We didn’t buy it but wondered if it they still had it! They have several buildings full of junk and tons of neat old stuff out in their yard, too.

Uncle Sam's Antiques, Canon City, CO

Uncle Sam’s Antiques, Canon City, CO

We decided to eat something at Big Burger World and then go over there.

Big Burger World, Canon City, CO

Big Burger World, Canon City, CO

It’s called BIG Burger World because most of their burgers are huge. Like half a pound or a pound or something insane. They also have a 3 oz. burger, so we got a couple of those and some fries and a blackberry milkshake to share.

3 oz. burger and fries from Big Burger World, Canon City, CO

3 oz. burger and fries from Big Burger World, Canon City, CO

Big Burger World, Canon City, CO

Big Burger World, Canon City, CO

All my apples. I shined them up- there’s no wax or anything on them. I don’t think they’re organic but they’re about as fresh and local as you can get. Picked them myself!

We sold our cute little vintage Play Mor travel trailer last month, so here’s a repost from last year

When we got this beat-up little trailer, we didn’t know how much work it’d be — or how much fun! Every project seemed to lead to another project, and so on. We had to leave the trailer behind for now, but we’re by no means finished with it.

Here’s a quick roundup of the work we’ve done on it so far:

  • Painted interior
  • Painted exterior, bondo’d and filled holes and imperfections
  • Changed tires
  • Repacked / greased bearings
  • Replaced screen in door
  • Lubricated leaf springs
  • Upholstered cushions
  • Caulked and sealed exterior seams
  • Replaced exterior trim screws
  • Changed taillights
  • Replaced exterior outlet access
  • Installed bottle opener (probably among the more important upgrades)
  • Replaced wood under rear skin
  • Removed carpeting
  • Installed LED interior lights
  • Replaced exterior cord housing
  • Replaced fresh-water hose
  • Replaced drain on water tank
  • Replaced supply line on water tank
  • Installed flanges on exterior water supply / drain
  • Replaced all interior hardware
  • Replaced ice box with storage shelves
  • Made curtains
  • Installed interior trim / moulding
  • Shortened bunk bed for storage needs
  • Installed Ikea bathroom shelf and toilet paper holder
  • Purchased a portable toilet
I know a lot of you all out there are restoring and fixing up your old Play-Mors (and others). How’s it going?

Here she is on one of her very first trips — to Deckers.


And here she is on her final trip, somewhere in Wyoming.


A work in progress. We used Clark & Kensington exterior paint we picked up at Ace Hardware, and despite my reservations about its durability, it went on well and has held up so far.


The interior as it was when we bought it. Dark and panelly.


Cushions fresh from the upholsterer.


After some sprucing up, and with the cushions in place. Much lighter.


Now, with curtains and the bedding. Downright livable!


The best part of any project is napping in the middle of it.


The dining room, complete with chandelier.


In the dark of night, Blair Witch-style.


Getting the bearings out and lubed up.


After pulling up the nasty carpet, we find the original floor in excellent shape. Score.


When I said earlier that the best part of the project is napping in it, I was wrong. The best part is enjoying a beer in it beside the creek.


When it came time for the tedious interior painting, Adrienne got in and worked the tight spots.


Hard to believe this thing ended up looking as good as it did.


Some paint, some shelves, and it’s so much nicer.


Adrienne’s bedroom. Cozy.


This is typical of what the exterior looked like: Skin peeling off the edges, stripped screws, weird wires attached to the seams for no reason at all.


Part of what makes the whole thing work so well are the details, like this candle thing. This is Adrienne’s doing.


New paint, new reflectors, new screen door, and this old gal’s ready for travel.

So we’ve packed her away for a while till we figure out what we’re doing with our lives, and I can’t wait to get back to camping. There is beer to drink and fish to catch.

Five Things I Did…in the last two days

1. Went to the RV and Motorhome Hall Of Fame in Elkhart, IN.

2. Found a vintage ad for our trailer model.

3. Ate a delicious meal at White Palace Grill in Chicago.

4. Took pictures of Cookie Puss

5. Took a picture of Cookie Puss and Gus snuggling.