Surprise Meet-Up in Durango & Mitchell’s Birthday

We discovered the Gem & Mineral show was on this weekend so we decided to check out the rocks that our childen so love.

Amazonite

Amazonite

Gem & Mineral Show

Gem & Mineral Show

A small horse show was on at the same time, same grounds so the older girls were drawn over there while the younger kids hung out panning for gold.

Keyhole: enter/exit a circle via a narrow 'neck' and turn the horse without it stepping outside of the white lines.  This one stopped just in time but then did step over when approaching the exit spot

Keyhole: enter/exit a circle via a narrow ‘neck’ and turn the horse without it stepping outside of the white lines. This one stopped just in time but then did step over when approaching the exit spot

Gold panning, a favorite pasttime

Gold panning, a favorite pasttime

Rauchelle later found us all at the horse-show and said she had recognized Joe over at the Flea Market so we made a jaunt over there.  Funny, Joe recognized Everette as “the guy with the van” rather than “the one with all those kids”.  He later clarified that we were the “ones with the van full of all those kids!”

Flea Market

Flea Market

Joe the Blacksmith

Joe the Blacksmith

We have often spoken of Joe the Blacksmith and reminisced about his bus conversion, spoken many times of him to Rauchelle and thus, when she saw his knives at the market she figured it was the same Joe.

The family spent early afternoon at the park, not very active at all since the Birthday boy  (actually its tomorrow but he has to work so we decided to celebrate today.  Knowing our family, though, we’ll celebrate tomorrow too!)

Rain falling, Rauchelle snarls at getting wet while sleeping Marin is under the green fabric

Rain falling, Rauchelle snarls at getting wet while sleeping Marin is under the green fabric

Dreadlocks on trying-to-sleep boy

Dreadlocks on trying-to-sleep boy.  Rauchelle was attempting to put dreadlocks in his hair on the drive over to Durango this morning.

had a swollen leg from 3 bee stings he got last evening right by the back of his knee.  Then we were rained out (nice to see/feel that rain, believe me)

taking shelter for their books' sake

taking shelter for their books’ sake

and figured maybe Joe was now rained out at the Flea Market so we buzzed back over there to see about sharing our cheesecake with him and inviting ourselves over to his bus to let Rauchelle have a tour.  Totally up for it we followed Joe in his VW van out to where he’s parked his bus (for the summer??) and this time we were able to see his blacksmith shop (when we first met him we were in a National Park so he couldn’t set up shop there but now he’s on private land so he can work) which was really cool.  Takes up so little space really, things swinging and popping out of the side of the bus.  Compact and in a working triangle like an efficient kitchen plan.

Forging workshop

Forging workshop

Powered by Veggie Oil No War Required (bumper sticker)

Powered by Veggie Oil
No War Required (bumper sticker)

Laars pumping air to the forge

Laars pumping air to the forge

Birthday Boy in the bus

Birthday Boy in the bus

Rauchelle & Marin in the bus

Rauchelle & Marin
in the bus

Forged candlestick holder for the Birthday cake.  We sang "Happy Birthday".....the Zoo version

Forged candlestick holder for the Birthday cake. We sang “Happy Birthday”…..the Zoo version

Joe got a piece of the pie (cheesecake)

Joe got a piece of the pie (cheesecake)

Another stop at a (wet) playground for the boys to use up some of those cheesecake calories then we were heading west into the sunset for Cortez.  An enjoyable, impromptu  visit to Durango under our belts.

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