We discovered the Gem & Mineral show was on this weekend so we decided to check out the rocks that our childen so love.
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.
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!”
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!)
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)
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.
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.
- A 48-Hour Family Adventure in Durango (outsideonline.com)