|The toddler in his chariot, telling me where to go.|
-No Target. I went from living 5 minutes away from a Target, to now being 50 minutes away. I think I have finally detoxed myself of Target, some days were difficult, but I am good. I told myself not to drive the 50 minutes until I was fully prepared to accept living so far away. I have yet to visit Target.
-The lack of Jeep Jeep love. When you drive a Jeep (Wrangler only) other Jeep (Wrangler only) drivers will wave at you. It's like some Jeep bond, I refer to as Jeep Jeep Love. Well, we moved to Durango and there are Jeeps everywhere! But, no Jeep Jeep Love. I wave, no response. It finally got to the point I stopped waving. I decided this was completely unacceptable. I would start waving, knowing I would get no Jeep Jeep Love. Well, I have come to the conclusion, Jeep Jeep Love is only reciprocated among Jeeps that have been altered, lifted, winch attached, doors removed, something that differentiates a regular Jeep from a customized Jeep. My theory seems to be correct because each time I send Jeep Jeep Love to another customized Jeep, the love is returned. And I am completely aware, referring to this as Jeep Jeep Love negates the manliness. :)
Now on to the GOOD! Henry and I have been exploring our new home. Many, many, many days include visits to see the train. If you do not like trains or have some fear of trains, you probably shouldn't visit. To change it up, we watch the trains from various locations, sometimes it is while having dinner at a couple different restaurants that have great views of the train tracks, other times it is on the bike, biking somewhere along the trail (hopefully not falling off the bike, again), visiting one of the playgrounds that has great train views and sometimes the weather seems to not cooperate, so we drive Bear to one of the viewing spots. Either way, we check out the train, A LOT!
|At one of our favorite train watching restaurants, celebrating my birthday.|
Little Man likes to "Cheers" our drinks (only water in his drink cup).
|All is calm until we hear the train horn.|
|View of the train from our dinner table.|
|Listening to the bands play on the 4th of July, and of course, waiting for the train.|
|Henry decided he did not like the previous train viewing location, so we biked to a different location and did a bit of hiking to get this view.|
|We even saw the Firetruck. Coal burning, steam train, mixed with very dry conditions makes for lots of small fires along the tracks. The firetruck follows the train and puts out any fires that may start.|
|Not sure if it is the same deer every time, but this deer is almost always here when we are out on our evening bike ride.|
|I decided to go for a hike. Henry was in school, so I didn't have to worry about carrying him. |
We will leave that hard job for Ryan. ;)
Views from the top of Animas Mountain.
|Looking at Main Street.|
|Sunday morning bike rides. The gym daycare is closed on Sundays so Henry and I go for long bike rides around town. Check out the river, visit a few playgrounds, explore.|
|I told him to go put his shoes on. He decided Dad's shoes would work for the day.|
|Hanging out at the splash pad.|
|Feeding the fish. Durango has a fish hatchery and you are able to feed the fish. Henry loved it! I think this may become a regular activity as well, or at least until they release all the fish for the year.|
|Luckily he did not try to jump in the water, but there is always a future visit.|
I don't underestimate his abilities. I keep a hand ready to grab him.
One of the best parts of all.....
|The site of our new home. The house plans have been finalized. We will break ground next month!|
The boulders were delivered for use in our back courtyard. Ryan and I are really excited about the new house!