In earlier American rural life, communities raised barns because many hands were required. These events occured in a social framework with a good deal of interdependence. Members of rural communities often shared family bonds going back generations. They traded with each other, worshipped with each other and celebrated with each other. Barn raisings were an integral part of life and socializing.

In our modern American life, communities don't mean nearly as much as they did back then. It is our family's goal to bring a sense of community back to our lives and those lives that touch ours.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


   We had an interesting trip to Durango. The drive is indisputably the most beautiful drive in the state. We went through Ridgeway, Ouray, Silverton, into Durango, out to Cortez to stay the night, then home through Dolores, Rico, Telluride and back into Ridgeway. With only four hours of drive time each day, it was the perfect road trip. I say four hours loosely, since the first day we broke down between Ouray and Silverton. Meme's truck overheated and it took us a while to get everything straightened out. But hey, if you have to be broken down, there really is no better place than ten thousand feet elevation with breath-taking mountain views all around. S seized the opportunity to gather fallen branches and build a make-shift lean to, while KS and I kindly explained the definition of a "Tool" to Meme. Meme is always learning something new, even when she doesn't neccessarily want to. At any rate, we finally made it over the mountains and into Durango after a quick stop at Honeyville. It poured down rain on us all afternoon, but it didn't matter to us. We went in and out of all the little shops, which is never really my most favorite thing to do, but as it makes other people happy, I willingly oblige. There are worse things to do really. Like unpack. But that is a different blog for a different day. We parked near the train depot which made me wish I had my little T with me. S and the nephews enjoyed it though and I think even KS enjoyed it. We were able to observe the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad coming in for the night and being put into the roundhouse via the turntable. At which point the battery in my camera died, so I have no pictures from our second day. After a nice dinner we headed out to Cortez, where hotels are cheaper. It also put my Aunt L one hour closer to Arizona for her return trip with KS. After a night of hilarity with four adults and three young boys in a small hotel room, we left the next morning to head home. We stopped briefly in Telluride to show the boys Bridal Veil Falls, which entertained them for approximately 3.2 minutes. We also had to make a stop in Ridgeway to let the boys get out their wiggles. See yesterdays post for how the rest of the day went.

Not a bad place to be broken down.

S and his lean to in the making. He was the only
one bummed that the truck started up again.


KS and the roundhouse
The boys at dinner. I'm not sure why S is feeling the
need to make crazy eyes in all of his pictures lately.

This post is lovingly dedicated to one of my most loyal followers and her father, who recently passed away. Please know our thoughts and love have been with you this week.

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