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Antique car hood ornament.
This heat is causing me to start thinking about taking another mini-vacation. But in this case it wouldn't be just a mini-vacation, it would also be a shakedown cruise, to see how the Lance is working, and also a look around the mountains to see if the crowds have thinned out some.
Talking to my daughter when I got back to Denver after my last mini-vacation and telling her about all the crowds I was facing, she postulated that for a lot of families that weekend I was in the mountains, was the last weekend before school starts and that may explain the hordes of people I was dealing with.
And since some Colorado schools start early next week, that got me thinking that if I took a mini-vacation for three or four nights starting next Monday maybe the crowds wouldn't be so bad, because most of the tourists have gone, and by then all the kids should be back in school so maybe I could spend some time in the high lonesome, when it's actually high and lonesome.
It won't be long now before Fall will be upon us and the mountains will be crawling with leaf peepers making the high country difficult to drive through and boondock in. So maybe I should get in another shakedown cruise before things get busy again.
I haven't made up my mind yet if that's the thing to do, but I would like to get out of this heat, and the mountains is the perfect place to do just that.
I can remember my grandmother living in South Georgia, wife of a sharecropper, washing clothes on the back porch with a washtub, washboard, and hand ringer just like this.
My mom was much better off, she had an electric washing machine similar to this. It had an electrical ringer, but you still had to feed the clothes into it by hand. It doesn't look fancy but it was 10 times better than the way my grandma washed clothes.
In the Colorado mountains this is the way you got around when it snowed. There was no four-wheel-drive, you hitched it up to a horse with four hoof drive.