I did a little laundry in the house this morning, while the grandkids, mom dad, and the dog went to some kind of river picnic area so the kids can splash in the water and catch some frogs. You have to be pretty serious about wanting to get in the water around here because all the water in this area available to swim or splash in comes right out of the mountains, and since it moves rather quickly it doesn't have much chance to warm up so when it gets to Denver its just a wee bit shy of being ice water.
I've been giving some thought to my next mini-vacation and where and when it should be. I wanted to visit the headwaters of the Rio Grande which is way down in southern Colorado which is kind of a long drive for a one week mini-vacation. I also wanted to revisit Rocky Mountain national Park and get some pictures when it wasn't covered in smoke from various forest fires, and a week or so is just about perfect for a mini-vacation like that.
Visiting Rocky Mount National Park when the leaves are changing would be fantastic and that will start happening sometime around the middle of September. The problem is everybody knows that and the place will be packed.
Unfortunately that's the way it will be all over the Colorado high country starting around the middle of September so crowds will be hard to avoid. The biggest problem is finding a place to stay. The state and federal parks in the mountains will be full to overflowing, and the commercial RV parks are probably already booked up. So maybe I can dig deeply into my boondocking bag of tricks and find some out-of-the-way places where I can boondock in peace. I somehow managed to do that this summer even though almost every place I went was crowded maybe I can do it again this fall.
One problem that's hanging things up at the moment is my accountant is working on my business taxes which have to be signed and emailed by the extension deadline date of September 16, and I need to be around to sign them so the accountant can e-file them before the deadline and so far nobody knows when they will be finished.
The IRS is one of the few remaining things in my life that I have no control over and have to abide by their arbitrary dates and rules which impacts my freedom to live life the way I choose. Woodrow Wilson is the father of the IRS as we know it, and I say a pox on him and the horse he rode in on.