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Durango Vacation Journal Part 11

Pink and Black, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

We fell into bed last night, exhausted from our strenuous day at Mesa Verde, but this morning we arose rested and fully recovered. It has been a “down” day for us, though, for we had business to tend. One negative aspect of vacationing in a motor home in which you already live is that it is hard to escape mundane day-to-day routines. I know the drawer in which I keep the bills and where the checkbook is, and I knew I had better spend a little time among such stuff if happy relationships with insurance and utility companies were to continue for the Gerald Buxton family.

It interests me greatly that as I dealt with the bills, while sitting in my motor home in Durango, Colorado, there originated from a Los Angeles radio station Dennis Prager whose voice spoke from my computer. At the same time, on same lovely Apple computer, I traveled to our bank in San Bernardino, opened up electronic pages of our checking account and computed figures. Amazes me.

So, after a leisurely start this morning, and a treat of bacon and eggs for breakfast, I tackled the bills. Jerry accomplished various tasks about the place, paramount among which was walking to the next door rig, sitting in one of Berl’s chairs and holding forth on who knows what subject. Another of Jerry’s crowning accomplishments for the day was the stretching out and careful arrangement of his body on a recliner situated pleasantly under our awning. Magazines and newspapers were at hand, as were cups of coffee and assorted other drinks. Once I went out and he looked up at me, grinned and spoke: “This is quite the life, you know.”

We did make one little jaunt in the car–to the post office, where I dropped into an official US post office mail slot the checks I had written earlier in the day. We drove a bit around the downtown area, then came home, cooked and consumed tacos. As Jerry and I stood around the outdoor grill, we looked across the meadow and saw the magnificent pink cloud you see above.

This butterfly was perched on these flowers as we visited a mine site on our return trip from Ouray a couple of days ago. The butterfly appeared tame, and hardly moved at all, so I was able to get very close to the beautiful creature. He looks to be woven of the finest silk.


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This lovely sunflower lives at the small farm near the glider airstrip down the highway. His elegant head is heavy.


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By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 84 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

5 replies on “Durango Vacation Journal Part 11”

Sis. Buxton, if you don’t mind, I’d like to address Rochelle here. I really believe we CAN inherit interests from our parents. My dad always had a camera in his hand and now I do, too. I also inherited his love for fast, hot rod cars. It’s funny, I thought I would out grow that one, but nooooooo. πŸ˜€ My mom is very crafty – sewing and painting (she used to do it more). I love doing that kind of thing, too. I was not raised by my dad, so I DO believe it’s genetically influenced. πŸ˜€


Good morning, everyone.

Rochelle, was your dad a professional photographer…or did he just enjoy doing it a lot? I wouldn’t be surprised to know that a love of photography may be genetically influenced, for it seems that some people are really attracted to it, while others are not. Thank you for the compliments. Of course, there is skill and artistic bent involved, but much of it is the camera. As we were riding along yesterday and I was enjoying composing pictures, dickering with settings, etc. I told Jerry, “I’m so thankful to have such a nice camera.”

Yes, Tena, Michael told me all about Kyle leading worship, and I too am very proud of him.

In another response somewhere, Tena, you mentioned that you had a Nikon D40, I believe you said. Actually D40 is a step up from mine, I believe. They no longer make the D50 I have. I know you’re loving yours.

Ronda, we have been blessed with an almost perfect vacation…old friends…met new ones…moderate weather…stunning countryside…good health…tasty food…:)


Sis. Buxton, you have been an inspiration to me, you know? First, to blog. Second, to take photos. Thanks! I know I can’t be exactly like you in either hobby, but I’m sure having fun trying! πŸ™‚

B.T.W., did you know that Kyle went with Andrew to Lake Havasu last Sunday? He led worship with just his acoustic guitar, all by himself. I was proud of him. πŸ™‚


Sister Buxton – I was catching up with your blog. I am amazed at the quality of the pictures! I know it is not all camera either… I’ll give some credit to the one holding the camera too! And your descriptions add even more life to beautiful pictures. My dad was a photographer growing up, and he used to take beautiful pictures of our surroundings. I didn’t appreciate it as much as I do now. He must have put a little bit of love for photography in me!


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