Cliff hopes to talk the doctor into letting him go back to work around the first of August. Truthfully, he'd be better off at work, and wouldn't be working nearly as hard as he is at home. For instance, he's spent this whole forenoon twenty feet high on a ladder, painting the barn. In the hot sun.
Anyway, we'd like to take a vacation in July, while he's off with full pay. The granddaughters will be with their other grandma, so we won't be so tied down.
I want to see Montana, I really do. But every time I look at costs, Colorado whispers in my ear. From what I've found, lodging near Glacier National Park is at least twice the cost of my favorite section of Colorado, which is Salida, in the banana belt very near the 14ers. That area isn't terribly crowded, like some parts of the state.
It's 824 miles to Salida, compared to 1,670 miles to Glacier National Park. With the high price of gas, that's a factor.
Taking the pop-up camper would make either trip considerably cheaper. But I want more than canvas and screen surrounding me in bear country. I cook in the camper, after all; and if Smoky the bear should come sniffing around, the smell of food might be more than he could resist.
We'll see how much our budget can stand, when the time comes. But if I were placing bets, I'd say it'll be Colorado.