Back in the Rockies and the Mystery Cottage

I'm blogging today from Colorado.  The lead photo is last night's gorgeous sunset taken from Lake Loveland.  If you've been following our latest adventure, you know we called Colorado home until July 1. And that we've been traveling the state of Oregon since then looking for a place to call our new home. After thousands of miles, and hours touring towns and houses, and two offers on homes, we've settled on leasing an apartment in northeast Oregon. And now we're back in the Rockies to load up a U-Haul and make the final trek back to Oregon.

My good friend Dena Netherton and her husband are hosting us while we tie up the loose ends here. Dena is a talented author, and musician, who blogs at Dena Netherton: My Father's World. Take a moment to check out her blog. You won't be sorry.

We like staying in the Netherton's cozy guest room. When we're in their home, we feel like family. They have the true gift of hospitality.


Dena and I hiked the Yahosa Valley Trail a couple of days ago. The trail is a popular route for horseback riders.

At the end of the trail is Wind River Ranch, a Christian guest camp.

I think you need a closer look at the charming entrance.

Just before we left Wind River to hike back to Dena's car, we met two horse women Brook and Crystal.

These two young ladies are so delightful. They graciously agreed to pose for me. I wanted to adopt them, but I don't think their parents would be willing to give them up.

At the end of our hike we came upon the mystery cottage.

I don't know the story behind its seeming abandonment. It must have been a pretty place at one time.

We'll be back in Oregon next week. Stay tuned as I take on the challenge of making a rented apartment feel like a cottage for two.


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  1. If anyone can make a place feel like a HOME, it's you. Been praying for you on this journey! Love you, my friend.

    1. Aww, thank you, Ellen. I learned everything I know about making a house a home from you. Love you!

  2. Love following you on your journey. I look forward to seeing you settling in to your Oregon apartment!

    1. Thanks, Lynne. I appreciate your faithful visits. :-)

  3. Very scenic - a fun place to visit!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Lea's Menagerie

  4. Hope you get settled and all goes smooth!!


  5. I look forward to seeing your new place and if there is anywhere more beautiful on earth then Colorado then Oregon would be right at the top ......I can't wait to see what is next from you


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