“Cap?” ..

“Yes Patti My Dear One.” ..

“What did I suggest that you do Cap, what did I caution you to do Cap?” ..

“You suggested that I keep-close-contact with The Weather Channel.”

Yesterday, the 19th of May, when I pulled out of Taos, New Mexico, heading North and East for Trinidad, Colorado ..



My last photo of Taos looked like this ..

“What do you see above Mister ‘Zilla??”  / signed / Cap

“I see clear skies. I see sunlight.”  / signed / ‘Zilla

“Welcome to Colorado Captain!”  / signed / Miss Colorado

“Whoa Miss Colorado! Are you kidding me Miss Colorado?”

“Captain? Does it look like I am kidding you?” / signed / Miss Colorado

“No Miss Colorado .. BUT ..”

“I’ll have NO BUTs Captain!”  / signed / Miss Colorado

“You Captain, not I, chose to come over Raton Pass. You Captain shouldda done your homework Captain?”

“Is that you on the right below Miss Colorado?”

“Yep Captain. My nickname is .. One Tough Ol’ Broad!”


“You call this scenic Miss Colorado?”

“Yep! Yer Pays Yer Money Captain and Yer Takes Yer Chances Wit Me!”

/ signed / You Know Who Captain

“Would Good Ol’ John F. Kennedy, our beloved and honored WW II war hero and President, approve of this Miss Colorado?”

“Captain Oh Captain! Ask me IF I give a rip about past presidents, or present presidents for that matter Captain!”

“GEEZ DAD!” .. “I feel like I am freezing Dad.”

“What on this good, ever-loving earth was that all about Dad?”

/ sign me / Your Black Beauty

“Black Beauty, I’d tell you to ask Miss Colorado, BUT that would do you absolutely NO GOOD Black Beauty.”

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Lord God In Heaven Above! When I rolled into Trinidad, Colorado, after that ride I was bushed.

A few photos of my most recent rooms.

Not that any of you are going to do this, but, IF you would go back and look again at the above four photos of my most recent rooms I would appreciate the favor.

“Well? What have you got for me here, in the way of a nice room, in Trinidad, Miss Colorado?”

“Am-m-m, my motel looks, Ah-h-h-h, a little quaint (that’s the word) Miss Colorado.”

“The Downtown MOTEL.” .. “Their sign needs, ah-h-h, a little work.”

“Kind of, I am reaching for some words, I don’t want to upset her, an Old Fashioned Motel Miss Colorado.”

“Nice. Very Nice. I can park right outside of my room Miss Colorado.”

“Kind of Old Fashioned? My room is right out of the Wild-West Miss Colorado.”

Television. Refrigerator. Photos on the walls. Easy Chair (see it at the foot of the bed?). Do all of you see my room heater  in the photo below? It is black and white standing next to the TV stand between the TV stand and the refrigerator?

It was in the mid-to-high 30s and, being exhausted from my drive, I was, ah-h-h-h, a tad chilly. The room was freezing and I needed some heat.

Thank You Oh God In Heaven Above, I actually have two of these room heaters so I knew what it was, and better yet I knew how to fire it off. It only took a few hours to come up to heat and by then I was in bed, breathing my warm breath under the covers, to get warm.

“Basic. Yes that’s it. My room here in Trinidad is BASIC Miss Colorado.”

“WHAT? Captain WHAT have you done to my toilet?”

“It looks like you have ruined my toilet Captain!”

“Captain you may DIE DEAD for this transgression!”

“Look Miss Colorado! YOU break your hip and you will find out, in one brief New-York-minute, that you must have an elevated toilet seat!”

“Gosh Captain! I have broken both of my hips wrestling and wrangling cattle and falling of horses! I never knew about such a contraption out here on the Western Prairie!” .. “Where can I get one of these Captain?” .. “Wal-Mart!” .. “Where Captain?”

“Cow Gal you will figure it out.”

Good news. Really great news.

I have Wi-Fi and it is really fantastic. It is Library quality Wi-Fi and that is as good as it gets.

More good news. More really great news.

The manager here, Nate, is a really great young man. I told him ..

“Kind Sir. The great big stuffed chair will NOT work at the table where I have my laptop.”

In one brief New-York-minute he dialed me up a perfect chair!

After my get-warm nap under the covers, suddenly I realized I could eat-a-horse.

“Captain! You are OK! I like that Colorado-saying that you could eat-a-horse.”

“Come over here Captain. That’s it. Get a little closer to me Captain. I am going to whisper something into your ear Captain. You go on up to Pueblo, Colorado, tomorrow. I have a really great room for you up there in Pueblo Captain now that I know you are one tough road-warrior and one all-right hombre!”



It now is fact : Booked and paid for and guaranteed .. The Santa Fe Inn, Pueblo, Colorado, check in tonight Saturday and check out this upcoming Tuesday, May the 23rd.

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Friday night, time for dinner in Trinidad, Colorado.

“You go on down to Double D’s Grill for dinner Captain.” / You know who. /

“I know you will like it Captain. It is BASIC  My Captain.”

“Basic it sure is Miss Colorado. But where is everyone.”

“They go to bed early here in Trinidad Captain.”

Chips and Salsa. Both very nice.

A most unusual Cobb Salad Miss Colorado but it worked out just fine.

Well .. That-Is-That for now.

No! AS in NO WAY did I have the time to do this Post. But I know that My Man Nate will give me a little breathing-room as to my check-out time here at the ..

In Trinidad, Colorado. That is, IF I need it. I very well may not need any extra time to check out.

Smiling .. Ear to Ear ..


“I didn’t flinch, not one time did I Miss Colorado?”

“Honey you sure didn’t. I thought when I threw Raton Pass in your face you’d turn-tail and run-right-back to New Mexico. No one told me you are from .. Alaska.

15 thoughts on “MAY 20, 17 .. WELCOME TO COLORADO MY CAPTAIN !!

  1. Jeanne Follett

    Is your Suburban 4WD? No problem.

    Is your room BASIC? Indeed, but I thought you liked basic. A comment as to your room, though. Bad service on the part of the motel to not have your RESERVED room warmed up. Very bad service. I can understand turning down the heat in rooms that are not being used in the shoulder season, but a reserved room should be ready.

    FYI: In western states, one does not eat horses. One eats cattle. Thus, you are “hungry enough to eat a cow.” Or a steer. Or, if your have really good teeth, you eat a bull, and that refills your BS container., enabling you to charm the desk clerks in motels. ;)

    1. cap chastain

      Oh yes my Suburban IS 4WD. BUT I did not even think to drop it into 4WD. It just did not warrant the drama.

      There is some wise saying that goes thusly : You can’t go home again. Yes I like, Yes I prefer, BASIC. That being said, after being spoiled rotten with one large room after another, I have gotten used to rooms that are a tad-more than BASIC. Same with flying. I have now gotten accustomed to Business Class. I am not quite positive that I will ever be able to sit-in-the-back (with the cattle).

      Sorry but I am used to saying .. I could eat a horse. Does that make me an Easterner? I just Googled : I could eat a ______. Google completed it with the word .. horse. Then went on to enlarge on that. Smiling that I feel so good .. Cap

        1. Cap Chastain Post author

          Did you see the link I put into my May 21st Post about the term, I am so hungry I could eat a horse. Smiles, Cap

    1. cap chastain

      You may have a point! Priceline does have one big problem. In about 90% of my reservations I could NOT : Ask for a downstairs room. A non-smoking room. A King sized bed. Two beds. A room with heat. etc et all. But so far Priceline is way ahead of all of the others as to cost. Thanks. Cap

  2. patricia boone

    Hmm, I have been seeing on the weather channel since before I left New Mexico on May 3 that Raton Pass was getting SNOW, and had mentioned it several times. SO, I was not a bit surprised by your telephone reports and this post about all the SNOW! Glad you got thru it safely. Cold room, brrr. Nice that Nate was helpful with the chair for your desk. Trinidad, Colorado … now on to Pueblo! No horses on the menu in either place I trust. Smiles and love. Patti

    1. cap chastain

      Well, now I know first hand, about Raton Pass! Of course I would do it over since I did it with some grace on my onetime crossing. I think that I would feel ‘gyped’ had I not seen snow. Chortling and Giggling as I shot photo-after-photo. Totally non-plused. I don’t think that I have ever heard you say : I am so hungry that I could eat a ____________________. Love, Cap

        1. Cap Chastain Post author

          I use the term non-plussed to mean : No big deal. I can and will deal with this. Compared to breaking my left hip in Dubai this is nothing. I was right-at-home all-the-way. Smiles, Cap

          1. Gullible

            It means the opposite of what you and many others think it means.. It’s one of those “gotcha” words, and it “gotcha.”

  3. Kitty

    I continue to be fascinated by your travels, and ya’ll are just funny. In that you make me giggle. I appreciate that today! Keep them coming, and yes I read ahead as well! Fondly, Kit

  4. Loran Rodewald

    NO ONE in sunny Arizona believes this yarn. However, I know for a fact that Flagstaff had a skiff of snow! We are all so glad you arrived safely, where ever you think you are going!!?
    Does Patti know you are wandering around Southern Colorado?
    Remember: “Not all who wander are lost.”

    Sincerely, Loran in Scottsdale Arizona

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