But we were! Did I mention that we headed west on Thursday? We went to Colorado to spend some time in the nice, cool mountains and escape the summer heat at home. On our way through Kansas, we were able to visit my dad. Dad is a custom harvester, and he travels around the Midwest cutting wheat all summer. He was working pretty much right on our way, so it worked out perfectly for us to see him. Colter was exposed to combines for the first time, and he thought they were a bit scary! It was actually the first time my city-boy husband was up close to a combine as well, but if the combines scared him, he didn't admit it. John got to go for his first combine ride, but since Colter wasn't brave enough to get in the combine, he and I battled the giant mosquitoes and played in the field while Dad and John cut a load.When the big, scary combines got close, Colter wanted up!We were so late getting to the wheat field, that I didn't get a chance to take many pictures before dark or ride in the combine with Dad, but it was good to see him for a little while. We had run into several problems on our trip and were wondering if we should turn around and go home. The day before we left, John had taken the doorknob off the pop-up camper and taken it to a locksmith to get a new key. He didn't realize it until it was too late that day to fix the problem, but the locksmith kept part of the doorknob, so we couldn't leave until we got the part back. That and just the fact that we're slow, kept us from leaving as early as we had planned. Then, when we were only two hours away from home, one of the tires on the pop-up started splitting open, so we had to stop and get a new tire. We thought we were getting a new one at Wal-Mart, but it took them 45 minutes to decide that they actually didn't have the right tire, so we had to go find another tire place. We finally got that squared away, and as we were traveling in the close to 100 degree heat, the air conditioner started giving us problems! It kicks off whenever we are going up a hill; we think pulling the camper is affecting how much power goes to the air conditioner, but we don't really know. Hopefully, it keeps working. We just moved slowly all day, but the next day things went better, so we kept at it. :)
Colter had been a super traveler so far, and our new portable DVD player has proven to be a smart investment. More vacation details later!