In early July, we went camping at Black Canyon of the Gunnison and this time we took Chiqui. It was her first camping trip, and unfortunately, she wasn’t thrilled about it, mostly due to thunder. That being said – it was a beautiful place and we had a great time. There’s not a lot of hiking on the rim, so we just drove from lookout to lookout to take pictures. We spotted a young mountain lion chasing a rabbit, which was pretty cool. We only had one night at the north rim at the end of our trip, but it turns out that we preferred the north rim and wished we had spent more nights there.
Kara got to spend some time with her friend and fellow book artist, Cindy Lee, who was house sitting nearby. They went to the rare book room at Colorado State Ft. Collins and got to see some amazing artifacts, including a stone receipt from Babylonia, ca. 2350 BC. They also did some cheese and chocolate tasting. Kara also took an art class in Loveland from her friend Kelly Kilmer.
Near the end of the month, we did a presentation about how we retired early, at a Boulder Mustachians Meetup. It was a great chance for everyone to talk about setting early retirement goals and how frugal living contributes to E.R. planning. We’re really enjoyed getting to know folks in the group, which formed in the late spring, so we’re bummed to be moving right after meeting some great people.
We spent much of the month getting rid of stuff and cleaning up our apartment, in anticipation of our move to Santa Fe. Because we bought some camping stuff, a cooler, and winter clothes, we were getting a little short on space in the car, so we bought a roof bag with three duffels that fit into in perfectly. You can see the roof bag in the picture below. On July 31, loaded up the car and drove down to Great Sand Dunes National Park to camp overnight. Despite some thunder in the afternoon, Chiqui actually slept quite well in the tent that night.
Kara’s is continuing to consult at Stanford, and we’re not sure how long that will continue.
We sold most of the used furniture we bought last fall on Craigslist to furnish our apartment. Our initial outlay for the items was $197, and we got $199, so we actually made a $2 profit. We kept the two Ikea tables, but we’ll probably sell one in Santa Fe. We paid for a year of renter’s insurance last fall, so we got a refund back on the unused portion, since we were only in Boulder for nine months. State Farm was really great about canceling the insurance and immediately issuing the refund.
Kara’s Stanford income $950 ($842 net after taxes and withholding)
Selling our used furniture $199
State Farm Refund $31.50
We spent $130 on dining in July, which was unusual. We celebrated our 12th anniversary and Kara went out to lunch with her friend Cindy a couple times. We also had some out of pocket medical expenses in July that we hopefully won’t have again in August.