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Monday, March 30, 2009
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Spring continues to act like a Lion in CO.
Blooms lay like tattered crepe paper on the snow.
But even a Colorado Ballerina
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Thursday, March 26, 2009
Yesterday was a warm, sunny spring day in Denver. Trees and flowers were blooming. I took a walk to the library, enjoying the blossoms along the way.
You might remember that we came to Denver from Breckenridge last week to get out of the snow for a bit…
Well, imagine my surprise when I looked outside this morning!
I don’t think I’m burying my head in the snow when I say :
I WANT SPRING!
Luckily, yesterday, while it was still green and mild, I was looking at the nine daffodils blooming in front of the house. They looked so perky and yellow there, but I did have a sense of foreboding. Thank goodness, I decided to bring them inside.
Today, while whiteness blanketed the city, I baked some bread, cut a piece, and sat down to enjoy a bit of springtime in my kitchen.
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Monday, March 23, 2009
There are several unusual sculptures throughout the Cherry Creek North neighborhood of Denver. “I Too Know the Eagle” is one of the most unusual. My Grandchildren stare at it intently, perhaps trying to understand its meaning.
Other sculptures are more traditional. Here is one of their favorites:
Can you guess what this next one is titled?
I think it looks like a big thorn, but its called “Spine.”
No Smiles Here!
This Lady is reaching for the sky.
This “lady” is also reaching for the sky! It’s a beautiful “natural” sculpture, an old tree with limbs askew. It speaks to me of perseverance and flow. My title for it is “Living Outside the Box.”
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Sunday, March 22, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Denver through Coaster Grid (click to enlarge)
Some days pass with barely a blip on my radar screen. They’re calm and routine – some might even think them boring. But then, out of nowhere, a foreboding. What next? Is my seat belt fastened? An adrenalin rush – is it from excitement or fear? Worry or happiness? All I know for sure is that the twists and turns, ups and downs are necessary in Life. And, of course, they beat the alternative…
Elitch Amusement Park reflected in South Platte River
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Monday, March 16, 2009
Last week, my best dog friend, Chaco, and a human friend, Julie, spent a day snowshoeing through the backcountry to Francie’s Cabin, one of four huts in the Summit Hut System. Here is an overview of the hut from Summit Hut’s website:
Francie’s Cabin, the second hut built in the Summit Hut System, is located approximately 4 miles south of Breckenridge, CO in the Crystal Lakes drainage. The cabin was named after Frances Lockwood Bailey, a former resident of Breckenridge, who died in a tragic plane crash in 1989
Francie is remembered as “gentle,” “giving,” “caring, “ artistic” and “funny.” Fran loved children and was devoted to her family. She also enjoyed tennis, hiking and both alpine and Nordic skiing.
The sauna at Francie’s Cabin was built in memory of Francie’s brother Herb Lockwood, who wrote his college thesis on the geology of the Crystal Lakes Basin.
After a frigid winter storm the day before, we left on a sunny, blue-sky, mild temperature morning to snowshoe from my house to Francie’s. Chaco, an Australian Shepherd belonging to my good friends and neighbors, accompanied Julie and I for the hike. We departed around 9:30 AM from my house which is approximately 10,050’ above sea level. We began climbing, first at a gentle incline through the pine forest and then, after reaching Crystal Lake Trail, at a steeper grade, until we came into the bowl at Francie’s at an elevation of 11,264'
We stopped often to take pictures, gab, drink water, and breathe. It took us 4 hours to reach Francies and 2 1/2 hours to trek (mostly downhill) home. We were all tired and ready for a good meal (cooked by my husband) when we returned home.
Francie’s sleeps 20 people. It has indoor and outdoor composting toilets and propane stoves for cooking. Francie's Cabin can be reserved for overnight stays by contacting the Summit Huts Association (www.summithuts.org/ ).
Here are a few pictures of our hike to Francie’s.
Barb with Chaco at Thermometer Tree on Burro Trail
Julie and Chaco climb steep grade on Crystal Lake Trail
In front of Francie’s Cabin at 11,264’
Chaco must stay 200’ from the cabin – no yellow snow!
Returning in Spruce Creek Drainage
We are all dog-tired!
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Since my winter world is colored mostly in shades of blue and white, I especially love to look for something yellow to post on Mondays. I also like seeing the cheerful yellows in everyone else’s posts. Sometimes, I have to look long and hard for a bit of yellow. Today, my contribution to Mellow Yellow is a picture of a present given to my husband for his birthday which was in November. Luckily, he received several packets of the M&M’s, so we still have a few candies left. (Also, I think both of us like seeing our Grandchildren's sweet faces on the candy, so we hesitate to eat every last one...) Thanks to Neve (32 months) and Caden (21 months) for this Monday's bit of yellow.
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Thursday, March 12, 2009
As days get longer, so do the icicles.
Since our snow storm on Tuesday, we've had warmer temperatures and some melting snow on the roof. These March storms tend to bring a wetter snow. For the past two days, I’ve played outside, snowshoeing on Wednesday and downhill skiing today. Now storm clouds are moving in again for the next round of winter white.
Peak 10 Ski Runs taken from the front of our house.
Imperial Peak and Peak 7 glow in the late afternoon sun. The Imperial Bowl is serviced by the highest chairlift in North America, reaching an elevation of 12,840 feet.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Blowing Snow and Icicles
When I looked out my bedroom window this morning, this was My World. I had planned on snowshoeing with a friend to Francies Cabin, but a Winter Storm Warning and gusting winds to 60 miles an hour changed our minds.
Instead, I brewed some coffee, started a fire, and sat on the sofa to read.
The sun flickered out of the storm clouds occasionally, but it continued to snow and blow all morning. Chief basked in the intermittent sunshine, but as you can see, Waldo had to brave the chill which my thermometer registered at -24. Even so, Chief remained his usual dour self while Waldo continued to smile.
Welcome to Breckenridge, Folks!
Even my roses are starting to turn white. Not that I’m complaining…I LOVE white.
That said, I advise you to do what I’m going to do. Visit other postings on MY World Tuesday (see link on sidebar). Remember that it’s warm and breaking out in blooms in some parts of the world.