Funky day…
I’m feeling kind of crummy today. I felt tired all day and could fall asleep in minute even though I slept over 8 hours last night. I’ve had a bit of a headache and a few other aches and pains, which is very abnormal for me. I took some advil, which has helped some, but still don’t have much energy. I forced myself to do a few loads of laundry just so the day wasn’t a total bust. Since I don’t feel like being up and around, I decided to post a few final photos from our trip just for fun.
The photo at the top was taken in the front yard of one of the businesses on Main Street in Breckenridge. Feels like you’re in the mountains, huh?
Isn’t this coffee cup chandelier so cute? It was in the Blue Moose Cafe in Breckenridge. Linda, it looks like something that you and Randy could create together.
Here are a few more scenery shots as well. We saw cloud-filled skies everywhere. This was on the road between Albuquerque and Flagstaff. I was trying to catch the massive expanse of the high open desert. We often forget about all that open space when we’re in the city. It was beautiful. I must have taken hundreds of cloud shots.
The yellow flowers were all along the highways and in the fields for most of our drive thru New Mexico and Colorado. They were a cheery site.
The two church shots are of the oldest church site in Colorado. Our Lady of Guadalupe in the southern part of the state.
These last two shots were at our last stop of the trip. It was mid-afternoon on Wednesday and since we hadn’t been eating healthy the whole trip, we decided to stop at the Rock Springs Cafe near Black Canyon City to get some of their world famous pie. I have lived in Arizona for many years and heard about the awesome pies at Rock Springs, but never had a chance to go there. I chose the blackberry pie ala mode and it was delicious! I’m not a big pie person, but this had just the right amount of sweetness and tartness. It was worth the stop.
So that’s it for Breckenridge. Now in a few weeks we go to Forest Lakes for the weekend, then at the end of September we’re off to New England. Of course there’s a lot of real life to do between now and then, but we’ll enjoy planning these trips in between.

Breckenridge – A truly memorable and precious third day…

Today mom was feeling better and up for an adventure so we got up, got ready and decided to drive over to Lake Dillon to enjoy the beautiful Colorado outdoors, do some walking or whatever else we could find to do outside.
When we arrived, we parked near the marina and started walking around. We noticed a sign for boat rentals and Sharon got excited about the possibility of going sailing.

You see, amazingly enough, even though we all grew up within a hundred yards or so of the shores of Lake Erie, none of us had ever been sailing. Oh, we’ve been on motor boats, small yachts, dinghies, kayaks and canoes, but never a sail boat. So, after a few minutes Sharon found the guys who rent the boats and captain the little ships that tour around Lake Dillon and set up a 2-hour sailboat tour around the lake.
We met our “Captain” Thom Emrick of Windrider of the Rockies. If you ever get to the Frisco Marina in the summer, be sure to stop in and say hi to him. He won’t be there in the winter since the lake freezes over and he spends those months in the Bahamas. Rough life, huh!
At the beginning, we motored out away from the marina, then Thom hoisted the sails, turned off the engine and we were officially sailing on our way. It was so quiet and peaceful. I could have enjoyed a picnic and taken a nap right there. It was a gorgeous day with a cool breeze and just a few clouds.
Thom would be our guide, captain and teacher on our 2-hour tour. What a prince he was! He learned all our names immediately, was helpful, patient, friendly, funny and kind to each of us. He even helped mom feel right at home on the boat. Since Sharon had expressed a desire to learn how to sail, Thom patiently showed her (and the rest of us) the ropes (so to speak). You can tell by the pics of her just how excited she was!
Thom allowed each of us to steer the boat, help a bit and be the “skipper” for a while too. We also enjoyed hearing a little about where he had come from and where he is headed in his life. He’s quite an adventurer and conversationalist and all of us girls were happy to spend a few hours laughing and enjoying the lake with him.
I need to point out that the photo of Thom with his arm around me was after a conversation with all of us girls about the fact the our husbands or boyfriends are not jealous men. Everyone thought it would be funny to take this picture to see if it is really true. Funny huh? I love you, Terry!

After the two hours as we were getting off the boat, the clouds were growing dark and it was beginning to sprinkle, so we timed it perfectly. We had such a special and memorable time! I hope you enjoy the pics, because we enjoyed the day.

Breckenridge – 2nd Day
Breckenridge wildlife – cute little squirrel by our front porch. Click to enlarge.

I didn’t have a chance to post yesterday, and we’re getting ready to go out today, so I’ll just do something quick now.

This photo of Diane below is in front of the timeshare where we’re staying. Isn’t it cute? There are 2 units in the building. Ours is a 2-story 2 bedroom with a full living room, kitchen, fireplace, etc. Very comfy. Sharon even made a fire in the fireplace last night!

Yesterday, mom didn’t feel great, so she wanted to stay home and take it easy most of the day. Before the rest of us went out exploring, we decided to do a little photo shoot of the sisters. Here are a few of the favorites of the photos that we took.
Later, Sharon, Diane and I walked downtown and visited an open air market with crafts and produce sellers. The weather was perfect! There was also a performer named John Adams, who sounds just like John Denver and did all of his classic songs. How perfect to listen to John Denver music high in the Colorado mountians.

I found some cute earrings at the market, then we stopped in a couple of shops and I found a vintage style poster of Breckenridge by one of our favorite artists (Paul Lanquist) to add to our collection of travel posters in the office. Now I just need to get the rest of them framed.

O.k., I need to get dressed and get going…see you soon!

Breckenridge – Arrival Day
Today we drove from Farmington to Breckenridge, Colorado. We left the hotel around 10:30 am, arrived in “Breck” around 6 pm and had dinner at Bubba Gump’s.

It was a nice drive. We stopped at a little roadside fruit seller to pick up some delicious peaches and gala apples. Mmmmm…is your mouth watering?

Everyone’s tired of sitting in the car, and we’re planning to split the drive home into two days as well. Overall, though it all went smoothly. We had a little rain, but it was no problem. We saw some awesome cloud formations, and a little bit of a rainbow, but it didn’t really show up in the pictures.

The high in Breckenridge today was 70 degrees with a low expected tonight of 38!!! Can’t wait for the cold! It’s a classy little town. I’m not sure I’d want to be here during ski season. I was just looking at a website for the population and it looks like it has just under 3000 permanent residents, but the population balloons to over 30,000 during ski season. Wow! I’m sure it’s not near that right now…maybe 5-10K or so. There are bunches of shops, cafes and galleries downtown, which is just a couple of blocks from where we’re staying. Easily within walking distance for us girls (but probably not mom). We’re looking forward to doing some browsing, and maybe I’ll even do a little Christmas shopping. Any suggestions?

I think this picture of Sharon after our long drive is just hilarious. She looks like a puppy waiting for a treat or something. I promise I’ll post some better ones of her during the trip. I need to remember to post about her upcoming trip to Kuwait. She will be there from November 7th to the first week in April 2009 working for the Red Cross. Pretty cool, huh?

One of my favorite times is getting ready for a road trip!

Next Friday, my mom, my 2 sisters and I leave for a road trip to Breckenridge, CO. Although each of us have very different personalities and values that can sometimes rub the wrong way, we have learned to appreciate and enjoy each other on trips like this. And my mom loves having all of us together. We do lots of laughing, talking and reminiscing too.

In 2006 we took probably our FIRST EVER girl’s trip in our lives. We all drove to Cloudcroft, New Mexico to visit a couple of my mom’s sisters and we had a great time, except that I had to share sleeping quarters with my noisy sisters.

This time we’ll be staying in a 2 bedroom timeshare in Breckenridge Colorado. We leave on Friday, drive to Farmington, NM as our first pit stop, then drive on to Breckenridge the next day. We’re taking a little longer route so we can see some of the gorgeous mountains on the way. We’ll stay in Breckenridge for a few days and leave early Weds morning for the 12 hour plus trip home.

So we’re in the homestretch for getting ready. As some of you know, my mom is the absolute Queen of Planners (which is being passed down thru our generations). And the older she gets, the farther ahead she needs to plan. She calls me every few days with something else she’s thought about for the trip. Do we need to take paper towels? Do we need to take our own bedding? How many miles is it, so she can calculate the gas costs? What will the weather be like? What time are we leaving? Do we need drinks for the car? How far is Denver from Breckenridge? It’s fun to see her get excited about going. She loves to travel and doesn’t get a chance to go these days unless one of us goes with her.

Today she told me all the things she did around her apartment to be sure that it’s nice and tidy and clean when she gets home from the trip. (She just called back to tell me a couple more food items that she’s going to bring.) I love going thru the adventure with her!

Since mom is 84 and uses a walker, we won’t be doing much hiking or anything too active. Mainly driving to see the sights and walking around the cute little downtown area. There are supposed to be a couple of free concerts in the square that we’ll try to get to as well.

The weather forecast calls for a possibility of rain off and on, with highs in the low 60’s and low’s in the upper 30’s ! PERFECT!!! If we get much rain, we may just stay in the condo some of the time and watch movies and talk. I’m taking my new laptop, so I’ll plan to continue documenting some of our family history while mom tells us stories. I realized the other day that there are a lot of events from my childhood where I can’t pinpoint the dates, but with the 4 of us together we should be able to do some of that too.

So here’s the beginning of my list of things to do to get ready:

  1. Terry already took my car in this morning for maintenance service and got it washed as well. How sweet is that! Did I mention that it was his idea that I go on this trip? He’s a bit jealous that I get to go to one of his favorite states without him, but encouraged me to go and spend time with my mom. (one more proof that he’s a great husband)
  2. The packing list is started. I actually have a generic list saved on my computer, so I’ll just tweak that one for this trip.
  3. The route is mapped
  4. Hotel reservations are made
  5. AAA book and maps are picked up
  6. The cameras are charged and ready
  7. I’m ordering some “chick flicks” from Netflix to take with us in case of rain
  8. I may need to pick up a few food items for the drive
  9. Later in the week I’ll get all the laundry done and make sure there’s food in the house for Terry, which there always is
  10. Actual packing on Thursday night…
  11. I have to work all week, but just a half day on Friday…
  12. …then we’ll be on our way to the cool country! Can’t wait!

I’ll post pics as soon as often as I can, hopefully while on the road.

Note: the black & white photo above was found on one of my favorite photography websites, and taken by Zak Himmelman. The stream photo is by Laura Eastlack.