Scenic Photos from Vacation

I am slowly but surely getting thru my photos from vacation and will continue to post about the activities and people that we shared our time with. I was working on putting together some scenery slides for another purpose, so thought I’d share those with you now.

There aren’t any people in these shots, so if that’s what you’re looking for you’ll need to wait a little longer. Hopefully you’ll enjoy these for the simple beauty of God’s creation, which is absolutely amazing.

Enjoy!

Our Last Day in Steamboat Springs – Day 9 (Part 1)

Just a warning…these posts may not end up to be in chronological order, but it doesn’t really matter. You’ll get the idea anyway. Our last day in SS was Saturday, the 22nd. There were just 4 things on my list of to-do’s before we left town.

  1. Pack the car and don’t forget anything
  2. Have breakfast at Winona’s
  3. Say goodbye to Kevin
  4. Go to the Saturday Farmer’s Market in downtown Steamboat Springs

We dropped off our keys right about 10 am and headed downtown to Winona’s. The only reason I wanted to go there was the tiny little ad that I saw in the local tourist paper touting their famous cinnamon rolls. The ad said that their cinn rolls had been mentioned in Gourmet, Sunset and a few other national magazines. My thinking was that if they were that good, they were worth investigating.

Winona’s was a tiny cafe with a few extra tables outside. Even though it was starting to get warm (80’s) we opted to sit outside, so we didn’t have to wait too long to eat. They had umbrellas over the tables, so the temps were fine. The pic here is our view of the mountain from our table.

After perusing the menu I decided on a single order of Crab Eggs Benedict with a cinnamon roll instead of toast. There was no way I would pass up the roll and miss the opportunity for a special treat.

The waitress brought our drinks, then while we were waiting for the rest of our food she set down the cinnamon roll in front of me. I couldn’t help but say, “Oh my gosh!!!” when I saw it and the lady at the next table laughed at me. Take a look at this thing compared to the size of the coffee cup! It was HUGE! Not only huge, but delicious too. The roll was warm from the oven and the frosting must have been ladled from a warmer because it was fresh, sweet, warm with a little touch of lemon flavor. Perfect topping for the sweet roll! Terry, Kevin and I all got to share it and we still had about half of it left to take on the road with us.
A little later our meals came. The guy’s food looked good, but mine was the best, I’m sure. The Crab Eggs Benedict was awesome with big chunks of crab throughout and the fried potatoes were seasoned just right. Of course, I couldn’t finish everything, but what I had was delicious and filling to prepare us for our road trip home.

After breakfast we said our goodbyes to Kevin. He had a 10 hour drive back to Omaha and wanted to get there that night. This is his new car, if you haven’t seen it yet. Pretty spiffy huh?

After he drove away, Terry and I walked across the street to the Farmer’s Market to pick up a few treats to take home.

First off, we wanted to get some more Palisades peaches to bring home. We had picked a few up on our way into town and they were the best I’ve had in years! It turns out that we’re not the only fans of these peaches. The presidential family made a stop in Palisades to tour the orchard the week before as well. We bought a bag of them at the first booth, then later saw these flats of huge perfect peaches and had to buy another flat as well. They were just that good and we knew we wouldn’t have any trouble sharing them!

We also picked up a couple of other treats while we were there: rhubarb preserves, homemade soap and Olathe corn. Next time we’ll try to get to the market when we arrive so we can buy food for the week. Everything looked great, but we weren’t sure how it would keep during our 2-day drive home so didn’t want to take the chance.

I immediately thought of Linda and her love of all things aqua when I saw this little aqua trailer in the middle of the market. Isn’t it sweet?


Rocky Mountain National Park –

We’re sitting in the Courtyard Marriott in Farmington, New Mexico. Should be home later today.

Here’s just a glimpse of the last few days when I didn’t have time to post anything. We went to Rocky Mountain National Park on Friday and this is a peek at Sprague Lake.

We saw tons of wildlife at the park, so lots more pics to come!

Not much time to post today…

We’re headed out to Rocky Mountain National Park, one of my favorite places in all the world – hoping to see some wildlife.

Here’s a shot that I took yesterday on our hike near Mad Creek, just outside of town. The water was so cool and refreshing!

Just a few minutes ago I looked out the window and saw a beautiful red fox crossing the lawn at our timeshare! It was gone before I could get a picture though.

Today is our last day to be out and about. I may not be able to post much until we’re home, but we’ll see. Tommorrow we start the drive home.

Have a wonderful day! More to come.

Day 5 – Gondola, Dinner and Music
Tuesday turned out to be the perfect day to venture to the top of Mt. Werner. The high temperature in town was 72 degrees and they said it was less than 8 degrees cooler at the top. We were concerned about it being windy, so we wore several layers to be sure we were well insulated if there was a lot of wind. Fortunately there was none to speak of. Whatever breeze there was, was welcome to offset the warm sun beating down on us. We rode the gondola to a little over 9000 ft then took several trails to enjoy the views and the mountain. It was such a treat to have such awesome weather and gorgeous scenery to enjoy.
You’ll notice that you hardly see Kevin with a straight face. He’s decided that he wants to look goofy in all of his pictures, so I have to try to sneak up on him to get him without a strang
When we got off the gondola, I saw this sign with the names of some of the runs. I thought it was funny that one was named Ted’s Ridge. We all know that Terry’s brother, Ted is NOT a skier and that the ridge should more appropriately be named Tim’s Ridge after his other brother that loves to ski. Oh well, what do they know.

Later in the day we drove downtown to have dinner at Mazzola’s, an Italian restaurant in town.

While we were there, Randy tried Calamari for the first time. Before he tried it, he didn’t seem to mind too much knowing that it was little baby squid with tentacles and all, but afterward, he didn’t seem too keen on having more. It was brave of him to try though.

Generally the food was pretty good. They brought Terry the wrong order and he had to wait a while for the right item while all of us were eating, but they made up for it by comping his item. I really liked my Lemon Scallops with linguini and the others liked their pizzas. It was a nice treat to eat out! After being a waitress for many years, I have to admit that I always enjoy being waited on.

When we got back to the condo the guys broke out the guitars and had some fun playing oldies from this huge binder of songs that Randy got from his brother. Funny thing was that his brother had inserted the wrong words in several of the songs and we had a good laugh at the words that he assumed were part of some of these songs.

I LOVE just sitting and listening to live music and singing, sometimes singing along. I am so thankful that our family and so many friends are musically inclined. It’s a gift to me whenever I get to have a night like this.

Day 4 – Enjoying our little vacation town
So Sunday night we all enjoyed a good night’s sleep, then decided to explore the little town of Steamboat Springs (population around 10,000). We headed down to the path that follows the Yampa River as well as the main highway that runs thru town.

Except for the fact that we enjoyed a nice walk in the refreshing mountain air, it was relatively uneventful. Afterward we came back, had lunch then took a drive downtown to check out the shops.

As soon as we got there, the guys thought Linda and I were taking too long in the first store so they ditched us to go find a music store. Kevin needed buy some guitar strings for later when the guys are gonna play together. We didn’t see them again for a long time.

Linda and I had a great time exploring all around town. We found some very unique and beautiful jewelry, but didn’t buy anything yet. We also went into a kitchen store and I found this awesome 3 tiered metal stand. It can be used for almost anything! Cupcakes, cookies, fruit, craft supplies, breads, etc. I can also thread ribbon thru the wire or add colored paper or doilies or whatever. I’m very excited about it!
When we were about halfway thru town the guys called us and were ready to meet up again. They had walked the length of town about 3 times and were getting tired. This is them coming down the street. Aren’t my boys silly.

We decided to get an ice cream treat in a nearby candy store too! Sweet – literally. Fun coincidence that Terry was wearing an ice cream T-shirt from Tillamook, Oregon.

Linda and I had found an old fashioned black & white photo booth in the local drug store and went back with the guys to do a couple of photo shoots. Randy & Linda did one together, then Terry, Kevin and I did one. The strips of pics came out pretty dark, but I’m hoping I can scan them and lighten them when we get home. I’ll post them if we can get them to look good. The expressions are priceless!

Check out this awesome retro gas station sign. Love it!

After we got back home, Linda was inspired to take some photos of these gorgeous peaches that we bought in Meeker. They are delicious! And the wine bottle that they brought coordinated so well in the color scheme that she just couldn’t resist the combination. Lovin’ this still life.

Later in the evening we spent time catching up online, loading and editing photos, etc.

We also gathered around the laptop to watch Miranda and Phoebe’s latest video release, which was so much fun! Thanks girls for sharing all the joy of your trip with the rest of the world. We wish we could have been there with you!

Day 2 & 3 – Steamboat Springs (Saturday/Sunday)

I know it’s hard to believe, but I only took a few pictures on Day 2. That was the day that we drove from Grand Junction to Steamboat Springs. The scenery was nice, but relatively uneventful.

When we arrived in town, we picked up our keys to the timeshare, had some very tasty early dinner at Rex’s American Bar & Grill (recommended by the desk clerk when we checked in), then went grocery shopping so we were stocked up for the week. We got back to the unit, unpacked and settled in.

That’s one thing really nice about being in a condo with a full kitchen. You don’t have to eat out every night and you can save a lot of money. We have owned our timeshare since 1984 and it has been a lifesaver in more than one lean year when we barely had enough extra money to get to and from the location. We could find lots of free things to do and still enjoy a fun and relaxing week without a big expense.

When we stay somewhere for a full week, we usually buy enough for 3-4 dinners, all of our breakfasts and some extra snacks & lunch foods to get us thru the week. We always have plenty of food and usually end up going out a few times so it works out well.

When the kids were younger and came with us we used to let each of them pick out a meal and do the cooking too. That way Mom had a little vacation from the kitchen. The kids also got to pick out their favorite “sugar” cereal since they weren’t allowed to have it when we were at home. Part of the fun of vacation is having great food and special treats!

Here are a few pics of the condo. It’s a two bedroom with a loft that sleeps at least 8 people. It’s been recently remodeled and is quite comfortable.

I love this western tapestry design on the back of the chairs. Click to enlarge to see the horses.

Here are the views from our balcony and the view from our bedroom window. Nice, huh? It’s been fun to watch the storms roll in in the afternoon hours. We’re very comfortable here and close to everything in town.

Check out this sweet horseshoe coat rack that hangs in the hallway. I’m sure it comes in very handy, especially in the winter when there’s ski gear and coats all over the place.

So on Saturday night we just settled in and relaxed, got a good night’s sleep and prepared for our visitors. Actually Terry took a nice long walk in the morning. He was gone almost 2 hours! I was just about to call him and see if he was lost when he walked in the door. When I asked if he had gotten lost he said, “Well, I wasn’t lost but it took me a while to figure out how to get back here.” (Should we run thru the definition of lost?) He’s so cute.

I stayed in my pajamas working on my photos and blogging until 3 in the afternoon. NICE! Then I finally got dressed because our dear friends, Randy & Linda were closing in on their arrival. It was so awesome to have them join us. We haven’t had a chance to vacation together in a long time and we love their friendship and their company. We love to laugh and cry and just share life together. What a blessing to have friends like that who we’ve known for over 30 years. Thanks God.

Once they were here, we heard about their trip and let them get settled in. Then a few hours later, our son Kevin arrived (around 10:30 pm). He had driven over 10 hours from Omaha and we were very excited to see him for the first time since last summer. He was stationed in Afghanistan with the Air Force for a while since we last saw him, so it was great to get a chance to give him a big hug and to catch up a little on his life. He is now officially finished with active military duty and is in pursuit of his next adventure. He’s waiting for a job interview which sounds very promising. We were thrilled that he was able to come over to join us this week because we expect that he may be living somewhere besides Phoenix and our visits with our kids are always so precious to us.