Monday, December 1, 2008

A Week in Colorado


We arrived to a house with a stunning view of Boulder that sat midway up Mt. Salinas. Deer greeted us every morning and were joined by the occasional fox and a red tailed hawk.

The women cold not wait and did a quick hike before we had breakfast on the terrace.
Later in the day, our second chef arrived and he was welcomed by a big hug from mum and a beer from bro.

Breakfast on the terrace

The morning was clear, crisp and the bright sun gave enough heat to allow the gang to enjoy a hearty breakfast on the terrace. A shopping spree to Cheyenne, Wy. would require lots of energy. Not only did The Sierra Trading Post offer rock bottom prices on seconds, they added an additional 30% discount for in-store purchases. CHARGE!!!

Hiking Mt. Sanidas
Every time we passed the goat path, Mt. Sanidas began the song of the Sirens luring any wayward soul to it's gentle sloping path. Little does one know that it soon becomes a challenging climb to the summit. If your there, do it. You won't regret it. It's really not that bad and the scenery can be spectacular.


A side trip to Center for ReSource Conservation was quite an eye opener. The things that are being done to conserve our planet and way of life can be amazingly simple. For instance the photo below shows a commode with a simple attachment that lets you wash your hands with the fresh water being used to refill the tank. There is also a brick in the tank to take up space so less water will be used.
There are so many simple things we can all do for the sustainability of our home. For more info on things you may want to try click here

Stanley Hotel

Yea, that hotel. Made famous by Steven King's book and Stanley Kubrick's movie, The Shining
The Hotel

Here's Johnny

The Stanley Steamer

The Clan

The Chefs cooking Thanksgiving dinner

Keith and Todd spent Thursday cooking dinner for the family. The whole thing was organic and we all agreed that it was as good as any fine restaurant. But when two chefs are cooking, it's kind of the same as fine dining.

Did you season this?

Step back. It could blow

Ahhh, perfect

A Yogi visited the house on Friday to help us center ourselves from the over indulgences of the day before. It was gentle yoga and really did us all a boatload of good. She had to adjust a couple of poses and more than once stabilized positions to keep some from falling over. To say we are not regular yoga practitioners, we all did pretty well for ourselves.

The rest of the day was spent doing cultural things like the Denver Art Museum, and the REI flagship store.

Flagstaff Mountain

Brunch at the Boulder Tea House began our final day in Colorado. The boys went with the "tea" and eclectic brunch, while the others chose traditional breakfast of eggs, polenta, pancakes and coffee.
Later we took a trip to the top of Flagstaff Mountain. It's one of the tallest of the Flat Irons and is another of the "must see" attractions in the area.

Snow Day
Snow finally made it's appearance on our travel day. Besides being the busiest day of the year for air travel, snow and ice across the west and northeast made for some pretty substantial delays. A good demeanor and patience is a virtue especially needed for the Sunday after Thanksgiving for travelers. Twelve hours after leaving our Boulder residence, we arrived at Logan Airport in Boston.

A week in Colorado is a really great way to spend Thanksgiving. We all agree we should do it again.



  1. That looks like a fun trip, with some great scenery. But: no rides? Blast!

  2. Looks and sounds like you had a great time. The hike looks wonderful.

  3. That looked like just too much fun!


  4. Himself was a native of Colorado, so we spent lotsa time there. I loved Estes Park...It is a gorgeous state..thanks for sharing your fun!!!!

  5. Looks like a great trip. Gotta love those beautiful Flat Irons. Boulder rocks (pun intended.)