Friday, November 18, 2016

November 18, 2016

Another casualty of my not-being-prepared-for-winter-yet.
However, it's supposed to be 60 on Sunday,
so maybe I can enjoy the hammock and the summer wreath
a little while longer. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

November 17, 2016

Every state we've lived in, the natives have always said the same thing...
"If you don't like the weather, just wait a day."
I think people everywhere must say that.  :)
Colorado might win the contest, though...
yesterday tied a record of 80 degrees in Denver,
and today's high was 41 with SNOW!

Obviously we didn't get the hammock put away in time, again.  :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

November 15, 2016

We have 2nd floor balconies on the front and back of our townhouse.
I admit that we don't use them like some people would...
mostly because that would entail buying chairs and tables 
and we are so not buying even more stuff to have to move next time.
But once in a while we walk out on them and enjoy the views.
I'm so glad I did this afternoon...this tree in our front yard looked like it was on fire,
with the sun shining through the red leaves. 
It's been a beautiful fall...
unseasonably warm but beautiful.

Monday, October 31, 2016

October 31, 2016

Jed's first carved pumpkin...Minecraft, of course.  :)

And Jed's first Halloween without trick-or-treating.
He gave it up voluntarily, which was nice.
Instead, he dressed up like an old man
 and sat on our porch trying to scare the kids that came up.  :)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

October 16, 2016

This boy is 13 years old today!

His original birthday.
13 years certainly makes a difference.  :)

Saturday, October 08, 2016

October 8, 2016

I spent some time alone this afternoon at Clear Creek in downtown Golden, catching up on some reading.  
It was so very nice to hear the water gurgling past me.

A flaming tree in our front yard.

Friday, October 07, 2016

October 7, 2016 - Part 2

We headed home after the Million Dollar Highway drive, 
stopping at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park near Montrose.

The park surrounds part of a deep, steep-walled gorge carved through Precambrian rock by the Gunnison River.  The park contains 12 miles of the 48-mile long canyon of the Gunnison River.  The national park itself contains the deepest and most dramatic section of the canyon, but the canyon continues upstream into Curecanti National Recreation Area and downstream into Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area.  The canyon's name owes itself to the fact that parts of the gorge only receive 33 minutes of sunlight a day, according to Images of America: The Black Canyon of the Gunnison. In the book, author Duane Vandenbusche states, "Several canyons of the American West are longer and some are deeper, but none combines the depth, sheerness, narrowness, darkness, and dread of the Black Canyon."

The Gunnison River drops an average of 34 feet per mile through the entire canyon, making it the 5th steepest mountain descent in North America. By comparison, the Colorado River drops an average of 7.5 feet per mile through the Grand Canyon.

There's a lot of interesting information about the history of the canyon at wikipedia, where the information I included came from.

October 7, 2016 - Part 1

We took a 25 mile ride on the Million Dollar Highway this morning from Ouray to Silverton through the San Juan Mountains.  This classic stretch of two-lane blacktop snakes its way through the San Juan Mountains, the wildest and most rugged peaks in the Rockies.

The first 12 miles through the Uncompahgre Gorge to the summit of Red Mountain Pass is the most spectacular, characterized by steep cliffs, narrow lanes, and a lack of guardrails; the ascent of Red Mountain Pass is marked with a number of hairpin curves used to gain elevation, and again, narrow lanes for traffic—many cut directly into the sides of mountains.

The origin of the name Million Dollar Highway is disputed. There are several legends, though, including that it cost a million dollars a mile to build in the 1920s, and that its fill dirt contains a million dollars in gold ore.  As the locals say, though, you'd have to "pay me a million dollars" to drive that stretch in the snow.  - courtesy of wikipedia