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Kitty's weekend photo travelogue
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Author:  KittyR [ Mon Jul 02, 2007 9:41 am ]
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We drove up to Woodland Park, on the north face of Pike's Peak.
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We stayed at my friend Anne's house. Her husband just shipped out for a 6-month stint in Afghanistan even though he's close to retirement. :(
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A lovely mountain home. That room on the upper right is where Dan and I stayed.
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Sammy, being a very good dog, was allowed to come.
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Several varieties of lupine are growing like crazy this year from all the rain.
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If you go down the side of the house, there's a path...
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...to the little cottage. For a long time, this was the only structure on the property, and it was used as a personal retreat center for many friends. Now it's Jeff's ham radio shack. :)
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The forest is great.
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These critters are QUICK! Best shot I could get.
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Have a seat and enjoy the view.
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I sure hope there's no poison ivy out here...
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Meanwhile, back up at the house...
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The hummingbirds are getting in a last meal before sunset.
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The view from the back deck.
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We ate some burgers and went for a walk in the dusk.
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The light is failing but the fields are still beautiful.
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Driving back to town the next day.
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Anybody want to come and visit Colorado? :mrgreen:

What I didn't get pictures of was the wonderful time we had together.

Kitty

Author:  Jim Wright [ Mon Jul 02, 2007 11:03 am ]
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Great pictures .. of a great place ....wow ..... very nice!

Author:  ConnieS [ Mon Jul 02, 2007 11:58 am ]
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(SIGH) I LOVE Colorado! Thanks for the pictures, Kitty. Beautiful retreat, beautiful log home, beautiful macros.

Author:  Adrian [ Mon Jul 02, 2007 1:25 pm ]
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You live in heaven already!

What are the birds please?

Author:  KittyR [ Mon Jul 02, 2007 2:42 pm ]
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I believe that's a female ruby-throated hummingbird.

Here is a video of the male -- only 16 seconds so maybe you dial-up folks can watch it as well.

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Author:  Adrian [ Mon Jul 02, 2007 2:55 pm ]
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Wow! That's delightful. Thank you Kitty. =D>

Author:  Cal [ Mon Jul 02, 2007 4:38 pm ]
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Hmmm... wonder if Vicki could find a computer gig in Colorado? I can do my stuff anyplace, so if we find a job for her...
:D

Author:  khl [ Thu Jul 12, 2007 5:03 pm ]
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Kitty,

It was over a week ago that you posted these, and I saw them and wanted to comment, but got sidetracked -- till now.

Thanks for posting the pictures. From age 4 1/2 till just 14 my family lived in Aurora (east of Denver). Your pictures made me pleasantly homesick for Colorado. Serious family vacations meant a week or two in the mountains camping (where we fished, hiked, played, built our own latrines,etc. -- really away from all, somewhere in the Eagle(?) area). I remember how scary the Loveland pass was to me, always worrying that we'd somehow drive off the edge. I remember clearly going to Pikes Peak and not really understanding why others where complaining about the altitude and thin air. (Turns out I've got a long distance runners heart that beats more slowly and so one needs less oxygen/breathing -- can't win sprint races, but can keep going and going.) I remember traveling to a place way south of Denver where we could find petrified wood. I had a nice collection until it got lost when we moved. I remember a bus trip with other kids my age from Denver to Utah in early spring when snow is starting to melt and the green starting to show. Even without looking on the map, I remember that a little own called Salida was somewhere on the route. I also remember one trip returning in the evening from the mountains to Denver, coming over the top and starting to descend, when all of the sudden a huge harvest moon came into view. These kind of things are indelible.

I love mountains in any place, with all the variety. Colorado's Mountains have a uniqueness about them and hold all these memories for me. I remember in grade school learning a song that went something like "If I had a wagon , I would go to Colorado . . . where a man can walk a mile high" [and repeated itself, though with different modes of transportation in the verses] I hope to get back someday. My wife and I know that one of our vacations has to include a trip through Colorado's mountains, including a 'detour' (no matter how big) to Mack's place. It would be good to meet you and others there along the way.

Author:  KittyR [ Thu Jul 12, 2007 7:04 pm ]
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khl wrote:
My wife and I know that one of our vacations has to include a trip through Colorado's mountains, including a 'detour' (no matter how big) to Mack's place. It would be good to meet you and others there along the way.


You absolutely have to stop at Mack and Joan's; it's right along the interstate.

We were up in Buena Vista last Saturday (so I have another travelogue to post) and I wistfully passed the sign to Salida. I love that area...... but Buena Vista ain't half bad either!

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