Pikes Peak – Dressed for a Wedding

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Pikes Peak was showing off this morning when I got up. All dressed up and magnificent.

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After a particularly stressful day at work this was just what I needed. 

Good Night 

 

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Cold Beauty of Colorado

Some days I just want to share the beauty I wake up to every morning.

If I could paint it, I would. 

If I could put it into a song, I would do that too.

I hope my photographs do it justice. 

HAPPY JANUARY MORNING FROM COLORADO

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Soup and Snowboarding

Seems like they should go together doesn’t it!  I just made a delicious pan of black eye pea soup from a recipe I found on a blog I follow.  The Cooking Bride : A Food and Cooking Blog This soup was delicious. Truly! I will make it again. I know it’s traditional to have black eye pea soup on New Years Day. So I missed the boat a little, maybe next year.

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There is absolutely nothing like a bowl of soup at the end of a long day on the mountain, whether it be skiing or snowboarding. Well maybe there is, an ice-cold beer is pretty good too. I had hoped to snowboard tomorrow, but unfortunately it is not to be. Just not feeling great. Maybe next weekend. Missing the mountains so badly.

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Not an excellent fast, or very brave snowboarder, but I do enjoy the view. Who wouldn’t? I will rest today, because my body is telling me to, but the mountains are calling. Keystone, I will see you soon.

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Hiking and Jazz in Steamboat Springs

There is something very special about Steamboat Springs. It’s a ski town with an unpretentious western flair. Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek and Keystone are fun, but Steamboat grabs your heart. It’s people are welcoming, friendly and genuinely interested in what you have to say.

This is the sort of place I would really love to have a second home. It may be a three-hour drive from Denver, but it is worth it.

My new friend Sandra, and a native to Steamboat Springs, took me hiking this morning. What a great way to start the day. Look at the views!

It was a tough hike, but coming down felt good. We worked up an appetite and stopped off at Double Z BBQ to pick up some food to take back to the condo. The food was put in the oven to keep warm while we went and sat by the fire pit outside to enjoy a glass of champagne. It was a lovely afternoon. A jazz band played at the bottom of the mountain. This is what life is all about.

 

Champagne finished, we watched the rest of the concert from the condo on the 7th floor of the Sheraton with my daughter, her boyfriend (Sandra’s son) and Andy, (Sandra’s husband), whilst eating traditional delicious BBQ. What a great Saturday. I know Steamboat would prefer snow, but this weather was perfect for a four-day get-away in Steamboat Springs.

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS IS THE PLACE TO BE FOR BLACK FRIDAY

Only in Colorado

 

After living in Colorado for almost eighteen years, I still marvel at the beauty of the Sunsets!

It really couldn’t get much better than this!

Werner Mountain – Cafe Diva – Arsenal and Sunderland?

Where do Arsenal come in? Football season has started and as I compose my blog I am watching Arsenal v. Sunderland. I have become a reluctant Arsenal fan as they are the team of choice of my husband, and have been for years, along with Newcastle. The Gunners have become part of my life.

Back to what my blog is really about. Steamboat Springs.

Last Saturday morning we woke up in the beautiful Colorado mountain town of Steamboat Springs. It was raining heavily, but in Colorado, that doesn’t usually last long. When the rain cleared we set off on our hike up Werner Mountain to the Gondola. Most people take the Gondola up the mountain and hike back down, but we wanted a challenge. A challenge is what we got, but it was worth it for the views. The 3.8 mile hike to over 9000 feet took every ounce of my energy, but the views were incredible.

Half way up the mountain

I stopped to catch my breath and enjoy the view several times. It was gorgeous.

The wooded trail was like fairyland

 

 

 

 

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Eventually I reached the top (about thirty minutes after my husband).

When I got back down my feet were happy to rest
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Cafe Diva

Rested and showered we walked to the nearby Cafe Diva. This was definitely one of the highlights of our visit. Cafe Diva was recommended by our daughter’s boyfriend, who calls Steamboat Springs home.

From appetizers to dessert, the meal was a culinary delight even Gordon Ramsay would enjoy. Perfect ambiance also. I have rarely seen such a good wine list and we ordered a bottle of wine recommended by one of the owners. I will return to this restaurant. As we listened to people at tables around us, we discovered just how popular it was. Some of the diners were from the East Coast and returned to Steamboat Springs time and time again so they could eat in Cafe Diva.

After a relaxing delicious meal we returned to The Steamboat Grand and soaked in the hot tub until the sun slid down behind the mountains. A perfect end to a perfect day!

Riding the Mountain at Keystone

As you can see it was a cold, snowy, windy day at Keystone. So windy I got blown over twice within the first 100 yards of my ride down the mountain. It was a little more sheltered as I descended.

My second run of the day was probably my best ever. I picked up some good speed and relaxed. Glad I came!

Twice down the mountain was enough today, each run is four miles and in the wind and blowing snow, that was quite exhausting.

I rested for a while at the Spoon ‘Cafe/Bar’ at the base, and enjoyed an ice-cold beer before returning to The Keystone Lodge.

Now I am warm and relaxed and looking forward to dinner at the ‘Wolf Rock Steak House’ where it seems there are some really good brews and my husband can get his ‘Chicken Pot Pie’ fix.

Something for everyone here at Keystone. Don’t be discouraged you ‘old snowboarders’, you can still improve at 55, and enjoy the ride!

Oh to update my diet…….not getting on the scales again until Monday.

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After the Storm

On Wednesday night, it stormed almost all night. The rain was so hard I thought it was going to wash our house away. I thought we would be sliding down the hill and ending up on the road at the bottom, but when I woke up on Thursday morning look what greeted me.

A beautiful clear morning. The rain had passed leaving the my part of the world cleansed and sparkling. I couldn’t resist breaking my daily routine of getting ready for work, to take a picture.

I hope you like it.