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March 11, 2012

Check out the image gallery!

Make sure to check out the image gallery for all the pictures from our trip!

March 4, 2012

Food for Thought

Inside Boss Hogg’s Restaurant

Note to self: Here’s a list of some of the good food we enjoyed on the trip…

Pagosa Springs

  • Boss Hogg’s Restaurant and Saloon
  • Kip’s Grill – yummy tacos
  • Farrago’s Market – awesome take and bake pizza
  • Malt Shoppe – good chocolate shake and burger
  • DSP’s – biggest slice of pizza I’ve ever seen (even if it was thin crust)

Santa Fe

  • Bumble Bee’s Baja Grill – yummy burritos

Amarillo

  • Fazoli’s – yummy pasta
March 3, 2012

Back Where I Started From

Well, we made it back home… I guess my friend Winter didn’t want us to leave so soon. We drove through a blinding snowstorm in northern New Mexico on the way back. There were traces of snow as far south as Amarillo. But we outran him, and by the time we got home it was 60 degrees. I miss my friend already…

Snowstorm on the road home

Snowstorm on the road home

March 2, 2012

Farewell, Winter

Well, my friend, our time together was much too brief. Thanks for sending all the snow! Until we meet again…

Winter Sunset

Winter Sunset

February 29, 2012

A Great Day on the Slopes

14 inches of new snow! What an awesome day on the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Area! The sun was shining, and the snow was perfect. To give you an idea, I will reluctantly admit that while traversing down a moderately challenging (for me anyway, given the infrequency that I get to go skiing) blue run, I lost my balance and landed in a nice fluffy snow bank. The landing was nice, but getting up proved to be a bit of a challenge. I tried using my ski pole for some leverage, and when I planted it in the snow it went all the way in to the handle! So, I had to wait for the rescue dogs to come pull me out. OK…well, maybe there were no rescue dogs, but you get the idea. ;)

February 28, 2012

A Hot Time in the Hot Springs

We spent the afternoon at the Springs Resort in town. If you’re looking for a way to relax and unwind, this is a great way to do it. This was our first trip to this particular hot springs resort. It’s smaller than our usual destination, Glenwood Springs, but it was a nice change of pace. One unique thing about this resort is that there are lots of smaller soaking pools of varied temperature, so you’re sure to find one that is (to paraphrase Goldilocks) “just right.” One of my favorite pools was “Sunset Social Club”. It wasn’t too hot, and the view overlooking the resort and adjacent San Juan river was lovely. Speaking of the river, the resort is built right on the bank of it. If you are so inclined, you can even walk right down and jump in. I was not so inclined, as the temperature of the river was 37 degrees!

February 28, 2012

Our Mountain Hideaway

When I was planning this trip, I wanted to find a cabin in the woods where we could just relax and enjoy the winter scenery. I found it. :-)  We’re staying at the Cabins at Hartland Ranch. Now, the word “cabin” may have you thinking of some cold, dark little shack.  Our “cabin” couldn’t be further from that! It’s one of the nicest places I’ve ever stayed, and it’s built better than my own house! We love all the windows which let in the natural light, but somehow still keep out the cold (a trick the builder of my own house somehow didn’t master).

But even better than the cabin itself (if that’s possible) is the location. We’re only 5 minutes out of town, but somehow it feels a million miles away.  We feel so secluded here. It’s calm and peaceful, with only the sound of the wind rustling through the trees. It feels like there isn’t a soul around for miles. And at night, it’s so amazingly dark. On a cloudless night, the stars shine brilliantly.

One of the best parts about this trip has been just sitting by the fireplace with my feet kicked up, gazing out the window at the winter wonderland outside. It’s been so relaxing. I definitely plan on coming back here again, every chance I get!

February 28, 2012

It’s Snowing!

It’s snowing! I feel like breaking out into a Bing Crosby song…

Snow
It won’t be long before we’ll all be there with snow
Snow
I want to wash my hands, my face and hair with snow

Snow
I long to clear a path and lift a spade of snow
Snow
Oh, to see a great big man entirely made of snow…

Flakes drifted softly through the air as last evening drew to a close, teasing me to ponder what scene I might awake to. As daylight broke this morning, I had my answer: 4-6 inches of fresh powder blanketing our mountain hideaway!

February 27, 2012

Hello, Winter!

Hello, my old friend! I found you! It’s so nice to see you again!

Hello, Winter!

Hello, Winter!