Archive | February, 2012
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!

 

February 27, 2012

The Road to Winter

North of Santa Fe, we drove along U.S. 285 and 84 toward our final destination, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Along the way, we encountered many interesting sights. Just outside of Santa Fe is Camel Rock, so named because, well, you know… Further north, as the terrain climbs and the temperature drops, is Abiquiu Reservoir. Nearby is Ghost Ranch, the subject of many landscapes by the painter Georgia O’Keeffe, who maintained a residence there. The incredible scenery has been featured in many movies. A few miles up the road is Echo Amphitheater, a beautiful natural amphitheater formed in the sandstone cliffs. This was a fun road to drive, with some great scenery. Definitely worth another trip to get to spend a little more time exploring.

February 27, 2012

Getting Warmer…

Or should I say colder?  I can see you, Winter, hugging the tops of those mountains over there.  I’m coming!

Winter in the distance

Winter in the distance

February 27, 2012

A Stop in Santa Fe

On the way to winter, we stopped for the night in Santa Fe.  I had never really been there before, other than to drive through it (at night, no less) on the way to Red River to go skiing.  So on this trip, I wanted to spend a little time there to go exploring.  We only had a few hours in the morning before we had to go, but we got to see a few sights.  We toured the State Capitol building, which was pretty interesting.  Its style is quite different from other capitol buildings I’ve toured.  It fits in nicely with the architectural style common in the region.  It houses a nice art collection as well, which we got to very briefly peruse (where we met our new friend, Buffalo).  After touring the Capitol, I wandered down the street to see the “oldest church structure in the U.S.A”, the San Miguel Mission.  I hope to return sometime to do more exploring in this interesting city.

February 26, 2012

Greetings From Flat

Flat and Not Winter

Yep, it’s flat here. And not winter.

Flat and Not Winter

Flat and Not Winter