Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Little Bit of Camping

We did manage to take a camping trip earlier this month.  I would have shared some photos earlier, but I have recently bought a new laptop, and going from Windows XP straight to Windows 8.1 threw me for a loop, but I think I have it figured out now.  We camped at Blue Mesa Lake, the largest lake in Colorado, which is also a National Recreation Area.

The Elk Creek campground is pretty nice with great views.  Plus we were able to rent a kayak and stand up paddle board at the marina store.

SUP!

 

 
 
 
After Blue Mesa Lake, we made the long drive down through the San Luis Valley to Great Sand Dunes National Park.  I realized that Maralee had never been there and needed to see it.  When I was growing up, it was a place we stopped several times, back when it was still a National Monument.
 
Savanna and I thought we would try to recreate this photo from 1998.

 
We did it!  With the addition of Maralee photobombing.


If you have ever read one of my posts about camping, you probably already know where we ended our trip, The Springs Resort in Pagosa Springs!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Alta Lakes Gold

One evening last week we were at Alta Lakes so Jay could do some fishing.  The fish weren't biting but I found some gold, a golden sunset!




Hiking a Favorite Trail

Savanna and I hiked up to Hope Lake last Tuesday.  I waited specifically for this week because I knew it would be time for the wildflowers to be at their peak.  The weather was warm and sunny, and the perfect time to hike up into the alpine tundra.



There was a patch of snow just below Vermillion Peak where some kids were making summer snow angels.



Hope Lake looks better than it has in recent years.  It was good to see there are still patches of snow up there.





Beautiful views all around!


Elk Out My Window










Monday, July 7, 2014

John Corbett and a Jewel Surprise

John Corbett performed at the Sheridan Opera House in Telluride on Saturday night.  He is better known as an actor, but he and his band were great!!  What a great voice!  The concert was promoted as country, but I would say his music (at least from his second album) is very southern rock. His long-time friend Tara Novick, on the guitar, also sang a few songs.  The rest of the band included David “the Hawk” Lopez on the drums and Louie Vincent Ruiz, bass. 
I was 18 when the show "Northern Exposure" began, so I've been a fan of his for forever.  Honestly, I would've gone to the show if it had been a John Corbett magic show or any other weird performance you can think of, so of course I think everyone should give him a chance as a musician/singer.  It's great that he has found his place in music and is able to do something that he loves.
Jewel was sitting right beside me, and I was thrilled when he had her come on the stage and sing a few songs.  I've always regretted not seeing her the last time she performed at the Opera House.
Afterward, John Corbett came down to the floor to meet everyone and for pictures and autographs.  He talked to Jay and I for a little while, and he is just as friendly in person as you would expect. We talked about his music and about the opera house scene where he was in the movie "Tombstone."  He asked Jay some questions about his job as a sergeant for the Marshal's Office and Jay said he almost mentioned that John could hear me sing the next morning (I have read several places that John Corbett is a Christian).  I think I would've been embarrassed, but maybe I should have mentioned it just to invite him to our wonderful church Alpine Chapel.  Singing at church is definitely not a "gig" though.  I don't even tell very many people that I sing there.  I do not consider myself a performer, but I love to sing in praise and worship in my church.  Sometimes I feel like sharing my personal life on my blog, and sometimes I don't, so there you go with a little personal info about me.  Anyway, it was a great night overall and I will definitely go again if he comes back for another show.

Telluride Loves the 4th of July

Here are my favorite photos from the parade and fireworks.  Enjoy!