Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Eider Creek Trail Autumn Hike

The past couple of days I have been so happy to be off work since the weather has been absolutely perfect! We've had a few warm and sunny days perfect for a drive or hike to see the changing aspen leaves. I wanted to be outside of the car, and the Eider Creek trail seemed the best choice for getting into the trees and hiking near town yesterday. The trailhead is up Mill Creek Road. We made a loop by hiking Eider Creek and coming back to Mill Creek Road on the Deep Creek Trail. Of course I had to start out with a shot of Wilson Peak.
Looking over at Palmyra Peak and Bald Mountain, and some of the ski runs.
The sky was such a bright blue that it didn't even look real.
I love it when the sun shines through the aspen trees and gives a golden path to follow.
I must say that after hiking a 14er last month, a hike like this one was a piece of cake.
The next two are Greenback Mountain, elevation 12,792 feet.
This is Mt. Emma, elevation 13,581 feet. There are still some green trees there, but they are kind of scraggly.
We have to get outside and enjoy these leaves while we can! I'm afraid we'll end up with a storm accompanied by wind that will blow all of the leaves away soon. Then we'll have nothing but one of our brown seasons with white sticks and brown grass to look at until the big snowfalls start.

Autumn in and Around Telluride

It's that time of year when the aspen leaves turn to gold! These are just some miscellaneous photos I've taken over the past several days. Above are some trees along Last Dollar Road. This is the view of Telluride from Mill Creek Road. The gondola runs through that batch of golden trees you see on the right.
Bridal Veil Falls and the Black Bear Pass switchbacks.
The Pandora Mill.
The kids' fishing pond at Town Park.
A shot from another day up Last Dollar Road. The moon is almost in the center of the sky.
This was coming out of Ames Road near highway 145.
The next two are driving down highway 145 from Mountain Village.
This is definitely the most colorful time of year for Telluride!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Telluride Blues and Brews Festival

Last weekend's Blues and Brews Festival was our goodbye to summer. The weather was terrible, though!! Rain and hail pounded down daily. You had to be ready for mud to be able to sit in the park during this festival. I only had a pass for Sunday, so I wasn't about to miss it, especially since I wanted to see Bonnie Raitt. Wouldn't you know, we haven't had a drop of rain since the festival ended.
I think this was part of the Lee Brothers. Honestly I spend a lot of time in the kids' area during the day, but I did run up closer to the stage for this picture.
There may have been around 8,000 people at the festival this year, although I believe Blues and Brews are allowed to have 11,000.
Lots of leaves are changing!
Savanna climbs the rock climbing wall like a pro now.
Maralee surprised me this year with rock climbing. She is higher than Savanna in this photo. She sometimes would make it to the top, but wasn't tall enough to reach the bell to ring it.
They did have on harnesses that would glide them down to the ground if they let go.
This was during one of the many storms that blocked the view of Ajax Peak.
Clowns usually give me the creeps, but we see these guys so much during the festivals that I've gotten used to them.
Getting ready for a muddy parade!
I took this shot of Ruthie Foster during the kids' parade when we marched in front of the stage.
Our beautiful park was turned into a mud pit. It's going to take many hours of labor and around $3,000 to get it back to pre-fest conditions.
It really rained and hailed during part of Bonnie Raitt's concert. The crowd just tightened in closer and this was as close as I could get to the stage.
Bonnie Raitt sounds the same live as she does in a recording. I don't think she liked our weather very much. She said, "You guys live in a crazy place!"
I took a couple of videos of Bonnie Raitt. I can't get Angel from Montgomery to upload. I may try it again in another post. Soon after I went back to my seat, where I didn't have a great view but not too much mud, she started singing Something to Talk About. Lois at Tallahassee Daily Photo wanted to see this one, too. I didn't hold still enough through all of it. Hope it doesn't make you dizzy! The dancing cowgirl is a bonus.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Volleyball Time

Today was Savanna's first home volleyball game. This year the Telluride Miners only have two home games! It's kind of weird to live in a place where it's unusual for parents to attend all of the games. Her away games are in Ridgway, Ouray, Dolores, and even as far away as Ignacio, and are all too far to drive on work days, Saturday included as work days for Jay and I. We beat Dolores in one game and tied them in the other. Savanna is number 8. You may need to click on the photos to enlarge them to see her better.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Telluride Film Festival

Labor Day weekend was the 36th Telluride Film Festival!! I've been posting quite a few photos on my Telluride Daily Photo blog and neglecting this blog. The daily photo blog can be quite a challenge sometimes and has been taking my attention. Anyway, we didn't have passes for this festival, but we were lucky to get in to see the new Viggo Mortensen film, The Road.
I can't think of a better hero choice for the film, Viggo fighting to keep him and his son alive after an apocalypse destroys everything on earth and almost wipes out the human race. Unfortunately, Viggo wasn't at the presentation of the film that we saw, but we did see Director John Hillcoat in the Question and Answer session. I heard that Viggo was spotted at the Sheridan Chop House having lunch during the time we were watching the film.
I shouldn't complain too much about missing Viggo Mortensen, since I did get to see Nicolas Cage! I think I've seen every movie he has been in, and boy does he make a lot of movies. He was here for the premiere of his newest movie Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. We were in the crowd that caught him coming out of his Question and Answer session at the courthouse.
Savanna is getting his photograph here. He was so nice and signed a bunch of autographs and posed for a lot of photos. It's good to know that one of my favorite actors isn't a jerk. The Film Festival is pretty low-key, and with no papparazi around, that must help celebrities feel more at ease.