Tuesday, June 21, 2011

38th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival

The Bluegrass Festival has already come and gone. It was an epic festival with the tickets sold out every day quite awhile back. I was fortunate enough to get tickets for Thursday and Sunday so that I could see Sarah McLachlan, Steve Earle, Mumford & Sons, Robert Plant and others. Maralee had fun on Sunday dressing up for the kids parade. She was afraid if she smiled very big it would mess up her face paint.
It was so windy during the parade that some of the kids struggled to keep the flags in the air.
Our local pirate always makes an appearance. There is a group of locals that use any excuse to dress like pirates. They were at Pirates of the Caribbean 4 when I saw it. There were a lot of "ARRRRs!"
The clowns of Living Folklore.
On Sunday the temperature dropped and it rained throughout Punch Brothers and Mumford & Sons.
There's nothing like seeing Ajax Peak covered in snow in June. All of the tourists said, "Oh how beautiful!" All of the locals said, "Again?!"
Sarah McLachlan
Steve Earle
Mumford & Sons!! This British band has become so popular in such a short amount of time that they won a Grammy in December. The first time I ever heard them was here live at the Bluegrass Festival last year. No one knew who they were, but our ears certainly perked up and we paid attention. They don't have to play at small venues anymore, but they love Telluride and wanted to come back. They said this is their home away from home.
Robert Plant is still rocking a full head of curly hair and his voice sounds the same as always. He and the Band of Joy put on an awesome show to wrap up the festival.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Dandelion Season

We had about 88 inches of snow AFTER ski season was over. In May it seemed that spring would never come. I think we all almost gave up on warm weather! It makes dandelion days like this so much more exciting. Here are a few warm photos and the last photo to celebrate the reopening of Baked in Telluride!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sunset Hike in the Grand Canyon

I think because the Grand Canyon is seen in photographs and art so much, it doesn't really seem that real unless you hike down into it, even just a little bit. We hiked about 1.5 miles down the South Kaibab Trail with a goal of getting to Ooh Aah Point. Jay and Garrett went further down to Cedar Ridge. The wind was terrible that day with gusts up to 45 miles an hour, so the girls and I just sat for awhile instead of going as far as Jay and Garrett.
Of course, now that we have hiked a little bit into the canyon, we want to go back sometime and hike all the way down and camp in Phantom Ranch. We will wait until Maralee is a little older and see how she does on our long hikes this summer. Maralee is 10 now, but she did an 8 mile hike last summer with quite an elevation gain, and she hiked her first 14er when she was 8. We would definitely plan it in the spring or fall to avoid the heat.
Panoramic photo! Click on it to see it bigger.
I think this one is my favorite photo of the whole trip.

That Famous Big Hole in the Ground

We finally made the six hour trip to Grand Canyon National Park. It is so close to us, yet we never have taken the time to go there. We tend to visit places with much less people, like last summer when we went to the Needles District of Canyonlands and only saw five people. The Grand Canyon was busy, but everyone was pretty spread out all over the park. I've never seen so many cameras in my life! Here are several photos of one of the most photographed places in the world.
Our first stop was at the Desert View Watchtower.
The rest of these photos are from the viewpoints around the South Rim.
Looking down at one of the switchbacks of the Bright Angel Trail.
Zooming in on the Colorado River.
On the right is the Desert Watchtower.
Lastly, here are a few really touristy photos of us!
Don't worry, Maralee and I didn't let anyone get too close to the edge!
Maralee on the steps of the Bright Angel Lodge.