Sunday, June 17, 2018

Local Art

We have a lot of events here in Lake City, Colorado in the summer. Some people say it is like summer camp for adults. One of the first events of "the season" is the annual art show and reception featuring local artists.
There is always a long table in the center of the room with appetizers furnished by our local merchants.In most cases it is the first time getting to see friends you haven't seen since last September.
Local wildlife seemed to be a popular theme this year
Black Bears
Moose
and a cougar taking center stage in the handmade quilt.
There were also watercolor landscapes,
and a photograph of The Dillon Peaks which are north of here high above Lake Blue Mesa.
I liked this collage done by my friend Ruth. She recently won first place in the sate with another of collages. 
There were even some locals musicians there to entertains us.
Fun Event....on to the next party....


Saturday, June 16, 2018

A Tradition

I made all of these noises about eating healthy lately...which I am trying to do. In reality I am eating most anything, just smaller portions and trying to cut down on carbohydrates and sugar when possible. My husband does not share my dietary habits...so
when in Lake City, he usually wants to go down into town after dinner for an ice cream at our old fashioned soda fountain. I am not up to date on the history of this quaint old building, although I do know that at one time it was a pharmacy. We like to get an ice cream( I get a kiddie cup) and sit on those benches on the boardwalk, which is a great place to people watch.
They do have a nice place inside to sit and this charming courtyard which is between the 19th century buildings.
So, if you are ever in our little town...stop by the San Juan Soda Fountain.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Hikers

The Continental Divide snakes through our county here in  Colorado (Hinsdale). The Continental Divide is an imaginary line that in the US runs from the Mexican Border to the south, to the Canadian Border to the north, a high ridge dividing the water shed. One side draining to the Pacific Ocean, the other to the Atlantic.Despite the fact that the distance is approximately 3,100 miles it is becoming a popular hike.This season it seems there are over 400 on the trail.
We met these hikers today when we gave them a ride back to the trial head. D.G from Memphis,TN, Honey Buns and his wife Knock on Wood from Washington D.C. and Commander from Virginia.Yes, they all take nicknames on the trail, and if I understand correctly...they are not allowed to pick their own , but they are bestowed upon you. The hike normally takes five to seven months at a pace of 18-30 miles per day. All four of these kids (as we refer to them) have completed both the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. When they reach Canada they will be awarded a Triple Crown Certificate since they will have completed all three grueling trails. Quite an accomplishment.
Nice Kids!
To read more about the Triple Crown Hikes, go HERE

The Messy Cook

I just finished making a large pan of zucchini lasagna (trying to eat healthy), and put it in the freezer. Doing my best to meal prep, so I can enjoy our guests this summer. Another day I will make a meatloaf and chicken enchiladas wrapped in cabbage leaves. If you don't want to eat healthy...you are going to go hungry around here!
Now if I could just find someone to clean up the mess I made...

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Go Early

We are under an Air Advisory here in our little valley, due to the fire near Durango, CO. Despite the fact that the actual  fire is over sixty miles away (as the crow flies)...the smoke is blowing this way. For some reason it seems to get worse as the day goes by,
which is a good reason to get our walk in early. This blooming Lilac Bush caught my eye,
as did these Poppies near an old old historic home.
This little Doe ( with very big ears) didn't seem bothered by us. She was too busy having dandelions for breakfast.
....and then we spotted this, which we knew had to be just passing through.
It was an old Ford and according to it's license plates a 1934 model.
We even got to meet the proud owner. Seems he was driving through town after having been to a vintage car show in Pegosa Springs, CO where he won first place in his division. We had a nice visit and he showed us all of the fancy additions he made when doing the restoration. It is fun walking around this little town...you never know what you will see, or who you will meet.

Friday, June 8, 2018

What a Difference A Day Makes

...or should I say a shift in the winds.
This was the smokey view that we had all  afternoon yesterday. There is a forest fire in Southwestern Colorado...and when the wind blows this way we are almost choking on the smoke,
and then with a shift in the wind direction we are back to our beautiful blue smoke free skies.
The fire I am speaking of is called the 416 fire and it is still raging north of Durango, Colorado. For pictures of that fire, go HERE

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

A Morning Walk

There is only an hour time change between Texas and Colorado...but we have a hard time adjusting, and find ourselves getting up way too early.
So we drove south of town at the first hint of light to have a walk at our lake ( San Cristobal). The above shot is of the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River as it meanders toward to Lake.
We usually have pretty heavy winds in June, but this morning it was very calm.
So calm that there were great reflections in the water.
I was excited to see a small Bald Eagle, but wishing I had brought my camera that has a better zoom. There usually is an Eagle at the lake, but you have to go early.