I think my Honda Odyssey knows the route to Keystone, CO, where I love to spend as much time as I’m able. I saw the weather forecast for our fair city and thought, uh-oh, I can’t be stuck for a miserable sleet/ice-y long weekend! I made it out before the weather came in and back in as it was over. Perfect! Food was prepacked so our only expense is gas and hot coffee while traveling. (Yummy Mighty Mocha Latte from QuikTrip set the trip off to a great start!) Oh, and Adele’s new CD – 25.
So we left early – 6 am – but still ran into a bit of funky fog. But all of a sudden, poof! It was gone! Weird KS weather!
So, there’s no back yard where we are when we’re in Keystone which means when the dogs need to potty, we have to take them out on leashes. I was up early Thanksgiving Day, maybe due to the time change, maybe due to the fabulous silence of being in the mountains or not wanting to waste a moment being inside in Colorful Colorado and God’s gorgeous mountains. I leashed up Buddy and Cooper and headed out. I was walking through the parking lot when a large shape caught my eye by the tennis courts. By golly, there were 2 HUGE moose meandering up the walk! I fumbled for my phone in an attempt to get evidence but alas, for such large animals, they move quite quickly. I went in search of them to be sure my eyes had not deceived me and saw them again by the townhouses before they likely headed back up the mountain as a loud bus taking skiiers to the slopes rounded the corner. WOW. Majestic moose were the words that came to mind as I marveled at their sheer size. And the fact that I’ve been coming here for YEARS and only just saw this by the homes!
No, REALLY! There were 2 moose by the tennis courts! (center of the pic kind of by the brown house)
Our first full day there consisted of a Turkey Day Fun Run in Frisco, supposedly a 5K. My Garmin measured it at 2.68 miles. No timing, just for fun (really!). I ran with my daughter. We did it for the first time last year. Fortunately there wasn’t anywhere near as much snow as there was last year (knee high and mushy. Think mashed potatoes!) and only some ice. We enjoyed watching all of the dogs dressed up and running with their owners. Dogs are so accepted everywhere there. LOVE.
By the “start” line. Me & my fellow runner/daughter.
The Finish Line banner – perfect for Turkey Day!
Got a pic like this last year with just my daughter. Had to get one with both of us this year.
Our “official” finish picture. Yes, I grabbed my daughter’s hand so we could finish together. I know, too sweet.
My parents walked it. Not too strenuously as my mother had just had her 2nd cataract surgery 3 days earlier!
A Thanksgiving tradition we’ve been doing since 2008, a balloon launch in memory of my sweet nephew,Weston, who went home to be with the Lord at the young age of 22 months.
Always loved, never forgotten. We write messages on the balloons.
A glorious sunset during an evening hike up what we call the “Back Mountain”.
We took the dogs out several times a day to run and we hiked the “Back Mountain” several times as well, almost getting caught in the dark once! Cooper scared me on one of these hikes as he came toward me, crying, then trying to bury himself in the snow. Great, I thought. He’s having a stroke of some kind and I’m going to lose him. Not to mention we’re over a mile up the mountain! Fortunately, he had a drink from my water bottle, cooled down in the snow, and then took off like nothing had happened. Geesh. Now to calm my beating heart.
Salmon for Thanksgiving dinner since 3 out of 4 of us are vegetarians!
My dogs love Colorado and playing in the snow! They particularly enjoy running without their leashes.
We left to go home very early Sunday morning as not only did I have to go back to teaching and the kids to school, my two sons were back home. My youngest hates the long drive so we compromised this trip. I can’t help but feel sad each time I leave there. I feel so at peace and more in-tune with my body, feelings and spirituality. Maybe some day this will be my home. In the meantime, I’ll visit as often as I can.