Monthly Archives: July 2008

Now, Back to My Vacation!

One of the nice things about this vacation is that we stayed a full 7 days. That was plenty of time to see plenty of sites (or would it be sights?) and still have some downtime in between things.

One day, we drove through Silverton and toured the Old Hundred Gold Mine. The mine was named Old Hundred after the German hymn Old Hundreth, which most of us know as the Doxology. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Our tour guide had actually worked in this mine back in the day and did a wonderful job explaining how they worked in the mines. It was a tough job, I tell ya!

And then afterwards we spent some time panning for gold.

Tony said that he could understand why miners were such grumpy folks. It’s tough hunkering down over those troughs sifting through the sand and stones looking for those little glimmers of gold or silver.

And if any of you are curious, no, we didn’t come away rich with gold. All we found were some little silver pieces that they had "salted" the troughs with. It was a good experience though and very educational.

And any day in the mountains is a good day, a very good day.

I’ll have more for you tomorrow!

My neighbor has a sense of humor

The boys went over to say Hello to the neighbors this afternoon and I noticed Jon had something on his back when he got home.

Apparently not all funny bumper stickers actually end up on people’s cars.

Up Close and Personal with the Wildlife

You know how people talk about southern hospitality?

 Well the folks in Colorado could teach some southerners a thing or two. Wow, they were just the nicest people. And they seem to really like animals there too. Everywhere you went, people had their dogs with them. So friendly, I LOVED it.

Even the animals were friendly.

Here’s a little chipmunk that came to visit while we were checking out a waterfall.

And here’s some mule deer that practically walked up and asked if we had some Grey Poupon while they were munching away on some grass right in the middle of the subdivision.

Jon even visited with these kids while we checked out a local family farm.

It all reminded me of the saying,  All Creatures Great & Small, the Lord God Made Them All. And as I googled that,  I learned that the words to the song All Things Bright and Beautiful really just remind me of our whole trip to Colorado. What a refreshing time of just enjoying God’s creation!

All Things Bright and Beautiful
by Cecil F. Alexander

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.

The purple headed mountains,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.

The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
To gather every day.

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

Our trip to Durango

Well if you haven’t guessed already, we spent this past week in Colorado – lovely, glorious, magnificent, awe-inspiring, not-too-hot, not-too-cold Colorado.

Getting there wasn’t easy. Colorado is a long, loooooong way from Kentucky, but it certainly was worth it.

We started off on a 6 a.m. flight (I know, I know, WHAT was I thinking?) from Nashville to Denver. It was the very first flight for our two youngest and they both absolutely loved it and gave it two thumbs up!

Here’s Jon with Daddy.

And me with the two big guys!

We flew Frontier Airlines and would definitely give them two thumbs up. The seats were all nice and comfy and the TVS on the airplane really helped to pass the time. Our flights stayed on time and our luggage arrived all together. It was a good thing – a very good thing.

Once we got there, Tony picked up our rental car from Thrifty. The jury is still out on whether we would recommend them or not. They DID give us a nice upgrade to a full size SUV and we got a great price because I reserved the truck online, but they just about wore Tony out trying to upsell him on various plans and features.

And we were really, really ready to get on the road. Because views like this were just waiting on us!

And this…

I think we took these driving through the Rio Grande National Forest.

We did let the boys get out and stretch their legs every so often though. Here they are crossing the Continental Divide into the San Juan National Forest!

Because really, sometimes you just have to get out and soak up all of this Colorado goodness!

And this waterfall, Treasure Falls, is truly a treasure.
I’m sorry that I didn’t get to visit with some of you all while I was visiting your fine state, but I had lots of oooohing and aaaahing to do. And picture taking. I’ve got plenty of other pictures to share… if I can just find my Easy Share cord.

More pictures to come….

Guess Where We’ve Been!

Majestic mountains
Gorgeous rivers
Crystal clean air
Daytime highs in the 80’s
Almost NO humidity

Pretty close to heaven on Earth we’d say.

Absolutely stunning

So much to do, to learn, to enjoy

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.”
– John Lubbock