Saturday, June 25, 2016

Summer, this week

















This was our fourth week of summer break.

On Monday, the Bear and I went to the eye doctor. It was our first time seeing this group and we liked them. They said I need glasses, though. I have a mild astigmatism, and I "may be more comfortable" wearing glasses when I watch TV or - when I am tired - read, sew or crochet. The news did not come as a surprise, but I will have to train myself to wear glasses as needed. I haven't picked the glasses yet but I'm kind of excited. Which is maybe slightly sad, but I haven't had anything new, for myself, in a while.

We had our eyes dilated that day, but we had a little extra time after our appointment while the Bear's parents kept the small Bears, so we stopped for frozen yogurt, though we could barely see; we called it a blind date. The children and their grandparents made dinner for us. They made meatloaf, Waldorf salad and green beans, with angel-food cake and raspberries for dessert.

We drove to southwestern Colorado on Tuesday morning, passing through Santa Fe, Espanola and Chama, New Mexico along the way. Our destination was Durango, Colorado, a small town near the San Juan Mountains and National Forest.

In Santa Fe, we stopped to tour the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. I've always wanted to see it. The GB was especially excited, having studied O'Keeffe's work in school this year. I'll share more about the museum another time, but suffice it to say, it was wonderful.

We arrived in Durango in late afternoon, stopping at a grocery store for provisions and continuing on toward our accommodations at Durango Mountain Resort, a ski resort in the mountains above the town. Here, we had reserved a two-bedroom condo for a few days, luxurious digs at low summertime rates. We'd stayed here before, about five years ago, and looked forward to visiting again. Our stay was so nice; we cooked most of our own meals in the kitchen, sat on the deck and watched storms roll in, drank wine and toasted marshmallows in the living-room fireplace. It was truly home away from home and so relaxing.

On Wednesday, we drove out to the tiny Victorian-era mining town of Silverton, driving along the winding San Juan Skyway and into town. It was quaint but touristy, so we continued along to the Old Hundred gold mine, for a fascinating underground tour. I'll blog about it...it was probably my favorite part of the trip.

On Thursday, we drove to Mesa Verde National Park, about an hour west of Durango. Here, you can see ancient pueblos built by cliff-dwelling Native Americans. It was interesting and there was a lot to see, but it was so incredibly hot and sunny, and utterly teeming with people. I'm glad we went, but it definitely wasn't my favorite part of the trip.

Friday saw us heading south and toward home, driving past the Pinkerton Hot Springs rock formation near Durango on the way. We were home in mid-afternoon, just in time for the LB, who'd mentioned a sore throat on the drive home, to spike a fever and go into full sickie mode. I hope the GB escapes this one, but I'm not optimistic since they shared a bed in the condo. Oh, well. At least we got home before illness really struck and we have nowhere we need to be for several days. Let the convalescence commence.

Now I'm doing laundry. I went to the grocery store early this morning and ran into a friend who filled me in on some school-related buzz. This afternoon, I hope to work on my pirate ship. I finally feel like crocheting again, so there may be a little of that too. I feel like baking, but it may wait until Monday because the Bear is cooking and baking this weekend, various recipes he wants to try.

Happy Saturday! I hope you're doing well. Have a wonderful weekend!

21 comments:

  1. Sounds like an interesting trip, what a shame LB has developed a sore throat, hope it is not serious X

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  2. It all sounds great, Jennifer. I hope LB feels better soon - and that he doesn't pass it on!

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  3. I'm woefully behind on everyone's blogs (sorry!) but intrigued by the mention of a pirate ship ...
    Jillxo

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  4. Sounds like a perfect summer trip with lots of time to see wonderful things and lots of time to relax. I am a huge Georgia O'Keeffe fan, I am a bit jealous you got to see her beautiful creations in person.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  5. I'm sorry LB got sick, and hope the rest of you avoid it!
    Your pictures are beautiful. It sounds like a perfect vacation!

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  6. Sounds like a wonderful trip, glad you all had such a good time, you do find such fascinating places to go. I shall look forward to hearing more about them. Hope your LB is all better soon and that the rest of you manage to avoid it. CJ xx

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  7. Gorgeous photos, as usual. I can't wait to hear more about your trip; it sounds wonderful. I'm glad that LB timed his illness to such perfection and waited until you were home again. Fingers crossed that the rest of the family remain lurgy free! xx

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  8. Poor LB, hope the rest of you manage to avoid it. Looks like an amazing trip, beautiful photos.

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  9. What an excellent trip you had Jennifer, and I bet the little bears enjoyed it all immensely. I can't wait to hear about Georgia O'Keefe (been there, loved it). Did you see the Peublo at Santa Fe? I loved that too, and bought a little pottery prairie chicken which I treasure. So sorry about the virus - they do spread so easily with children, don't they. Take care.

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  10. Your photos are wonderful as is the sound of your holiday. I do hope LB is feeling better soon and that GB doesn't get ill too.

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  11. Wonderful! We were in Santa Fe a couple of years ago and I walked the area where we stayed, winding up at the Georgia O'Keefe Museum. :) We also visited Durango, where we took the train to Silverton, were pelted with cinders, and my oldest son missed most of the final FIFA game which he was not too happy about it. We only found two restaurants open, and he finally watched on a tiny little tv behind the bar. They will never let me forget that I MADE them take the train. Ha!

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  12. Looking forward to the O'Keefe pics. We visited an exhibition of hers in Vancouver when Bloke and I were backpacking 10 years ago, so fluid and colourful. Holidays sound like they are going well. We have a few more weeks to school here before our six week holidays. Jo x

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  13. Sounds like a great trip, we've always wanted to visit Mesa Verde, in cooler weather though.

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  14. Hello Jennifer, wow, I love your photos, your trip sounds fantastic. I would have also loved to have seen the Georgia O'Keefe museum! :)

    Thanks for sharing!
    Ingrid xx
    Myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  15. Wonderful vacation pictures! I love Mesa Verde, where our family visited when camping through a lot the same areas... Nothing like the heat there this time of year, though...

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  16. sounds like a wonderful time!!! I have a similar paint set with the water brush - we are going on a trip in the fall and I have that sized universal journal as well to talk with! hope the sickness heals quickly and that all will be well! so glad you had such a nice little get away!

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  17. wow what a wonderful way to spend the week.. looks so cool

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  18. ooh, enjoy picking out your glasses :-). I hope LB is soon better and that GB keeps clear of it!

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  19. Those dwellings in the side of the rocks look fascinating. I look forward to hearing about the Georgia O'Keefe exhibition and the mine. Hope the LB is recovering and you're all back to full strength very soon. Have a good week. Sam x

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  20. Your trip sounds fascinating, I would love to visit all those places. I'm glad you had the chance to get away for a few days - especially staying in a luxury condo!

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  21. sounds like a fabulous trip apart from the illness at the end xxx hope all is well soon x

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