Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Science & Nature Museum

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is located in the old Park Hill district in Denver. Yesterday, one of my staff members, my boss, and I took an IT field trip to the museum; simply something to get out of the office for a while. It was really cool. We didn't have nearly enough time to make it all the way through. In fact, while we were viewing the minerals, the security guard came in and told us that the museum would be open tomorrow and we were more than welcome to come back!

Here are a few photos from the museum. A must see!

That's it. Next time I go, I'll try to get more pictures!

Monday, October 27, 2008

I'm a Penguin

Photos from the Saturday Halloween party:

I wanted you to see my penguin costume so here is the photo I took in the hotel.

The host & hostess - Paul & Jackie

Chris and Christine - of course they are beer drinking bacon and eggs. Go together well don't they?
I have nothing to say about this one...but we picked on Channing all night long...
We never did get Paul to do some duck talking...
It was a good time. I have a few more pictures but mostly of people just standing around...

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Kansas City...Kansas City Here I Come...

This weekend, I came to Kansas City to help with another phase of user moves at the campus. I volunteer so I can come visit Danelle :o) It wasn't as big as the last move I helped with so we were done in a short amount of time. I did snap a few shots of people working though. You will notice there are no photos of me working. DUH! I'm the one taking all of the pictures...LOL!!
Jason connecting all of the phones and computers in the data room.
Jake tearing down a computer in the old space to move to the new. They will be remodeling this area of the campus as well so phase 3 is yet to come.
Marlin moving a computer out of the old space. We use chairs rather than do any heavy lifting :o) Hey, work smarter, not harder I say!
Christine is talking on the phone while carrying computers. Good thing she is really strong!!

Paul is actually you see that?? LOL!
I am going to go over to a friend's house this evening for a costume party. I am sure I will have a few entertaining photos from that to share so stay tuned. Tomorrow I am going to go spend the day with Danelle (when she gets off work) and I am sure we will watch the football game at some point. She said something about making Chillie so...YUMMY!

Monday, October 20, 2008

15th Anniversary

The celebration continued for a second day for my birthday! My husband is such a wonderful man! It started out with a trip to Wag-n-Wash to clean up from yesterday's adventure.

I returned home to find the following on the steps:

I then managed to get in a nice pedicure (photo not available but they are red). Relaxing and enjoyable I must say! When I arrived home, we enjoyed a nice dinner:

Of course there had to be cake and ice cream!!

It has been a wonderful two-day event! I thank my husband for making these past two days so special.

I'm going to head to bed cause now I must return to the real world.


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!!

(I know the title is a day early, but because my birthday falls on a Monday, we had to go out today to celebrate)

The day started bright and early as the alarm rang out to tell us it was time to get up. We had everything packed and ready to go the night before so it was a matter of loading up the cooler and all of our gear, herding the dogs into the truck, and heading on out to the West. The sunrise painted the mountains a brilliant purple and the clouds above a wonderful pink as we headed toward them anticipating the adventure. After what seemed like forever, we were in the parking lot at the Herman Gulch Trail Head. The lake was our final destination at only 3.25 miles.

The first leg of the trail was pretty much straight up. We stopped only a couple of times to enjoy the waterfalls along the way but for the most part, we kept right on moving. Of course, we couldn't go on such an adventure without stopping first to find a quick cache. The view from the cache location was simply amazing! We did not, however, know that the best was yet to come!

As our adventure continued upwards, I noticed out of the corner of my eye a lone, bare tree. The shape of the tree led me to believe that we were in great hands!

With that in mind, we continued up...and up...and UP! Mike finally gave up his walking stick as I was having a very difficult time climbing up. The trail was steep and seemed never to end. I never thought we were going to make it to our destination; especially at the 4-hour mark!

However, we crested the final hill and discovered the beauty we had anticipated! The veiw at the top was breathtaking (or maybe it was the fact that we ascended 3,000 feet!!) Topos, Sedona, and I headed right to the water. The bottom was clearly visible as most mountain lakes seem to be. Because of the wind, the reflections were non-existant. However, the views took that fact right out of my mind!

We stopped to eat a picnic lunch. While we had prepared our meal thinking we would be sharing a bottle of wine we picked up in Estes Park a couple of weeks ago, the altitude sickness kept us from popping the cork. Instead, we enjoyed some time viewing the sites and enjoying the solitude and silence you get when you climb a mountain!

After a short rest on the rocks in the warm sunshine, Mike began to ascend toward the Continental Divide up the rock face. Topos, Sedona, and I continued to rest until the urge was too great.

We too, began to climb. I have never had a problem with the 'up' when it comes to rock climbing. In fact, I love to climb up to places that most people wouldn't dream of. The views from that far up are even better in my opinion!

However, the down is where I usually have the most trouble. Luckily, Mike is quite proficient at the art of mountain climbing so he is really quite good at talking me down! As the time had really flown by and the sun was beginning to drop below the crest of the mountain to the West, we headed back toward the truck to head home. Instead of following the trail we had come up, we decided an adventure was in store. We walked across the open plain back to the tree-line along the edge. It was awesome! The views continued to amaze and inspire!

Even Topos took a moment to enjoy the fresh mountain air and a view of the mountains in the distance!

The descent once we returned the trail was a short one. I must admit, I really didn't want to come down but the temperature at 12,000 feet in October is a little lower than I can handle with the equipment we have. I am sure this summer we are going to have the gear we need and make this adventure longer as we hike the Continental Divide trail (and beyond).

For now, the dogs are already snoring and I can't keep my eyes open so I must say good night.


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Officially Colorado

I took yesterday off work so I could get a few things done that didn't involve work. One of those was paying the taxes and licensing fee for my car and getting new plates. It took me much of the morning (2 hours in line) but I finally got them!

I guess that makes me officially a Colorandanite!

Off to pick up our new (used) sofa!


Sunday, October 12, 2008

Mountain Artists - Here I Come!

Six years ago we were freezing in the cold Missouri air. We decided to relive our wedding day by going up into the mountains where the cold fog was forming ice on the trees and the snow was gently falling. We ventured up to Boulder for what is known as the annual Artist Open Studios. Many of the artists who live in the foothills and are well-known in Boulder open their studios to allow visitors to see how they operate. All of the studios are in their homes. I will tell you that I am now highly motivated to get to working on my art :o)

I have a wonderful anniversary story to share but I'm afraid I am a wee-bit tired this evening so I am going to call it tonight. After I finish using my new vacuum (it's what I wanted for our anniversary so don't roll your eyes at me), I will post some photos and a recap of our adventures tomorrow evening.


Thursday, October 09, 2008

Hot in October

Been a few days because I'm in training in Phoenix. I haven't had much time to site down and chat. Mike and I will be celebrating 6 years of marriage this weekend...I'm sure that will produce a story that I can mostly share!


Sunday, October 05, 2008

God's Paintbrush

Our first Autumn season in Colorado. God has had his paintbrush out and has been busy adding color to the landscape canvas in the Mountains. Yesterday was the perfect day to head up to Estes Park for the annual Elk Fest. We enjoyed the afternoon walking through the town, visiting the Mountain Man Rendezvous, and viewing the elk in Rocky Mountain National Park. The colors of the trees are simply amazing!

We rounded the final corner before heading out of the park and happened upon two of the elk seeming to have a battle; not sure over what as there did not seem to be any females anywhere close:

We took the long way home and found a couple more roads that normal people would probably pass on. We had a fantastic time and cannot wait until next weekend for our anniversary. No special plans but we remember the colors from 6 years ago - I'm sure we will see much of the same!

I'm going back to beading a necklace.