Sunday, March 26, 2017

Rocky Mountain High (WW # 86)

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But the Colorado rocky mountain high
I've seen it raining fire in the sky
The shadow from the starlight is softer than a lullaby
Rocky mountain high (Colorado)
--  John Denver
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Our Colorado trip was fantastic.  From the round house we stayed in beside the river; to skiing on the slopes where the locals folks do; to dog sledding through the San Isabel National Forest while it was snowing; and everything in between.  Fantastic.   But wait, I'm getting ahead of myself.

This was a road trip.  My sister lives halfway to our Colorado destination.  Trust me, spending two days in a car is not an ideal situation but it makes it all worthwhile to be able to spend time with her...both going and coming.  We ran together in a park full of pecan trees near her home on a very warm and muggy morning.



In Colorado, we rented a round house with stunning 360 degree views of the Rocky Mountain.  Every morning, the sunrise would touch the snow capped peaks and turn them pink for just a few moments.



What a way to start the day!

The house was also nestled beside the Arkansas river.
 
I captured this at sunset.




Day One.  It felt great to be back on the slopes.



Another gorgeous day for snow skiing!

The skiing on Monarch Mountain is always fantastic. The base elevation is around 11,000 feet and 12,000 at the summit.  Even in this warm spring weather, they still had over 80 inches of snow.  No lift  lines.  No hoopla.  No commercialism.  Just skiing.  {And Starbucks...always appreciated!}




The nice posed shot...
 
The fun shot... (the photographer said jump!).

We took the opportunity to check an item off our bucket list by dog sledding through the San Isabel National Forest.  The guys at Monarch Dog Sled Rides did an outstanding job, allowing us to meet and play with all of the dogs before sledding.   It started snowing during our tour.  You couldn't ask for a better experience. 

My husband and youngest son took turns "driving" (with a guide).




I felt the daily snow skiing was more than ample cross training, so I only ran one day while in Colorado.  At 8000 feet of altitude, 8 miles was quite the chore but the view was incredible.   And now...{heavy sigh}...back to the real world. 

And that's a wrap!

 
Do you prefer an active vacation or one of rest? 

What's the next item on your bucket list?




92 comments:

  1. What an adventure! We just heard John Denver's song today & I thought of you ;-)

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    1. It was definitely an adventure in a lot of ways. That song popped in my head every time I saw a mountain. And there were many many of those.

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  2. It sounds like you had so much fun, and I love the jump shot with your son! When we go to our beach house we mix it up with running, SUP'ing, taking walks, etc. and then just totally vegging while reading lots of books. It's a perfect combination!

    Thanks for the linkup!

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    1. We played so hard during the day that we ended up crashing after supper every night. So I got a lot of rest too. It worked out well.

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  3. I'm glad you had fun skiing! Most of our vacations are fairly active. Even if we do a cruise, we always take the stairs everywhere and do more active excursions. We've been snorkeling, climbed the rock wall, etc. When we travel to new cities we try to walk as much as possible, too. I've never been skiing and it looks so cold there, I'm not sure I'd want to go! It does look beautiful though and seems like you had fun, so that's what matters!

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    1. It was actually pretty warm by CO standards. I didn't need a jacket while snow skiing. It was cold during the dog sledding though but they provided blankets which was a nice touch.

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  4. What beautiful views you had on your vacation in Colorado! I've never been skiing. How nice to get to visit and run with your sister! We usually go to the beach on vacation and I run down there. When we went to Disney World last November I didn't run while we were there. We walked plenty! Glad you had such an awesome trip!

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    1. I love to run while we are at the beach. But not in that fluffy Gulf Coast sand. It's pretty to look at but too hard to run on.

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  5. That was spectacular! I definitely go for an active vacay all the way. Next up - UTAH!!

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    1. I thought a lot about Utah while I was in CO. I was also reminded how hard it is to run at altitude. Hopefully the downhill will compensate for that!

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  6. Colorado is my absolute favorite place to go! We are heading back in one month for the 11th time! Looks like you had a great time! I'm going to try to tackle the Colorado Half there this trip!

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    1. I did the Revel Half out there one year. It was spectacular. You'll enjoy your half!

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  7. OMG, your photos are stunning! It looks like it was a blast. I definitely prefer active vacations. If I'm active,e I don't feel bad about over indulging in yummy food :)

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    1. I agree wholeheartedly! I indulged every evening after a long active day and felt no guilt.

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  8. So awesome that you got to do so many different fun things. Love the view from your rental, and so cool that you were right by the river. That's why I love rental homes on vacation. You can't get that experience at a hotel! Just curious what the temp difference was in Colorado vs. back home?!

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    1. My boys got too big years ago to pile up in one hotel room. I started renting so we could spread out. It's definitely the way to go for us. We've stayed in some very unique homes. It was warm during the day on the slopes. Mid 40s. No jacket required.

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  9. Looks like a great trip! I typically prefer a relaxing vacation, but I do like to run in new areas and check out any trails nearby. Ive never been to Colorado but it looks amazing!

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    1. I have a hard time doing absolutely nothing. The only exception to that is chilling in a beach chair.

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  10. That looks SO awesome -- except the skiing; I'm not a fan of skiing. Or the snow really, I've had my fill of that . . .

    Since my halfs are usually my vacations . . . but I do like to rest sometimes too! Looking forward to UT for sure. There might actually be something before that one. Stay tuned. :)

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    1. I know I'll love Utah's scenery! It was pretty warm on this ski trip, thankfully. And the snow was only on the mountains until the last day.

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  11. I love active vacations... that looks amazing!!

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    1. I'm always up for trying something new too.

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  12. Oh, wow, we've never been there - looks like a great place! I love an active vacation -- keeps me out of my email!

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    1. I thought maybe you had skied in CO before. Monarch is a great local resort. Not flashy at all.

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  13. That looks like so much fun! Did you pick your destination based on the dog sledding? And that round house? How did you find that?

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    1. No. We had been to Monarch before and discovered dog sledding although we couldn't do it on that trip. I use VBRO when we travel. It was always hard to fit my big guys in a hotel room and we could spread out in rental homes for the same price. You can find unique properties!

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  14. Looks like you guys had a blast! Great pictures!

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    1. I wish we could snowski more often. It's always a special treat!

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  15. Wow, the 360 view sounds and looks amazing!! I prefer vacations that are a mix of both- I Like to be active part of the day but also enjoy relaxing!

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    1. We arrived after dark and were pleasantly surprised at what we could see from the windows the next morning. Stunning!

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  16. Looks like a fantastic trip! And, how awesome that you got to do the dogsledding?!

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    1. That was so cool. And we learned a lot about that sport.

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  17. What gorgeous views! Looks like you had a fantastic vacation. I could not get my post up to join this week got stuck on my meatless Monday! Having fun reading all of them though

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    1. Join in anytime you can Deb. I hope I can get together a coffee post this month!

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  18. OMG Holly! it all looks so amazing. I'm originally from New Mexico and I miss those mountains and the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Sigh. Not that it's not beautiful here, it's just different landscape.

    I cannot sit sit - my vacations are generally active!! whether it's getting a run or a bike ride in, or traipsing all over the city to see the sights - I need to keep moving! (and stop for coffee along the way :) )

    bucket list? hmmm I don't know, I'd have to think about that!

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    1. We stopped and ate in New Mexico on this trip. We had never been in that state before! I definitely agree with the coffee stops along the way! I was so happy there was a Starbucks at this resort. LOL

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  19. I LOVE an active holiday! Those photos look absolutely amazing - that blue sky against that white snow. Simply stunning.

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    1. We were very fortunate with the weather on our ski days. The sky always seems more blue when on vacation, doesn't it?

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  20. Despite living in a cold climate for the majority of my life, I've never gone dog sledding. I guess I need to get on that! Looks like a great trip!

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    1. We didn't know the opportunity for people like us (and not dog sledding "pros") existed until a few years ago. I'm so glad we did it.

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  21. You had some incredible views during your trip. I especially love the sunset pic!

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    1. The views were spectacular but I was so busy enjoying them (and skiing) that I didn't stop to take many pictures. I'm glad there was a photographer on site.

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  22. I love having active vacations! I saw your dogsledding photo on IG and I was just amazed, how fun! I wish I could ski, but I'm terrible at it - at least I was when I was 12, lol! I'm glad you had a great time in Colorado...the mountains are amazing!

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    1. It took me a while to get the hang of snow skiing, but it's like riding a bike. It comes back to you.

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  23. I prefer an active vacation FOR SURE! With a little bit of rest thrown in there- preferably, sleeping in! That jump shot is awesome! And the dog sledding- too cool!

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    1. As long as I get a good night's sleep, I'm ready to go, go, go again!

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  24. How fun! And spending time with your sister. How great is that.

    I love active vacations too. And it doesn't always have to be about running.

    I have a tennis one in May with my friends that I am looking forward to.

    And then there's Vegas...can't wait to see you again!

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    1. I agree, it doesn't have to always be running. I like to be active doing other things too. Vegas will be awesome.

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  25. I normally have active vacations, but I need downtime too, otherwise I'll need a vacation from my vacation. My weekend was busy enough to make me feel I need another day before I tackle the week.

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    1. Yeah, I know the feeling of needing a vacation from my vacation. LOL.

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  26. I much prefer an active vacation, too much sitting around makes me crazy. Although some relaxing is good too. Looks like you had a great time and took in some beautiful views.

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    1. I don't like just sitting for long periods of time. I can relax for a little while though, especially if it's in a beach chair by the ocean.

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  27. I much prefer an active vacation! Love that you got to dog sled. That was a big bucket list item for my Mom so we went a few years (okay, I think it may have been TWELVE years ago) ago.

    I think my next big bucket list item is Machu Picchu! But that is still a year or two off. If I make it there then I'll have 6 continents under my belt!

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    1. There is so much to see and do! I don't think I'll ever get all the items checked from the bucket list. But I'll give it my best shot.

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  28. What A fun trip!! I loved seeing your skiing pictures! Welcome back!

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    1. I hope I get the opportunity to snow ski again. Just in case I don't, I made the most out of this trip.

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  29. Just amazing!!! CO is on list of hope to's!!
    Your pic in the green is really epic looking ;) Glad you had a fun time and got to see your sister.

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    1. You know how I love the lime green. It looked great against the sky and snow, I think.

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  30. Wow, this looks like such a great trip! The dog sledding sounds really cool. I had no idea that was even an option at places. I definitely like vacations that are a mix of active and relaxing. Spending all day lounging by the pool is not my thing but I do like to get a bit of that in :)

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    1. I definitely like to relax by the water too. I can do that!

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  31. What a gorgeous trip! Sounds like a wonderful, active vacation!

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    1. Yes, I am very fortunate the weather was nice so we could really enjoy the snow skiing.

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  32. oh wow!!!!!! it looks like you had a fantastic time! I have always wanted to go snow skiing but have never been. I'm glad you got to spend family time together and sister time too!!I would prefer an active vacation for sure!

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    1. It's never too late to learn! Take a lesson on the first day and you'll be good to go for the remainder of the week.

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  33. I like active vacations, but I always feel like I need a restful one right afterwards to recover! So maybe a little from column a, a little from column b! That dog sledding looks/sounds amazing - I might have to add that to my bucket list!

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    1. I was feeling the need for a mini vacation when I returned to work on Monday. That always happens...

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  34. Colorado looks beautiful! I think a dog sled ride would be awesome! I have never been snow skiing, but it looks like a lot of fun, and the snow looks so pretty! Sounds like you had a memorable trip!

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    1. It's never to late to learn to snow ski. A lesson on your first day is a great investment. They'll teach you all you need to know!

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  35. We are definitely the active vacation types. We often run races, but we also hike and white water raft and various other things. I don't ski though, which is a big bummer for my husband.

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    1. I have never been white water rafting. My husband has and tells a pretty scary story about it. I'd like to try it though. Maybe with baby rapids?

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  36. So awesome!! Looks like a great time was had in Colorado! Love that you went dog sledding! We definitely prefer an active vacation but a mix of both is good too!

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    1. I'm sure your kids would love dog sledding. They let us meet and play with all the dogs. That was cool.

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  37. Your trip to Colorado looked and sounds amazing. I've never been but will be driving through this summer. Looking forward to it!

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    1. I'd like to visit in the summer months as well. The hiking and rafting look incredible.

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  38. I prefer active vacations...and then I get home and wish I had more time to rest :P

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    1. Oh, I agree. Since it took an extra day to get home, I didn't have any time to regroup before work Monday morning. It was a challenge.

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  39. Sounds like so much fun in Colorado! A 360 deg round house with views sounds awesome! That must have been cool dog sledding too! Fun jump pic!

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    1. We were very impressed with the rental house. It was not very big (square footage wise) but felt spacious due to its height and builtin loft. The views were stunning.

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  40. What beautiful pictures! Looks like you had a fantastic time. I prefer a mix of active and rest on vacation.

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    1. There are a lot of miles to get there from here, but always worth the effort!

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  41. What a beautiful trip! I loved all the pictures you shared! I do believe that counts as a very active vacation- those are my favorite! Welcome back!

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    1. AS long as I get a good night's rest (and I did!) I'm raring to go again the next day. Sitting while traveling is a whole different animal though.

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  42. I like a mix of activity and rest on my vacations! You had some gorgeous views in CO and how fun to spend time with your sister, too. I'm not a fan of road trips but arriving at the destination always makes it worth the driving torture :) The ski jumping picture of you and your son is awesome!

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    1. It works out perfectly that my sister lives at the half way point of our journey. I'm glad she puts us up (or puts up with us!). I'm ready to go again next March!

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  43. Rocky Mountain Low, Mean Ol Grizzly Bear
    Rocky Mountain Low, Ol Hungry Wolf

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  44. All your pictures look great! I feel the need to get to some mountains!

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    1. This trip is such a treat for us. Living in the south, we only see "hills" not mountains. And certainly no snow covered anything!

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  45. Fantastic pictures! What a fun trip to the mountains. It looks like you had a great time!

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    1. It's always a great treat for us to go snow skiing living where we do!

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  46. Such awesome views!!! I like outdoor type vacations with my family filled with activities. I bet the dog sled was a lot of fun!

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    1. The dog sledding was very educational as well as fun. It's something I truly knew nothing about. It was a beautiful snowy day for it too.

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