Oh Colorado – You Did NOT Disappoint!

Well we didn’t have enough going on this year (just kidding) so we added another trip.  Hubby is a guitar collector and “player” and had mentioned a few months a god that he would love to see BB King while BB is still performing – then Peter Frampton posted on his page that he would be touring with BB this year so we anxiously awaited the schedule and found that Colorado would be the perfect fit.  Hubby had 2 free airline tickets from his employer to celebrate his 10 year anniversary and I would be able to visit my niece in Evergreen.  So August 16th (a Friday) found us flying our way to Colorado, upon arriving we realized other than the concert on Tuesday and dinner with my niece on Sunday we had no real plans.

Hmmmm what to do…….

We had arrived about 8:30 am so we had all day (we had to get up at 4:30 am for our rendezvous with the plane!).  After picking up our Avis car – (I love Avis Preferred!) – I took the little map Avis gives us and start scouting.  Vail looked like a great first stop – so we headed west on I-70.  Here are a few photos from our first day….

Harper would've liked this place!  We really enjoyed it too!  Sat outside enjoying the beautiful area and a fabulous Bloody Mary and did I mentioned the "truffle" french fries were excellent!
Harper would’ve liked this place! We really enjoyed it too! Sat outside enjoying the beautiful area and a fabulous Bloody Mary and did I mentioned the “truffle” french fries were excellent!
We thoroughly enjoyed walking around Vail - so much to see and NO HUMIDITY!
We thoroughly enjoyed walking around Vail – so much to see and NO HUMIDITY!
Feels so European
Feels so European
Love how the sweet potatoe vine shines in this hanging basket
Love how the sweet potato vine shines in this hanging basket
Amazing sculptures
Amazing sculptures
Stairs are everywhere - should've had an UP bracelet for this trip!
Stairs are everywhere – should’ve had an UP bracelet for this trip!
Hubby liked the bear sculpture
Hubby liked the bear sculpture
You can almost here the thunder of the horse running
You can almost here the thunder of the horse running
Love the architecture
Love the architecture
This is the back of the Stop sign - it's all about the details!
This is the back of the Stop sign – it’s all about the details!
I love roof lines
I love roof lines
So much detail in this sculpture
So much detail in this sculpture
had to take a couple shots of this one
had to take a couple of shots of this one
And the flowers
And the flowers
Love mountain flowers
Love mountain flowers
A creek in the middle of the resort - I bet that water is shivery cold!
A creek in the middle of the resort – I bet that water is shivery cold!
Did I mention the artwork?
Did I mention the artwork?
More architecture to love
More architecture to love
Yep - more stairs!
Yep – more stairs!
This is a cloud bench in a playground with wind chimes to catch the lower breezes
This is a cloud bench in a playground with wind chimes to catch the lower breezes
Where am I again?
Where am I again?
Rows of mountains as far as the eye can see
Rows of mountains as far as the eye can see
Interesting "fence"
Interesting “fence”
Heading back towards Denver
Heading back towards Denver
Natures Wonders
Natures Wonders
A weed in the middle of a parking lot - it's the little things in life!
A weed in the middle of a parking lot – it’s the little things in life!

Dinner that evening was a little Cuban Place I found when I googled – “where to eat in Lakewood, CO”  We almost didn’t get there because the Iphone GPS did not quite know where it was – however the reviews had said it was a little tiny place in a strip mall so we kept looking and we are so happy we found “Frijoles” Cuban Restaurant.  This is the place the locals eat, while there may not be many tables, they stayed full and lots of people were in/out for take-out.  The atmosphere was almost like eating in “grandmas kitchen”.  I highly recommend you try Frijoles in Lakewood, CO, but you might want to wait a few days as they were expecting the birth of a new grandchild and planned to close for a few days to enjoy the big event!

More from Colorado later – now it is time to QUILT!

Quilt Camp in Pipe Creek

A couple of weekends ago a few of us quilters got together for a “quilt camp”.  We met at a very dear friends house in Pipe Creek and she and her hubby were wonderful hosts.  (Although I will say the latter was scarce most of the time!  Can you blame him with 6 wild and wacky quilters on the loose in his home?)

Susan, Denise, Linda, Marilynn, Susie and Holly
Susan, Denise, Linda, Marilynn, Susie and Holly
Our hostess with the mostest!
Our hostess with the mostest!
Holly supervising the wine in the kitchen!
Holly supervising the wine in the kitchen!

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The food was wonderful – Mexican at a local restaurant, take out from Rudy’s BBQ another night, this wonderful salad and casserole.  The last night was my friend Holly’s FAMOUS spaghetti, but sadly Marilynn and I had already departed and did not get to enjoy the feast.  🙁

I told you we had great food!
I told you we had great food!
Yummy!
Yummy!
This casserole was really good!
This casserole was really good!
A few of our beverages!
A few of our beverages!

A little bit of sewing did occur….

Marilynn gets a tutorial form Susie on how she does that gorgeous machine appliqué!
Marilynn gets a tutorial form Susie on how she does that gorgeous machine appliqué!

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A little sewing accomplished, Marilynn started and finished the Christmas top, I pieced 2 University of Utah Quilts - pattern Fat Quarter Frenzy, fabric and pattern purchased at Elaine's Quilt Block in Salt Lake City - I will be teaching there the end of July!
A little sewing accomplished, Marilynn started and finished the Christmas top, I pieced 2 University of Utah Quilts – pattern Fat Quarter Frenzy, fabric and pattern purchased at Elaine’s Quilt Block in Salt Lake City – I will be teaching there the end of July!
3 on the landing - our projects are waiting while we slumber.
3 on the landing – our projects are waiting while we slumber.
This Slim Flex looks like a great tool to mark even spacing for quilting.  And look at all of Susie's ribbons!
This Slim Flex looks like a great tool to mark even spacing for quilting. And look at all of Susie’s ribbons!

And just so you can get a feel for how peaceful and relaxing our time was there……

Sunset - we had most evenings so this was the best sunset I could capture, but the hill country sure does know how to put it all out there.
Sunset – we had most evenings so this was the best sunset I could capture, but the hill country sure does know how to put it all out there.
A view from the terrace.
A view from the terrace.
These are HUGE spiders that like to group together on the ceiling of the porch.  Harmless but look at those legs!
These are HUGE spiders that like to group together on the ceiling of the porch. Harmless but look at those legs!

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