Catching Up – Have you missed me?

Well, I have a lot of catching up to do.  When last I posted I had promised to post about the fabulous concert with Peter Frampton and BB King at Red Rocks Amphitheatre  in Denver, CO.

But before I can do that I need to share the last of our site seeing with you as well!

Sunday, August 18 we ventured to the top of Pikes Peak – did you know the road is paved all the way to the top now?  We watched a few of the marathon runners reach the top – wow!  Hubby visited with one of the paramedics that works at the top, he found that every employee at the top of the peak is a paramedic, they work 14 hours shifts and even they are affected by the altitude.  The first half of August had been a busy month for the paramedics already with numerous critical rescues.  The main reason is that visitors stay at the top too long and they they are unable to drive down, did you know your body uses up its fluid reserves very quickly when climbing – the paramedic said we can lose up to 1l on the way up the peak.  On the way down you are stopped at the “lodge” and they check the temperature of your brakes, ours were fine, having grown up in the mountains of Utah and climbing hills in jeeps hubby is very experienced in letting the vehicle gears do the work not the brakes.  We observed 1 group of “youngsters” have their brakes checked, they were 400 degrees, they were told to park it for a while and let those brakes cool off!

The air is a little thin up here!
The air is a little thin up here!
But what a view!
But what a view!

After more adventures in the area we headed to Evergreen, CO to spend a delightful evening with my niece her new beau!  I wish we lived closer as I always enjoy my visits with my niece – she is an amazing woman!

The view from niece's deck
The view from niece’s deck
My niece and I
My niece and I
Betts and Dave
Betts and Dave
Me with Betts and Dave
Me with Betts and Dave

On Monday we visited Leadville, CO.  In the 1880’s my great-grandfather, Milton Fornia and family lived in Leadville.  One of my great aunts was married there, her name was Grace Fornia Davenport.  I don’t believe my grandmother, Cali Fornia lived there, she was born in AZ after they left CO.  It was fun to visit the Leadville Public Library and search through the Colorado Census that are not available online.  We also visited the Mines Museum in Leadville.  My husband had worked for Asarco early in his engineering career and it was interesting to ready about the contributions made to mining at the museum.  We also drove out to the former Asarco Leadville Facility, now closed.  And of course I found more “old” things to enjoy.

Old Things
Old Things
Old Things
Old Things

Tuesday we played in Golden, CO and drove around the mountains some more – soaking up the beautiful weather and views.  We visited the burial site for Buffalo Bill.  And of course a tour of the brewery – although taste testing at 10:00 am was not something I needed to do!

One of the many statues around Golden
One of the many statues around Golden
The art work along the streets of Golden was amazing
The art work along the streets of Golden was amazing
Along the waterfront park
Along the waterfront park

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Buffalo Bill
Buffalo Bill
Buffalo Bill
Buffalo Bill

And then the CONCERT – this is the 3rd time we have seen Peter Frampton in the last 4 years and I am sure it won’t be the last.  We travelled to CO this time because the great BB King was touring with Peter for a few stops and this was one of them.  BB was brought on to stage on a golf cart, they had his chair ready for him up front and once he was settled, he held court!  Inspiring his band members and then calling Peter out to jam.  While BB is not able to strum too much anymore, it was truly some of the best entertainment!  As BB finished, he tossed souvenirs to several members of the audience, honoring those in wheel chairs and a couple of very young fans – I hope they know the greatness they witnessed.  As BB strode off stage to his golf cart, he stopped to shake hands with each crew member and take a moment to thank them – a true gentleman if ever there was.

A pre-tour of the venue on Monday to get the lay of the land
A pre-tour of the venue on Monday to get the lay of the land
I can't wait for the concert!
I can’t wait for the concert!
During the day the venue is open to those real health nuts that come here to work out - I was tired just watching them!
During the day the venue is open to those real health nuts that come here to work out – I was tired just watching them!
Nature and architecture in harmony!
Nature and architecture in harmony!

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Tailgating Miata style with Betts and Dave
Tailgating Miata style with Betts and Dave
Lots of walking UP to get to our seats
Lots of walking UP to get to our seats
I told him to take my photo - really I just needed a breather!
I told him to take my photo – really I just needed a breather!
The stands are filling up
The stands are filling up

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Frampton's Guitar Circus, also featured Sonny Landreth and David Hidalgo - man can those guys play!
Frampton’s Guitar Circus, also featured Sonny Landreth and David Hidalgo – man can those guys play!
The KING!
The KING!
No cameras with removable lens so the better pix are from the point and shoot aimed at the big screen.  We were only 12 rows up but focus was an issue!
No cameras with removable lens so the better pix are from the point and shoot aimed at the big screen. We were only 12 rows up but focus was an issue!
And Peter - where did those golden locks go?
And Peter – where did those golden locks go?
As we were leaving the venue, the clouds parted and we were able to see the full moon!
As we were leaving the venue, the clouds parted and we were able to see the full moon!

I had posted on my Facebook page that we attended the concert, one of my Facebook acquaintances sent me this note and also gave me permission to share.  The long and short of this post – enjoy your passions, follow your passion and SHARE your passion.  How much do we not share with our children because we think it won’t be important to them.

From Deborah!

  • But … let me tell you briefly an amazingly cool thing that happened.

    My youngest son (19 at the time) was in the Beaumont / Galveston area in Fall of 2008 doing hurricane cleanup from the huge hit of Hurricane Ike. He was sad because being there for a few months was taking him away from his newborn daughter (born in Sept a few days before the hurricane hit) and wife. He didn’t have the time off to even come home to see them nor the money to be going back and forth. He even missed Autumn’s first Halloween (not that she noticed – lol).

    One day he was sitting at a table by himself for lunch. An elderly man asked if he could sit with him. Of course. They sat there together visiting. Over the course of the lunch the man found out that Justin was away from home and family to do this work. Justin showed him photos of Heather and Autumn. They talked about family, told stories, and laughed. Finally Justin told the man he had to get going back to work and thanked him for the visit. The kind man thanked Justin for all he was doing and all he was sacrificing to help a community that wasn’t even his home and asked Justin if he could buy his lunch for him. How sweet!

    After Justin left, the men that he was working with were all around him asking him questions, but the gist of it was Wow! Don’t you know who that was? What did y’all talk about?

    Justin called me after work that day and asked me if I knew who B.B. King was. Yes, here is the point that I hang my head in shame. Parent fail. What? My own child doesn’t know who B.B. King is???

    Then he told me that he B.B. King bought him lunch that day and told me the story. He never told Justin that he was famous. Just introduced himself and enjoyed lunch with my son.

    How cool is that???  What a fabulous, humble, kind man.

  • And my comment…
    WOW – I had to get out a tissue! On stage this is exactly how BB is too! Can I share your story on my blog? I this story really is a testament to who BB really is.

SO – Share your passions!

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!