Home Again

IMG_0781-0We are home from our travels and settling into our routines again. The weather has been a little wet but very welcomed! It looks like we are at the tail-end of our rainy season. The nights are cooler and today the sun was shining and it felt like summer once again. I love the cumulus clouds!

I am looking forward to my favorite season in Sedona which is the Fall. The canyon will be filled with color, I can start making soups again and I love wearing sweaters! So I will be in “nesting” mode from now until the holidays. Not much travel planned for the near future except a wedding in San Diego in October and then my “Mami” will be visiting for a month, so she will enjoy autumn in Sedona too!

I want to send out special blessing to several family members who are struggling with serious loses this month. Hope is just around the corner even if it does not look that way just now.  Keep The Faith!! Remember the LOVE! You’re not alone! I ask for you all to pray and keep in your hearts those I hold so dear…

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Ouray, CO.

20140906_085147_resizedWe are staying in the heart of downtown Ouray surrounded by glorious mountains! Mike did an impressive day of cycling into town yesterday after having traversed steep climbs and long valleys to arrive here. I am very proud of him and he of course says, “all in a day’s ride!”

We are at the River’s Edge Motel which is blooming with flowers everywhere. It is another beautiful place to stay and we had a great night’s sleep after Mike had a wonderful dinner of prime rib at The Outlaw Restaurant. He keeps telling me, “you can eat anything you want if you cycle.” No thanks!

Today I walk around town my usual 3 miles, while Mike does a little post-ride tour of the other side of the mountain. He loves that bike!

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Moving on …

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Our time in New Mexico is coming to an end and we have had an awesome time! Found new favorite places to eat like La Cueva in Taos! An off-the-beaten-path, hole-in-the-wall, with the most delish dishes and the best latin music. Also the B & B there, which I mentioned previously, was one of the best we have stayed in. Beautiful, great location, reasonable, and not only did they serve breakfast but an afternoon tea with homemade items that were sumptuous!!

On the road to Colorado we spend our first night in Durango in a very forgettable place where we got very little sleep. Having left our New Mexican palate behind we opted for a fish dinner at the Red Snapper that did not disappoint. Mike was fueling up for his ride the next morning! He challenged himself to a 70 plus mile ride from Durango to Ouray! I followed a few hours behind in the car. Even driving the distance I wondered how he manages to enjoy such an adventure, somehow he does!photo 2

The landscapes are indescribable and breathtaking, and the wildflowers were plentiful! I wish my pictures could do them justice! So Mike arrives in Ouray safe and sound and extremely tired!! More pictures tomorrow!

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Journey into the Southwest

FALL IN LOVE

Fall in Love in a quite absolute, final way.

What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.

It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning,

what you will do in the evenings,

how you spend your weekends,

what you read, whom you know,

what breaks your heart and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.

Fall in Love, stay in Love, and it will decide everything.

                                          Pedro Arrupe

 

My husband and I have been admirers and sometime students of a Franciscan priest by the name of Fr. Richard Rohr of Albuquerque, NM. It has been many years since we attended one of his retreats so we were very excited to have the opportunity to attend the annual ‘Conspire’ event this year. The website is here if you are curious for more info. (Be advised he offers an alternate view from the traditional but we find him to be enlightening and inspiring.)

This was also the beginning of a week vacation between the cities of Santa Fe, Taos, Durango and finally Ouray, CO. We are blessed to have this time together and share in what we expect to be another opportunity for spiritual growth, mutual bonding and just plain fun! Hope you like the pictures and they inspire you to get out there yourselves!

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From the beauty of Sedona to the beauty of Albequerque that Southwest is spectacular !

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One of my highlights of the conference was getting to meet Dr. Oz!  He is an fan of the speakers and was here with his wife for the sessions. He is just as nice as you would imagine!

We stayed at two lovely B & B’s! In Santa Fe at the El Rey Inn which had the sweetest gardens and cottages. Also at the Casa Benavides Inn in Taos which was within walking distance of the plaza and all the shops and restaurants. They both provide a nice breakfast with your stay!

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Leaving Colorado…

It’s a bittersweet goodbye to Beth as we look forward to home but at the same time hate leaving Colorado.photoWe make a mental note to return again next summer! It was a great relaxed and comfy stay. Thank You Beth!

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Stage Three…

(Sorry my internet connection here is causing technical difficulties so this post is fragmented)

To wrap up yesterday:

Creasted Butte was beautiful but the race was grueling for the riders, having to contend with thunder showers and rain toward the finish. The strongest impression I had seeing the race up-close is the commitment, perseverance, and determination of these young men! It was a great wet day!

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Stage 3-Wednesday August 20th.

Up early and headed up to Monarch Pass. The day is cloudy , misty and looks like another wet one.

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Today is the Queen Stage which is the steepest and longest climb of the race which takes place on Monarch Pass but under the weather conditions we opted for viewing the start of the race back in Gunnison, where the sun is shining! We are glad we did because it provided the opportunity to see Jens Voigt as he prepared for his farewell ride, his last race of his career. He has always been Mike’s favorite pro rider.

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Stages of The Race…

Stage 2-August 19th

We arrived early to Crested Butte. As Mike has experienced the race for 3 years now he is well aware of the ins and outs of the event. Getting a good parking spot and then getting a good location to view the riders at the finish is critical!

We head over to Camp 4 Coffee, for a cup and while there become aware that two of the commentators for the race are there too. We are familiar with Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen as they have announced the Tour de France for years! They are exceptionally good at what they do and we have enjoyed them from years of viewing cycling events, so I decide to say “thanks for such great work” and go up to meet them. They are friendly & charming and I get a photo with them as a bonus! Nice way to start the event!image

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