All Around Avon

Trip Start Jul 26, 2012
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Trip End Aug 06, 2012


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The Ascent Condos

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Today was all about Avon Colorado. Since we had only seen the area during the winter when it was quite cold and snowy, we decided to see what it looked like in the summer. For these two southerners, summer is definitely the preferred season. We walked about a half a mile to pick up a bus that would take us the 2 miles uphill to the Beaver Creek Resort area. What a difference 6 months makes! I don't know how we missed all the ginormous homes that were along the road - were they hidden by the snow? This part of Colorado appears to have enjoyed some rainfall as everything was green and beautiful.

The first big difference we noticed, aside from the change from white to green, was the stream that runs under the entrance to the resort area was not frozen, it was just babbling along. We had to make a lot of stops along the way to document these changes for our Germericans (as in Germany, not germs!) who had only seen it in the winter, and perhaps our Wyomite too - not sure if he's been here when it's not snowing, he's definitely not been here in the summer.

We pretty much made it from one end to the other of the resort area, and checked out the gondola ride / hike / lunch that we will definitely do another day. One thing that was heartily missed were the warm cookies they handed out during ski season. Come on people, warm chocolate chip cookies are good any time of the year! We checked out a couple of stores, one being Gary's idea of heaven which had museum quality fossils. We chatted with the gallery manager who's also a big fossil fan. Turns out he knew a geologist friend that worked with Gary at Shell. He's now a full time fossil hunter and has apparently made a name for himself in that arena. I guess if I was a really good wife I would buy Gary that $100,000 green river fish display they had. I would, but it just is too big for our house:)

After a yummy pizza at Blue Moose we headed back to the condo so Gary could take a nap and I could catch up on the Olympics. Then we headed out for a walk along Eagle River. What a beautiful place for a walk. If we had that in Houston, along with the 70 degree weather, we would both be very fit people. We walked for a little over a mile until the thunder clouds rolling in sent us back home.
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