Let the New Year Come!

Trip Start Dec 30, 2010
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Trip End Jan 02, 2011


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Thursday, December 30, 2010

We decided to leave Taos for the New Year's Holiday because there was very little snow in Taos and 1) we had a friend who just got a place in Crestone and we wanted to visit with him and 2) Crested Butte is close by (and we can use the Taos yearly ski pas there).

Of course when we left Taos, a nice winter storm came rolling in.  The temperatures dropped, the skys got ominous, the snow flakes began to fall gingerly sliding off the windshield.  But it was sporatic and we kept driving north.

We made it to Crestone in about 3 hours.  What a beautiful spot that is.  I imagine it to be what Taos might have been like 20 or so years ago.  We met our friend at one of the local spots: Painted Sky Cafe and Bakery.  It was a wonderful spot for lunch.  It was a wonderful surprise with delicious, fresh food.  Don't miss it even if you have to drive (the 10 or so miles) off CO highway 17 to get there.

We left there at about 3pm and got to Crested Butte at about 6:30.  Because the weather turned for the worst it took us a bit longer than it would normally....at times we were going 35 miles per hour through the pass.  But I gotta say that the roads were well taken care of and it was pretty much of a breeze....with a little precaution.

By the time we got to the lodge the snow was falling pretty steadily.  It was a beautiful sight.  Everything was lit up in the holiday spirit and it really did feel like a movie set.  After a minor delay (I never can remember under whose name I've made the reservation), Paul went up to the room with our stuff while I went to park our car.  So I drive out of the entrance and immediately to my right I see what I think is the drive to the parking lot.....so I take it.  I'm driving Paul's big Infinity 4 wheel drive and I quickly realize that the snow is about eye level where I sit.  Then it feels like it's beginning to get a bit narrower....and there's a 90 degree right turn coming up.  It was at that moment that I notice there isn't a single tire track on the "road"--just lots of boot prints.  It was too late to put it in reverse.  I had already driven about a half block.  I figured I'd just try to make the turn, hope there wouldn't be anyone walking toward me (there was literally maybe 6 inches space to my right and left!).  Not sure how I made the turn, but I did and then I had about another block to drive.  I was laughing the whole time (and maybe a bit nervous wondering how I'd explain this to the security guys).  The snow was coming down and, luckily, there was no one out walking so I gunned it and made to the end.  When I turned into the parking area I just pretended there was nothing wrong.....I knew that if someone would have asked me about some crazy guy driving on the walkway I would have said something like, "yeah, some people, really!"

The mountain is really wonderful.  It reminds me of Taos, though the runs seem more forgiving....we did a double black diamond today (it took me a while and I was on the verge of taking off my skis and asking Paul to carry me) and it wasn't close to what a single black diamond is in Taos.  The weather today was also 6 degrees below zero so we were only on the mountain for about 2 hrs.  It was REALLY cold!  But there were few people on the mountain so it was fast moving through the lifts, but a little went a long way.

We came back after a loaded baked potato lunch, went to the hot tub then took a nap while Paul did his meditations.  I always sleep so much better when he keeps to his meditation schedule!

Then this evening we made it to early dinner at Django Restaurant.  WOW!  That pretty much sums up the experience.  We checked it out when we first got here (scouting mission) and came back for New Years Eve dinner.  It was spectacular.  We sat at the bar and watched the chefs do their thing.  It was a sight to behold and the food was out of this world!  Don't miss it if you find yourself in Crested Butte.  Chris and his wife have created a wonderful playground for foodies!

So now it's off to bed to welcome the new year tomorrow morning.  I'm including photos of some of the beautiful ice sculptures and a couple of Paul and I before heading out to dinner.

From us to all of you--may the new year bring you all sorts of wonderful adventures, much prosperity, lots of love and the blessing of health to enjoy it all...........and to all a good night!
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Mando on

Nice my brother! I've driven in that area and did not realize Denver was that close. Looks like a nice time was had by all. Great pics, you Rock. May you guys have a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Hope to see ya soon.

Albert on

Ay, mi'jo what a wonderful time you and Paul shared! You make my dry, shriveled up writing bones want to get back to work....will blog about holidays in Thailand soon...Have a blessed and prosperous new year...hope to see you in 2011 sometime! paz, abrazos, Albert

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