Wednesday, October 6, 2010

October Rocky Mtn Trails

25 October Monday:  Drove from dawn to dark.  We will be stationary until the 17th of November 0 the departure date for Hawaii.    

24 October Guadalupe Natl Park.   The hike to the summit of the highest point in Texas was a three thousand foot ascent in four miles.  It was a great hike but hard on the knee. 
22  October Ruidoso, NM... discovered a Mechem Street that library sources say was named after Gov. Mechem.. . but don't know if this is the father or son; both are cousins (were). 

20 Oct. Wed: The bike was loaded, the car packed but plans to stop at Tia Sophia's for breakfast with LInda were put on hold because the traffic downtown Santa Fe is too much to maneuver.  Instead we boogied down to ABQ to the airport.  From there to visit Charlie B. and his wife, Sam, along with their charming daughter and granddaughter.  Thanks Charlie ... for the overnight hospitality.

More photos uploaded to the Rocky Mountain Picasa album of Moab and Aspen Vista. 

19 Oct. Tues.  Norma and Ron hiked a portion of the Aspen Vista trail with Norma's doggy whose age does not allow for the long hikes any more.  Movie star Cynthia had a "girl day" at the hair and nail salon.  OH what fun dining at Ristra with Nina. 

18 Oct. Mon:  Smooch Smooch took the car into be  serviced and a BATH.  After three months in a storage unit in Boulder... she is mighty dirty.   We met Janie at Ristra for a great dinner. 
17 Oct. Sun:  Our waitress/hostess, Maria, remembered us from a year ago and recited our order perfectly!  She is anticipating a new baby her four year old son tells her is a girl, "Just trust me, mom!" 
The breakfast was wonderful and Sudoku riveting -  causing us to miss a walk because we had visiting to do!  How fun to see Tony and June ... and learn that they plan to attend our wedding along with daughter Liz and grandbaby.  From there we raced to Trader Vic's for wine and flowers to bring to dear friends, Linda, John, Bob and Lupe.  Linda prepared a marvelous feast of turkey and all of the delicious trimmings. Thank you, Linda!!! 

16 October Sat:  We are winding up a three month tour of the Rocky Mountains via motorcycle - ten thousand miles - a fabulous journey impossible to express in photos or words.  The views from the bike are beyond description.  We will return for several months next summer now that we know we know we can tour comfortably.  In the meantime-and in-between time we had a great hike today to Aspen Vista after biking up to the ski basin.  The colors are awesome.  Dinner with Nina at "Dave's Not Here" was a delight.  From there we journeyed to Stewart and Judy's for wine and cheese and fun conversation. 

15 October Friday.  Why does Google mess up a good thing?  Now the blog photos are automatically aligned center. Oh well.  Thanks Google for the free space.   Where IS Ron NOW?  Homewood Suites at Buffalo Thunder near Pojoaque, New Mexico.  He has been neglecting "shoulda" activities to struggle to identify Nancy Bankston's daughter's ancesters on Ancestry; now he is neglecting address book & phone calls in order to pacify his beloved Smooch smooch to write "a couple of funny lines for this here blog; enough neglect back to Smooch smooch for chronicling.  I promise to review it later tonight or tomorrow. 

Last night we had a fantastic dinner with our dear friend Nina at Ristro's.  She is awesome - beautiful - and a joy.    NOW.. This is the week that was:  We had a marvelous time with Lance C (see bottom photo) in Moab and spent a great day hiking in Arches National Park.  The middle photo shows the rock that Cynthia climbed up on the trail and slid down on her rear because of the sheer exposure on both sides.  Leaving Moab we had a cold but nice drive to Georgetown, Colorado to visit Pat A. (top photo)

7-8 - 9 Oct. Thurs. Moab... 10 Oct. Sun. Grand Junction, CO to  Georgetown, CO  to Taos, NM.  We have pictures to prove it once we have time to upload and detail the trip. 

6 Oct. Wed.  Zion National Park:  And the Rains came down!  I never dreamed I would see waterfalls in Zion, my favorite park, this time of year, much less to see so many of them.  Cynthia counted 31 that were not there yesterday.  What an amazing and incredible sight to see.  We hated leaving this wonderful park so we shall return next summer.  Lots of waterfall photos are on the Picasa web album ... so follow the last link in Sept. posting.  We are en route to Moab to visit Lance C.  via interstate because of the rain.  We arrived in Richfield, UT to spend the night... very chilly.