Our summer day trips have arrived! After fulfilling family obligations this past month, we are headed to the little community (which originally had just a post office) of Gateway. Gateway is located in Mesa County, Colorado just a hop, skip and jump from the Utah border. They said “Go West Young Man”, so that is what we did, south & west. Temperatures were to be in the high 80’s, slight winds and low humidity are an awesome combination for the desert of Colorado. A late addition to the trip was the smoke from the 416 fire in Durango, CO and new one in Price, Utah, so makes for a bit of haze on the pictures.
You may be wondering why we are going to Gateway, since there is only a post office. Well, there happens to also be a general store including the best hot dogs within 40 miles, a fire/police station and a grand 5 star resort there; Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, the Palisade Ranch at Gateway Canyons Resort, world class dining, kayaking, off road tours, air tours, an auto museum and a whole lot more.
After hearing tales of the beautiful Colorado red rock country as a child, Mr. Hendricks decided to head to Gateway in 1995. Once he and the future Mrs. Hendricks settled into the area, they decided this would be home and they would share the beautiful location with the world. Built in the Unaweep Canyon (Native American word meaning, Canyon with two mouths) which just happens to be one of the most unique red rock canyons in the world (who knew…right here in Colorado?). The Canyon is also said to be the only Canyon in the world drained by two creeks; East and West Creek, which sends the water off in different locations.
The town of Gateway is rich in history of the Ancient Pueblo, Fremont and Ute Native American Tribes along with the gangs of cattle rustlers who hid out within the canyon walls from the law, gold miners searching to find their millions and ranchers who have raised their cattle in the Unaweep Canyon grasslands. In 1903 families started to homestead in the area and in 1904, the post office (there that infamous post office again) was established and the name of Gateway was given to the town since it is a “gateway” to Utah from Colorado.
The community became strongly based around ranching, farming and lumber mills. Uranium mining became the later economic leader for the community and now, the town has been revitalized with tourists from around the world who want to experience the great Canyon country in Western Colorado.
The canyon we traveled in had amazing rock formations, beautiful green trees and lots and lots of cows! And sadly, smoke. We oohed and awed at the canyon, stopped for dozens of pictures.
We arrived at Gateway just a bit before lunch, so we decided to do the auto museum first. I have to admit, I have seen old cars before, I wasn’t really thinking it would be all that. I was wrong! Boy was I wrong.
Enter the World of Autos! 20,000 sq ft of an air conditioned museum. With over 50 cars (pretty sure there were more, but I did take lots of pictures, so that may skew my counting ability). There were new cars, old cars, one of a kind car, motorcycles and even race cars. We started with the Ford GT 500. Just sayin, that’s one bada** car! A spunky green Nash Metropolitan. I have to say, this car has a back seat, but not sure who can sit in them. Max may even be too big, so when mom told me she and her sister used to sit in the back of their Metro, I found it hard to believe. Hard to believe they were anything other than uncomfortable!
This beauty is a one of a kind, $3.248 MILLION car! It’s a Goddess shimmering under the lights!
1954 Oldsmobile F-88 Convertible Concept Car
Next up (my favorite!)
After that, it was car after car after car.
Desoto’s, Chevy’s, Plymouth’s, Chrysler’s.
Deuesenberg’s, Convertibles, Cadillac’s.
After we finished up at the museum, we headed over to the Paradox Grille for some great grub! Menu
Mom ordered the turkey club and raspberry tea (which she said was amazing). The turkey is not sliced thin like most, nice thick slices. Applewood-smoked bacon, tomato, onion,
lettuce, fennel-chile aïoli (which mom said was hot), texas toast. Check out the cute fry basket.
Honey ordered the Paradox Reuben Sandwich and raspberry tea.
Same thing as the turkey, the pastrami was a nice thick cut with two slices. House-made sauerkraut, thousand island, thick-cut marble rye
I went out on a limb and chose Avocado Toast and a cherry Mr. Pibb
Herb & goat cheese spread, avocado, wild mushrooms, arugula, pickled fresno chile. I have to say, that bad boy was just delicious! Then, I came face to face with what I thought was a pickle. I have no idea what it was, but it was hotter than hot! Unfortunately, I got one of the seasonings stuck in my teeth and hours later I experienced the same heat.
Other than the service being a bit slow, the Paradox Grille sits at the base of the beautiful red rock peaks, in a hidden corner of the resort, is both beautiful and relaxing. The food is just amazing (except for that “pickle”). If you are looking some place to get away from the rest of the world, share a romantic getaway or even a great family vacation, you really should check out the Gateway Canyons Resort.
Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day. Dalai Lama
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Mountain town. Ski Resort. Former Victorian Silver mining camp. After ski season and before summer, dead.
But… we did find Elk!
Hubby and I took our first trip of the season to Telluride, neither of us had been there, so we were very excited. Ski season had just ended the weekend before and there wasn’t much snow on the ground, we figured we would beat the tourist season and explore all Telluride had to offer.
Founded in 1878 under the name “Columbia” but had to be changed due to a California town having the same name, so in 1887 Columbia became Telluride.
What would they do now a days? Las Vegas, New Mexico – Las Vegas, Nevada. Denver, Colorado – Denver, Indiana – Denver, Missouri and on and on…
In 1961 on July 4th, Telluride was designated as one of Colorado’s 20 National Historic Landmarks. Known as a former mining town, there are still many ruins of the operations in the mountains around the town (another photo op I need to do…so work out is on top of a list).
Fun Fact: 1889, Butch Cassidy robbed the San Miguel Valley Bank (before he was part of “the wild bunch”). It was a very profitable heist for him, making off with $24, 580 (just a mere $572,000 +/- in today’s economy) and earned him a place in the hall of bank robber fame.
Hubby and I arrived in the late morning after a two and a half hour drive from Grand Junction. We were thirsty and hungry. I had watched Top Chef AND Destination Truth (or Unknown) and saw this really cute little saloon I really wanted to check out. Unfortunately we couldn’t find it. Found something similar to it, or what I thought might be it, but it was closed and had brown paper over the windows. Because it was a Sunday, after ski season and since we stayed out of the ski village we didn’t find much open.
Parking Alert: if you park in the center part of Main Street, there is a parking fee, if you park just a block away from the center, you get free parking.
All natural, fresh and local 100% Angus Beef, Natural Premium Beef Hot Dogs, Fresh Salads and Veggies. Custard made with only cream, sugar, egg and vanilla extract and a list of local brews and wines! They even make their own soda! There is NO Pepsi Cola here, no sir! But, you can sit a spell to watch the game or play board games!
The menu was awesome, it had everything from mac and cheese to Portabello burgers to brussel sprouts to salads! And the fries!!! THE FRIES!!!! Yummo! You won’t go hungry! The cost you ask? It’s very reasonable for 1. a ski town 2. a tourist town 3. all natural products. My Steamabello just $7.95 (just the burger), fries $3.95.
After lunch we walked down Main Street to look at all the buildings, there is a very nice park just outside of Steamies and a bit farther up, there is another one with a creek running through it (course, could be a river, but the water levels are dangerously low this year). Back in the car and headed towards Bridal Veil Falls on Colorado Ave; a quick 17 minute drive through town up to the Pandora Mill which is situated in the beautiful Box Canyon, I was ready to check out the Falls. However, hubby and I had no idea what we were doing so we ASSUMED there was a hike to the Falls, but, looking at the map now, I realize we just didn’t go far enough up the road. NEXT trip!
I haven’t covered the Ski Village as we never went into it. I do know there is an awesome Gondola that takes you from the Village to the Town. It’s FREE so don’t miss it when you go!
Well, we have this place in Telluride, Colorado. It’s somewhere I can just get away and relax and think. Joe Cocker
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There are two places I know for sure peaches are famous. Georgia peaches and Palisade (CO) peaches! Last year I was fortunate to explore the peach farms, the farmers markets and taste those, sweet, juicy peaches, right off the tree. (Read all about the 2017 Peach experience here) This year, I decided I’d take it a bit further and start my adventures during the Spring and follow these trees through their growth.
I have been able to get some amazing photos of different orchards, some including apple trees (cause I am a city girl, I have no idea how to tell the difference). Wonderful smells: I mean, the orchards have a wonderful dirt smell. Not a dry dirt smell, but a nice, delicate dirt smell. Some really cool old barns, new houses and and even a watch tower. Don’t ask.
The wonderful thing about Colorado is you never know when Mother Nature will through a wrench into things. This was great for the orchards as they needed the moisture and it wasn’t a freezing snow.
Celebrated my birthday 33118 by touring Palisade and getting up to date Peach photos
The last picture in this set is my favorite. It was just at sunset, there was smoke from the areas controlled burns in the background making it look a little smoggy. The tops of the peach trees just tell a story. The turbine in the middle is to help keep them from freezing if there happens to be a random frost and behind is the farmhouse which belongs to these peaches.
There is no glory in star or blossom till looked upon by a loving eye; There is no fragrance in April breezes till breathed with joy as they wander by. William C. Bryant
This past week passed me by so very fast, not sure if I am coming or going. All I know is I spent 72 hours at my old apartment with my kiddo and hubby (kiddo took over our apartment so we have a place to stay when we go visit), intending to spend a week with the family. Daughter was due last week and hubby got over excited about going to see the kids, grand kids and the newest addition to the family, however, baby decided she wasn’t quite ready to join us. I totally understand, we are a very eclectic family, strange doesn’t even begin to cover us, but we love one another (at least, I think we do).
We were able to surprise my mom and brother in law with a visit to the neighborhood Village Inn. You know you go there too often when the entire staff stops whatever they are doing and gives hugs, handshakes and gets excited to see you! There have been times I was sure we should have been kicked out with our rowdiness, but we haven’t…yet. Kiddo surprised me with a spotlessly clean apartment, so that was nice!
Up next was the daughter and her littles. Those boys, just warm my heart. I love them so much! However, mom looked a little tired and I can say I don’t blame her, that little peanut she’s been growing hasn’t been too nice to her in this pregnancy. The boys were wonderful pregnancies, this one has been 24/7 morning sickness, riding on body parts that shouldn’t be ridden and just doing her own thing in there. I did go a little overboard on gifts for her and I am hoping she loves the handcrafted ones, while not perfect, they are full of love!
It’s so weird when you go “home” you get excited to see new places and stores. King Soopers (a Kroger Super Market) has built a mega store in Colorado Springs, so of course, we had to check it out. It’s HUGE! I’m talking Sam’s Club or Costco huge! I’m pretty sure you could have spent an entire day in there and not seen everything. Next was our favorite box store. It wasn’t new and we had no reason to expect anything was up in there. We walked in and had no idea where we were. I mean we knew this place like the back of our hands, but they did a complete remodel. It was brighter and the music was too loud and I didn’t like it!
I was looking for a map to follow, but thankfully, we found a very helpful associate who could and would help us. I’m not oppose to change, but this was an entirely new inside and I was lost and got overwhelmed and started to freak out a little. It didn’t help I lost hubby in the process, but trying to find him, I found they have added more plus sized clothing, however, the clothing department was in complete shambles and looked as if there was a small tornado go through it, so already being overwhelmed, I was not going to stoke the fires with trying to find out prices and maybe even something fun for me to get. I believe that is the first time we have walked out of this store with nothing in our hands. I started to shut down and get cranky, so hubby bribed me with Baskin Robbins. Ice cream fixes everything!
We had planned to stay the week, but with snow storms happening in the mountains, we packed our bags (reluctantly) and headed back across the state to home. Both ways were great for driving, but sadly, the state of Colorado is in a severe drought; lakes and rivers are down. Winds blow up the dust and mess up the allergies. The beautiful mountains have little snow and the entire state is a prime target for wildfires. I pray for rain and even more snow (March and April can be really snowy here), but it’s going to take a miracle for us to get to our normal snow pack. I don’t hate things…however, I do HATE fire season. As a former dispatcher, to me, there is nothing more scary than a wildfire. I may have to learn how to do rain dancing.
Nothing is better than going home to family and eating good food and relaxing. Irina Shayk
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Have you ever gone to work on Monday morning and chatted about what you did over the weekend? You know, cooler talk? Well, I’ve been sitting on this one for a few weeks, see…it’s not every day you hear what I did a few weeks back. A whole group of us went out to the desert and drove tanks. Yes, tanks.
See, my brother in law is an avid video game player (however, I don’t know the name of the game he plays) while playing this game he became friends with a guy who lives near where we live and is an avid tank collector; all in all he has about nine tanks. They became good friends and my brother in law started spending his evenings out with Randy, working on tanks. He’s like a little kid in a candy store!! Then sister wanted to get a new job, so she was talking to Randy about social media and he decided she should come to work for him building his social media pages for Panzerfabrik.
Then we started randomly watching documentaries on the History Channel and came across Hunting Hitler and that’s some scary history right there. Next we heard about a tv mini series about Waco: one of the Panzerfabrik’s tanks is the movie, along with Randy’s head, so when we were asked if we wanted to go out and ride on/in and possibly drive a tank, to help make videos for the website and social media pages, the answer was an overwhelming YES!
*The Lynx reconnaissance vehicle is a United States-built tracked armoured fighting vehicle, which was employed by the armed forces of the Netherlands and Canada. It is also a smaller command and reconnaissance vehicle built as a private venture in 1963 by FMC Corp. And this little guy is also amphibious, propelled in the water by its tracks.
*The Leopard (or Leopard 1) is a main battle tank which was started as a collaborative project during the 1950s, between West Germany and France, and later joined by Italy, but the partnership ended shortly after and the final design was ordered by the Bundeswehr in 1965. The Leopard quickly became a standard of European forces, and eventually served as the main battle tank in over a dozen countries worldwide.
Waivers signed. History of the tanks given. Then we hopped aboard the Leopard and remembering our safety rules, we firmly planted our tushes on the tank and held on and headed out into the dessert. Our “chauffeur” took it slow (thank goodness, I don’t think he wanted to bump off his passengers), but Randy and his passengers took off like a bat out of Hades.
We were out there for several hours, watching, playing, driving and just having fun! I was one of the ones who didn’t want to drive either of the tanks. They are tiny inside and it makes me nervous, so I got to watch, take pictures and videos. Got me a little sun to boot!
“Panzerfabrik by its simplest definition means “tank factory,” and we build and operate original and reproduction tanks and other military vehicles. So far, our vehicles have been in several major motion pictures, participated in living history events across the United States, and even made a few people’s dreams come true. We are interested in film projects, airshows and other public events, and custom projects. Please reach out to us if you have a project that needs military vehicles!”
If the tanks succeed, then victory follows. Heinz Guderian
I am so excited about the upcoming year and You Said There Would be Pie’s journeys this year.
January brings a rare astronomical event. January has two full moons, not too rare, but that’s called a blue moon. You know, Once in a Blue Moon? Well, it happens this month. BUT!! I admit I am so very excited about the second blue moon:
The Blue Blood Supermoon Eclipse!
This is a total lunar eclipse, starting in EARLY morning of January 31, 2018, it will also be BOTH a super & a blue moon. Man, I hope those skies are clear and my camera and I get along; for those of us West of Denver the eclipse will start at 3:51 a.m. MST, with the umbra reaching the moon’s edge at 4:48 a.m. Sometimes I’m happy I am a night owl!
Here’s what’s on the planner for the rest of the year:
Oh so many places to visit!
Join us this year!
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ― Marcel Proust
With that said, what in the world is going on in the eastern part of the US? We are sitting here in Colorado with snow pack at about 48% of the normal and need just a mere 135% more to reach the peak for our snow pack totals; meanwhile, in Florida, it’s snowing. It may be just .02″ but, they haven’t seen that much snow since 1989!
Winter Storm Grayson (when did we start naming snow storms?) and now, there is something else called a “Bomb Cyclone”, not a name I would have chosen, but, then again, I am no meteorologist.
I do have to admit, I am really jealous of these snow storms, B of course, is just fine with the 50* and sunny weather we are having here. I am worried for all my eastern US friends and family though. They are looking at -25* temperatures and record setting lows, damaging ice storms, states of emergencies, snow totals from 5″ – 1′, wind gusts of more than 50 mph, city closures, school closures and heating issues.
If you are one of those preparing for the worst, please make sure you check on your neighbors, careful with alternate heating, don’t go out unless it’s absolutely necessary and if you do have to, please be prepared for the worst.