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S: Summer 2011 Telluride Yoga Festival

BC: A Julie La Blanc Publication!

FC: Summer 2011 Telluride Yoga Festival

1: All we want to do is get to Telluride! At 2:30 AM (on Thursday, July 14th) Sandy received a phone call from United Airlines stating that our flight from SJ to Denver was canceled. Yikes! After hours of haggling, we finally got our flights and made it to Montrose, CO.

2: We passed this forest during the 1 1/2 hour shuttle ride from Montrose to Telluride. We were supposed to land at Telluride airport and have a 15 min. shuttle ride, but sometimes you are so happy just to arrive! | This is a view of the Telluride Airport runway from our resort, The Peaks.

3: The Peaks Resort

4: We stayed in the Mountain Village and used the Gondola to travel down to Telluride. The operators were ALL so friendly. According to the internet, the part time employees are paid $13.00 per hour. | Free Gondola

6: So why did Sandy and Julie fly all the way to Telluride, CO.? We attended the 4th annual Summer Telluride Yoga Festival. We arrived on Thursday, July 14 and left on Monday, July 18. | Deepen Your Practice, Deep in the Mountains!

7: Yoga Schedule Friday, July 15 8 - 10 AM Vinyasa - Uddiyana Bandha with Scott Blossom 11 - 1 PM Liberate Your Life Force with Allison English 3 - 5 PM Yin Yoga & Meditation with Chandra Easton Saturday, July 16 8 - 10 AM Art of Movement with Dana Slamp 11 - 1 PM We ditched this class! 3 - 5 PM Ditched this one too!! Sunday, July 17 8 - 10 AM Yin Yoga with Chandra Easton 11 - 1 PM Restore Energy with Alanna Kaivalya (and her barking dog) 3 - 5 PM Forward Backbend Breath with Dana Slamp

8: In Telluride, it's OK to stand in the middle of the street and paint a portrait of the bank. | Enjoying dinner at La Cocina de Luz. "Free box" on one of the side streets. You can donate or help yourself. Great idea!!!

9: Day Two 8 AM - 10 AM Art of Movement class with Dana Slamp in one of the conference rooms at The Peaks. | Julie's mantra: Feel free, strong, long. | Sandy's mantra: I am loved and I am lovable.

10: After the first class on the second day, we decide to ditch the rest of the classes and hike along the Idarado Legacy Trail.

11: Idarado Legacy Trail 2.5 miles one way; 100-foot elevation gain The Legacy Trail extends eastward from Town Park and the River Trail and is a gentle walk toward the east end of the valley and historic Idarado Mill. There are informative plaques about the area's mining heritage along the way. Bridal Veil Falls 4 miles one way to the top of the falls; 1,650-foot elevation gain. Where the Idarado Legacy Trail ends, continue up the dirt road past the mill. It's 1.2 miles to the base of the 365-foot falls, or you can continue to the top of the falls, the power plant and a vantage point of the valley below.

13: Julie continued the hike to the base of Bridal Veil Falls. | Looking up at the power plant. | Beautiful and refreshing mist. | Looking back towards Telluride.

14: With the elevation at 14,000 feet, we can't help but to take the hike nice and easy.


16: Hiking back to Telluride, along the Idarado Trail. | The decomposed granite trail is beautiful and so clean!

18: After hiking for over 3.5 hours, Julie found the Manifestation Garden at the Christ Presbyterian Church on Columbia Ave. A moment to relax and enjoy the garden.

20: Telluride Volunteer Fire Dept., Town Hall and Rebekah Hall are all located on Columbia Ave.

21: According to Sandy's spa guy "you either have 3 jobs or own 3 homes." A 2,497 sq. ft. condo was selling for $2,795,000. | Or you can buy a 6 bedroom, 6 1/2 bath home for $6,100,000. Or a 39 acre family estate for $14,850,000. And we thought the Bay Area was expensive!

22: Palm Theatre and Telluride Middle & High School

24: Telluride In the southwest corner of Colorado sits Telluride, where geology did some of its best work. 14,000 foot peaks melt into red-rock mesas as lush strands of evergreen and aspen watch in awestruck silence. Despite the slow evolution from booming mine camp to bustling ski town, the 12-block-by-8-block core of Telluride looks much like it did in the 1880's, with brick hotels and clapboard storefronts. Indeed, Telluride is designated a National Historic Landmark District, meaning that all construction must adhere to the Victorian town's Wild West image and code. Meanwhile, the steep walls of the glacially carved box canyon keep Telluride intimate and easy to stroll.

26: Telluride is dog friendly, for sure.

27: Sandy talks to her beloved children. It's Joe's Birthday today!

28: Yin Yoga w/Chandra Easton A wonderful teacher with such a calm presence.

29: Restore Energy Class w/ Alanna Kaivalya A fantastic restorative class, BUT her barking dog during the class was a real turn-off.

30: Telluride Conference Center | Sandy enjoys the closing ceremonies in the conference center.

31: Julie's final class at the Telluride Yoga Center. | Dana Slamp demonstrates a balancing pose. Blocks are used as support under her shoulders.

32: Our last dinner in Telluride Sunday, July 17th

33: Yes, Julie drank some beer. (Not as gross tasting as it usually is)! | Between the sheets...

34: OK, so after dinner we just happened to hang around and wait to see the naked bike riders. Apparently the locals started this a few years back. All the tourists and locals not participating, line up along Colorado and wait for their naked friends to ride by on their bikes! In previous years some people wore masks because they were local teachers, business people, etc. | Telluride free spirits

35: What's in a Name? The name "Telluride" probably derived from "tellurium" (which, ironically, is not found here), a nonmetallic element often associated with rich deposits of gold. Another theory is that the town was named for the famous "To-hell-u-ride!" send-off given to fortune-seekers heading to the rugged, rough and avalanche-prone southern San Juans.

36: Monday, July 19th - Our last stroll in the Mountain Village before we head back home.

37: Mountain Village Forming the southwest base of the ski resort, Mountain Village is surrounded by some of the highest, most magnificent peaks in the San Juan Mountains. Incorporated in 1995, the town of Mountain Village's design combines European-alpine architecture with the rustic traditions of the Rockies. Expect expansive views, roomy shops, scrumptious restaurants and luxurious accommodations. Perched above the valley floor at 9,500 feet, Mountain Village is tantalizingly close to nature, whether it's the Telluride Ski Resort or the Uncompahgre National Forest. Park your car for the day and take a quick gondola ride into the pedestrian-oriented Mountain Village Center. | Sandy gets sassy outside the Peaks as we wait for our shuttle to arrive.

38: A real phone booth??

39: Telluride Airport

40: Here we go!!

42: Julie's view from the front seat. What a hoot to watch the pilots fly the plane from Telluride to Denver. | Hello Sandy, way in the back!

43: Sandy, I had a FABULOUS time with you in Telluride. Thank you for not giving up on me. I knew I would have the opportunity to travel with you someday, and I had a blast. You are such a wonderful friend and I will always cherish our friendship. Love, Julie

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