S: August 2011
FC: Colorado | New Mexico
1: On Sunday, August 21st Ed and I arrived at the Denver Airport for a two-week stay beginning in Estes Park, Colorado and ending in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
2: Upon arriving in Denver, we ventured through the 16th Street Mall area. We walked through a few of the shops,and then thought we really needed to quench our thirst. Ed chose a Coors beer, a favorite in the area since it's made there. I had a pina colada martini. Actually, I don't think we stopped at one. We needed the fluids as we acclimated ourselves to the higher altitude. Did it help? Who cared!
3: The bartender in town suggested we eat our dinner at the oldest restaurant in the United States with a liquor license. It was established in 1835. Many celebrities have visited the place over the years. Pictures were displayed, as well as, memorabilia of those who dined here. Teddy Roosevelt, John Kennedy, John Wayne, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Jimmy Stewart, Herbert Hoover, Madeline Albright to name a few.
4: The Buckhorn Exchange is the name of the restaurant. | Stuffed wild game is displayed on all the walls
5: There is a brown-striped zebra, a two-headed calf and over 400 other stuffed animals.
6: Above is President Kennedy's fishing license.
7: This is the upstairs at the restaurant.
8: Pictures taken in and around Rocky Mt.National Park.
9: More beautiful scenery on our journey!
11: Breathtaking views!
17: We arrived late on Sunday, the 21st, at The Black Dog Inn and stayed there for the first four nights. | It was a cross between a B and B and a motel. We had our separate place, but went to another building for outstanding breakfasts. I was lucky enough to be given some of the recipes.
18: I had an unexpected surprise while in Estes Park. Ed and I had just finished breakfast on our first morning at the Inn when I received a call from Mark. He asked me if I ever look at my text messages, and I told him how often times I don't even realize I had any. My instructions were to look at it and call him back. I assume it had to do with his project, "Hubski.com", or something to do with the house. Was I surprised to have it open to a picture of an ultrasound!!! There was the beginning phase of the baby-to-be!!! Gao Qi is pregnant and due in March. I don't know if I screamed or cried first. I was so overwhelmed with emotion. My thoughts were to board a plane so I could hug the kids, but that only lasted a moment. I knew we had a great trip planned. Poor Ed had to listen to me constantly talk about how happy I was and how happy for the kids,too! The best news ever!!!
19: Estes Park Golf Course | We golfed here on our second day in the area. We were a little disappointed because we saw no elk at all. The time to see them is in the fall. They will interrupt your golf game, so you need to be patient.
20: While there we saw two pro golfers who were getting ready to hit the perfect shot
21: Even if you don't have a great game, the scenery definitely makes up for it!
22: Mariana Butte Golf Course | We took advantage of another gorgeous day and decided to golf in nearby Loveland. Another course with outstanding views!
23: Look where you tee off! | On some holes you tee off on a higher level with the fairway far down below. Many holes were very challenging. You had to drive up and down on a winding cart path
24: More outstanding views!
25: Unfortunately, on this course Ed did most of the golfing! I spent a good part of my time in the building (restroom). Something from the day before must not have agreed with me. Luckily, we had four more times to golf on this trip!
26: For dinner we went to Mary's on the Lake Lodge. This picture was taken on the balcony of the restaurant.
27: On Thursday,the 25th, we drove to Gunnison to break up the long drive to Durango. | It took about 5 1/2 hours to get there. Along the way we took more photos.
28: Uray, Colorado On the way we drove through Uray which is known as a box canyon because it is completely surrounded by mountains.
29: Pictures were taken of the town, but we didn't take time to stop.
30: On the way to Durango!
32: The Strater Hotel This is the 112 year-old place we stayed in upon arriving in Durango on Friday, the 26th. The room was filled with antiques.
33: For two days rain interrupted our golf game. We finally finished playing the eighteen holes on the morning we left for Santa Fe, New Mexico. | Dalton Ranch Golf Course
34: Jeep 4x4 Tour We took a bus to Silverton and then jumped in a jeep with five others and toured the mountainous area nearby. We went up to an elevation of 13,000 ft. The following pictures are from the tour .
37: Silverton Surprisingly, we came upon a restaurant that was featured on the "Food Network". Guy Fieri, from "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" recommended it for the ribs and pulled pork. Delicious!!!
38: Steam Engine | The tour we signed up for not only included the Jeep ride, but also the train ride back from Silverton to Durango. We spent the day with a couple we met and exchanged numbers. Someday we may end up in Pensecola!
39: On the train with new friends!
42: During our stay in Durango we took the tour,shopped,gambled, and golfed. | The couple we met on the train suggested a restaurant, called "The Ore House". There we tried Kobe beef for the first time. We were disappointed. It was not that great for what we paid. Oh well! The second night we had a great dinner at the "Mahogany Grille" which was part of the Strater Hotel. The piano music was enjoyable, especially, because we requested and he played our favorite songs, even our song!!!
43: Scenery on the way to Santa Fe | You can look for miles and see the different weather conditions for a larger region.
44: We arrived on Monday the 29th, and thought this was one of the best places we've stayed. The accommodations were very nice and the golf course was beautiful. We were here for four days. | Hilton Golf Resort and Spa
46: Beautiful pool area and restaurant
47: Downtown Santa Fe
52: Camel Rock | On the way to a casino we saw this rock formation. It really does look like a camel!
53: We golfed at Towa (part of the Hilton)
54: Loretto Chapel | This chapel is known for its spiral staircase which is freestanding. Nothing is supporting it, and it's constructed without any nails or dowel rods.
55: After seeing the chapel we enjoyed a wonderful dinner at "The Bull Ring". Instead of trying a new place the next evening, we decided to go back to this same restaurant. We knew we wouldn't be disappointed.
56: Marty Sanchez Golf Course | The pros were at it again! Always trying for a better game!
58: Drive to Albuquerque
59: Hotel Parq Central
60: Our accommodations and the town of Alberquerque | Arrived in town on Friday, Sept. 2nd. Went to the casino and won a total of $1000!
61: Sandia Peak and High Finance | We took the gondola ride up two miles high to the restaurant and saw the city lights at night. It was a thrilling ride up the mountain!
62: Olde Town of Albuquerque
64: You can't go anywhere without more "Phillips"! | I had to shake my own lemonade! | Our way of seeing Olde Town | Ed thought this would be great on the golf course!
65: Ed and I sat and listened to the group on the left for quite some time. I bought four of their CD's! All three of them had been teachers in Ecuador.
66: We are still traveling together and, as always, looking forward to our next venture. It doesn't mean we will forget the ones we've taken. Ed has been true to his words. He is taking me to places I've never been! Note to Ed - Keep it going!!!