USA 2016

We’re on a very brief visit to ski Colorado with family and in between spend a few nights with old friends and family too. After a scary drive south from LAX on a very busy 405 freeway our first night was spent in San Diego renewing our friendship with the Diamonds. They live in a most spectacular part of the Californian west coast that enjoys a wonderful climate year round.

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Breakfasting with Alice and Doug Diamond in their dining room that overlooks the beach seen below.

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Breakfast included the Southern American’s staple of corn grits – a savoury dish served with dollops of butter and salt and pepper. It’s not only served at breakfast but also as a side dish for lunch or dinner too – definitely carb loading!

Living in a built up area means there’s little room for gardens. So Alice and Doug have a cactus garden on their upstairs balcony which survives the intense summer heat and very dry weather.

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A container garden filled with many varieties of flowerinimage

Denver was our next destination – a big distance from San Diego so we flew with the budget South West Airlines. Arriving safely there we found issues other than airline safety to be concerned about!
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In Boulder Judy and John Hart took us to view the Western Art Gallery where we saw some big canvases with iconic mid west scenes as in these classic paintings.
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Viewing can be tiring!
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Meet the rest of the Hart’s adorable doggie family, Cally and Lola.

From the Hart’s at Boulder we travelled back to Denver and onto Beaver Creek for a week together with Meg and Vic and families. There is just so much snow here!
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Celebrating Peter’s birthday together in the townhouse/chalet with everyone except sleeping baby Tom.

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First day skiing at Beaver Creek.

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The peaceful outlook from
Mamie’s lunch spot at Beaver Creek ski resort Colorado.

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Inside Mamie’s.

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First run selfie – Sandy and Meg.

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Reward after the last run!

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Vic nibbling 6 month old Tom’s fingers.

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Beaver Creek has lots of uncrowded slopes with plenty of powder! A skiers heaven!

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Electric car refuelling site – Breckenridge.

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The things you can make with old skis!

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An international snow carving competition was on in Breckenridge.

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Our accommodation was deep in the snow!

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The snow capped mountains in all their glory viewed from the old Breckenridge town.

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2 Responses to USA 2016

  1. Mary Jane Smith says:

    Greetings from snowy Maine. So pleased to receive you latest Post. Merci! Not as snowy as last year, but enough! Am off to California to Tour Operator/Tour Director conference.

    So wonderful to receive your wonderful posts.

    MJ in Maine.

    • 2bikeriders says:

      Good to hear you’re following us Mary Jane. Thanks for your beautiful and thoughtful Christmas card- it brought back many happy memories of our time with you in Maine a few years ago. We’ll be back east sometime as we now have family living in Toronto.

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