In playing catch-up with teaching mega classes at the store and getting samples finished, everyday life has taken a "hit" recently...that has included updating my blog on a timely basis. So, let's rectify that, shall we. While with the out of town girls from CO and MO, our second day together found us heading up and over beautiful Loveland Pass.
Located on the Continental Divide in the Front Range west of Denver, the summit of the Pass has an elevation of 11,990 ft. above sea level (cold, windy, and lots of snow...in the middle of June). The road is a steep climb and drop, with lots of hairpin turns...not my favorite road to drive over as a kid (before they built the Eisenhower Tunnel), but certainly a beautiful drive, and one that Joleen and I wanted Chris and Angie to experience. Angie was NOT impressed, and asked to sit in the back on our way down.
The other side drops you right into Dillon Reservoir..not actually into the lake, but into the town of Dillon, itself - a great place for a photo op, and to let Angie catch her breath, once we were down from the mountain.Breckenridge, we took a tiny detour for some more CO history. When gold was discovered in the Blue River in 1859, dredge boats were brought in to extract it. There are still the remnants of nine of these rigs, and the piles of rocks dredged out of the rivers, in the area. A little hiking, picture taking, and more of a chance for Angie to lose that green tinge her face had taken on.
The stunning, vintage jewelry box was hand painted by Chris (The Antique Pallet). I've received several of Chris' beautiful art pieces over the past few years, and each seems to outdo the next. I don't know how she will top this, and I will cherish it forever!
Last, but certainly not least, was the beautiful large jar and antique sewing basket (to add to my collection), from dear Joleen (The Primitive Bucket). She even used a tutorial I posted awhile back, for the flowers, one of which has the most wonderful antique button atop it, and now holds my secrets and my heart. Thank you girls...for the gifts and a fabulous three days of fun among friends! Here's to you, girls...throw back a Patron, in those Coors shot glasses, for me! XOXO