Streamboat Springs Winter Wonderland

Trip Start Jan 13, 2006
Trip End Jan 20, 2006

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Saturday, January 21, 2006

January 20, 2006 I guess we had to go home at some point. Today's the day we leave Steamboat Springs, and I'm really sad to be departing this little winter wonderland. It has snowed for the past two days, adding to the magical mystique of this hidden gem in the mountains. The rooftops now have what appears to be about three feet of powdered snow, giving the appearance of fresh whipped cream frosting atop a cake. The evergreen trees that line the streets and clutter the mountaintops are also frosted with the powdery white stuff, and looking out the window of our cozy hotel room, the scene looks almost fake, like something out of a movie. But I know it's real because we've been here for a week.

Skiing for three days, enjoying family time, and for the past two days just enjoying the town of Steamboat Springs. Although we only walked the main drag on Lincoln Avenue for a short time on Wednesday, I think we got a pretty good feel for the place. A small town village-like community nestled in a secret little spot in the mountains of Colorado. What a great escape from the reality of ones life. And according to the locals, this is the best time to visit-no crowds and lots of soft powder snow making for some of the best skiing of the year.

Yesterday we just chilled in the room and watched the snow fall outside. It was very cozy. Great weather and atmosphere for writing and working, so that's what we did. Later that evening we freshened up and went out for dinner. By the time we made it to the hotel lobby and walked outside, we realized that it was snowing more heavily than we had realized, so we got a ride from the hotel shuttle over to the little village area near the ski slopes. As we walked around searching for the ideal place for dinner, we happened upon a cozy little place called Café Diva. It was crowded, and once inside we realized that we should have made reservations, but as serendipity would have it they made space for us and we enjoyed a very romantic dinner. Michael had the sea bass and I had the mahi-mahi-even though the waitress mentioned that the specialty of the restaurant is elk. Neither of us was in the mood for elk the last night, so we decided to go with the fish and a glass of chardonnay.

As we enjoyed our dinner, thoughts of what we've experienced over the last 45 days--three weeks in Africa (Egypt) and Jordan and now one week in Streamboat Springs--hardly seemed real, but we were on the other side of those experiences. We finished dinner and headed back to our hotel. Our last walk in the snow brought a smile to our faces. The night air was cold, the sky was clear and the stars twinkled over this winter wonderland. Yes, what a wonderful time we've had. We both look forward to coming back here again next year. Now it's back home to Atlanta, Ga. hopefully the weather is a little warmer.
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