Eve before departing for home

Trip Start Jul 26, 2007
Trip End Sep 26, 2007

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Many apologies for not keeping up with my journal.  The last couple of weeks have been interesting to say the least.  With my mother having a stroke, me flying home to help and then flying back to finish out the season, things have been hectic. 

First, my mom seems to be progressing.  She spent the last week in a rehabilitation center and was released to go home yesterday.  We all are very thankful for the prayers, calls, emails and support we've received over the last few weeks.  Thank you!  It's going to be a good long while before she is back to her old self, but she's working hard and with time should fully recover.  Thank God!! 

I came back to a ranch that had scaled down a great deal, with only 8-10 official guests.  The work load was much less than what it had been with 40+ guests and more staff.  There was a couple from Georgia, Suwanee actually, and we seemed to hit it off.  He's a SVP in HR for a major company in Atlanta, so he asked for my resume.  It was nice to be asked...  We'll see what happens with that.  I've got a few things in the fire, but one can never be too prepared.

My two big highlights of the week were taking a night ride by horseback through the mountains and the meadows of the ranch and finally hiking Hahns Peak, both occurred on different days. 

The staff and the owners of the ranch split up into groups of riding capability and I was actually put in a group with decent riders.  We had to put a lot of trust in the horses due to not really having much eye sight ourselves, so when we loped through the meadow with the moon casting shadows through the forest - you can say it was a little exhilarating, especially having it be the first time you let go of the back of the saddle!  You never knew if you were going to get clotheslined by a tree or hit a ditch.  Apparently, horses have a eye sight than we do in the dark...

The next day Kate, Amy and I hiked Hahns Peak.  You'll remember that I tried to hike it a while ago, but was unable to find the trail head

It is a 10,839 foot summit.  We were treated to a spectacular 360 views of the Routt National Forest and the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area (continental divide), as well as north all the way into Wyoming.  The beginning of the trail is forest-like, but once you hit above tree line the trail consists of loose rock and volcanic rock.

At the peak, an old fire lookout tower sits having been constructed in 1912 and reconstructed in 1942. It has not officially been used since the 1950's and it is listed on the Colorado Inventory of Historical Places.  It's pretty rickety - you'll see a photo of it and us sitting under its stairwell to eat lunch and keep out of the wind.  It was obviously a bit windy up at that elevation!  Notice my hair...  It truly was worth the hike!

Later that night, I ended up getting terribly sick, with what I believe was the 24 hour flu.  Though, I still don't feel right and it's been another 24 hours...  ;O)  Right now, I am procrastinating on my packing and will eventually get to it. 

Tonight, we are all getting together for dinner and then possibly going into Steamboat to see Good Luck Chuck.  We'll see if that happens...

I won't go into much detail about tomorrow, other than to say that my dear friend Renee is flying into Denver.  She is driving home with me and I KNOW we're going to have the time of our life!  Our first stop is Colorado Springs tomorrow night, where an old coworker friend, Roberta, lives.  She's opened up her home...  I'm really excited to get the show on the road and see all the cool cities and friends that I haven't seen in a while. 

I've uploaded a few photos that don't particularly go with this week, but I've added comments to the photo to explain what it is.  Enjoy!

Giddy up,


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