Category Archives: Colorado

Utah “Life Elevated”…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Colorado

our son moved to Colorado a few years ago and we have been lucky enough to get to fly out and spend Thanksgiving with him each year…

 

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Canyonlands Nat'l Park Utah

it is always exciting to visit new places but I must admit I was not totally prepared for the majesty and splendor waiting for us on this trip…

Magpie's Nest Colin S Island in the Sky Canyonlands

we chose to explore Moab, Utah

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Island in the Sky sunset Canyonlands Utah

sunset at Island in the Sky, Canyonlands National Park was so beautiful it made me cry…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Arches and the traveling tea cup

Colin gave his father a break from driving and drove us all over Colorado and Utah showing us some of his favorite places…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Arches

he had hiked and camped in this area several times before…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Delicate Arch Traveling T Cup

 you can see Mr Magpie and Colin holding our traveling tea cup in the photo above…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Traveling Tea Cup Arches National Park

as you can imagine we went wild snapping photos with so much beauty all around us...

Magpie's Nest Red Cliffs Lodge on the Colorado River

the drive out to Red Cliffs Lodge for a delicious Thanksgiving buffet offered breathtaking views along the mighty Colorado River…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Snow in Arches Nat'l Park Moab

on our last day in Moab we woke up to freshly fallen snow which charmed and excited us anew…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Arches Blue Sky Snow

as we headed back to Colorado our son took us on a bit of detour through the Colorado National Monument with even more snow and awe inspiring beauty…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Colorado National Monument Park

I have a Flickr folder with a few more photos HERE …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Hartman Rocks Gunnison CO

thank you very much for stopping by as I join everyone over at Elizabeth’s T Stands for Tuesday

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and wish you a very happy first “official” Hot Tea Day too

one kind word…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz one kind word pagesa photo we took of Sunlight Mountain near Glenwood Springs, Colorado several years ago was the inspiration for one of my journal pages…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz one kind word pages (1)hoarfrost had turned the mountainside into a winter wonderland (the owl is a free internet image … how I wish we’d seen that too)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz one kind word pages (3)the 1900’s image of a girl all dressed up with her warm fur muff along with a Japanese Proverb spoke to me (the photo above was taken inside and you can see what a difference good lighting makes comparing it to the photo below taken “quickly” outdoors in natural light)…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz one kind wordI fiddled with bits of torn tissue paper that I had stenciled with venetian plaster to add some final winter white touches…

Magpies Nest Patty Szymkowicz iphoneography collagesitting under a warm blanket I played with my iPhone using assorted apps and the girl from my collaged page (Diana, DistressedFX, PixlrExpress and Gloomlogue apps)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Digital SnowflakeI am entering both my art journal pages and my digital collage in Art Journal Journey’s Winter Wonderland challenge…

Hotel Chateau Chamonix T

Bottle tree in our garden first snowfallfeeling in a wintry mood with our first snowfall of the season here in Virginia

Georgetown CO 2

I wanted to share and record a few more photos of our overnight stay on our way to visit our son for Thanksgiving last year in quaint Georgetown, Colorado

Georgetown CO 1867

the fact that it was snowing added heaps of charm in my book

Magpie's Nest Georgetown CO

and because it was a Tuesday some of the businesses were closed so it was very peaceful… 

Georgetown CO quiet street

Mr Magpie was sure that the snow blowing sideways at times also helped the little town appear quiet…

Mapie's Nest CO Winter Wonderland

Georgetown is less than an hour west of Denver with a population of a little over one thousand which is quite spread out…

Georgetown Trading Post

I found it photogenic at every turn…

Georgetown CO 3

and then there was our cozy room in the Swiss style chalet with a toasty corner fireplace and a hot tub on the back deck (make that a hot tub with snowy steps and icicles hanging from the cover…we wore hats and swimsuits and braved the cold wild blowing wind for a nice soak)…

Chateau Hotel Chamonix Georgetown CO

included with our tour of the hotel…

Chateau Hotel Chamonix upstairs

was an explanation about a special wooden door on the inside of our room (below on the right)…

Chateau Hotel Chamonix 3

between specified hours in the morning we could expect a tap tap tap and then know to open the door and find our yummy continental breakfast tucked inside…

CHC continental breakfast

along with the cappuccinos we made using the in room coffee machine the flaky croissants (one plain and one chocolate!) and fresh fruit on those pretty dishes really hit the spot..

Alvarado Georgetown Cemetery 1865

I would like to return one day to visit the historic cemetery … ride the scenic train and check on the big horn sheep again and we would definitely stay at the lovely Chateau Hotel Chamonix

Bighorn Sheep  Georgetown, CO

wishing you a very happy T day along with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s 

sweet memories T …

greetings and salutations…

Pica hudsonia

how quickly time flies…

Street Art Denver, CO

hope you’ve been well…

icicles Leadville, CO

we are home again after our travels…

Dushanbe Teahouse Boulder, CO

grateful for the chance to enjoy new sights and sounds…

Georgetown, CO

all such a treat…

Hotel Chateau Chamonix Georgetown, CO

being able to hug special family members again…

Ouray, CO Thanksgiving 2014

and visit with sweet friends…

visit with Jan and Dave

so much to be grateful for…

Sunset at  9300 ft Taylor Park, Colorado

here’s wishing you a happy T day along with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s

Colorado T

hope you enjoy the “falling snow” that WordPress added to my blog for December (for some reason WP is not allowing clicking on photos like they did last month??? shame because I usually title the photos to give a bit more information)…

Sunlight Mtn Glenwood Springs CO

I have been among the missing as we just returned from traveling 3,324.4 miles (5350.10 kilometers) to spend ten days with our son in Colorado

Denver street mosaic game boardswe brought our traveling tea cup along again this year

Creperie du Village  ASPEN, Colorado

there was lots of eating out…

Denver Art Museum Passport to Paris

along with plenty of tea and coffee stops…

Common Grounds Coffee House Denver, CO

we enjoyed some scrumptious vegetarian chili that our son made for us served in mugs where we stayed at the Hotel Denver in Glenwood Springs

Hotel Denver Colin's Chili

I hope that you are well and enjoying the holiday season…

Boulder Tea House, CO

I am happy to be joining Elizabeth and Bleubeard for T on Tuesday and I look forward to catching up with everyone…

Cedric and the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse…

with special thanks to my friend Linda Yeatman for telling me about this really special spot…

1Denver Mile High City

I knew when I looked at her photos that we just had to visit while we were in Colorado…

2Mountain Drive

we arrived at the Denver airport well before breakfast time and hotel check in time so we decided to drive about 25 miles northwest to the cool town of Boulder for some tea…

here is some of what the Teahouse website has to say:

4Boulder Tea House

“The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse is nestled against the Rocky Mountain Foothills in Boulder Colorado. Sitting alongside Boulder Creek in Central Park, the Teahouse is considered one of Boulder’s most attractive and popular tourist attractions, as well as being a local favorite for great food, tea, and atmosphere.

6tea house ceiling

Completely built by hand without the use of any power tools, the Teahouse was constructed in Dushanbe, Tajikistan as a gift to their sister city, Boulder. It was disassembled, crated up, and sent halfway around the world to be rebuilt in Boulder as a symbol of friendship and cultural exploration. The elaborate and creative teahouse now sits as a reminder to the citizens of Boulder to value cultural diversity, global cooperation, and international friendship.”

Sandy's Gnome Passport

 Sandy’s Traveling Gnome Cedric who you saw last week in Aspen really enjoyed the tea house…

3Cedric Tranquilitea

after the four hour flight from Dulles Airport in Virginia he started with a nice tall drink of water…

5Cedric and Moo cow

the tea menu was extensive…

Tea House Chai

we decided on chai tea and a lovely lunch which I was too excited to eat much of…

Seven Beauties

the fountain of the Seven Beauties was so photogenic with koi swimming in the pool around the sculpture with more details about that here if you are interested…

Seven Beauties pool

this was definitely the kind of place you wanted to sit and linger for a while to drink it all in…

Boulder Market Collage

just outside in Boulder’s Central Park the farmer’s market was in full swing as it was a blue sky sunny really mild day for the end of November…

Boulder Central Park Collage

everyone was out and about…

Boulder Street Performershere is a sampling of some of the street performer’s on popular Pearl Street

Between Denver and Boulder

we look forward to visiting again as there is so much to see and do and we will get to see our youngest son again too…

 

Cedric the Traveling Gnome

Cedric the Gnome lives in Canada with Sandy here and has been traveling since August…

Cedric travelswe were very excited that he arrived in Virginia just in time to fly with us to Denver, Colorado to visit our son…

Denver Skyline from hotel

I thought I would share some of our Thanksgiving Day adventures with you before they become a distant memory

Aspen

it was about a four hour drive from Denver to Aspen with breathtaking scenery all along the way…

view from Aspen condo

the very cool uncle of our son’s friend invited us to stay at his gorgeous Aspen condo (we pinched ourselves a few times with this view looking up the slopes from the wall of windows)

Aspen Gondola

while the guys were skiing/snowboarding we decided to take theSilver Queen gondola ride up Aspen mountain which was a real thrill…

Cedric Thanksgiving Day

Mr Magpie and I do not ski but certainly do enjoy walking and wandering…

Cedric in Aspen

it was a nice sunny day with photo opportunities left and right…

Aspen Wildlife sceneback down the mountain we spotted some wildlife in town (see the gray Colorado jay and there were LOTS of Magpies too!)…Aspen reflectionsour Thanksgiving meal was hearty and casual at a local establishment that raises funds each year for the Buddy Program

Aspen Window Shopping

Aspen is a perfect walking town and a nice place to window shop…

Aspen Thrift next to fire department

for Black Friday we visited a great charity thrift shop and had delicious crepes in the kind of sweet spot you just want to sit and enjoy for a good long while…

cedric Continental Divide

heading back to Denver we stopped at the Continental Divide (Cedric was worried about blowing away in the photo above!)

Loveland Pass Continental Divide

the 360 degree views were breath taking…

Aspens

next Tuesday I’ll share some photos of Cedric’s visit to an amazing tea house in Boulder, Colorado

hope you can see the “snow” on my blog…

thanks VERY much to WordPress it is an automatic feature this time of year…

I LOVE SNOW even though today is going to be in the low 70’s (21 celsius) which is quite lovely too…

***be sure to check out my friend Nathalie’s Moving Sale here***