Friday, September 27, 2013

Greetings from Silverthorn, Colorado

It's snowing!  About 8:10PM central time in the US, and 30 degrees.  We are about 10,000 feet high, a lot different from Florida.
A long tiring drive to Texas, Albquerque N.M. then to the Grand Canyon, and Zion national park  in Utah.  I was not expecting the crowds at the Grand Canyon, and it was a windy day.  Beautiful, but wish we had spent one more day there  to hike.
I HATED the  drive to Utah.  Stark, desert rocks, no one around. Driving narrow mountain roads.  And I was so suprised to see all the international tourists in Zion.  German, South Korean, English, etc.  We enjoyed the 2 mile bike ride, the hiking the "narrows"--water really cold.
Have enjoyed Colorado.  One "easy" hike.  At this elevation nothing is "easy" for me.  Aspen trees are gold and beautiful, Vail is the Palm Beach of Colorado.  Not yet snow season, so not too many people there.  Lots of little shops and summer T shirts on sale, just right for Florida.
This afternoon about 4:00PM it started snowing, and is windy and snowing still.  Hopefully by about 10 AM tomorrow it will be warmer so we can go on another hike.  The bike riding is between thrilling, and shear fear.  Some of the mountain trails are like a roller coaster.  We went down the Vail trail, after driving to the top.
So, having fun on vacation, a much needed get away.
When I'm back home, after resting a few days I will get in touch with the oldest grand son and have him walk me through synching the I-phone with the I-pad so I can post some pictures.
Sara from Florida who is in the Colorado snow.


At September 27, 2013 at 11:40 PM , Blogger Kathi in Idaho said...

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At September 27, 2013 at 11:42 PM , Blogger Kathi in Idaho said...

I kind of had a hunch you might run into snow when we got some in the Idaho mountains earlier this week. It sounds like you are having a great trip, though.

I did have to chuckle about the drive through Utah, as that is what we consider "normal" terrain. Lots of sagebrush, etc., and long stretches of road with nobody else around.

Not sure why we no longer have the option to edit a post without deleting and re-posting.


At September 28, 2013 at 6:16 AM , Blogger Lavinia-AZ said...

Yes, hundreds of miles of desert does get boring, LOL. Some folks think it is beautiful here; wish I felt that way and didn't continually yearn for the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains. In any case, enjoy your vacation!!

At September 28, 2013 at 9:01 AM , Blogger Doris W. in TN said...

Sara - Good to see you posting here! Sounds like your trip is wonderful. Be careful with the altitude. My DH suffered a little, from altitude sickness, when we were in Vail, CO several years ago.
Desert driving is different. We have driven from Phoenix, AZ up to Flagstaff, AZ and the landscape notably changes around three times. It is amazing.
Save travels!

At September 28, 2013 at 9:02 AM , Blogger Doris W. in TN said...

Lavinia - I'll take the rolling hills, mountains, and greenery over desert, anyday. But beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. ;-)

At September 28, 2013 at 9:20 AM , Blogger Sara in Florida said...

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At September 28, 2013 at 9:20 AM , Blogger Sara in Florida said...

Thanks girls, we knew about the altitude, but my DH has had serere sinus/nasal problems. We have used the netti pot daily, sometimes 2x a day. The low humidity! 17% one day, 24% another. After GF gets up we are going to "town" for a big breakfast, then hike at Lilly Pond Lake. Supposed to be beautiful. Only 24 degrees out now. Burrr! We had to find a Target to get $1.00 gloves, and I bought an extra windbreaker on sale somewhere. "summer" jacket for them, but under 1 sweatshirt and 1 other wind breaker jacket, OK.
At least the sun is out this morning.

At September 28, 2013 at 9:39 AM , Blogger Kathi in Idaho said...

Sounds like HIGH humidity to me. We are so accustomed to humidity in the teens that when it gets up to about 30% it feels muggy.

Tell your DH that using saline nasal spray might work, too. I use that all the time.

We can't wait to see your pictures. Will you have a place to post them in an album?


At September 28, 2013 at 9:40 PM , Blogger Doris W. in TN said...

Sara - that low humidity is brutal. Last year, when DH and I were in Colorado Springs, CO, the humidity was low (10% - 20%) and we were MISERABLE from it. I had several nosebleeds on that trip, thanks to the dry air. Ugh...

The saline nasal sprays did not help us, but were worth the try. I was very happy to leave and get back to some humidity.

At September 29, 2013 at 9:08 AM , Blogger RoseyP said...

Sara, it's interesting to read your observations of your travels; it's very enjoyable.

At September 29, 2013 at 12:11 PM , Blogger Kathi in Idaho said...

Isn't it amazing how the human body adjusts to the climate in which it lives? What seems like "normal" humidity for us westerners feels way too dry for those from the eastern part of the country (i.e. the sinus problems, nosebleeds, etc.) where the "normal" humidity for the eastern part of the continent makes those of us from the west feel like we need to take three showers a day to avoid feeling sticky.

I guess that's a good thing, or else we would all try to crowd into the same space. LOL.

At October 7, 2013 at 10:35 AM , Blogger Lavinia-AZ said...

When I was riding in the tractor-trailer with DH and went west for the first time, then and thereafter I had sinus problems crossing the Rockies. You get used to the low humidity here and when you go where there is a lot (Texas, Florida) it sort of hits you like a ton of bricks, LOL. Ditto the normal terrain; I will NEVER again drive from Placerville CA back to Peoria AZ by coming down through Nevada. Wish I could have stayed in N. California another week or two instead of just 2 days. More than you all wanted to know LOL. Lavinia


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