But I digress. This is the second post of the "31 Days" challenge, and I wanted to share some pictures from our Thanksgiving trip, our annual adventure, to Colorado.
We visit our oldest and dearest friends every year for Thanksgiving. We've known Janet since 1982 and Erik, well, since he started dating Janet. We've traveled to see them at their homes in Wyoming, Alaska, Houston and now Evergreen. And we vacation with them every Spring Break. They have two daughters, now 16 (almost 17) and 14, and we have watched them grow up.
We always drive to Colorado. It's a 12 hour trip, and Brian likes to drive it in one day. We travel northwest through Wichita Falls, Amarillo and the Texas panhandle, through the flat plains of Northeastern New Mexico, over the Raton Pass and up I-25 to Denver. To tell you the truth, I pretend to hate the drive, but I actually enjoy it. Don't tell Brian.
Through the Texas panhandle the view is mostly of cotton and sorghum fields. But once we enter New Mexico, the landscape is dotted with old volcanic cones. The most picturesque is Capitan. It's a pretty perfect cinder cone.
|Capitan, New Mexico|
|Snow capped mountains east of Raton|
|Brian and Elena at the nearly solidly frozen lake|
|Brian at Lookout Mountain|
|A view off the deck|
The dogs enjoyed the snow.
|Tess and Trooper|
On Friday, we had a visit from a herd of elk. This female actually tried to climb on the patio table to reach a planter. Unfortunately, this time of year the planter holds a candle. She was disappointed.
I don't have any pictures this year of our annual hike through the national forest to find the perfect Christmas tree. Brian took several. I'll post them tomorrow if I can find them.