Saturday, January 13, 2018

Naples in season, company, and brrr cold temps

Back to Naples to a completely different environment. White sand, not white snow. Traffic much increased and restaurants needing advance planning to get into. The massive cold that swept the country also trickled down to our tropics. No snow, but near freezing temps. My brother was in town for a visit and they were certainly troopers in the unexpected cold. It returned to normal warm temps on their last day - of course.

Great shelling maybe because of the weather and low tide
Some fine eating happening. Sushi Thai, Brio,  and a new experience: 21 Spices. Fabulous Indian food. We will go back for sure.

Sushi Thai
21 Spices
Naples Botanical Gardens visit - a must around here. It's a pretty amazing place with many distinct gardens dedicated to plants from many tropical climates. 170 acres and beautifully designed. Never get tired of it. They did have hurricane damage which doesn't show due to enormous restoration work. And yes preventative work had been done for the cold snap: all the orchids had been brought inside, and frost blankets were on some of the more sensitive plants. Still wonderful.

Saw a lot including a large alligator. He wasn't bothered by the people walking by in the least. And he was quite far away, no worries, just my long lens...

Fun reminder of a legendary Naples restaurant, sadly closed

Ending with their sweet covered butterfly garden. Monarchs in profusion and a lot of other species as well. I am a big butterfly fan.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Star Mt Christmas part 2

Back to post a few more pics from the holiday. It already seems like a month ago. We have made it back to Naples in time for the unusual chilliness in Florida and we're lucky as north of us has cities shut down over very unusual snow. We are fine but citrus farmers are sweating it out over near freezing temps.

Heather made it in and her nieces were thrilled along with the rest of us. Now Christmas seemed complete.
Now there's a modern dad for you...
Secret Stash of course, with bigass margaritas for some. Lisa joined us for a few days driving over from Santa Fe, and fun was had by all. Great visit!
Ice fishing at Blue Mesa - daring or crazy, not sure which
Some winter activities a happening. Drove by Blue Mesa on the way to Montrose to pick up Heather and a mob of ice fisherman were there. Brave people... Mark and Chris went skiing one day as well but no pics. Sledding on our driveway was the best way to give Penny and Jules a thrill. We made it up to the mountain to show the little girls around. They couldn't believe the ice sculptures.

Visited a great kid's museum up on the mountain. Lots of hands on activities to do inside when others are skiing.

Third Bowl 
No we couldn't miss Third Bowl even though it's winter. Hey, ice cream is good anytime...

Lots of pink sunrises in winter here
Saw very few animals while we were there but on our last day we were stopped by these - llamas on the loose. Not much we could do not knowing who they belonged to, so I snapped photos. Good thing this road is not heavily traveled. Bye, bye Star Mt. until May. It was fun.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Snowy white Christmas at Star Mountain

Oh my goodness. 6 inches of snow overnight and still going. Couldn't have ordered up a better present.

Christmas Eve was controlled chaos. Lots of activities to keep the girls busy. It's hard to wait for Christmas day is actually get here.
Racing down the stairs to PRESENTS.
Christmas morning breakfast.

Snow angel not a comatose Dad
Playing in the snow was just fun. Beautiful powdery stuff. The mountain got more - the skiers are going to be thrilled. Tomorrow Heather flies in. I'll be back with part 2. Merry Christmas everyone 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄