Friday, August 18, 2017

Company, cattle, haying, and waning summer

You'll probably be happy to know this will be a short post after the mega long previous one. Our two weeks of company is winding down with Krissy and Calvin closing up the schedule.

Lots of overlapping guests which made it lots of fun. The whole Texas Adams clan (well, now there are two Eastwoods in the mix).

Haying is going on with a vengeance. The Ohio Creek Valley is famous for their hay, a lot even goes to Kentucky for the race horses. All the signs of fall approaching.

Dinner at Garlic Mike's courtesy of Krissy and Calvin. So sweet of them. Garlic Mike's has a new river bar area which is quite cute but I don't think too many people know about it yet. We only looked after eating dinner but I'll definitely keep it in mind.

And this is the story of the steer that followed me home. Well, not quite, he followed me, mooing occasionally to make sure I stayed in sight,  until he saw other cattle in the far distance. He evidently was in a grass eating coma and was lost. It was a little strange encounter but felt friendly.
I have pulled out the suitcase again. I leave tomorrow for Maryland to help Heather get her house ready to sell. Packing some very strange items such as gardening gloves and paint stained shorts. Yes, manual labor here we come!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Fun week with company

Been a full week of fun! Lots of activities for everyone. Heather leaves today and Krissy and Calvin replace her. Paul, Sherry, Katie, and James are here until Tuesday. Mark's flying out tomorrow. Makes your head spin, right?

The big annual Crested Butte art fair was happening. Not just local but the big guys who travel on the art fair circuit all over. It covered the entire main street in CB. Weirdly, there was a painter there from an area in Naples we're 5 minutes from. Small world.

Definitely cousins
We went back for the final day of the art fair with Sherry and Katie. Just a fun laid back town. Food was also a high priority - breakfast at Paradise was the choice.Yum.

Look for the tiny kayak - scale is immense 
Young bald eagle for our viewing pleasure
Next up our scheduled boat tour down the Black Canyon. First time for all 7 of us. Slightly rainy, open top boat and a hike with 232 steps down to the boat. Makes for adventure right there! It was gorgeous and my photos do not show at all the immensity of those massive rock walls. Highly recommend it.

In between activities lots of deck time. It's the gathering place you know...

the water is an emerald green color -  depends on your angle
We somehow separated in boys and girls groups for a couple of activities. The girls went to Gothic and Emerald Lake and the guys went to play golf. Still snow up there and its the middle of August. Gorgeous area and we did homage to Tiffany and Chris (they got engaged here).

Finished with lunch at the Stash and ice cream at Third Bowl. Perfect!

Lots of back and forth to our community stream. The restoration is truly amazing.

And the ladies - courtesy of Heather's magic camera and self timer. So much fun and laughter...

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Back to Star Mt. birds, cattle, flowers, and sunsets

Trying to make up for being so tardy with my last post. Lots of company arriving tomorrow and Heather flew in today. Paul, Sherry, Katie, and James come in tomorrow from Texas. Lots of fun things on the schedule and bound to be lots of photos taken. The last blast of summer as it were. I can't believe its August.

Mark and I went jeeping over Almont Triangle which we hadn't done in a couple years. Still beautiful and magnificent views in every direction. We've had The Rock for 7 years now - hard to believe.

Had to share some of our sunsets. They are stunning don't you think? Don't know exactly what causes the extra special summer sunsets but boy, we enjoy them.

So bear sighting number 5. I say sighting as I don't actually know if this is a different bear than number 1 (see post 6/14 - Magical spring/summer at Star Mt.)so the same or different black bear to add to my list. This one was moving fast and didn't have time to get a great shot. Does this mean I will win the lottery? Or anything magical and great?

I had to post some photos of our community stream after phase 4 of restoration. After 4 years of work it's turning into something really special. Mark's been organizing this, mostly from afar, and we have spent a lot of time and money to restore a creek that was untouched for unknown decades. Lots of pools for fish to grow and gather. I'm not a fisherman but definitely appreciate the value this has.

And it's horseback riding time. Everywhere you look. And yes I have done it up here, a number of years ago, horses are just not my thing. Awfully pretty to look at though.

After steering myself to come back to Star Mt. after 10 days away to empty feeders and no hummingbirds around, I was pleasantly surprised to find the birds were waiting for me to FILL THOSE FEEDERS. They have come back in droves and the sugar boiling water madness is pretty constant.

This is also the month that mushrooms appear and those who can decipher edible versus not, come out in droves to hunt in their secret places for chanterelles and others. I am not one of those with the knowledge, but even I can tell this giant thing is not edible.

Ohio Pass
Til next time...