LIfe at High Altitude in Colorado

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.

-Edward Abbey, naturalist and author (1927-1989)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Blustery in Breckenridge - Hello 2014!



whiteout conditions on the first day of 2014
gusts and minus windchill stop us from venturing outside
 7" (17cm) of new snow fell overnight

fox tracks, early morning light

we're inside by the fire, looking out at a white world

Christmas Day, top of Peak 10

I start 2014 feeling strong and rested
time with family and friends rejuvenates me

tobogganing is fun 

Sam (15 months) with Pop Pop

we spend a lot of time playing in the snow
(sometimes with grandchildren)


in November, a Snow Child
a gift of innocence
suddenly appeared in the wilderness


I visit with her when I'm out on the touring skis
we're comfortably silent with each other

Amanda reading in Great Room

afternoons find us in front of the fire, reading
(I finished my 75th book of 2013 on New Year's Eve)

my dates for dinner after the Nutcracker

it continues to snow hard
tomorrow will be a powder day

I look forward to 2014!

(iPhone 5 photos edited in Snapseed and TitleFx)

the Book Review page is finally up to date

51 comments:

  1. Welcome to 2014, Barb. Looks like you were surrounded by love during the holidays. Love those snow pictures and ofcourse your grands. Such a sweet snow-child....how fun with the pine branches for hair. Take care, be safe. Happy New Year!!

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  2. Happy New Year!!! Sounds like you've had lots of fun!!

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  3. A happy and healthy new year to you! Enjoyed the pics of family. :)

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  4. All the important elements are there--have a happy, healthy, and family studded new year.

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  5. I am loving your snow images, the pine trees, the light...all so lovely! Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  6. It looks like you had a wonderful holiday season! The snow is lovely and your grandchildren are beautiful! Happy New Year!

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  7. I just love the snow in the trees.. Perfect photos and your holiday sounds just grand... Thanks for sharing Barb.
    I had to stop before I head back to a book Im reading and a head cold..
    Much Love Dear Friend.

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  8. Happy New Year, Barb! Go for it in 2014, as you have in all prior years!

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  9. Lovely images Barb, so pleased you enjoyed a rejuvenating rest and it's lovely to have you back!
    May 2014 be filled with many new challenges and much happiness.

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  10. Hey you are back!!! I am glad that you are rested up and ready to go in 2014. I am wishing you your family a Great 2014!

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  11. Family fun together, snow galore, even a " Little white person" for company on your walks outdoors, these all make for some wonderful days in your wintertime. Enjoy 2014 and all it has to offer in the months to come, Happy New Year, Jean.

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  12. The most fantastic post, story, images and all. Fantastic. Happy New Year Barb to you and your family. Carol

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  13. Everything looks so pretty with the snow, Barb.
    We are due for 10-12 inches tonight, and I'm looking forward to it!

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  14. What a contrast to our New Year. We have the sun burning brightly, the birds singing and the cicadas chanting their chorus. Others flock to the beach but we have lunch on our deck in the shade dressed in shorts and a T-shirt. Your scenes are beautiful too. The snow and snow sports, what fun. I doubt I can remember how to ski but I would like to join Amanda in the great room curled up with a book. Sam is a cutie. Our "Fox" footprints left in the sand are different since they are made by my 3 year old grandson, named Fox. Love your blog and words of wisdom.

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  15. I'll bet you feel like you're in heaven with all the snow and the grandkids about. Hope it warms enough to go out. Love that last shot of you with your 'dates'.

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  16. How lovely to see you back, Barb, and you sound in fine form! Such lovely pictures of all your snow. I love the one with fox tracks and you smiling on your skis! Great pictures of all your grandchildren! I love the photo you took from above down onto your big and snug and homely living-room with the fire. Amanda has the right idea all curled up reading a good book! One of the important things I promised myself this year is to cut down my computer time and replace it with reading time! I used to be such a big reader and I realize how having a computer has changed that. It's good to realize things, isn't it? Then we can correct them!
    Can you imagine, no snow here yet and I live in Switzerland!!
    Now I think I will have a look at your book review!
    By the way, creating space and simplifying in my own life also means getting rid of a lot of things which have become superfluous - and not replacing them with new things to clutter me up again!

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  17. Oh Barb, what a wonderful scene you have set with your pics, so cosy and Christmassy, so glad you had a good Christmas too, love the snow child, and the real ones too! Thanks for visiting my blog, alway love to hear from you.
    Keep an eye for those Bears, or do they hibernate in the winter, or is that just Yogi? Wishing you a healthy and joyous 2014.

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  18. all that snow looks so Pretty. Happy 2014 my friend.

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  19. I am glad to hear you are starting the new year strong and rested and I loved seeing the photos from your holiday season. We got just a dusting of snow for our New Years Day....I would have loved seeing your whiteout conditions from inside by the fire. Right now I'm picturing you ready to go out and enjoy a beautiful powder day.
    All the best to you and your beautiful family in the new year.

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  20. I have missed hearing from you and getting my snow fix. It is so beautiful there--could do with out the wind however. Looks like you all had a wonderful time. What a handsome group for the Nutcracker.

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  21. I love to see your family grow. Wishing you good health and joy in 2014. My visits to your blog always give me pleasure.

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  22. Oh, dear! 75 books? I will no longer feel virtuous for 25! Your home is beautiful and what a wonderful refuge when the snow gets a little too active, the winds too blustery and the temperature too cold. I can imagine it filled with warm, loving, happy faces -- the same faces as in the photo! Your haven is indeed wonderful. I send you so many good wishes for 2014. I can't say I was sorry to turn over the calendar -- in fact, I think I probably did it a few days early! But 2014 is a year of promise, good health and joy for us all, I think! Happy New Year!

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  23. Gosh, what a lovely post! Always enjoy pausing by your hearth and seeing you and your family together. And I glimpsed the mysterious Lady in the Stone. How fun to realize she's traveled all the way to Colorado from the shores of Lake Superior. New Year joys to you!

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  24. Such a great welcome to 2014. Glad that you are rested, full of family spirit and ready for the New Year. Really happy to have your posting....welcome back.

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  25. Sam has some gorgeous little rosy cheeks there in the snow :)
    The snow person is ethereal...like a snow fairy : )

    Your great room is REALLY a Great Room...who wouldn't want to curl up there with a book :) Just lovely! :)

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  26. Exploring in the snow, visiting a snow child, holidays with family, and reading by the fire - sounds like a wonderful time, Barb. Happy 2014!

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  27. Baby, it's cold outside! But, may your days be warm with inner spirit! Happy 2014!

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  28. Hi Barb -- glad you're back (I took a couple weeks off myself). I love your Winter posts, love that you love it.... and love being able to vicariously experience a life I'll never live. It's like reading a good novel when I come here. I get to be somebody else for a few minutes! (Well of course I can relate to parts of your life -- the times with grandkids (albeit not in the snow!) but we did the Nutcracker with granddaughter and her friends... Sam is adorable, he looks like a little snowman!

    Thanks for updating your reading list... I always get good ideas from it. Also I noticed some updates on your sidebar -- laughed at the "discuss"! Yup, I've had those kind of 'talks'.

    Happy New Year to all of you!

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  29. You are getting all the snow on your side of the Divide! I hope you had a fabulous powder day today!

    It looks like you had a wonderful and heartlifting holiday season with your family. Happy New Year to you.

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  30. Hello, this is Miyako(Orchid) from Japan. I happened to drop by
    Wow!!! I've never experienced to enjoy these winter life where I live. (Just a couple of times of snow fall during the winter) I agree with Sallie's comment that she said ( vicariously experience a life I'll never live) . Thank you very much for sharing us; Lovely and Wonderful Photos♡♡♡
    Lots of Love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  31. Looks like you've been having fun times with your grand kids! Delightful images, especially love the one of granddaughter reading in the cozy room. :)

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  32. Outstanding shares Barb!!! I bet you're in your own heaven on earth 'bout now with all the Colorado snowfall!!! Enjoy!!! And a belated Happy New Year Day wish from me to you.

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  33. Welcome to 2014. This was a wonderful and lovely return. You have been missed.

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  34. Happy 2014 Barb! Great to see you back- thanks for sharing the snow- could you send some this way? You & the grandkids all look like you had a great holiday.

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  35. Happy New Year- I do adore your snowman- I think I would commune with him silently also! Cute grands too- it looks like you had a wonderful holiday. Blessings!

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  36. There is so much beauty in your snowy world, no wonder you spend as much time as you can out of doors. I love the baby’s healthy little cheeks.

    Whenever I see pictures of children I notice how the girls are always dressed very prettily while the boys come along in any old jeans.

    A happy 2014 for you and your family.

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  37. Welcome back Barb + Happy New Year! Looks like your break was very well spent... the photo with your grandchildren is precious and the second shot of snow is pure magic. I look forward to seeing more of Breckenridge through your lens in 2014 :)

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  38. Seeing all that snow makes me both envious and glad that I'm not there. How can that be? :)
    I'm glad you, as a lifelong skier, can pass your love of snow activities down to your grandkids. So nice that you had such a wonderful time with them during the holidays. Welcome back and Happy New Year, Barb!

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  39. your family time makes my heart hum in a wonderful way. so happy for you all!
    sweet 2014 to you and yours Barb!

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  40. What a wonderful post Barb, - lovely to have a little peek into your life. Grandchildren are beautiful; snow child is so appealing; marvelous surroundings, inside and out, and so glad you are feeling rested and ready for this bright new year.

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  41. Happy New Year! My favorite of these pictures is Sam's rosy cheeks. You make winter look appealing, even to someone who would be happy with the three seasons that are not winter.

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  42. Such beautiful photos of your family! Happy New Year to you!

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  43. Looks like a beautiful and loved beginning to 2014. The snow sure does make things look amazing when the sun comes out....

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  44. Happy New Year, Barb! Holy Moly that is a lot of books! You sure stay busy!
    I am enjoying my last warm evening in San Diego.... it didn't take long to get used to 70 degree days in winter! I'm not ready for vacation to end. :(

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  45. Your Nutcracker dates are adorable! Best wishes to you and yours, Barb, for a fabulous 2014!

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  46. Enjoying visiting again, especially your second photo - it's gorgeous Barb!

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  47. oh my goodness that first image is gorgeous! Your family looks very sweet and I just love your snow child. Happy New Year.

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  48. Nice to see you again on this blog, Barb! I’m happy for you to know how you had been during the blogging break because what is important lies in the love of a spouse, family, and friends. Sam has grown so fast! My grandchildren, too. Both Yura (9 months) and Yuto (8 months) are crawling mops and Fu (3 years) is a little lady. With the best wishes for you and your loved ones in 2014.

    Yoko

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