Retirement – Another Great Adventure

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I (Joyce) first retired in 2006 when Tom and I sold our company. That lasted a mere 4 months until I became a COO-for-hire and—to my amazement—found numerous firms that wanted to pay me to do this job. Although I worked for multiple companies between then and now, I ended up spending the majority of [Read more …]

24 Hours from Aspen to Vail: A One-Day Hiking and Dining Odyssey

You can drive between Aspen and Vail in two hours. But why would you want to? If you have time, you can take a more leisurely route. In fact, you have a choice of two such routes: The “express route”, northwest along Route 82 to the spa city of Glenwood Springs, and then east on [Read more …]

Reacquainting Ourselves with Aspen

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We recently had an opportunity to get back to Aspen, Colorado. After a quick walk through the town to reacquaint ourselves with the town and its many galleries, we stopped to see the wonderfully renovated Hotel Jerome and the greatly expanded Aspen Art Museum. The renovation of the Jerome lived up to its billing and [Read more …]

Vail Hiking and Dining

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We recently enjoyed a fall week in Vail Colorado at a time share. The first two weekends of September in Vail are occupied by Octoberfest (yes, in September) celebrations, a large, open-air Farmers’ and Art Market and a small but nice display of classic cars. Although we planned to go to a restaurant for lunch, [Read more …]

Boulder to Rocky Mountain National Park

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As part of our week in Colorado, we flew into Denver and, after lunch, drove to Boulder, where we met and stayed with friends. Although we did take a little time to stroll along downtown’s fun Pearl Street pedestrian mall, most of our time was spent on hikes and exploring one of the town’s newer [Read more …]

A Brief Afternoon in Denver

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We try to get to the Rockies at least once a year for hiking. Most of our Colorado visits begin by flying into Denver, where we briefly catch up on restaurants (at least for lunch), favorite neighborhoods (especially LoDo and the Arts District) and sights (especially the Museum of Art and the Clifford Still Museum). [Read more …]

A Taste of Vail Resorts--From the Top of Keystone Mountain

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We went to Keystone for the annual TBEX travel blogger conference. We, all 800 of us, we’re w welcomed at an incredible blow-out evening reception staged by the resorts of the Vail Valley. The adventure began at the base of the River Run Village gondola, which took us (along with our complimentary glass of bubbly) [Read more …]

Denver's Clifford Still Museum

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After a two-hour mechanical delay in our very early flight from San Francisco to Denver, we had time for only one brief stop in the city before heading over the front range (or actually under it via the Eisenhower Tunnel) for an hour and a half drive to Keystone–the site of this year’s annual TBEX [Read more …]

Rusty Spurr Ranch: A Fun Day Yelling at Cows

It’s not easy to wrangle cows. First we had to find a County Road 387 off of the main highway in Kremming Colorado. Then we had to drive 4.5 miles on the gravel country road to the ranch. But we finally found our way to the Rusty Spurr Ranch. After being assigned horses and given [Read more …]