Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July 2013 Scavenger Hunt: Colorado

Hey!  I hope you have all had an excellent July!
The summer is flying by!

Thanks to everyone who wrote kind comments 

on my posts that I couldn't respond to 
and for all the well wishes when and after 
I was in the hospital.  

Soon I'll be back 

to my regular enjoying of your blogs 
and to writing more frequent posts 
on my own blog.

Thanks also to Jill 

and her Made with Love blog
for setting up the hunt.


Scavenger Hunt July 2013:  Colorado


1.  Black
 Black Engine 71 ~ Colorado & Southern Railway
Blackhawk Branch


C&S Engine 71 ran on the Blackhawk Branch narrow gauge line from Denver to Central City,"The Richest Square Mile on Earth."  
The engine pulled ore and passengers.
The Blackhawk Branch was torn up in 1941, 
and the last C&S narrow gauge run in Colorado 
occurred on August 25, 1943.
Source:  Wikipedia 



2.  Eleven
Eleven of Colorado's State Flower:  The Columbine




Taken in Breckenridge, Colorado





3.  Something Very Old
Torreys Peak, 14,275 feet/4,351 meters (left) 
Grays Peak, 14,278 feet/4,352 meters (right)
Seen from Peak 8 in Breckenridge
These mountains are part of the Front Range in Colorado, 
and they are formed of metamorphic gneiss 1.7 billion years old.
I have climbed both peaks.









Left:  Roy and Sue (Brother and Sister-in-Law) on Colorado SuperCar
Middle:  me and Terry
Above:  Me


To get the picture of Grays and Torreys from Breckenridge, 
I had to get high enough to see over 
the 12,000 foot+ Mt. Bald ridgeline and other high areas. 
We four took the BreckConnect Gondola 
from the town of Breckenridge to the Base of Peak 8.  
Then we caught the Colorado SuperChair 
to the top of Peak 8 just above 11,000 feet/3353 meters.  
From there we hiked to an overlook.





4.  Something Bright
Bright Sculpture:  Breckenridge Art Show, July 5th 2013



Bright Cumulonimbus Clouds in an Aurora, Colorado Sky
Portending Thunderstorms and Rain





5.  Coins
 Lots of Quarter Coins in This Win!
Ameristar, Black Hawk, Colorado





6.  Technology
The Hidden Technology Behind My Favorite Video Poker Bank



 Technology and the Modern Family!









7.  Numbers
Numbers on My IV








8.  Wheels
Wheels on I-70 Heading into Georgetown





9.  The Great Outdoors
Breckenridge, Colorado from the Base of Peak 10 ~
Beautiful and Great Outdoors !
Dillon Reservoir is barely visible in the middle of the photo. 



Fireweed in Breckenridge





10.  Smile
I Know I'm in the Photo, 
but This Hands Down 
Is My Favorite Smile of the Month:  
My Brother as He Gives Me a Hug!!!!
Top of Peak 8, Breckenridge





11.  Umbrella
An Umbrella ~ Breckenridge Art Show





12.  Feet

The Ultimate Outrage for a Waikiki SUP Dudette!
My Feet in Hospital Socks Color-Coded for Risk of Falling!



Better-balanced day on Waikiki!!!!!


I can't wait to see everyone's photographs this month!

Here's the list for August:
Brown, 10, Windows, Petrol Station, Boats, Framed, Chopsticks, Transport, Playing, Fantasy, Sharp, Post Card.

52 comments:

  1. What a fantastic collection of photos. Lots of happy ones, I love your pictures for technology and those mountains... beautiful.

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    1. Hi Louise! Thank you for your kind comment! The mountains are spectacular! Especially when you are on top of them! Take care!

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  2. Thanks for taking part in this months scavenger hunt. I really like your photos of wheels, bright and the great outdoors. Greenthumb

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    1. Thanks, Jill. I've got the list for next month and am looking forward to the hunt! Have a good one!

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  3. Breath-taking views Louise! Was it difficult to breathe at the top? I remember at Banff I had difficulty breathing for a while...until I adjusted.
    That smile is THE BEST!! Just wonderful!
    The Fireweed must be breath-taking as well. Great shot!

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    1. Hi Jim! Thank you for the kind comment. I live at 6,000 feet/1,829 meters; Black Hawk is 8,000 feet/2,438 meters; Noreen is at 10,000 feet/3,048 meters ~ so I'm used to higher elevations ~ no problem at 11,000/3,353. Once I hit 13,000 - 14,000 feet/3,946 - 4,267 meters I have to slow down because my heart pounds. I take slow deep breaths and stop frequently as I head for a summit. It is an incredible feeling to summit!!!!! I've loved fireweed since I first saw it up north. Take care!

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  4. haha all spread out with photos this time, from a train to funky socks to gambling for a power line

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    1. Hey Pat! Thank you for your kind comment. It was a fun hunt, but I had to do it throughout Colorado. Now for next month's hunt! Have a great evening!

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  5. It was so great to see you and your bro hugging with the smiles. I can't believe how much time has gone by since 1964(YAY Beatles)had to through that in. Heads up, David Sheppard put a photo of the Athenaeum staff on his FB and I saw you and sent you the pic on your FB page. He has the original. He also put a swimming photo of me and the Acadia team up to. People say I must have been only 8 years old when I was in University. I just smile.
    Your pictures are great of the gondolas and peaks, so many of them. I live, as you know in a very flat place so gondolas are non-existent. I need to take one of those. I need some altitude. I loved hiking the Canadian Rockies years ago.
    Hope your health is improving and Terry is bending over backwards to rub your back and feet whenever you put your hand up.

    Ron

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    1. Hey Ron! Thanks for the Athenaeum photo! Working on Acadia's newspaper was awesome ~ many of my favorite university memories! Spotted you right away on the swim team. People were always thinking I looked younger too. My Mom always said that I'd be happy I was older and still looking younger!!!! You still don't look anywhere near your age. I love altitude! The higher I can get, the better. I am almost back to 100%! Just need a little more endurance. Terry takes very good care of me!

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  6. Such a lovely series of photos!!! Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! The Scavenger Hunt is so much fun! Take care!

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  7. My fav is the smile one!Your love shows!Of course I like all the rest, especially the technology and numbers, which have a sense of humour!
    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog!

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    1. Hi Rose Fern! My brother and I are very close, but we live so far apart. He lives in Kuwait ~ but I hope to visit him there next April. I love seeing your pictures and the photos others find in the hunt. Thanks for the kind words. Take care!

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  8. So glad you are doing well and out of the hospital. Your hunt pictures are great. I admire that you can find such relevant shots. Stay well. Peggy from PA

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    1. Hi Peggy! Thank you for the positive comment. I carry my list everywhere during the month. I'm feeling so much better. Thank you also for the kind wishes. Have a good evening!

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  9. I need to try that poker game

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    1. Hi Adam! Double Double Bonus is fun ~ but it can be streaky! Have a good one!

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  10. What a fun selection of photographs! I love seeing the Rockies... you are so kind to share with us flat-landers! We have the same family penchant for "technology!" Love the "smile"... always brings a smile when I am with my brother... understand! Take care of yourself! Susan

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    1. Hi Susan! Thank you for your kind comment! The Rockies are spectacular. When I was a child in Nova Scotia, I thought our North Mountain Range was high at about 650 feet! Brothers are the best, aren't they? Have a happy day!

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  11. Glad to hear that you're home from the hospital and on the mend! I didn't know that columbines could come in that gorgeous shade of violet!

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    1. Hi Debra! Thanks for the kind words! The color of the columbines above is the specified color in Colorado's state columbine flower. They come in other shades, but this is my favorite one. It was first discovered on Pike's Peak in 1820 by Edwin James. Colorado's school children voted it the official state flower in 1899. The ones I photographed were growing along the River Walk by the Blue River in Breckenridge. Have an awesome day!

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  12. Goodness, such a breathtaking photos -- and what a variety! Thank you for sharing! I'm sorry for my infrequent blog visits -- I'm now typing with one finger lol! -- and I'm sorry to have missed knowing about your hospital visit. I do hope you are home now and getting well! Healing thoughts heading your way *hugs*

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    1. Hi B&R! How wonderful to hear from you! I hope you and Jacob are doing well! I haven't been able to visit blogs much this past month or so myself ~ I'm doing great now! I caught several of Rebecca's blogs, including one with Jacob. What a sweet baby ~ and a boy. He'll be a fun change ~ and how lucky he is to have two older sisters to spoil him! Rebecca's a great little blogger. Thanks for the hugs and healing thoughts! Take care!

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  13. I always love the humour in your photos so I really liked the flying pig! I almost used a photo of a hill too so I could use the 'old as the hills' phrase :) Also loving Black, those columbines and, of course, the beautiful smiles of you and your brother. XX

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    1. You are so kind ~ so many compliments in such a small place. I wanted to take that flying pig home and put it on the front lawn. Terry wouldn't go for it though! Take care, Julie!

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  14. Its so great to see such a wonderful variety of pictures from a totally different part of the world. Your state looks amazing, I just love the gorgeous colours of the columbines (which we call aquilegia)
    Joy x x

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    1. Hi Joy! I agree with you about the fun of seeing different parts of the world. I just love checking out everyone's photos and seeing what others are seeing and experiencing! Have a lovely day!

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  15. How nice to see you back. What very stylish socks - I see they put the no-skid on both surfaces for foolproof application....

    "Wheels" is of course a front-runner photo for me. But those smiles and skies are hard to beat. :)

    P.S. Our columbine is wild and red, with yellow centers.

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    1. Hi Sue! Thank you ~ It's good to be back. Yes, no-skid top and bottom on the socks ~ the regular gray have only one non-skid surface. Plus I had to wear a large yellow wristband with "Fall Risk" on it. But I'm 100% now. I've seen your columbine in gardens here ~ It is lovely too. Happy bike riding to you!

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  16. I really, really, really enjoyed your post. Your photos are stunning and it was so much fun to see so much of Colorado through your lens. I will be heading up to Breck for lunch some day next week... maybe. I enjoy being there and love skiing there. Sadly, Mr. Dreamy doesn't ski - so I don't venture out on my own as often as I'd like to.
    I never knew that the hospital socks were color-coded. How very interesting. Hmmmm.... I wonder what color my sister is wearing?! She is a huge fall risk right now!

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    1. Hi Dreaming! It's always fun for me to see photos posted by other Coloradans too! How can one not enjoy Breck! We're planning to go there for Octoberfest. We're so fortunate in that Terry's sister has a home at the base of Peak 10. Yes, the socks are color-coded at the Medical Center of Aurora ~ so are the uniforms of the various types of staff. I hope that your sister is doing better!!!!! Take care, Dreaming!

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  17. Great fun photos!
    I enjoy each and every one of them, except the IV ones...
    I hope you are well...
    You 2 smiling with your brother hugging you is a wonderful photo!
    I love these old engines, it reminds me of Australia where I saw some magnificent ones!
    Thanks for dropping by on my blog, I am not much of a blogger these days, running around in the mountains after rare dragonflies is so much fun with this fabulous weather we've got!
    Cheerio, Fundy, keep well!

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    1. Hi Noushka! Thank you for the kind compliments! IVs get old fast, let me tell you!!!!! I can't wait to see your photos ~ you have to go for those pictures when the weather is great. You had such a tough spring in France. Love my brother that's for sure. I hope to visit him in Kuwait this spring. That's where he lives. Happy hunting!!!!! Take care!

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  18. A wonderful collection of images! I especially love the one of your brother hugging you, and the happy smiles on your faces!

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    1. Hi Martha! Thank you! I would rather spend time with my family than do anything else in this world! Have a happy day!

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  19. My continued well-wishes going your way my friend as you recover and I hope to see you back in the blog world soon :)

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    1. Hi Keith! Thank you for the kind well wishes ~ on my way back to 100%! Soon I'll be regular again! Hope all is well with you!

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  20. I love your pink pig and the train is wonderful. I gather from the other comments you haven't been well. i hope you are on the road to recovery and I wish you well.
    Gillx

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    1. Thanks, Gill! I'm well on my way to complete recovery. Isn't the pig fun? I wanted to take it home! Take care!

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  21. Good heavens you haven't been well! I must have missed something. I really am glad to hear that you are feeling better - Hospitals are no fun. You photos are as crystal clear as ever and draw the viewer in so completely! It is such a unique way to present your art - a scavenger hunt! Take care my friend!

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    1. Hi Francie! Thank you for the very kind words!!!!! Yes, I'm feeling much better ~ getting back my energy! I am nothing withou energy, my defining characteristic! Pretty soon I'm be back to blogging regularly! Take care!

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  22. The first two were my favorite...and something bright. Great photos!!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I enjoyed your SH photos too! Have a good one!

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  23. simply beautifully captured shots...lovely!

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  24. Amazing photos and that smile from your brother is one heck of a smile! The technology photos really do show what it's like today, but I wouldn't be without technology. Hug Suzy x

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  25. I love all your photos! They really do show the area you live in, so interesting to see different part of the world!

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  26. Hi Louise! Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know I'm thinking of you. Hope you're still recovering from your hospital stay. Enjoyed your scavenger hunt pictures ~ such a great idea, isn't it? XOXO, Audrey

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