Thursday, February 13, 2014

Back to Breckenridge and the Burro Trail with the Lovable Labs!

I started this post several weeks ago in Breckenridge.
But I've had many distractions,
and I never got it posted.

And little else posted!

I'm hoping things settle down,
and I can get back in a routine of posting 
and of visiting all the blogs I'm missing.

So here's a blast from the no-so-long-ago past!

Woop!  Woop!
We're back in Breckenridge,
visiting in the Land of Big Snow.
This sight greeted me this morning
when I looked out my bedroom window.

And this heading down the stairs.
With a little playing,
I managed to get some detail.
Oh so black Rufus is a challenge to photograph,
but he is such a sweet and handsome guy!

Right now, Breckenridge is covered in heaps of snow.
This is the deck next door.

And this is just down the street:

The buds waited patiently
for me to do some chores.

And then we were off!
It was drop dead glorious in Breckenridge today.

Mounds of snow cover everything.

On a brilliant sunny day 
at 10,000 feet (3,048 meters),
the air is clear and the light is intense.

The contrast between sunlight and shade
can take your breath away.

Snow glows.  

This is one of the trailheads to the Burro Trail.
All three of us couldn't wait to get into the forest.

I think I was happier than the labs to get their leashes off.
It is a challenge to take photographs
with 165 pounds of labs
grasped in one hand, 
while I try to hold, focus my camera, and shoot
with the other.

Freedom and beauty for all of us!

Along the maze of paths that crisscross the Burro Trail,
we three intersected a forest service road
and watched the skiers and snowboarders glide by.

A day like this makes my heart sing!

And I know that Gracie and Rufus feel the same way!


Wait for me, guys!

Me and my shadow ~
The two buds are happiest together!

Just around the corner, home waits;
but it won't be long before we're back in the woods again
on another perfect day.

Epic snow has fallen in Breckenridge this winter. 
I thought there was a lot of snow
when Gracie, Rufus, and I romped in the woods.
Five or six more feet of snow 
has buried Breckenridge even deeper!

Breckenridge's Official Snow Stake
has recorded 297 inches of snow this season
(as of 5:02 a.m. today).

297 inches!        754.38 centimeters!
24.75 feet!           75.43 decimeters!
8.25 yards!            7.54 meters!

44 inches or 1.11 meters has fallen in the last seven days!
With more on the way!

Good thing my sister-in-law bought a snowblower last fall!


  1. Those are some happy pups! I used to have a dog that looked like Rufus.
    The icicles on that one house were immense.
    Absolutely stunning area!

    1. Thanks, Alex! My sister in-law's labs are happy indeed! Gracie was born in Malaysia and had never seen snow before this fall. ~ She loves it. And Rufus (along with Gracie) has spent most of his life in Malaysia, Indonesia, and India! The mountains are truly beautiful. Have a great weekend!

  2. haha the pup doesn't look happy in the first one
    But in the snow as they run
    All happy as can be
    There at the snow filled sea

    1. Hey Pat! That's Rufus's happy face!!!! LOL! At nine years old, he's a little stiff first thing in the morning. I was lucky to get that photo, because a few seconds later Rufus started licking my right hand and arm which made it really hard to get another photo! I'm not sure who was happier, the dogs or me! Have a safe and warm one ~ If I'm remembering right a winter storm is heading your way!

  3. So very lovely to see the dogs enjoying all that snow.

    1. Thanks, Jill! Dogs show us how to live in the moment and really enjoy it. They fill our lives with joy! Have a happy day!

  4. I have been having arthritis pain in my shoulder today, and your beautiful photos have put a big smile on my face. Thank you!

    1. Your kind words have put a big smile on my face, Linda! If even one person enjoys a posting of mine, it makes my day! I think people enjoy your blog because you always have videos and photos that lift people's spirits and remind them of what a wonderful world they live in. I'll be visiting shortly! Oww-ie! I do hope that you feel better soon! Take care!

  5. Oh my, that looks like absolute heaven to me, Louise! HEAVEN. And it's only better because of the two, sweet, happy pups! A day like that would make my heart sing too!!! Happy Valentine's Day! XOXO

    1. Happy Valentine's Day, Audrey!! You and Kay have been on my mind a lot in the past 24 hours! I do hope that you and your families are surviving the winter storm! Have a wonderful weekend with Alain and the girls! XOXO

  6. Just lovely Louise - I'd love to meet the pups sometime :)

    1. Hey Barb! Miss you, kiddo! Wish we were going to Parkway with you tonight. Bill and Shelly keep asking when you are coming back! Don't work too hard!

    2. Well I could pop down for the silver & gold medal rounds in men's hockey I believe that's the 22nd & 23rd :-) - LOL

  7. Man, that's a ton o' snow! So beautiful. Until it's time to shovel.

    Happy Valentines Day!

    1. Happy Valentine's Day, Debra! I'm so glad I live in a unit where my snow is shoveled. My sister-in-law is having to shovel the decks as well as the driveway. Noreen says that you can barely get down her street. Seven more inches came down last night! Hope you are warm. How wonderful that you won Francie's artwork ~ I'm sure that you are the Debra! Take care!

  8. Breckenridge's own 3 Amigos!! What a beautiful place Louise! The more I see photos of Breckenridge, and for that matter Colorado, I know it is a place for us to see!
    Greats photos too! I know what you mean about taking photos in one hand and holding a leashed dog with the other.
    Have a great weekend and enjoy all that snow.

    1. Hey Jim! Come out anytime and bring Miss SD with you!!!!! I had hoped to go up to Breck this weekend, but Terry doesn't want to tackle the mountains with more snow coming. Oh well!!!!! The contortions we photographers go through to get the shot!!! Be happy! enjoy Valentine's Day with Ron!

  9. The snow looks amazing but I'm so glad we don't get that kind of amount here. In fact we've had barely a flake this year - no doubt because I bought myself a bright red plastic sledge after watching all the little ones having a great time and dying to have a go myself! Happy Valentines. x

  10. Happy Valentine's Day, Julie! Sledding is so much fun! I haven't done it in ages, but some of my happiest days were spent sledding or tobogganing! Take care!

  11. Thank you for visiting my blog today. It was very nice of your blogging friend Peggy to say such nice things about my photography. I used to make dandelion necklaces too! Don't tell my husband, but I can't wait for spring to come to see the dandelions in the yard, more picture opportunities!
    I can not believe all the snow in your pictures. It looks like you and your dogs have a lot of fun in the snow.
    Happy Valentines Day!

    1. Hi Michelle! How lovely to find a comment from you! I can't wait for the dandelions to pop up either! Yes, Rufus, Gracie and I have a blast in the woods or wherever together. The dogs actually belong to my sister-in-law and her husband, but sometimes "Aunt" Louise gets to have them visit or gets to spend time with them in my SIL's home. One of these day's my husband and I will have to get our own dogs! Have a happy weekend. I look forward to enjoying your future posts!

  12. Beautiful! Simply beautiful. These photos show the gorgeous side of winter. But I still want it to end...LOL... The more I see of Colorado, the more I like it! I must visit at some point.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    1. Oh do come to Colorado, Martha! It's a beautiful place, and you are always welcome at our home! Winter does seem to drag on toward the end of February, no matter how beautiful it is. I'm dreaming of Waikiki in a month or so! Stay warm and enjoy what's left of Valentine's Day!

  13. Such beautiful country and to experience it with some canines, nothing could be better.

    Our storm has come and gone but rains are coming tonight again. Maybe I should grow some gills?

    Hope your V Day was special!!!!!


    1. Just being with Terry makes any day special! But, yes, we had a special Valentine's Day! Hope your was special too! Have a happy week!

  14. If I had only known - you were right down the street from me! (Were you on New England?) I live at the top of White Cloud as you go around the curve. That trail you were on (intersecting the Burro Trail) is where I ski from my house into the ski area. I do think I was in Denver the weekend you were here. Yes, we've gotten many feet more of snow since then, but today temps were into the 40's. We're hoping it all doesn't turn to slush!

  15. OMG! Yes I was on New England! My SIL's home is just on the far side of where the slash and burn happened! Okay, it really is a small world! I wish we had gotten up this weekend just to see the bigger piles of snow. I hear that the tunnel area was a disaster on Friday evening. Enjoy that beauty!


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