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Cripple Creek, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “It is good people who make good places.” — Anna Sewall

Daily gratitudes:
Dr. Angie, an excellent vet
A healthy Mr. Man
Counting down to the election being over
A lovely day
Missing MKL

 

No, not the kind you usually see from me, but an actual human-hand-wave. I’ll be away for a few days, so I thought it only fitting that I wave goodbye and blow virtual kisses to all my delightful followers.  Surprises for everyone when I return!

Kelsea and I took the Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Rail Road on a lovely June day. We sat in the open car and found ourselves still trying to get the soot and ash out of our hair two days later, but it was great fun.

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Cripple Creek, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” — Alan Wilson Watts

Daily gratitudes:
Kelsea
Books
Having all the laundry put away (and the dishes done)
Purrs
Earl Grey of Halifax’s Tuxedo Party

Beth Ann over at It’s Just Life is a teapot collector.  I love teapots, but they are one of those things I just don’t have room for.  Whenever I see a cool one, I think of Beth Ann, and this emporer just screamed her name to me.  Sorry about my hands in the mirror behind him – but they do seem to add something, don’t they?

Cripple Creek, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “Return to the centre of your heart; not your past.”  —  Unknown

Daily gratitudes:
Yellow bicycle tires
Lace
Banana muffins
The aspens turning
Dressing spiffy

The chrome of a 1950’s BelAir reflects the blue sky and history of Cripple Creek.

Cripple Creek, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams.”  —  H.P. Lovecraft

Daily gratitudes:
Road trips
Horse days
Beautiful days
Red earth
Laughter

 

This is just about the most fabulous thing that I have ever seen. I so desperately want it to come home with me.  (Suzicate, let me know if your imagination was close.)

Cripple Creek, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “It’s quite possible to leave your home for a walk in the early morning air and return a different person—beguiled,enchanted.”  —  Mary Chase

Daily gratitudes:
Llama earrings
Bach
Loving and being loved
Letting go of the past while holding onto its lessons
My red journal

What did I do today?  MKL and I went to “Cruise Above the Clouds” in Cripple Creek – a classic/muscle car show with about 200 participants.  I love classic cars and they offer a lot of scope for beautiful and creative photography, so I’ll share more images with you over the next few months.  And being up in the mountains showed us that Fall is coming…

Cripple Creek, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “And she said, It’s okay that you can’t get over it. Maybe you never will. Maybe that hole will never fill. She said, Maybe your learning to leave it empty is the meaning of your life.”  —  Heather Harpham

Daily gratitudes:
Road trips with MKL
Beauty made of steel
Spooky places
Dogs
My wished-for pink taxidermied rooster
The Pine Emporium

He speaks (or sings) for himself.

Cripple Creek, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “The experience of beauty does something profound and powerful within the heart and soul of every human being.  Beauty creates wonder in us.”  —  Steve DeWitt

Daily gratitudes:
Changes
Stillness
Book titles that come to mind and then escape me
Commercials that make me cry
The endless supply of books that have revivified Sherlock Holmes

This Civil War chess set, at the Carr Manor Luxury Bed and Breakfast in Cripple Creek, Colorado, served as a reminder in that in many subtle ways and places, the war between the states is still being quietly waged.

Cripple Creek, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “We all need people in our lives who take away the chill of this world with the warmth of their presence.” —  Lessons Learned In Life

Daily gratitudes:
So much exercise today!
Sencha Rose Green Tea
Plane tickets
That it gets light earlier
That the cat crawls into my lap whenever I am sitting down
Finishing Pride and Prejudice

Photo title: Untouched

Cripple Creek, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart…Pursue those.”  —  Anonymous

Daily gratitudes:
The cooing of pigeons
Dogs with their heads out car windows, tongues flapping in the breeze
My hour-and-a-half workout today
Tidying up
A lone Canadian goose
The dog stopping to smell the flowers today, and the owner appreciating it

Ready?  “A drunkard’s dream if I ever did see one….”

Since I am still under the weather with a stomach bug, we’ll take today as sort of an intermission for the trip.  I will share with you a brief photographic summary of the dog competition and some outtakes from the parade.

I love how mountain towns are so dog friendly – and how dogs in mountain towns are so friendly!  It’s like a giant dog park.

I know that dogs are 50/50 about being dressed up, but I know that owners are generally 80/20 in favor of doing the dressing.  So of course, the first thing on the docket was the costumed dog competition:

Adorable beagle as Underdog (my favorite childhood superhero)

Another adorable beagle as Snoopy, compete with Woodstock

Jailer and inmates (the littlest boxer was just rescued from a puppy mill)

Cutie-pie Butterfly

We then moved onto the Tricks Competition:

Ridgeback High-Five

Best try at a high-five!

Getting Luvs (the trick didn't work so well)

We had the smallest dog competition:

And the winner, weighing in at 5 pounds and 3 ounces of cuteness...

And the largest dog competition.  A word about this dog: he’s a Spanish Mastiff, and I WANT ONE.  He was so mellow and adorable.  His owner has 3 of them (there are only 100 in the US) and Kelsea and I speculated on if they have a van to ship all 3 around in.

Leon wins paws down (and they were the biggest paws I've ever seen), weighing in at 230 pounds of love.

And finally, the cutest dog competition – how can you possibly pick one?  In my opinion, Leon was the cutest dog, but there were others:

One Cool Dude

Gorgeous Husky

And the winner is ... Dustmop!

We also watched the Best Beard Competition, which was sparsely attended:

Bearded Contestants

This was another “touch it and judge it” competition.  And the winner is…

"Cowboy" - though that's not the name on his driver's license.

And I leave you this hot and chilly night with a random selection of fair photos and parade outtakes:

Pink Sunglasses

Walking the Goat

Bad-ass Firefighter-to-be

Blue Sky Bike

Ferrets Enfleeced

I was truly hoping that the Pug was the Mayor.

Psychotic clown - but really, is there any other kind?

Just another day with the sheriff

Charter member of the Red Hat Society

Mountain man and companions

Proud flagbearers

The Original Dogs Playing Poker

Some things are best not looked at too closely, so I wish she hadn't stood right in front of me.

Statuesque

Leon and his little mistress

And finally, proof that mountain people simply do not mince words:

Plain Speaking

Stay tuned for more tomorrow…

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