Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Thanksgiving In The Sangre de Cristo Mountains

I'm finally home safe. And with internet access. I had the best Thanksgiving. There was laughter, snow, lots of food, laughter and warmth.

Helen and Jim's Ranch is at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. I always love spending time there. Even if their internet speed is 24 kbs. ::Phhhttttpt and damn that's slow! ::

I lucked out with no snow for the drive up. And we had no snow on Thanksgiving day. TDay was filled with chores, cooking and some exercising. Of course, your definition of exercising and ours may differ. Here are a few examples of ours.......

The Before Dinner Exercises

Morning Nap Exercises

The 'Phone Never Stops Ringing Around Here' Exercise

Afternoon Nap Exercise

Of course, the exercise to the barn is more strenuous. The Ranch is above 8,000 ft making the hike to the barn a heart-warming experience for me. And when you throw in some snow and some heavy clothing, my low altitude heart thinks I'm at the gym. Fortunately, I acclimate pretty quickly and by the third day I almost feel like I'm at home.

When I woke up Friday morning there was over six inches of snow on the ground. And it was still snowing! The silence is incredible. I never have silence in Vegas anymore. My house is now one-half mile from a six-lane freeway. (I NEVER thought THAT would happen.) I hear the freeway traffic start running down the road by 5:00 a.m. I sooooooo miss the silence of the desert. The 'blue' of the high desert before sunrise is pure magic.

Friday Morning Snow

Chores at 5*

I Am Goat

I Am Just Hungry

Golden Oaks On The Creek

Jim & Helen

Jim & Me

After helping with the chores of feeding goats, horses, and cats, I wandered around enjoying the snow and taking pictures.

Foot Bridge In Snow

The Ranch House

Fence & Rabbit Bush

Dog In Snow

The Chores of Waiting

Sangre de Cristo Mountains In Clouds

Alien Pods Vacation Here Too

Blue Jay On Wing

Jim and Helen also help take care of a neighbor's ranch. Their donkey and horses are too funny. They run to meet you and then follow you all over the place.

"I Wait"

Up The Valley

"Hay, Where is the Hay?"

The following days were filled with more chores, more food, and too much fun. It didn't snow again but the snow that was on the ground didn't melt too fast either. It didn't get above freezing throughout the weekend. Amazingly, I was very rarely cold.

Cold & Bright

Luna. Poor Luna. No fat and no fur. I did keep her coat on her most all of the time except for her short excursions out of doors. She was never outside for more that 10 minutes I don't think. I just couldn't keep her coat dry when playing with the other dogs. So, she had lots of small running bouts with Junior, her favorite dog, in the snow. I'll load up a video of them playing tomorrow.

The Running, Always with the Running

And finally, I did make it to La Lana Wools in Taos, N.M. I'll share all of the luscious details within the next few days.

Simply Recipes' "Split Pea Soup"

Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It's a way to live.
~Jackie Windspear

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