Rocky Mountain High!

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As an elementary art teacher, I rarely have the opportunity to travel in the fall. But when our dear friend’s daughter announced her wedding would be in Estes Park, Colorado, my husband and I jumped at the chance to share their special day and to visit beautiful Colorado in the fall!

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From the moment we headed north on Highway 25 from Denver to Estes Park, the astounding beauty of Colorado  began to fill my soul with a peace and serenity that is often difficult to find.  The beauty of the fall colors mixed with the Rocky Mountain backdrop was everything and more that I had hoped to see.

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Our friends recently bought an amazing cabin ( really it’s a beautiful home ) just at¬†the¬†base of Rocky Mountain National Park. ¬†The views from their back porch are simply stunning!

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The first morning after our arrival we were awoken by the sound of bugling by the “Great Prince” elk as he kept his “harem” together. ¬† Imagine walking onto your back porch to find some 50 odd elk passing by about 50 feet away.

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My husband took this photo of a “Great Prince” elk in town. ¬†October is rutting season for elks. ¬†The male elk ( or as we like to call him the “Great Prince” ) gathers as many female elks as possible into his “harem”. ¬†The “Great Prince” is clearly in command and does not easily welcome any “competitors” near his “harem.”

Before the wedding, we had a day to explore Rocky Mountain National Park! The only word I know to describe the views is breathtaking!  I have had the good fortune to visit this incredible place before and I promise it never disappoints.

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Travel Tip: ¬†October is an incredible time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park. The air is crisp and the birch trees are turning a beautiful yellow gold. ¬†It’s hard to miss the harems of elk as they travel into town and inhabit the local golf course. ¬†The crowds of summer have begun to thin, but there are still many visitors to the park on the weekend. ¬†We arrived on a Tuesday and were able to take advantage of the park before the many weekend visitors. ¬†The weather was cold the day of our arrival, so pack you jacket, ¬†but warmed up to a very pleasant 70 degrees over

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 Many happy travels to you!  Gerri xxoo

Beach Getaway at The Pearl South Padre

There is nothing like a little beach getaway to renew the spirit¬†and sooth the soul.¬† On a recent family escape, I had the opportunity to do just that at the lovely Pearl South Padre. South Padre Island is a barrier island located on the coastal tip of Texas. ¬†On a clear day, ¬† ¬†¬† ( and they’re nearly all clear days) you might see Mexico on the horizon line. ¬† It is a popular resort area known for its¬†clear, blue waters and¬†white, sandy beaches. ¬†South Padre is ¬†also the home of¬†the Schlitterbahn¬†Beach¬†Waterpark.

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The Pearl South Padre hosts the largest hotel swimming pool in South Texas.  Adults can enjoy a cool tropical drink from the swim up bar.  Families have plenty of room to frolic and play in the curvy design of the 6000 square foot pool  where there is plenty of room for floats or other pool toys.  If you prefer, you can go under the waterfall to a more secluded swim area.  For the youngest guest there is a separate kiddie pool with slide.  Did I forget to mention there is also a separate heated spa?

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From our ocean view balcony it would have been easy to simply spent the entire day merely gazing  at the lush tropical landscape surrounding the pool with the Gulf of Mexico just beyond.  The cooling breeze was ever so delightful even with temperatures soaring into the upper nineties.  A perfect place to relax, read, even nap!

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My favorite part  of any beach getaway is walking the beach in the early morning.  I adore watching the mesmerizing repetition of waves rolling into the shore.  I crave the feel of the wet sand under my feet. I am excited as the waves rush up and splash my legs and then ease their way back to the ocean.  Spending time on the beach is definitely the ideal place to relax and enjoy these warm summer days!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summertime! Fun Time!

Now that school is out and summer is here, I am trying to get down to some serious relaxing and enjoying life!  Recently, my brother and his lovely wife were here visiting us from their home in Hawaii. ( I know, we should be visiting them right! )  For a fun excursion, my husband and I took them for a day at the Kemah Boardwalk.

CAM01186Kemah was once a sleepy, little fishing town¬†where Galveston Bay and Clear Lake merge.¬† I remember as a child¬†going to Jimmie Walker’s or the Flying Dutchman for a delicious seafood dinner and to watch the boats come in and out of the harbor.

Some would have called it a “dive” in those days, but we loved being close to the water and getting to watch the sailboats and trawlers cruising in and out of the harbor on their Sunday jaunt.

Later on, my dad, who was an avid boater, would keep his boat at Lakewood Yacht Club and we would be the ones on the boat waving to the onlookers as we gloriously breezed through the harbor.

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Then, one day, Landry’s Restaurants bought the property and it became the infamous Kemah Boardwalk that it is today, filled with numerous restaurants, a ferris wheel, rides galore, shops, and a boutique hotel! You know, they paved paradise and put up a parking lot!

Well, that’s enough of my ramblings!¬†Seriously, it really is a great spot to send the day!

CAM01188   We enjoyed an amazing brunch at the fabulous Cadillac Bar where we were able to sit and gaze over the harbor and wave to passing boats.  We then boarded the FantSea Yacht for a cruise through the harbor and Clear Lake.  Many beautiful homes and marinas line the shores of Clear Lake and it is quite a sight to see.  It is also fun to visit the many shops, ride the train or any of the other fun rides at the amusement park.

For me, I enjoyed just being near the water again and having a chance to¬†reminisce about days gone by when we would anchor out in the lake, swim by the boat, and then picnic off the back of the boat!¬† I was also glad to get to visit with my brother and his wife.¬†¬†¬† We don’t get to see them near often enough!

You never know, maybe next time we will get to visit them at their home on the lovely island of Oahu!¬† When this happens I’ll be sure to send you a picture!

Aloha for now!

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