Snow in the forest

Following a 70 degree day on Saturday, yesterday brought thunder snow to the area. From the warmth of the house, we watched the snow fall and pile up.

“It’s like being in a snow globe.”

And now, the morning after, we have the peaceful beauty of snow laden trees under the bluebird sky. In a few days, as the temperature rises, it will melt in loud thuds to the ground and once again the forest will be green and brown.

The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park Colorado

The Stanley Hotel is best known for the 1980 cult classic “The Shining.” Combining the talents of writer Stephen King, director Stanley Kubrick, and actor Jack Nicholson, this has incited more than its share of nightmares. Upon mention of the hotel, most people will immediately be thinking:

Redrum, Here’s Johnny, or a typewriter with the words, All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

The hotel is a luxurious place with rooms and hallways full of charm, mirrors (are there evil spirits looking back at you?), fine dining options, and breathtaking views everywhere you look – Only a six mile drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Degas Exhibit at The Denver Art Museum

The architecture of the Hamilton Building is in itself a work of art. Designed by Daniel Libeskind who is well known for edgy, geometrically interesting buildings around the world including The Jewish Museum in Berlin and London Metropolitan University. He is also known for being chosen to oversee the rebuilding of the World Trade Center in New York. The Polish born son of Holocaust survivors said he took his cue from the nearby Rocky Mountains in designing the newer building of The Denver Art Museum.

The Milleners (about 1898)

The Dancing Lesson (about 1877)

Dancer with bouquets

The gift shop has a beautiful display, sure to capture anyone who imagined themselves in the paintings or sketches of dancers.

Some highlights from my visit to The Denver Art Museum special Degas exhibit.

My morning with a Little Scientist

I spent a couple of hours with my 18 month old neighbor today. If you haven’t had the pleasure of watching a little one explore recently, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Everything fascinates him and his enthusiasm is contagious. Watching a wheel spin, trying to pick up rocks that are too heavy, finding one that’s not and testing the sounds it makes is all part of being a scientist.

Frozen Dead Guy Days 2018

Most small towns have annual celebrations. Nederland Colorado, just west of Boulder at 8200 feet, is no exception.

The only twist, is this festival is based on the aftermath of the death of “Grandpa Bredo.” He lived and died in Norway but following his 1989 death, his body was shipped to the US for cryogenic preservation. Four years later, he was moved to Colorado where his daughter and grandson lived and kept his frozen body in a shed in Nederland. Unfortunately, the story takes a sad turn when Bredo’s grandson was deported for overstaying his visa and his daughter was evicted for living in a house without electricity and plumbing. The body, at risk of thawing, was moved to a Tuff Shed, thanks to a local Colorado supplier and a Denver radio station. There were legal ramifications, but once that was settled, the unique festivities became an annual gathering.

In addition to a parade, locals and tourists are invite to watch and participate in coffin races, a costumed polar plunge, human Foosball, and tents offering live music.