Talk of the Trains: Day 2: Colorado

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Day 2: Colorado

The first day, the skies were clear and you could see the Rockies for miles and miles. I think the temperature hovered around 28 or so. Day two and three, were snowy, windy and much much colder and the wind chill on Monday morning was -4 and on Tuesday around 10 degrees.

Us Southerners who have enjoyed a seasonably warm winter were shaking in our boots.  

Clear skies on Day 1

Clouds and snow on Day 2.
Monday morning {Day 2}, CT3 got up and went with the guys to the slopes while the girls and I stayed back with AM. We received a few texts from them saying that they were freezing and this only encouraged us to hunker down inside. 

Around 11, CT3 and Andrew came back and I decided that I would go out just for a few runs. After all, we had flown out west, I had the gear and the time, so why not?

I really really enjoyed this day. Honestly, all I did was go to the top of Schoolmarm and run it down 3 times. No stopping, no looking for my hubby, just me, my Jesus and the snow. It took me a solid hour and a half to ride the lift the multiple times and then ski down and with my legs being sore from the day prior, I called it a day and headed to Starbucks for a quick cup of joe. 

I arrived back and AM was sleeping so we relaxed as we discussed our evening plans. We had reservations for a dinner sleigh ride and would soon get ready to take off for our venture in the woods. After that, we would scurry home to catch the last of the Bachelor. 

...No judging me for watching that trash, please! ;)

For our sleigh ride, the deal was that we arrived, were bussed over to the horses, went on a 20 minute ride to a cabin in the woods and were served a beef stew, hot chocolate and a shot of peppermint schnapps upon arrival then dined for the evening to the tunes of a live guitarist. 

To say that the night was fabulous is an understatement. Aside from the fact that it was 0 degrees outside and that my child refused to wear a hat or gloves and screamed the entire way there, we had a blast. Once we got to dinner and AM settled down, the evening was enjoyed by all. Pictures can tell the story better than my words so here are the ones I snapped on our wintry sleigh ride! 

Our crew

Headed to load the bus

On the bus

Beautiful, untouched blankets of snow.

Our sleigh!

My freezing child who refused to wear her winter gear.

Riding the sleigh.

Sleigh tracks.

We were following this sleigh.


The Keystone Stables ahead.

AM loved the horses!

Family pic 
Table setting perfect for a western, cowboy's feast!

Loved the cast iron dish ware.

Our mountain house will have those lights one day.

Best soup I have ever had in my life. I have the recipe for it and though its long, if I get adventurous, I may post it for ya!

Cowgirl pouring the shots...I wasn't sure really what to do with mine so I added it to my hot chocolate for a few sips. We all agreed that it tasted like mouthwash and was not something I could just toss back! 

Apparently, being the non-drinker I am, I was obsessed with the shot glasses and the liquor bottle.  HA. 

Handsome Dan - who's mountain tunes like John Denver were perfectly suited for the evenings events.

Chicken and steak with potatoes and a side of veggies.

Apple pie and ice cream for dessert! {Sorry for the weird coloring in the pics!}

The ride home in the pitch black of night with nothing to be seen but the stars lighting the sky.
Thankfully, AM did fine on the ride back. She wouldn't cover her head or hands, but we told her that if she hid under the blanket she could have puffs. This bribery kept her warm and quiet for the ride back - both of which I was thankful for.

Post dinner we were all fat and happy. We ran back to the condo just in time to catch the last hour and a half of the Bachelor....which lets just say I am NOT a fan of Ben, nor Courtney and the girl I wanted to win {Casey B.} was let go last week. So sad and completely lame of Ben. Pin It Now!


  1. oh my goodness! that sleigh ride sounds incredible!

  2. I wish I had a Lauren or Comer in my family to take me on a sleigh ride in the Rocky Mountains.


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