Monday, September 6, 2010

Happy Labor Day!

No laboring for us today, here in Grand Lake, Colorado.  We plan to put the canoe in the water…after it warms up a bit.  It is sunny and beautiful here at about 45 degrees this morning.  Plus, we are in no hurry to do anything, and are just enjoying being lazy.

I did ‘labor’ the other day and made this necklace for a little sweetie pie and was going to deliver it to NH:


So now it will get mailed instead.  It is made with freshwater pearls and pink cat’s eye beads.  Even wee girls need real pearls!  And I also made two pairs of earrings, but failed to take photos.  I left one set (black agate) for the motel maid as a thank you.

Estes Park was super crowded with people yesterday, so we made haste to get away from there and enjoyed the 48 mile drive from EP to Grand Lake through beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park.  Almost the whole way has been resurfaced since we were here a few years ago, plus there is a new campground on the GL side.


There wasn’t much snow left up top, and with all the clouds hiding good sunlight, I didn’t take many photos.  We were sad to see all the devastation the pine beetles have done to the trees out west, and the park was not spared.  They are at least cutting down the dead trees near buildings and places where falling trees will be a danger to the folks.

We drove back into the park at dusk, and were disappointed that we did not see a single furry critter.  Normally, we’ve seen dozens of animals: deer, elk, moose, and even a wolf.  I sure hope we have better luck this evening, because we’ll be right back up there to check it out.

Have a safe and fun holiday, y’all!


Barb said...

I've been to Estes Park just once, and loved every minute of it! It wasn't what I'd call crowded but it was on a weekday and certainly not on a holiday weekend, but even so it still had a pretty respectable amount of people. I got a pair of tri-colored gold earrings and cross necklace. I can't think of the name of that gold for nuthin'! Dang.

It's sad to hear about the trees. Nature has its own plan and will figure it out.

Have a lovely day! Big hugs :]

Sandee said...

The water was loaded with boats this weekend too. Little idiots that go out two or three times a year and have no idea at all how to properly operate their boats. They put their toys away this weekend and us real boaters can have the water back. Life is good.

Sad about the trees too, but nature does have it's own plans.

Have a terrific Labor Day honey. Big hugs. :)

Zane D. Clark said...

I haven't been on the web for a while and Darlin says that you are broke down with the motorhome.

so sad and sorry. but sounds like you are making the most of it.

Joy said...

Enjoy the canoeing - it will be warmer on up in the day! But cool mornings are so nice, you know I love them. 44 here yesterday morning! How nice to leave the motel maid a pair of your handmade earrings - I'm sure Missy "helped" you make them, too. Have a wonderful day.

Haley D. said...

Sorry you didn't see any critters! We saw a black bear on our hike at SMNP Saturday!! We're home now safe & sound from our weekend of camping, and everyone in both campers still like each other. ;) The necklace is very sweet.

Anonymous said...

LOL @ Sandee... she's got that right....hahahhahaha

I love the necklace, I know the recipient will love it. It's just so pretty in pink!

Well, I'm glad y'all are at least enjoying your detour. Hopefully you'll see some critters this time... Hope the canoe ride was fun, too!