KOFFEENUT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KOFFEENUT KOFFEENUT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Youngsters - 2-26-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321825 We have a lot of moose babies in town. Well, maybe adolescents is a better term. Unsupervised they're likely to find the trees on your patio the tastiest, as Randall Williams discovered: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4955b8a0-50a6-405f-98cf-35c1c509d972.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Or they may simply be curious about your skis, like the one outside Reed Graves' place: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9bf1312b-9e4b-43b3-a47b-50bffba74a85.jpg"> <BR... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:16:04 EST Pink skies - 2-25-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321357 Thank you, Jeff Hall, for reminding me of the pink skies we've enjoyed when I'm grumbling about gray days! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/59c5d457-10d8-4379-86e5-c12e59f30faf.jpg"> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:49:14 EST Local's problem - 2-24-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320846 David Dietrich experienced the ultimate local's problem - how do I start my car? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ede009d5-4156-4d9a-b76a-cb271e77279a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'd say....remotely....... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:28:37 EST Odd Couple - 2-23-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320326 Brindle the cow is trying to figure out this cat. The folks at Moon Hill Dairy said the cat acts like it's a parrot - following people around, then jumping on them and clawing its way up to their shoulders. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/02b9d515-4358-4118-879a-1c22ed377d44.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Like most cats, it enjoys climbing and found this post a convenient perch - even if it IS eye-level with Brindle! Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:44:50 EST Lovely Sunset - 2-22-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319817 Several local photographers made sure to capture our lovely pink sunset! Eric Phalen caught the early part of the sunset: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eff046ba-b48e-4401-a619-943e21530284.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Jeff Otterson found a reflection in the river: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34b07dbe-eb00-4fb3-bb11-1605b48637dd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And Jeff Hall captured the brilliant sky: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/gu... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:11:05 EST President's Day Sales - 2-21-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319548 Been out of the loop, down in Denver taking DD around to the President's Day sales for her birthday gift. Felt a little bit like this guy, captured by Ruth Louise Brainard: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e0ba201f-5682-4532-995c-41c7a563da07.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Is it safe to come out yet?!? I likely saw more people at the mall yesterday than I see in town in a WEEK! Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:35:48 EST Sunrise - 2-18-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317875 Many thanks to people like Angela Young, who actually get up EARLY enough to catch the sunrise over Mt. Werner! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/350a94eb-3c02-4793-ab2b-6a3c9558fe9b.jpg"> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:43:42 EST Whoa - 2-17-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317460 Loise Brainard found this bird putting on the brakes when it realized there was a WINDOW there! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1e3ee080-a405-4b61-a29d-28a92c060dc0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is DD's birthday. Several years ago I told her if she insisted on telling her real age, I was going to have difficulty explaining mine. I need to check with her on what number she settled on.... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:43:50 EST Surprised - 2-16-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317095 This fox seemed surprised to see Cindy Enlow! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/145de16a-116c-4517-bcbd-c7d32837244e.jpg"> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:57:05 EST Melting - 2-15-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316524 Well, sort of. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9381bfbc-39ae-4ed7-8260-c63a1458fdf6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Joseph McManus found the snow (slowly) sliding off this shed roof. We've had warmer than normal temperatures for a few days and the volume of snow is rapidly melting down. I'd say we're back to early January snow now! <BR> <em>20</em> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:17:34 EST There's too much snow... - 2-14-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316017 When the dog can get on the roof. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fc290328-e4c1-4187-ab9b-335a9c51f8f9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sue Swigart found her dog exploring the roof of the barn; access was made easy by the amount of snow that had piled up beside it! Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:10:01 EST Just about perfect - 2-13-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315546 Scott Franz found these cattle feeding on hay the rancher spread out, with a sunset on the mountain in the background. Feeling more peaceful already! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c0b73df2-3482-4179-805f-3783cf1371e4.jpg"> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:29:23 EST More Winter Carnival - 2-12-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315091 Because one day is CLEARLY not enough for people who live with winter as long as we do! <BR> <BR> We finished out Saturday with a fireworks show, which David Dietrich: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/50ab79c3-2d5b-4734-bb24-bd7fc9213a77.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and Shawn Stoehr were able to capture for us. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c860b815-9a27-47ae-abea-ea1ad6f3e593.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We have some local folks who actually make the firew... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 20:21:10 EST 104th Winter Carnival - 2-11-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314666 We kicked off our 104th Winter Carnival today with street events. We actually bring snow BACK into town and spread it on our main street to provide a base for the events. Matt Stensland was there to catch all the action. Some events, like the 75-yard dash, just involve kids, skis, and a lot of energy: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a4dc1960-b01e-43df-81e3-678cbce76192.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But most of our events involve horses in some way, reflecting back on our ran... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 22:53:41 EST Snow sculptures in process - 2-10-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313963 You saw the snow getting boxed up. Here's what happens next! <BR> <BR> John F. Russell went out to capture the action. In this photo, local artist Sandy Graves shaped a snow sculpture at the corner of Third Street and Lincoln Avenue. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e0134846-4fbd-4cc4-9304-df4dd3e89c05.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Creating snow sculptures along Lincoln Avenue has been a long-running Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival tradition. However, last year the event w... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:35:55 EST Powder Packing - 2-9-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313404 I know this looks a little strange - why would we be putting snow into boxes?!? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c13cf7e-7d2d-4a6c-9735-8cb584571524.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This weekend is our 104th Winter Carnival, and we'll be continuing our tradition of having snow sculptures along the street where the event is held (our main street through town). The snow sculptures require the snow be packed tightly so they hold together once the snow is set in the location where th... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 11:16:15 EST Hanging by the high school - 2-8-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312865 Shannon Lukens found a mama moose and her young offspring hanging by the high school. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/353545ce-e82b-4059-b362-2caae4670415.jpg"> <BR> <BR> She warned some kids walking home to be aware these two were in the area: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cf8c91a4-9918-4026-b4ed-5a06e2f2d428.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These are a couple that have been hanging around the downtown area; us locals know to watch out for them. <BR... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 12:46:53 EST Too Tame - 2-7-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312339 When a wild bird lands on your hand, it's too tame! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/43edd455-5090-4333-8950-f2d3ad793ebf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Jeff Otterson got this photo of a bird taking seed from his hand up on the ski mountain. I guess the birds up there have figured out that we're an easier source of food than scrounging through the trees! Tue, 7 Feb 2017 13:27:31 EST More snow in the forecast - 2-6-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311851 Wonder where we'll put it? Curt Merchant took this photo downtown. I'd say we have enough. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a2132912-db75-4d7e-b1c0-37f1e0dab3ba.jpg"> Mon, 6 Feb 2017 15:54:30 EST Snowed Up - 2-5-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311266 I love this photo by Matt Grasse - it captures how snowed up we are! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f6fda298-ebaf-4722-b76d-91f3a5863090.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (OK, the towering snow on the sides of my driveway would ALSO provide a testimonial on the amount of snow, but I thought Matt's photo was MUCH more attractive!) Sun, 5 Feb 2017 15:11:10 EST Moose challenges - 2-4-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310803 We're having some challenges with moose on the ski mountain. Although they haven't been aggressive, they have been agitated when people skied by or took pictures of them. Larry Pierce got a photo of a young moose running across the slopes: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/257aa4bd-3c15-4bd3-b2aa-8e0c40392172.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Locals know it's critical to stay away from these animals. Visitors don't always understand how dangerous they can be. Because of the deep ... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 17:00:37 EST Dead of winter - 2-3-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310223 Jeff Hall found the Yampa River still flowing, but this gives you an idea what the dead of winter is like here: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ea7e5f26-6c20-498d-8119-cf6f6948bc15.jpg"> Fri, 3 Feb 2017 12:57:40 EST Beautiful skies - 2-2-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309647 EVERYONE paused to watch the beautiful sunset! Shannon Lukens got early photos - of the Flattops Wilderness Area: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c4584fe2-5a3a-4d9d-adaa-b8b1c152b839.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And of Howelsen Hill, here in town: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/603fd081-f9f6-4d81-8d16-ca6276079fe3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sonia Dose got a beautiful shot when the sun was low: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f70... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 12:07:54 EST Dusk in a mountain town - 2-1-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309288 Noah Wetzel captured Steamboat Springs at dusk: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4e1113d8-dce3-4cc2-b0a9-e0f80ac96ee5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The lights of downtown, the mountain with the night skiing lights, all captured between two snowbanks! Wed, 1 Feb 2017 21:12:34 EST Photobombed - 1-31-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308492 Denny Phillips had his selfie photobombed - by a couple moose! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/48e8516a-41c0-480b-af6f-72adfe032049.jpg"> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 13:06:19 EST Pink sunset - 1-30-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307921 More pink sunsets - we have clear skies predicted, so hopefully we'll be getting LOTS more of these! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fdb8aa5d-3bd4-4204-8ff6-f22eb8f472ab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> David Dietrich caught the last pink skies over the Sleeping Giant. Mon, 30 Jan 2017 13:52:05 EST Pink clouds - 1-29-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307275 Libbie Miller got this great shot of our pink clouds in blue skies. I love it when we get "alpenglow" - the light reflecting off the snow. It's cool to get a faint pink glow on the snow! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2441ccd2-1c8d-4652-b619-781a54b7bb3e.jpg"> Sun, 29 Jan 2017 13:29:34 EST Can I catch a ride? - 1-28-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306760 Laurie Fitzgerald caught this moose checking out her snow-covered car, apparently looking for a ride OUT of the snow! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/70248bf7-e78e-4048-95ce-ff5f4989e5d1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You can just make out the magpie sitting on the moose's back, apparently figuring if the moose can catch a ride he'll just hitchhike along! <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Jan 2017 13:02:58 EST Looking for the high ground - 1-27-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306212 Julianne Horace found this cat looking for the high ground! We've had back-to-back months with over 100 inches of snow (107" in December, 102" so far in January), so you have to look harder than usual. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6f8caf3c-9ade-4f25-9a3c-6911ef7029be.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And yes, that does mean more than 8 FEET of snow each month. The locals are tired of shoveling. Looks like someone was pulling some snow off a roof using this ladder, and the c... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:13:58 EST Happy Australia Day - 1-26-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305592 From Steamboat Springs, Colorado! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/996aa5fe-893d-425a-b0da-56c11a993d89.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tammy Doyle took this photo of their "Aussie snow man" from when they came to visit from down under at Christmas! Thu, 26 Jan 2017 11:26:49 EST BRIEF break - 1-25-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305046 There was a brief - let me emphasize BRIEF - break in the weather yesterday. We enjoyed several moments of blue skies: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/738c380b-a907-4a1c-943d-d635c6b9e868.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Followed by another storm with more snow. Wed, 25 Jan 2017 12:47:51 EST More snow in the forecast - 1-24-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304437 That ought to take care of those fenceposts. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b3cd1ce4-b09e-4fe7-af10-4cb09145e234.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sally Blaser got this photo of fenceposts poking up through the snow. We often have winters when you can look across a field and see NO fenceposts - just little bumps where the snow is mounded up higher, where the fence is buried underneath! <BR> <BR> We have a gate at the bottom of the steps to our deck. I told DH the other day that... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:17:23 EST Confirmation - 1-23-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303885 Matthew Grasse got this photo that confirms what I already knew: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/133aff1e-c7af-4fd6-bcdb-e7770f716c54.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Most fishermen are a little bit crazy. <BR> <BR> We actually live in Steamboat Springs for the fishing. DH typically catches/releases about 1000 fish each season. One year in early November he was at 997 and went out to catch those last 3 fish. When he came back in (successful, thank God!) he talked of breaking i... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:03:40 EST Ready for our close-up - 1-22-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303231 Juan Stoll got a close-up of our mama moose and twins: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b98af36e-00b1-46a7-bda0-18ad95a0945c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As well as a picture of what your nose looks like after rooting around in the snow! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/07871373-574b-49a1-a3e3-a9b8428c087f.jpg"> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:22:22 EST Still snowing - 1-21-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302782 Still snowing here in Steamboat. Larry Pierce went out and got a photo of these two snow-covered tractors. That will eventually help identify which of the snow-bumps has the tractors under them! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6c9fd365-4238-4664-8304-0ce6fe98613d.jpg"> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:23:25 EST Clear Days - 1-20-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302080 We enjoyed at least 2 of them, back to back, as evidenced by this photo of downtown Shannon Lukens got: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f301ce92-ec2e-4d9b-bd60-ab3254059875.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And this Noah Wetzel photo of the mountain at night: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/24a337dc-45b9-43d2-aed7-e2e0c0ff5421.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The locals all "hurried up" and enjoyed them, secure in the knowledge it would be a limited phenomenon this week... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:38:54 EST Elk at the ranch - 1-19-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301596 John F. Russell was driving through northern Routt County when he noticed these cow elk standing in a rancher's pasture: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e331dd18-d4be-486b-93c3-37b6542faf4e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And this one looking for shelter (or snacks!) just off Routt County road 129: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a88ab57c-0a0d-4e78-b4e4-db3d483566eb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I actually saw an elk line up with a group of cattle one winter when t... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:06:49 EST Moose at the bank - 1-18-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300720 The moose in town are making themselves right at home. They bedded down for a nap at Alpine Bank. Nick Wozniak caught some photos: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ab8de4fb-8d29-498f-bb00-dfd25a638c05.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nothing like being in line at the bank: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/692c5ead-1c88-4d22-8824-539726e4fb10.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And Geoffrey Inglis also took some pictures. Mind you, this bank is in a major shopping area - ... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:47:05 EST Cowboy Downhill - 1-17-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300076 Because if you can ride a horse, you surely ought to be able to ski/snowboard, right?!? We had the 43rd annual Cowboy Downhill here in Steamboat Springs yesterday. The annual event draws cowboys and cowgirls from the National Western Stock Show in Denver for a day of racing, and a few crashes, on the slopes. Kathleen Walsh gives you a good idea of the madness involved: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b2bb498-5a7a-496e-bb7d-27a1165d1611.jpg"> <BR> <BR> John F. ... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:37:18 EST We're getting buried - 1-16-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299592 This street sign is just off downtown. They have a great view of the mountain (if you can see over the snow mounds). Cyndi Marlowe captured the ridiculous amount of snow we have: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/46b0928b-1031-40e0-bfb7-be50cb086a92.jpg"> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:15:35 EST Light at sunset - 1-15-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298700 The skies cleared late yesterday, in time for beautiful light at sunset. Hannah Stratton caught it through the trees: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e59137e7-227e-46f0-871e-2cdab2dc7bae.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sam Daniels caught it along with snowplows working in tandem: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ad2125bb-c608-4afa-b127-8975b01e84d0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And Jeff Otterson caught the sunset with Sleeping Giant, covered in snow, just to the ri... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:44:42 EST Pine Marten - 1-14-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297995 At least, I THINK it's a pine marten! Steve Castan caught this little guy out in the deep snow: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aa41919d-7c9c-4329-afcb-e6a5dac1cc50.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've only seen them during the summer before, when they were brown, but DH assures me they change colors (even though I couldn't find anything to substantiate that....) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dc4530a0-0c8a-45ea-bd86-a5e22286360e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I u... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:49:27 EST Life in a ski town - 1-13-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297460 When you're on the swim team in a ski town, you just roll with things: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/62d16fdc-89e2-4e0c-9d99-4594f574796f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Steamboat Springs swim team didn't let a little snow slow them down. They're out at the Old Town Hot Springs (yes, it's outdoors) getting their practice in! Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:36:58 EST Frozen Fish Creek Falls - 1-12-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296652 It isn't unusual to have Fish Creek Falls freeze in the winter - we often have ice climbers who COUNT on it! Parker Ercums got some great shots of folks hiking up to the frozen waterfall: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d96bf326-5a86-4276-b811-436dba235384.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You can make out the log covered with snow in the foreground. That log crosses Fish Creek. Where these folks are standing is on Fish Creek itself. The first year we lived here we did a simila... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:03:59 EST Moose around town - 1-11-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296015 Moose are not dumb. It is WAY easier to walk on plowed roads and driveways than it is to break trail through the volume of snow we've had recently. As a result, we've had a LOT of sightings around town. John F. Russell caught these two downtown just in front of the Rabbit Ears Motel: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d9ed3055-7768-44c1-ba4c-97b785a37894.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Parker Ercums got several photos of moose in the deep snow: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:19:47 EST Night skiing - 1-10-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295310 Steve Shelesky got a nice photo of the Steamboat Barn with night skiing on the mountain in the background. This does NOT begin to capture the amount of snow we currently have! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/722580a6-6326-4a36-a7a2-8c0cd7f59092.jpg"> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:12:46 EST Tough to be a dog - 1-9-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294648 Bruce Lee got this photo of his dog, proving it is TOUGH to be a dog when you have this much snow! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/01f58fde-cfb7-4de2-abe2-e4d446cd660f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Breaking trail is difficult when the snow is higher than you are. Our dog has been sitting on the stairs in our house so he can look out the window - the snow is too high for him to see anything if he stays on the ground floor and looks out! Mon, 9 Jan 2017 14:04:10 EST Mailbox humor - 1-8-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294001 When you get as much snow as we do, you need a sense of humor about the situation. Rebekah Hilterbrand found this local mailbox attached to an "upside down skier leg": <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/303218ab-f02a-4db2-8080-3dca78901d53.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You DO have to be careful skiing right now - a tumble into a tree well can be a career decision! Sun, 8 Jan 2017 16:14:21 EST Commute issues - 1-7-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293257 No, I'm not talking about the amount of snow. I'm talking about the three moose surrounding Vickie Regans' vehicle in her driveway! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b8ce5e7c-645a-4eb9-b07e-b405b0997a5b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This makes it tricky to get out to your car and get to work in the morning! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3f50b11c-9cfe-4f32-9dcc-28bed9ec16f8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fortunately, the moose eventually decided to meander off to ... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 13:50:37 EST Beards on the mountain - 1-6-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292638 When you've received over 32 inches of snow in 3 days, there's a lot of powder. And if you're skiing that powder with a beard, some of it will come down the mountain with you. Matt Stensland caught photos of Paul Smith: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b34c80b5-e9c4-48dc-b237-1379e34b1473.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and Benjamin Hoffner: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34c14520-133b-4f9b-8884-4c43694ca15e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> post-skiing/snowboarding,... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 14:17:23 EST