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/ Flat Tops in the Spring - 5-28-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367712 The weather is schizophrenic this time of year - rain, turning to snow, turning to 70 degree days with bright blue skies. Jeff Hall captured one of those "bright blue skies" with the brilliant green grass of spring, and the Flat Tops Wilderness Area with a fresh dusting of snow in the background. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1fe9b6a7-a166-4694-ab4e-884022188e29.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'll be gone about a week to TX to pick up my niece, who's coming to live with us fo... Sun, 28 May 2017 12:56:14 EST For Sale - One High School - 5-27-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367356 This year's group of Steamboat Springs seniors topped all previous senior pranks. They put the high school up for sale on Craigslist. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/33bb1135-7d19-41e5-9816-df08d85beef3.png"> <BR> <BR> Their ad points out "This gorgeous property is located in downtown Steamboat Springs, it is a large property that could be used for retail purposes. It comes with 8 plus bedrooms/rooms. It has 12 bathrooms, a football field, and 2 basketball cour... Sat, 27 May 2017 15:40:46 EST Determined Bear - 5-26-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366893 Doughnut delivery drivers in Steamboat Springs might want to start looking over their shoulders. <BR> <BR> Todd and Kim Robertson awoke to discover a black bear was so determined to break into their doughnut delivery vehicle, it ripped off the car's back bumper. Kim Robertson took a photo of the damage: <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c0901ce-6ed4-4017-aef1-af648e764784.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Robertsons had no doubt about the bear's motives. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 26 May 2017 12:05:13 EST Greening up nicely - 5-25-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366495 Jeff Hall was out on the Mad Creek trail, where he confirmed that we are greening up nicely (finally!): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0633928e-5b6c-4dcf-950b-ae3afc43665b.jpeg"> <BR> Thu, 25 May 2017 12:13:49 EST Botanic Garden - 5-24-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366038 I was afraid all the crabapple blooms would be done by the time I returned from NYC. Apparently one of the benefits of the cool weather (read: snow!) is that it slowed down the blooms. Jeff Hall got a good shot of blooming crabapples at the Botanic Garden, across the pond: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/92115800-4358-41a1-b634-eb5c9b79753e.jpeg"> <BR> Wed, 24 May 2017 10:58:50 EST Did I wake up too soon? - 5-23-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365633 This bear seems to be questioning whether his timing was off on hibernation! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9ba4b173-8b3e-49f3-a355-25725e82f8fb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ann Lauinger found him wandering around, unsure about all the snow! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8995b766-3336-4bad-a9d0-dea288c28786.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 23 May 2017 12:59:21 EST Not sorry I missed this - 5-22-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365375 The day after we left town for NYC, Steamboat Springs got hit with a significant spring snowstorm. Just HOW significant you can see from the amount of snow on Shannon Lukens' patio furniture: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/81174d93-bec5-429f-8fe6-ab171b89c1d8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Shannon's hummingbird feeders were snow-covered: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/912ce271-db66-45c5-abbd-4161b359ff6f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And Mike Montgomery's tulip... Mon, 22 May 2017 22:14:14 EST Crabapple blooms - 5-16-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362718 We're seeing stunning crabapple blooms all over town! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/25669c06-e030-4fec-8030-70836050a16c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Crabapple trees line our main street through town. They fill our parks. Most homes have at least one in the yard. The blooms are brief, but beautiful! <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 May 2017 14:26:29 EST Turtle on the lam - 5-15-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362287 On Friday our local paper reported that a tortoise, or very large turtle, the size of a large dinner platter had reportedly been seen (slowly) cruising the streets and raising eyebrows near the intersection of Fish Creek Falls Road and Steamboat Boulevard. <BR> <BR> The Feldmann family realized that "Turtle" (yes, that's his name) apparently snuck outside the front door of his family's home. The family put out papers in the neighborhood trying to locate the reptile, and the paper ran a stor... Mon, 15 May 2017 13:53:37 EST Enjoying the view - 5-14-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361813 For your Mother's Day viewing pleasure, here's a small herd of elk Kevin Dietrich found enjoying the view! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/303b19e9-17fd-418c-b7a9-1341dd8eb12e.jpg"> Sun, 14 May 2017 12:52:17 EST Finally greening up - 5-13-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361456 Jeff Hall gave us photographic proof that it's not just my imagination - we ARE finally greening up! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4b027ea7-006e-4efe-9e38-b3db29fdd9dd.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Today we're in the low 70's, a vast improvement from the rain/snow/hail of a week ago.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2e65b2c7-4548-44fa-92ee-01a510fd0a89.jpeg"> Sat, 13 May 2017 15:49:34 EST Lake Catamount at sunset - 5-12-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361034 Jeff Otterson was up on Rabbit Ears Pass at sunset - the perfect time to catch the skies over Lake Catamount: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61bf4356-ff54-4d98-bb77-5a54264ff189.jpeg"> Fri, 12 May 2017 12:23:21 EST From the top of the jump - 5-11-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360728 I think most people will agree with me - the view from the top of the ski jump on Howelsen Hill is awesome. Going DOWN the ski jump would be terrifying! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d95c416-9f18-4cfd-979d-b39110941ee5.jpg"> Thu, 11 May 2017 17:59:52 EST Following mom - 5-10-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360193 Bek Pierce found these little sandhill crane chicks following mom through the grass during the sunny day we had yesterday: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/62ac5fcf-50ce-4bff-a80e-4c8041cb17f1.png"> Wed, 10 May 2017 13:31:21 EST Bison on the plains - 5-9-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359731 OK, this not a local photo, but a local TOOK it! Kevin Dietrich was traveling through Denver when he caught the hustle and bustle of Denver as a backdrop for a Bison wandering the plains: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fc33722f-f9b1-4213-b2a9-bcf706ecd7b7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As you head west into the mountains from Denver on I-70, there is a herd of buffalo in the foothills just outside town. A few years ago I actually pulled over right next to the herd to take the... Tue, 9 May 2017 12:01:01 EST Seasons collide - 5-8-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359506 Seasons collide at the gates to the Zirkel Wilderness Area in this photo from Scott Franz: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/78d110ad-53c3-400d-85a2-6c5d37c2b3e6.jpg"> Mon, 8 May 2017 22:36:26 EST Sandhill cranes - 5-7-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359043 John F. Russell spotted these sandhill cranes, well-hidden in the cattails along the banks of a small pond just west of town: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b4a7e418-a885-47c7-bb10-0cf82f44532a.jpg"> Sun, 7 May 2017 22:03:46 EST Town during mud season - 5-6-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358426 Once the ski mountain closes we typically have a couple months that we call "mud season" - the snow is usually melting, weather is unpredictable, and there's no one around but us locals. Shannon Lukens got a good photo of our quiet downtown with Mt. Werner in the background: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c28c7197-502f-4e26-969c-4a3e211a80b0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This summer, when it's crazed with people escaping the heat from the Front Range, the locals will look bac... Sat, 6 May 2017 11:35:21 EST Pink skies - 5-5-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358116 We've had some beautiful pink skies just before sunset recently - sometimes just before a massive thunderstorm rolls through. Jesse Raikes caught one of these through the trees: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d116fb8b-00ac-4e97-8b77-6f414d896092.jpg"> Fri, 5 May 2017 16:06:45 EST Wandering Moose - 5-4-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357616 Jon Wade came home to find these moose wandering through his yard: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d4af513e-f3d9-4bab-9e4c-04239fd023c4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Didn't see as many moose in our neighborhood this winter, but know they are out there: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dc776071-17c2-4a4f-afc0-12a1e287eb19.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Makes walking the dog an adventure when you have to be on the lookout for these guys! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Thu, 4 May 2017 12:57:41 EST A little depressed - 5-3-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357278 Not me. This bear that John F. Russell found resting in a condominium complex just off of Eagle Ridge Drive today here in town: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ae9fe4f-977a-40a0-a64b-dda76293c896.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sad that it's been so cold and snowy? Down about the hail? I'm right there with you, little bear! Wed, 3 May 2017 18:24:54 EST Glacier lily - 5-2-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356658 Jeff Hall got a closeup of a glacier lily in full bloom. One of the earliest flowers that bloom here, they often come up in soil that has been disturbed. I know they are a first glimmer of spring for us! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1cabd0b8-772d-4a77-bbbe-a6204ad8744a.jpg"> Tue, 2 May 2017 12:52:13 EST Trumpeter Swan? - 5-1-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356222 David Dietrich got some great shots of this bird - I think it may be a trumpeter swan, although I've never seen one here before: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/461b0afe-5be5-4b56-8a10-3dae7f59e672.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was hanging out with a group of pelicans (yes, we DO have pelicans here in Steamboat Springs, much to the dismay of the fishermen): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c949ae43-1bbd-4781-8e8c-25b185b6d067.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img... Mon, 1 May 2017 15:55:08 EST Fish Creek Falls - 4-30-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355661 Fish Creek Falls is just a couple miles up the road from my house. There is a paved, handicapped accessible overlook trail, and another (steeper) trail down to the bridge that crosses the creek itself, not far from the base of the falls. The falls can look SO different, depending on the time of year and the photographer. Here are two recent photos, one from Stephen Shelesky: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/813290fa-b018-4a25-a6e2-272a7d738745.jpg"> <BR> <BR> An... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 15:32:36 EST Battle of the seasons - 4-29-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355219 The battle of the seasons goes on here in the Colorado Rockies! This past week winter was winning, as evidenced by our bowed but valiant daffodils: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fc6b16f5-ec94-4792-8287-11e802636a88.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and glacier lilies: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1e60e640-4128-4abd-b9fb-70f0fba0f5e1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know "unsettled weather" is the very definition of spring. It's hard to wait until June to get ha... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:30:41 EST Pink sunset - 4-28-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354831 Those of us who stayed in town the week of spring break to enjoy unrelenting snow and hail at LEAST got to enjoy a stunning sunset last night! Barbara Robinson and Bruce Lee each hurried out to capture the fleeting pink tones on the mountain: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2270f44a-f5fc-43d1-9d0f-c4ee1825f86e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b9503da9-ab78-4031-a907-949754d52d0e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have to admit, it was breathtaking... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:45:08 EST Hawk in flight - 4-27-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354318 John F. Russell was quick enough to catch this hawk as it launched off a fencepost, no doubt on its way to find a snack out in the field! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a44573f1-3442-483a-a8f0-389dbe594da3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We're fortunate to often see these birds circling over pastures or sitting on high perches, watching for little critters..... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:50:36 EST Sleeping Giant - 4-26-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353818 What a difference a day makes! Jeff Hall got a photo of Sleeping Giant (also known as Elk Mountain) before the storm swept through: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7197e007-edf7-463a-ba84-697a7cbb0048.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And John F. Russell took a photo after the storm, which left a foot of snow at the higher elevations and an inch of hail on my deck yesterday! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1e28d4ef-f46f-4a36-a14f-4ab30a2756a3.jpg"> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:51:46 EST Focus - 4-25-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353380 This cat has it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/833206f3-e3f2-4574-aa4d-13200c36281d.png"> <BR> <BR> I haven't seen any chipmunks yet, but Scott Wilcox found his cat had discovered one and was keeping CLOSE tabs on it! Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:59:20 EST Elk by the river - 4-24-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352865 Tracy DelliQuadri noticed a herd of elk, grazing in a field by the river during our good weather yesterday: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/39a472cd-21ab-487a-af43-9c3d6a963aef.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I can usually spot them by their white rumps, standing out against the brown/gray of the rest of their bodies. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:05:20 EST ...and more snow in the forecast - 4-23-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352405 Town is practically deserted, as folks have bailed for spring break. For those of us who stay, it sometimes means having parks with budding trees and blooming flowers all to ourselves. This year, not so much. Bob Stark got this poignant shot of his snow-covered tulips: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a92b9a6b-4303-4903-9aea-eacf61d476da.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And Anne Lauinger got closeups of birds who figured THEY should have left for spring break! <BR> <BR> <img s... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 12:51:53 EST Snow in the valley - 4-22-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351970 This coming week is spring break, which means those who've planned to get out of town are escaping the snow we got yesterday! Scott Franz got a photo of the snow-covered Mad Creek barn: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5325ccc9-9181-4070-a1b0-ffd90281686b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> John F. Russell caught the spring green of new leaves, weighted down with a layer of snow: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4d389f70-71e6-46ed-86e4-6ec3d617f632.jpg"> <B... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:16:32 EST The daffodils were too early - 4-21-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351609 I knew it was too early for those darn daffodils to bloom! Chad James captured what we woke up to this morning: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/360a9ece-5c7d-434c-afb7-1e0c809d21ef.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is why I don't move my summer clothes into the closet until June 1st. It's disheartening to wake up to this when you have SANDALS in the closet! <BR> <BR> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:57:43 EST Wild West Balloon - 4-20-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351205 Barbara Robinson looked out the window of her condo to discover the Wild West balloon floating by! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f772ccf1-dd7d-40d7-b017-01462fa9936e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The balloons typically fly early in the morning when conditions for them are better. I've actually been laying in bed before when I've heard the distinctive sound of a hot air balloon, only to have one float by my bedroom window on its way to a landing on the road below our house! Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:57:19 EST The daffodils are risking it - 4-19-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350889 The first of the daffodils are taking the leap - a few on our back hill, and more in the front flowerbed: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6e917019-b267-4b08-87ee-c88fb6fea31d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I always want to run out there and warn them, "NO! The forecast is calling for SNOW on Thursday!"...... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:33:21 EST Spring runoff at Fish Creek Falls - 4-18-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350211 Fish Creek Falls is roaring right now, as spring runoff cascades down the creek: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7dbd96a0-eae8-4e21-82ee-30d316ceb740.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Yampa River is also high, but hasn't reached peak runoff. Early for both to be so high, but I'm not complaining. Means the snow is out of my yard that much faster this year! Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:54:59 EST Early spring flowers - 4-17-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349785 Sonia Franziel was out at the Botanical Gardens and captured photos of some early spring flowers in bursts of bright red: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7bc19f4e-0abd-46d2-920d-93c5c5ac4e44.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and yellow: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61842db6-91ad-4a2a-bd7f-cc649fcf3b0c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and purple: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5a4d719b-3ce7-4cdc-9612-2808ccad538d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And Sonia... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:25:25 EST Eggstravaganza - 4-16-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349384 Recovered enough from yesterday's celebration to post some photos! We set up for the 11th Annual Eggstravaganza sponsored by our church in the middle school parking lot (the football field was apparently still too wet). We brought in hay and volunteers spread it into separate areas for the different age groups: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9bf9e69b-6585-4c5e-8015-80c7a7223ae6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And then people began to arrive (early, which is unheard of in our t... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 17:29:17 EST Cardboard Classic - 4-15-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349097 Larry Pierce was on hand to capture the Cardboard Classic today - the traditional race down the slopes in crafts constructed of cardboard and duct tape! Some chose to give a nod to Easter with their crafts: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a36e782a-e964-4d4f-b8b3-0f3583612523.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While others were all about the emotion: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bfbbf6c9-d8f5-4e53-980d-6ba8076ba7db.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No race is complete ... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 01:04:29 EST Helicopter Egg Drop - 4-14-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348537 Tomorrow is the big Easter Eggstravaganza that our church puts on for the community. At one time the city itself sponsored an egg hunt, but ours got so big they just asked if we would take over the whole event! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/91297179-a2a6-4bd2-b87b-4f47e06c7af8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Rick Meoli got a photo of last year's egg drop. About five years ago, a helicopter was used for the first time to drop thousands of Easter eggs on beds of straw for Steam... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:04:08 EST Looking greener every day - 4-13-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348078 As evidenced by this shot Shannon Lukens caught driving Elk River Road into town! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ab6da3a4-28ff-4d2c-aed7-e7dd74c21173.jpg"> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:34:25 EST End of the day - 4-12-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347545 As captured by Jeff Otterson: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fc964a2b-3310-4adc-91a8-0e19cd85281f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Makes me want to raise a glass of wine to toast the day! Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:32:45 EST Was it a full moon last night? - 4-11-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347057 I can't believe I missed it! According to these photos from Shannon Lukens: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/90f50204-7ccd-40a5-9ba9-f3b467511935.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/307b9f2f-8afe-4040-9f05-e78faca05dd4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And Jeff Hall: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d9392289-ba24-4c2d-a037-0c4fc3f59195.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I missed a brilliant moonrise! Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:20:48 EST Honoring Sue White - 4-10-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346612 Sue White is a long-time resident of Steamboat Springs - she bags groceries at City Market, and always has a big, friendly smile for people. We're especially proud that last month Sue won the gold medal for the giant slalom in the Special Olympics in Austria! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ebdcac0f-59fd-45e5-a946-1aea248a1791.jpg"> <BR> <BR> John F. Russell took this photo of Sue wearing her medal, along with Meghan McNamara. Meghan is employed by Horizons here... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:26:59 EST What the heck! - 4-9-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346035 Shannon Lukens found this robin asking "What the heck!" as we woke to sideways snow this morning! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6c13f3b3-bd79-4383-988b-02aac6674fa9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've got the fireplace going and am bundled in warm socks and a sweatshirt, with a cat warming my lap. Decided I'm NOT going to call my sister today. It would be too much to hear about how spring has arrived in her part of the country! Sun, 9 Apr 2017 13:59:40 EST Losing the winter coat - 4-8-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345599 The moose are, that is (I'M still bundled up!). Shannon Lukens found these moose stopping traffic around Steamboat Boulevard: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2bd9f35c-a2c4-4318-b304-d79128e6a251.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/07a69ea0-52a6-44c6-b4b8-6aa858238592.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In some of the shots you can see they're losing their winter coat and a spring coat is showing through: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 13:56:12 EST Signs of spring - 4-7-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345142 There are signs of spring popping up around town. Howelson Hill in the background is losing snow (no more ski jumping there this season!) but the lovely flowers in the foreground give a taste of spring: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/328c7f59-c861-45e1-9fee-2a171420e42a.jpg"> Fri, 7 Apr 2017 13:01:29 EST End of ski season - 4-6-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344744 One way or the other. A. Ross took this photo, highlighting that some folks are done skiing because the mountain is about to close for the season, and other folks are just done skiing for the season.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1f41c575-7f19-43b2-8c54-a663faa7fba3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The orthopedic doctors in town do well. So do the physical therapists! Thu, 6 Apr 2017 16:04:12 EST Sunrise with the Sleeping Giant - 4-5-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344212 Scott Franz was up at sunrise to catch a photo of the Sleeping Giant thawing out after a spring snowstorm: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ca09b24-8bae-4221-be7c-6df9fb53c035.jpg"> Wed, 5 Apr 2017 13:31:53 EST Winter isn't over yet - 4-4-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343476 Even though as locals we KNEW winter wasn't over yet, we're still taken aback when we wake up to find the ground covered in snow. AGAIN. David Dietrich was up at sunrise to capture the snow-covered mountain with a cold Yampa River oozing past snow-covered fields: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/da4a51cd-22fa-4aae-8c26-dd2b3cbb4cb7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Jon Wade was willing to take the blame for the snow. He put his bike on his truck, while his wife had changed out he... 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