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Karen Shackles
Works at Alpine Ventures
Lives in Dillon, CO
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Two of my favorite musicians together!
+Peter Hollens and +Lindsey Stirling 
and I've now been introduced to +Tyler Ward Music 
I always LOVE working with you peter!! Hopefully we'll get to do something again soon :) 
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+Marcio Ripper you were correct the first time, Sting. :)
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*I'm excited to hear this new album from +Lindsey Stirling, featuring vocals by Lzzy Hale and +Dia Frampton. 
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Who else stayed up to watch the lunar eclipse? ~ It was a gorgeous clear night sky here, even if it was a freezing 10 F degrees. +NASA  has a lovely description of the red color: "All the sunsets on the earth projected onto the face of the moon."  This was a quick pick out of the 245 frames I shot with my little Canon, hand-held. Other than the crop, it's #sooc . Good night, I'm off to catch 40 winks. :)  Gazing up at the splendor of the night sky and pondering the unfathomable vastness of the universe is a profound experience. I will dream of the stars.

"When I see your heavens, the works of your fingers,
The moon and the stars that you have prepared,
What is mortal man that you keep him in mind,
And a son of man that you take care of him?" - Psalms 8:3

#bloodmoon   #lunareclipse   #gratitude  
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Clouds!  Dagnabit!  Thanks for watching and taking photos for me!
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I am sooo gonna order this!

#fashion  #startrek
Star Trek Uhura Deluxe Make-Up Bag
Holy hell that's a nice BAG .

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Very cool!
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#FloralFriday! +FloralFriday created by +Tamara Pruessner and co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James.
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+Randall Brennan oh I wish! No, we still have a couple of feet of snow on the yard. Mud season is starting, and everything is white and brown. +Steve Shackles brought me these the other day to cheer me up with some bright color. :)
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It's #FloralFriday! The +FloralFriday theme was created by +Tamara Pruessner and is co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James.
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BONUS MOON ~ The moon appeared full for a 2nd night last night. This is another #sooc shot.

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+Randall Brennan I had my camera set on the deck railing. Makeshift tripod. :)
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WEEK 15 WEIGH-IN: 30 POUNDS LOST SO FAR! ~ slow and steady, one short step at a time. :)

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Awesome job! 
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Happy #caturday   :)

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"Lunch time" ~ My sister-in-law's kittens.

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That is too cute!
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CEO/CFO of Alpine Ventures, the snow plowing company I founded in 1993
Snow plowing (truck plow), Customer Service, Marketing, Strategic Planning, Business Communication
  • Alpine Ventures
    Co-Owner, CEO/CFO, 1993 - present
    Professional snow plowing services in Summit County, Colorado Specialties: Personal interest in every customer, and a proven record of reliability. I founded our company, and have successfully led it for 20 years. Creative marketing, quick adaptation to the rapid changes of modern technology, and careful financial management have kept our company stable. Through record-breaking winter seasons of both extremes - wet and dry - we have maintained steady growth without sacrificing our dedication to excellence. Taking personal responsibility for each customer interaction has resulted in an annual customer retention rate that has always been over 95%. I oversee all aspects of daily business operations, and assist with field operations as needed. Since 2003, I have met and maintained the professional standards, ethical business practices, and continuing education requirements to be a Certified Snow Professional.
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Karen Longacre Shackles
Snow Plowing Pro ~ Mountain Girl ~ Photographic Artist
My husband Steve Shackles and I own and operate Alpine Ventures, a snow plowing company in Summit County, Colorado.

Circle my Alpine Ventures snow plowing business page for road condition and weather updates, beautiful Colorado scenery photos, local happenings, and industry news.

We love our work - it's fun, and we get to live in a spectacularly beautiful place. But what is most important are the personal relationships we have developed with people. After 20 years in business, many of our customers are multi-generational, which is pretty cool.

I'm also a photographic artist. From the time my mom gave me her old Brownie box camera when I was about 8 years old, I fell in love with taking snapshots to record the adventures of my life. In the summer of 2011, I was introduced to G+ by a friend, and became acquainted with the photography community here. At that time, my mom had been battling breast cancer for a year, and we found out it had metastasized. So, my photo hobby evolved into a source of mental and emotional relief from the agony of watching my mom die by inches. She passed away in October 2012, and I continue to find comfort and clarity behind the lens as I focus on the simple beauty of nature.

Because of sharing my pictures here on G+, I have been asked if they can be purchased. While at this time my photography remains a hobby for relaxation and creative expression, I have opened an online gallery where they may be purchased in various print formats,  Elements Photographic Art. If you would like to purchase a picture that you see here in my G+ albums, but it's not listed in my gallery, let me know and I can upload it for you. 

COPYRIGHT: Except for special items marked "All rights reserved," my original creative works are licensed under Creative Commons  Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND).  Click here for license details
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Circle the Jackson Gone Wild page for the chronicles of an adventurous teddy bear in the Colorado back country.

  • Married to Steve, the husband of my life, since 1987; we live in a small mountain town, Dillon, in Summit County, Colorado, USA, along with two cats, Bentley and Cheyenne, and one adventurous teddy bear, Jackson.
  • Mountain girl, nature lover, and athletic work in progress. I endeavor to make sustainable food and lifestyle choices.
  • I love good food, good wine, and good whiskey. And cheese - I've never met a cheese I didn't like.
  • I'm not techy, but I'm doing my best to keep up with 21st century technology. Any help you can offer is appreciated!
  • I love nature and the outdoors, science, photography, art, music, reading, and creative writing. 
  • I have eclectic tastes and am often a paradox; fiercely loyal, but not afraid to call a spade a spade. I also have a somewhat dry and quirky sense of humor.
  • I'm a person of faith and worship the Creator. I won't throw it in your face, but on occasion, a reference to my faith may show up in a post. I extend and expect mutual tolerance and respect, whether you're atheist, spiritual, or religious.
  • I'm blessed to live in an area that's like a picture postcard. My husband and I go exploring in the back country, as well as take scenic drives around the region, and I chronicle our adventures with pictures. 
  • I'm also really enjoying participating in some of the daily photography themes being curated on G+. ( ) I participated in the #creative366project, taking a photo every day of 2012 and sharing them here. And for 2013 I'm having fun with the #P52BW13 project, a weekly assigned theme for a black & white photo, which can be seen here
  • I don't care how many circlers anyone has, and I don't automatically reciprocate circling or expect that of others. I'm more likely to circle you if you interact with me.
  • If your profile is blank, I probably won't circle you.
  • I will mute most political discussion.
  • I don't do the gaming thing.
  • I don't use chat.
People I will block: I maintain my right to control my online associations. Just as I limit who I invite physically into my home, I control who I allow into my virtual life as well. Pornography, spammers, trolls, and anyone who is manipulative, a bully, bigot, racist, overly profane, or who makes my creep-o-meter go into red alert will be blocked immediately and with extreme prejudice. Differing opinions are welcome, as long as you have the ability to debate in a respectful way without aggression or putting others down. 

My Philosophy:
"When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?" ~ "What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?" ~"I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "It's the same thing," he said.
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Certified Snow Professional since June 2003
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Dillon, CO
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A treasure found a block off the main road. OK, so Fairplay may not be the hot spot of the region, but if you generally think of it as just that place you drive through to get somewhere else, please reconsider. Millonzi's is just a block west of the main highway through town, and well worth stopping for. If you are in Summit County and would enjoy a nice dinner away from the crowds, take the drive. We went in for date night dinner. The restaurant is warm and cozy, the staff friendly and attentive, and the food was great. We had the bacon-wrapped shrimp tapas - what's not to love - and the sauce was fantastic. The generous entree was plenty for sharing, and the creamy cheesecake a perfect finish. The relaxed atmosphere was perfect for taking our time and enjoying our meal and conversation. We happened to be there in time for happy hour pricing, and our check was pleasingly much less than we had anticipated. Date night dinner with two apps, salads, dipping bread, a bottle of wine, entree, dessert, and coffees, plus 20% tip on full-price two-meal value, all for under $80. This is definitely on our list of places to go back to.
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Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
In rating this hotel, I'm rating it for what it is - an 1880s historic building in a small, isolated mountain town. I'm not going to compare it to a modern city hotel. The room was large and comfortable, and in spite of being dated, it was clean and in good repair. The staff was friendly and helpful. When I was searching for a hotel, I read some negative online reviews. When I contacted the hotel and expressed my concerns, they emailed me photos of the room we were booking, with close-ups of the bathroom and room corners, so we could see the condition and cleanliness before we booked. The floors are squeaky, and the water pipes a bit noisy, but nothing beyond what one would expect from a building of this vintage. My one complaint was that all the windows were painted shut, so we could not open them to the fresh outside air. Our visit was in the fall, so the room temperature was comfortable, and there was a ceiling fan. Guests should be prepared that there is no elevator, so you will be climbing about 30 steps to get to the second-floor rooms. There was wi-fi, although the connection was weak, and a TV. Amenities one might expect, which were not provided, are in-room coffee pot, hair dryer, and iron.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
This is a great little breakfast diner. The coffee is good, charmingly served in egg-shaped mugs. The food is generous and delicious, and served by a friendly staff.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
We held a strategy meeting for our business over dinner at the 5th Avenue Grille. The service was superb - friendly and efficient without hovering, and the food was quite delicious. Definitely on our list to visit again.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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The concierge at our hotel recommended the Montanya Rum Bar, and it turned out to be a wonderful evening, hanging out on their roof patio lounge and chatting with other visitors. The "Dark & Snowy" was an interesting version of the classic ginger beer concoction; the "Thai Boxer" a surprisingly delicious combination of muddled basil and blueberries; and for dessert in a glass, the "White Room" with vanilla and almonds, and the "Jamaican Rum Cream" were smooth and decadent. Tasty tapas were available to accompany our rum drinks - the elk empanadas, artichoke dip, and stromboli are all good choices. The staff were friendly, and had no complaints climbing the stairs to the roof to serve us. Definitely a must-visit if you are in Silverton!
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Great food, great service, perfect place for a family get-together.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Cala is our neighborhood pub, and we love to pop in for Fish 'n Chips, Bangers & Mashers, Shepherd's Pie, or just a burger, washed down with a Smithwicks or a whiskey. The staff are always friendly, and the pub atmosphere is cozy.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago