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They have so much joy in their music.
And now we present the third Wonder, Chichén Itzá.
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Spring snow alternating with spring sun
Our forecasted snowy spring hasn't materialized yet, but the snow pack is still in good shape. We're expecting a small storm Sunday/Monday (March 6/7), then another bluebird week, followed by the next storm sometime the following weekend (March 12/13-ish). But hey - it's Colorado. Hit the slopes in the morning, then break out your mountain bike for the afternoon!
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Each new day holds a million miracles .....

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Wonderful colours :)  
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WINDY MORNING
Silverthorne received about an inch of snow overnight, but the wind is gusty, and it's cold - about +5F at 6:30 AM. Another round of snow is expected tonight into Sunday morning.
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EL NINO FORECAST ON TRACK SO FAR
For Silverthorne, the "typical" El Nino pattern is good snow for November and December, then a dryer period during January and early February, then finishing off the season with lots of spring snow through early May. So far this season, the weather patterns have matched these predictions. That means that, even though we're not getting dumped on right now, we will have enough showers to keep the snow pack fresh, and we can look forward to great spring snow starting in just a few weeks.

Southern Colorado generally wins during El Nino years, and from what we've heard from friends down south, the snow is epic.

Take a look at that cobalt blue sky and the white peaks - could we live anywhere more beautiful?
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"I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY"
Most of us have been on both sides - either going through something traumatic ourselves, or being the one wanting to give comfort to someone else. I struggle with this - not knowing what to say, saying the wrong thing, wanting to "fix" the hurt. This article is well-written, I thought.

QUOTE FROM LINKED ARTICLE: "What does it mean to hold space for someone else? It means that we are willing to walk alongside another person in whatever journey they’re on without judging them, making them feel inadequate, trying to fix them, or trying to impact the outcome. When we hold space for other people, we open our hearts, offer unconditional support, and let go of judgement and control."
Some of my best lessons in what it means to hold space for people came from a palliative care nurse.
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A BIT OF A DRY SPELL .....
Silverthorne will have a stretch of dryer weather going into January, with just a few snow showers here and there, but little new accumulation expected. It will continue to be cold, so all the fresh snow we got last week will stick around. Long-range, we are expecting less snow through about mid-February, then a heavy spring. So don't despair if the next several weeks don't produce a lot of fresh powder. We have a great base, and March and April should be exciting.

Since we don't have anything fresh for snow plowing, Steve will be taking advantage of the clear weather to be out in the loader this week, pushing piles back and scraping pack.
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Pretty!!!!!
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It's true, a huge storm holding a lot of moisture has entered Colorado and will impact the state through the weekend. 

At this point, it looks like the deepest snow will fall on the Front Range foothills, Palmer's Divide, and the Plains. The Steamboat area and San Juans should also do well from this storm. In Summit County, it depends ..... we should see some accumulating snow, but how much is the big question.

The I-70 corridor will no doubt have severe impacts with traction law and closures likely. Remember that spring storms are tricky - roads can be wet one minute, then iced the next, and wet snowfall turns into chunky slush. Just be prepared if you're going to travel.

The season is holding true to the El Nino predictions of winter going out with a bang - we can expect the rest of April and early May to continue to offer wet weather.
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I live kinda where the Front Range foothills and the Palmer Divide merge/separate, right at the edge of the plains. Whoowee!
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ALL THE INGREDIENTS FOR NIGHTMARES ON I-70
We're in the middle of a daytime storm bringing waves of heavy snow off and on through the day. This pattern is expected to accelerate during the 6 PM - midnight time frame. Be prepared for severe winter driving conditions, traction law, road closures, and lots of traffic.

 http://opensnow.com/dailysnow/post/5742
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Hee hee! :)
 
"I can bring home the bacon, Fry it up in a pan, And never let you forget you're a man, 'Cuz I'm a Plow Babe -- P-L-O-W-B-A-B-E"
(Anyone under 30 probably won't get the reference, but you can Google it. Hint: It was a TV commercial from the 70s based on a Peggy Lee song.)

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Plow Babe with perfectly manicured nails even!!! :)
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MEXICO DENTIST EXPERIENCE

I just got home from taking my dad to Mexico for extensive dental work. We were referred to the Alamo Dental Clinic by friends. All of my original skepticism about taking him to have third world dentistry done was completely swept away. It could not have been a better experience.

This photo is Dad with his prosthodontist specialist, Dr. Monica Camacho, and her assistant Berenice. After a week of dental work including multiple root canals, crowns, fillings, and extractions, he gives two thumbs up, five stars, and nothing but the highest recommendation to the clinic and doctors. I was just there as support and transportation, not as a patient, but from my observations and conversations with other patients, I concur. The cost was a fraction of what it would have cost him at home, including both of our travel expenses. He had almost no pain or discomfort, even after the extractions.

What we both felt from the doctors here was that they are very concerned about patient comfort, accurately identifying the dental work that needs to be done, and completing it in a correct and skillful manner. The doctors are all highly educated and professional specialists.

We stayed in Yuma, AZ, and drove the 10 minutes each day to the border crossing into Los Algodones, where we parked in a secure lot and walked across the border then about 2 blocks to the clinic. We felt completely safe. There were many street vendors as one would expect in Mexico, but they were friendly and good-natured, not overly pushy.

Dad says it's the best dental experience he's ever had, and he'd rather take a beating than go to the dentist!

Alamo Dental Clinic, Los Algodones, Mexico
http://www.alamodentalgroup.org/
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Here in Australia dental work is also very expensive. We are starting to hear similar good experience from dental clinics in nearby Indonesia, a fraction of the price and great patient care. I am told that our local costs are inflated by massive insurance spikes, high inner city rentals and increasing short week lifestyle choices made by professionals. I wonder how long this can last.
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WINTER SUNSET IN THE FOREST OF FALLEN TREES
I probably read Anne of Green Gables too many times as a child. Being blessed with a similarly active imagination, I find myself naming the sections of trail as I hike. There's the Meadow of Golden Sunlight, Cathedral Pines, Bog of the Mattresses (named for the leftover coil springs from some mattresses that were inexplicably abandoned in the middle of the forest years ago), Bear Wood, Raspberry Corner ..... anyway, you get the picture. This particular section is criss-crossed with fallen trees like a game of pick-up-sticks. The thick cushion of snow blanketed the trail with peaceful silence, as the last ray of sunlight threaded its way through the trees. Not a bad way to start 2016!
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Very nice and enjoyed the narrative.
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When we walked in, we were immediately greeted by a smiling, cheerful server (Cindy) who had hot coffee on the table within a minute of our being seated. The service continued to be top notch - friendly and efficient. Our food was prepared quickly and tasted great. We have been in other IHOPs where the food tasted like old grease, and the staff acted as if we were putting them out by being there. This location was a very pleasant change.
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Cozy atmosphere.
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reviewed 3 months ago
Fantastic nail salon, I've been going here for over 4 years. Katy is a true artist. I show her a picture of nail art that I like, and she can freehand copy it. The gel polish doesn't wear off, and also keeps my nails really strong and growing straight. I keep my mani's for 4 to 6 weeks, the only reason they need redone then is due to nail growth. I get a pedi about every 8 weeks, and they have eliminated my former problem with ingrown toe nails. The prices are really affordable, especially for a resort area. It's a busy place, so I can see why some people might think it's chaotic. It's not a "plinky music" type spa. But I've never seen any issues with unsanitary conditions or had a bad reaction.
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reviewed 3 months ago
My husband and I went to The Fort for date night. We had heard great things about it, and were not disappointed. The atmosphere was what I would call dressy western casual. Our server, Christy, was the perfect blend of friendly, attentive without hovering, and knowledgeable about the menu. The food was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. And while we were much too full to think about dessert, we enjoyed finishing our meal with a table-side serenade by a Native American flute player who gave us a little history about Ute flute music and played us a traditional love song. Everything on the menu sounded so good, it was tough to choose. We started with the sausage sampler of bison, boar, and "jackalope" - a blend of rabbit and antelope. All were juicy and bursting with flavor. Following that, we shared the mixed game plate of quail, elk chop, and bison. The elk was super tender and had great flavor; the quail was so tasty, we almost changed our minds about what to order. But for our entrees, we shared the smoked bison ribs and beef rib-eye,and both were excellent. The accompanying salad was lots of mixed leafy greens, and we both had the house honey-mustard dressing - quite delicious. The other sides were also great - asparagus, potatoes, and a bread basket. We chose one of our favorite Colorado wines to go with our meal, a Two Rivers Merlot. The menu pricing was what we expected for a restaurant of this caliber. The panoramic view from the dining room overlooks the foothills down to Denver, and we were treated to a spectacular double rainbow as we arrived. If I were to have any complaint at all (not really even a complaint, just a personal preference) it was the drum beating and hip-hoorays for other diners celebrating a birthday. There were about half a dozen while we were there, and it became slightly annoying. That sort of thing belongs in an Outback or Chilis, not a fine dining establishment.
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Super caring and compassionate staff.
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My husband and I stayed at Castle Marne for a weekend getaway. I stumbled across it on Google, and am so happy to have found this little gem! They truly specialize in romance, whether it be 100% planning and hosting an intimate wedding ceremony, honeymoon, anniversary, or like us, just a relaxing "date weekend" getaway. The second evening we were there, we smiled to see white rose petals strewn across the lawn from a wedding ceremony that was held in the garden that afternoon. The building is a wonderfully restored historic castle, complete with stained glass windows, old-world style craftsmanship in the woodworking, and Victorian decorations. The innkeepers are a delightful family with three generations hosting their guests. Breakfasts were not only delicious, but exquisitely presented. And as we came back in at night after our day's activities, there were warm cookies and tea set out for us in the sitting room. We stayed in the Van Cise room, which has its own private balcony with hot tub overlooking the garden. The room was quite comfortable and charming. And even though they were hosting a full house while we were there, we heard almost no noise from our fellow guests. As far as pricing, after looking at what was available for "romantic Denver hotels," this was priced on the lower end of average for comparable rooms. It was the kind of place that made us wish we could stay for two weeks instead of two days.
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reviewed a year ago
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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