Photo Essay: Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway

(This long grey stretch of winter has me feeling cabin feverish and wanderlusty.  I don’t have any travel plans for the near future so I’m indulging in some adventure reminiscence.  All arm chair travelers are welcome!)

Last March, my husband and I spent some time in Colorado – Denver (for business) and Grand Lake (for pleasure).  While staying in Grand Lake, we decided to drive the Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway, which begins near the birthplace of the mighty Colorado River in Rocky Mountain National Park and ends at State Bridge where the river meets Rt. 131.  Although this scenic drive may not be as spectacular as some of the other Byways we experienced, I enjoyed it the most – for the remoteness, the variety of landscapes, and the abundance of wildlife. I’m sure the crisp, blue-sky, cusp of spring day helped to improve my opinion of it, too. This Byway exemplifies all the qualities that make Colorado uniquely gorgeous.

What do you think?

Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway


{ View from Rt. 40 }



{ Hot Sulphur Springs State Wildlife Area }


{ Great place for a picnic.  Or fishing – we saw many fishermen here. }


{ Outside of Kremmling on Grand County Rd. 1 (Trough Road) }


{ Much of this Byway is gravel road }



{ Gore Canyon }




{ Large herds of mule deer were everywhere }





{ More fishermen }




{ One of the few vehicles we encountered on Trough Road }



{ Heading back to Grand Lake on Rt. 40 }

Thanks for joining me.  I hope you enjoyed the tour!


Inspiration: January/February


I’d like to say that I haven’t written for awhile because there is too much other “stuff” going on.  It wouldn’t really be a lie.  A more truthful truth, though, would be that I’ve had nothing worthwhile to say.  All my creative energy is going into completing projects and papers for my Masters courses and solving seemingly unsolvable problems at work.  Sadly, there’s been nothing but crumbs left over for this little space.

Thank goodness there are many other people out there filled to overflowing with inspiration and creativity.  For now, we’ll just have to mooch off their positive energy.  Let’s all take a moment and bask in some beauty and the genius of our fellow human beings, shall we?

Inspiration: January/February

  • Neely Wang’s photography – especially her Macro Monday posts.
  • Ideas for surviving what has turned out to be a depressingly cold and rainy  February.
  • The luxury of napping.
  • Winter reading suggestions.  I second The Thirteenth Tale, Rebecca, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I’ve put All the Light We Cannot See and Peace Like a River on the TBR list.
  • Feeding my wanderlust with this.
  • This made me smile.
  • This book.  The only “organizing” book I have ever finished and implemented.  (A blog post, perhaps?)
  • What is saving you?  (Sounds like another blog post…)

And finally,

  • I’ve been needing this reminder, again and again.  Talk about inspirational:

Well, that was refreshing.  And since I have a three week hiatus before I begin my final quarter of Masters courses, I’m hoping I’ll have some time to be still, letting all this inspiration spark some creative blogging genius.  Stay tuned!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed

“For this week’s challenge, find the shadows. You can choose a literal interpretation and shoot an actual shadow or you can play with the light and the dark, and create a moody scene or capture your subject in a rich and interesting way.”

Jenn Hooks

I chose to play with light and dark……


{Early evening in autumn}


{Under the Christmas tree}


{Making a wish}

This post is inspired by the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed.  Many other talented bloggers have shared their interpretations of this Challenge here.

Downton Abbey at Winterthur: Stoking Anticipation for the New Season


The season premier of Downton Abbey airs tonight on PBS, an event my kindred spirits, a.k.a Downton fans, have been anticipating with increasing impatience for months.  To briefly placate the yearning for more Downton and to “prime the pump” for the new episodes, my daughter and I, along with a few other addicted family members, headed to the Winterthur estate (pronounced winter-tour) in Delaware to experience the Costumes of Downton Abbey exhibit.

The exhibit was lovely.  Curators skillfully designed each section to inspire reminiscence of pivotal moments in the storyline by providing excerpts of script, images, and snippets of video along with the costumes.  Comparisons of culture and manners between the wealthy in Great Britain and in America were added for interest.  The real-life experiences of the du Ponts, the inhabitants of Winterthur and American counterparts of the Crawleys, as well as their staff were also seamlessly incorporated into the exhibit.  All in all, it was a fun and fascinating time for all of us.

If you are a fan of Downton Abbey, you will recognize every costume in the exhibit.  I loved viewing the fashions first-hand: the luxurious fabrics and beading, the fine craftsmanship and the level of thought that went into the choice of color, fabric and design.  On numerous occasions, I had to fight the impulse to reach out and touch.  Although images can’t do the experience justice, I thought I’d share a few photos for those of you who love Downton and just need a little fix to get you to tonight.  (Please forgive the quality – I only had my phone with me and the lighting wasn’t great.)

Enjoy! And tell me, do you have any favorites?


{A favorite of mine – so luxurious}


{Another favorite – love the embroidered panel}


Now are you ready for some Downton Abbey?  I know I am!