June 29, 2008

Time With Friends

Captain gives his buddy Joe a smooch.

Wow, what a busy and exciting week we had with Jane and Joe! From the day they arrived, to the evening before they left, we were constantly going. We packed so much into their week here that they suggested Neal and I become personal tour guides. After just a couple of days together, we realized how much we were enjoying each other's company, so they canceled their hotel reservations and decided to stay with us the whole week (which we had suggested they do anyway).

The weather was pretty magnificent most of the days they were here, even with the few afternoon rain showers and lightening storms. We visited popular tourist attractions like Garden of the Gods, Cripple Creek, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and the Olympic Training Center, as well as some new ones we hadn't seen such as The Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine and Ghost Town Museum. We cooked at home two nights, ate leftovers one night, and the rest of the time we ate out...which was a lot! All four of us appreciate good food and fortunately for us, Colorado Springs is not lacking in places to eat. I probably regained the five pounds I'd recently lost from all the dog walking I've been doing!

Our time with Jane and Joe was very special and we feel blessed to have them as friends. During their visit, I realized just how much Jane and I are alike...in our views about life, religion, politics and animals. We are kindred spirits indeed. I have really missed seeing them over the years and feel my soul was refreshed and rejuvenated by being in their presence. How many people do you know like that?

As promised, here are a few of the pictures we took during the week to highlight our time together...

Lady Jane and Sir Joe

The Green Team: Joe, Jane and Neal

Wolf pup at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine

Cripple Creek resident donkeys

Real-life cowboys performing at the Flying W Ranch

Coal-fired train from Cripple Creek to Victor

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