It’s not autumn in Colorado unless these 11 things happen

1. You wake up mid-dream in a cold sweat, feet spread three feet apart, clutching your bedpost and dreaming of powder.

Six long weeks now. .

2. SNIAGRAB. .wait, not anymore.

We’re going to have to settle for Ski Rex now, and this is the main thing that sucks about Sports Authority closing.

3. You have to make a stressful decision – the Epic or the SuperPass?

It’s time to make the biggest decision of the year- which friends do you want to see in the next seven months?

4. The new transplants finally understand what ‘shoulder season’ means.

Don’t worry. It’s normal for your tips to go down from $300 a night to $60. It’ll pick back up again. Just hope you saved some money this summer.

5. You close the window in your bedroom.

Time to dust off the fan.

6. You take stock of your dinner and realize that everything was grown within a few hours of where you’re eating it.

Harvest season is finally here. Palisade, Olathe, Pueblo, and your patio garden are all mixed together in front of you, like a smorgasbord of Colorado’s awesomeness.

7. You get stuck behind a Suburban, stopped in lane, on a mountain road.

You approach to ask if they need help or if something is wrong. But no, they’re just trying to take a photo of that grove of trees changing color up ahead.

8. But the colors are incredibly beautiful and you often find yourself tempted to stop.

It would just be so much better if people got out of their car to view them.

9. The routine question of “What are you doing this weekend?” is further specified to “Where are you watching the Broncos on Sunday?”

Get into the routine and stick to it. Alternate between watching at bars and houses because cost is an issue. Take an Uber. Don’t wash your jersey until the BYE week.

10. You’ve gotten your fill of camping, and now have several free upcoming weekends.

Staying in town for more than a week at a time takes some getting used to, but it is nice to sleep for once.

11. Everyone completely forgets that we have a baseball team.

Nolan who?

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

So Close, But So Far.

At Majestic Pines RV Park, Willis, Texas.

We have moved near Conroe, Texas, but still trying to stay as far away from the Houston madness (and Covid) as possible. It has been excruciating to be so close to our family for weeks and not be able to see them due to Mindy's constant exposure to Covid as a nurse. But we have a plan for Christmas, involving all sorts of safeguards, can't wait!

Meanwhile, we have been catching up on seemingly endless medical checkups and Sandy's foot surgery, which has her pretty much immobile and has resulted in my new job as a housewife/nurse. I do it gladly, though, she has seen me through two surgeries, and it's hard to imagine having to recover without a thoughtful spouse to help with those things we can't do for ourselves.

Unfortunately, her foot surgery was brutal, as the surgeon nearly had to rebuild it. She hadn't been injured, part of her problems stemmed from bunion surgery 40 years ago that was done using primitive methods that are not practiced now. This allowed her toes and metatarsals to become deformed--in essence, lapping over each other--and, thusly, becoming very painful. On the same foot, she had a large bone spur that was also removed during the surgery. I have some photos of her foot when they changed the bandage after the first week, but the pictures are just too gruesome to show here. I'll just include this one, which is the position she will mainly occupy for several weeks:

1. Breckenridge

Breckenridge, with a population 4,500, is full of Christmas spirit. It’s positively brimming with activities and unique and traditional events during the holidays. Dating to the 1800s, the mining town boasts historic homes and lampposts that make it look like a charming Victorian-era Christmas town.

What’s more, every year, Breckenridge ups the ante on Hallmark-type holiday charm by transforming its historic downtown into a sparkling winter snow-globe scene with more than 250,000 LED lights. Everyone loves the Lighting of Breckenridge, when they flick the switch to turn on the town's holiday light display.

There is something for everyone in Breckenridge during the holiday season. Dogsledding, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and world-class skiing are what everyone thinks about, but there is so much more. One of the funniest and most photogenic events is the Race of the Santas. It is usually held the first weekend of December, and you will see hundreds of people dressed in Santa suits hitting the town for a 5-kilometer race. Another unique event is the Bernese Mountain Dog Holiday Processional. Due to COVID, these two fun events were not held this year, but the organizers are already planning for 2021.

If you happen to be in town for New Year's, you will enjoy a torchlight parade down the mountain with fireworks. (Postponed till 2021 due to COVID.)

Even though large gatherings like the Race of the Santas have been postponed until 2021, the festive spirit still shines in this community with a holiday lineup guaranteed to warm any Grinch’s heart.

If you’re planning a family vacation for the holidays, Breckenridge is the perfect place for a multigenerational vacation, with plenty of multiroom condos available.

Some consider it to be the most incredible time of the year. Gorgeous colors vibrantly encoring the end of summer as the trees put themselves to bed for the long sleep of winter. The Great Smoky Mountains floods with thousands upon thousands of annual visitors all hoping to achieve a breathtaking view of the beautiful renaissance of nature.

The Science Of It All

It all starts with photosynthesis. Leaves typically produce their vivid hues of green from spring through summer into early fall through the constant creation of Chlorophyll. As we all learned in 5th grade science, Chlorophyll is the key component in a plant's ability to turn sunlight into glucose, which in turn feeds the trees. Many millions of these Chlorophyll cells saturate the leaves, ultimately making them appear green to the eye.

Without the presence of Chlorophyll in the leaf, the bright golds, reds, yellows, and browns would be the natural colors seen year round.

The Changing Colors

Chlorophyll is not the only player in the fall leaf-color game. Present in other leaves and trees are the compounds known as Carotenoids and Anthocyanins. As the Fall days begin to get shorter and shorter, the production of Chlorophyll slows to a hault, eventually giving way to the ‘true’ color of the leaf.


Beta-Carotene is one of the most common carotenoids present in most leaves. Strongly absorbing blue and green light, it reflects yellow and red light from the sun, giving leaves their orange hue.

Unlike the carotenoids, anthocyanin production increases dramatically with autumn. This protects the leaf, prolonging its life on the tree through the Autumn season, and also provides the beautiful red color to the leaf.


Flavonols, a part of the flavonoid protein family, are always present in leaves, and also contribute to the yellow color of egg yolks. While always present in leaves, it’s not seen until the production of Chlorophyll begins to slow.

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