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Monday, September 24, 2007

rocky mountain high



don't you love it when your knitting blends in with the landscape?

tom and i are in durango colorado for two wonderful weeks.

on the needles is anne's twinings stole, fearless fibers merino laceweight in golden olive , the yarn is simply delicious.


we are renting half of a straw bale house just outside of durango in hesperus.


look at the view from our window!

mesa verde is only 20 miles from our house. the drive in and out of mesa verde is very very scary. funny but i don't remember it being scary 3o years ago...




this is the cliff palace. my extreme fear of heights kept me from taking the tour, tom did, and loved it.



i spent the hour knitting :-)
nice spot, eh?

and as i was knitting i met another knitter from outside pittsburg, hi pam!
pam was wearing a lovely sweater from knitter's stash in a gorgeous rust rowan summer tweed.




i did manage to make it down the semi-petrifying walk into the spruce tree house.




definitely worth it! wow! wow! wow!




here is a photo of the trees in mesa verde,




and a photo of the dessimated areas, in 2002 mesa verde had huge forest fires.




on the left of this photo is the cliff where butch cassidy and the sundance kid jumped in the film. it's about 10 miles north of durango on the way to silverton, where i lived 30 years ago.




sheep!


i couldn't leave you without a few gingersnap photos!



wrapped in her bee blanket,



i love her so much, and can't wait to see her again! thanks for all the baby comments, i couldn't email a few of you, thanks mary heather, vicki, linda and karen!


32 Comments:

Blogger Carole Knits said...

What an absolutely gorgeous spot! And the baby - ooooh!

12:01 PM  
Anonymous anmiryam said...

Lovely scenery, knitting, walks, other knitters, beautiful baby = a perfect vacation!

2:33 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Oh gosh, little Gingersnap is such a beautiful baby! The scenery shots are spectacular. I'd love to visit there some day. Have a wonderful holiday.

3:05 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

LOL...your descriptions of the terrain crack me up. The strawbale house is too cool as is the view (you know I would like that!). Gingersnap is too precious.

Taos 2008, for sure.

4:33 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

Oh, I'd be scared of those heights, too! Looks beautiful though, and I hope you are having a fab time.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Michelle B said...

That landscape is breathtaking but not as beautiful as that baby! Wow - perfect.

Have a great time and thanks for showing the Butch and Sundance cliff.

7:04 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

What a little blondie - how can she be even cuter than that first picture? I really like the shot of both of you together.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Romi said...

Wow. Just wow. What an amazing place to be!

And the little one is totally and completely adorable. :)

xo

9:50 PM  
Blogger Marina said...

Ooo, beautiful baby!

Silverton/Durango has been on my "list" for a while but we keep putting it off because of the heights. Scary!

6:20 AM  
Blogger Terri said...

Terrific photos! Glad you are having a good time. Gingersnap is a real cutie!

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

What gorgeous place to vacation! Gingersnap is so adorable!

7:47 AM  
Blogger Linda J. said...

Hey, I went to Mesa Verde a couple of years ago! I loved it - nice dry air, huge open space, and even though those trees are all dead, they still look pretty cool.

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Beth S. said...

These are incredible pictures! I've never been to the West, but now I absolutely want to visit!

Can we pleeeeeeeeease see Twinings close up? :-)

1:10 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Gingersnap is so wonderful. That, plus Colorado makes it a perfect fall for you. *envy*

7:52 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Well, Ma'am, you're welcome! She is just perfectly beautiful. I love the flowers where you're staying, such a riot of color.

8:46 PM  
Blogger anne said...

wow!! i never saw such blond hair on a baby before!

i love cliff dwellings . . i gopt to see some in NM and they were very powerful.

12:36 AM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

What an amazing holiday place! Gorgeous photos and I love the place you are renting. So pretty.

Gingersnap is the most beautiful of the scenery photos though. She looks like a little doll all bundled in her pretty Bee blanket like that.

11:47 PM  
Blogger PJ said...

Oh that bee blanket with just the cutest baby ever in it..is just tooooo much! Cute as a button! Love the mesa verde (went there as a kid and really don't remember it) neat we are in the same state! Too bad so far though! Love your knitting spot and so very neat to meet another knitter!

1:33 PM  
Blogger Teyani said...

oooohhh gingersnap is gorgeous! especially the photo of her wrapped in the bee blanket - awwww - so sweet.
I have been eyeing that twinings stiole from Anne - I just love her patterns

12:44 AM  
Blogger cyndy said...

...well you had me oohing and ahhhing at the scenery of mesa verde, (SUCH a magical place!)....but then you show that cherubic baby gingersnap!... AH! and wrapped in the bee blanket!
just lovely! So glad you had such a good time!

10:51 AM  
Blogger Spinny Bunt said...

What a cool spot and a lovely new grandbaby!

3:18 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I have a fear of heights, too! We went camping down there several years ago and climbed down to the Spruce Tree House. The flowers are beautiful -- ours have just about died off since we are dipping below freezing. And, I not know that was where that infamous jump in Butch Cassidy was filmed!

Your grandbaby is precious!!!! Congratulations!

10:42 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

OH! Well, just OH! That photography!

8:32 AM  
Anonymous marti said...

beautiful photos, it looks like a heavenly place. and that little gingersnap is so cute!

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

What great photos, it looks like a wonderful trip. I would love to get out there someday. And that baby - SO CUTE!

2:48 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

I was just looking at your cute Gingersnap photos again. I can't believe how blond her hair is!

My boys were both tow-heads when they were little but not until after the first baby hair grew out.

I think it's time for a photo update!

9:35 AM  
Blogger DeeAnn said...

Vanessa I get a mini vacation every time I read your blog, gorgeous! Not as cute as the new babe but close - congratulations!!

I got a chuckle because I actually love heights, and then I scrolled back for a few of your posts I had missed and there were BEES yikes! Now those are really scary! ;-) Love the blanket though and your "Windsor Experience" is bookmarked - what a great trip and a gorgeous spinning chair as a reward? too good!

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Lisa S said...

Your Gingersnap is simply perfect. Nice of your son to pick a beautiful blonde to marry, so that you could have an eensy squeensy gorgeous little girl to kiss and hug. I guess that Tom knows that you will be in North Florida from now on. :o) The first time that I heard Hi Gramma on the phone, my heart stood still. You have a LOT to look forward to.
Hugs!

1:15 AM  
Anonymous Vee said...

Hi Vanessa...Just when I was getting ready to comment on the beautiful and scenic photos you've taken, they all paled when I came to the photos of little Gingersnap. Just lovely!

11:15 PM  
Blogger Romi said...

Tag! Time to start blogging again. Come by my blog for details!

Mwah!!!

11:38 PM  
Anonymous AlisonH said...

Absolutely, absolutely beautiful baby. And gorgeous photography to boot.

10:15 PM  
Blogger zippiknits said...

Gingersnap is absolutely adorable. I'm so jealous! I'd like to have a little baby to cuddle around here but so far, no dice.

I've been where you went to, also. Isn't it mystical? I loved the quiet of it all, especially in the early dawn. Lovely..

11:09 PM  

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