Saturday, June 30, 2018

Ute Prayer Trees at Fox Run

It took Lynn a while to convince me that the Ute tribesmen had modified these trees. That they weren't just natural oddities. But check out this video. We were at the Fox Run Regional Park just a few miles up the road from our house. All our photos from the day are here. We really weren't sure what we were looking for or at today - so we've got to go back. Besides, we only covered about 1/3 of the park (weather was threatening and we did get rained on a little).

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Brother Luck & Art on the Streets

Colorado Springs has a fairly vibrant downtown, and this evening Lynn, Jamie, Aunt Vickie, and her friend Susan enjoyed a delightful meal at Four by Brother Luck (he was on Top Chief) and then a stroll through downtown looking for and enjoying Art on the Streets. Some of the art pieces we found were from previous years and/or permanently displayed. All the photos are here.

A fabulous bit of smoked trout salad.

Rotating the interior dial caused flashing lights and music!

We found two Old English Sheepdogs!

"While we live, let us live."

New favorite chocolate store: Cacao Chemistry.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Jing and Aunt Vickie

We picked up Aunt Vickie at the airport tonight and stopped at Jing Restaurant on the way home. Something of a shot in the dark based on a website supposedly listing the 12 most unique restaurants in Denver. Well, Jing's turned out to be fantastic. We might have to try some of the others...

Unique decor.

That's water running down behind the bar (which is in the other room). It's
actually running "outside," between the two rooms.

Kobe on the Rock. Dip and cook (quickly) on the very hot rock.

Bone-In Filet (Jamie).

Miso Seabass (Lynn). THE BEST. On a huge menu, it's been the most popular
dish for over ten years. It is fantastic.

Colorado Lamb Chops (Vickie).

Bathroom door when locked.

Bathroom door when unlocked. Very cool. Nitrogen is involved.

We forget what it's called, but CHOCOLATE.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Lodge at Flying Horse

Thanks to a rewards program the club was running when we first arrived on the scene, Nana and Papa had a little getaway to the Lodge at Flying Horse. At about 1 mile's distance, this was the shortest trip we've ever made for a getaway. We were surprised to discover they have 62 rooms and villas (it doesn't seem that big). And we were extremely pleased with our room - wow. It was a great 24 hours!

From our balcony.

A new common area over by the restaurant.

Some filet and a cauliflower "T-Bone."

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Final Pics from Chitty

It's a wrap for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang produced by Elevate Productions. The closing show tonight was particularly fun. Everything went well, energy was high, and the audience was very much engaged and having a blast. Here's a bunch of miscellaneous final pics...

Not far from the theatre is an Amy's Donuts. You gotta check 'em out!

Chitty moved via three ropes that the
stage crew pulled from the wings. Tracy
was one of the Chitty movers. It's harder
than it looks.

Chitty was supported by 16 casters, a set of four near each
wheel. The actual tires do not touch the ground (though
they do turn for effect). A set of three ropes is used to
manipulate the car about stage, one attached center on the
front axle and one attached near each rear wheel. Chitty
(and the hair cutting machine) were rented from the
Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown, CO. The
car empty weighs about 600 pounds.

Tracy and Fina with old Chitty.
Fina's in her English Crowd and Fun Fair costume.
If you can't see Tracy, it's because she's in black.

Susan (Fina), Jemima (Grace), and Jeremy (Kaleb).

Fina and Grace. Among the many wonderful new theatre friends we made
doing Chitty, the Davis family was even more involved as a family than
we were. Mom and son trained and "crewed" for Edison, Dad played
Caractacus, and daughter played Jemima. That's five family members!

Fina as a Hidden Child (in the sewer beneath the Vulgarian castle).

The "imperial beard" is about to disappear.

Cast photo by A Better Image Photography.

The Davis family gave each cast member a little opening night gift. Papa's was
a mason jar with candy and some dog biscuits from Edison (Scubby Do
graham crackers). The jar now sits on one of our theatre shelves with: Music
Man (Fina played Amaryllis and Jamie played Mayor Shinn), Nightmare Before
Christmas (Fina played the Clown with the Tear-Away Face, and Tracy and
Jamie crewed), The Arsonists (Jamie and Lynn were Chorus), and Olaf
is there because Jamie once sang "In Summer" for an audition.

Lynn and Tracy built the ticket booth (left) and circus tent (right).

Grandpa Potts and Edison (real name, Pickles).

Potts family with Chitty (photo by A Better Image Photography).

Grow the Roses of Success (photo by Kayla Coburn).

And away it goes...