A Tribute to Sandy…

The first week of June, a reunion was beautifully orchestrated by Sandy for four gals – 2015_Train (2)

Top left: Sandy from Colorado; Top middle: Mary from Missouri,;Top right: Jeannette from Michigan; Bottom: Pat from California.

We are all former neighbors who lived in Stanford married student housing in the mid nineteen sixties while our husbands attended graduate school.  We all had children and we were all poor; sharing how to make ends meet and had the world’s best baby-sitting co-op.

           Sandy picked us all up from the Denver International Airport and drove us to her son’s mountain home near Leadville Colorado over-looking Twin Lakes – 10,000 feet.

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For our first dinner together, Sandy had prepared at her home and brought to the mountains: homemade vegetable soup, salad and warm bread.  A toast to friends with a glass of pinot, and a celebration cake, “Stanford Friends,” was enjoyed by all.

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The next day after breakfast we drove to the town of Leadville to browse (shop) in a few art galleries by local artists, and enjoyed some interesting murals.

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After lunch we went to the Heritage Museum, which captures Leadville’s colorful past – we took advantage 0f  senior discount!

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We learned all about the mining of Molybdenum….even how to pronounce it.  For short – Moly.

At the Heritage Museum we learned about several  huge colorful rocks we spotted early morning as we drove into town.

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Leadville Boom Days is an Annual Old West Festivile which occurs every summer.  It includes a contest of mining skills!

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About three blocks from the  Heritage Museum

was the historic

The Tabor Opera House

We ended  our first full day together at a restaurant in the Twin Lakes Resort.  Some of our entree choices were: Beef Stroganoff, Dover Sole, and Stir Fried Shrimp served on a bed of polenta.  We savored every bite of our meal, as we continued to enjoy stories of our past forty-five years.

Second day started with a hike on the south side of Twin Lakes, through the Aspens; capturing and identifying the beautiful wild flowers.  Below: Rock Groundsel                                                                            2015_Aspen (1)2015_ Wild Flower (Whiplash Daisy (2)

2015_Wild Flower (Pasque 1)Left: Pasque – purple with white flowers,

and below: Rock Groundsel2015_Wild Flower (Rock Groundsel)

On the last leg of our hike, Sandy received a signal that a “geocach” was in the vacinity.  So we all followed Sandy off the trail, and up a hill where she found the –geocach!  A real adventure for Mary, Jeannette and Pat – thank you Sandy!

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Around noon we headed back to the mountain house—2015_Twin Lakes Abode

Sandy made 1:00 PM reservations for us to take the scenic train trip on the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad which captured views in the Rocky Mountains along the Arkansas River.2015_Train (1)

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It was a very sunny clear day, and some of us got a little red!

Back at the lovely mountain house – thirsty and a bit hungry, we opened a box of Sees Chocolate Candy – Yum!

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After dinner Sandy gave us our first lesson in “card making.”  Oh, she was so patient with us.  By the end of the evening, we all made our first card…

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…all the same, yet all different.


 On our last full day together, Sandy drove us to Buena Vista. The little town was alive with boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants. After lunch at, Spoon It Up- recommend, we walked into the Free the Monkey Consignment Shop- oh my, oh my. At least an hour later we left the shop with many bargains!

Tummies full and shopped out, we drove to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort- mtprinceton.com. The natural and odorless hot springs are located at the base of (14,196 ft.) Mt. Princeton. The pools are beautiful, but at least 104 degrees, some had to get out frequently. We left the hot springs very relaxed.

Sorry- no photos of the four bathing beauties.

On our way home from the hot springs, Sandy took a detour to show us Turquoise Lake and Reservior.

2015_Tourques Lakes (1)Our last evening in the mountain abode ended with our second lesson in card making.

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Thank you Sandy for your love.

Mary, Jeannette, and Pat.

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One Response to A Tribute to Sandy…

  1. mary says:

    Pat, What a lovely post of our wonderful four days in Colorado! Thanks so much. Great photos, too.

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