Our trip preparations included dressing up Gus in his Christmas costume. He was a very unhappy doggie as an ice cream sundae.
As usual, we drove from Pasadena to Boulder, however, we stopped in Santa Fe this year rather than Flagstaff. We arrived late and left early, so we couldn't fully appreciate the sights, but wow, is it a beautiful place at Christmas with the lights! Also, the sunrise to which we were treated as we left town was so beautiful - such pinks and blues! I sometimes think that Georgia O'Keefe's work is a bit cheesy with all of the pink, but when I saw that sunrise, I thought - "Wow, she didn't make any of it up".
After a few quick days in Boulder (most of which we spent running errands, although we hit some of our favorite places - Salt, Backcountry Pizza which is notable for an outstanding beer list, and Southern Sun), we headed to Keystone, Colorado to meet up with my family. This was a repeat of our trip two years ago which was fine by me. We discovered that a ski trip suited everyone - giving us enough freedom yet still allowing us to be together. One of our first stops was Keystone Village where I posed with the ice sculptures alongside my niece and nephews:
And then we spent the next few days skiing:
Michael, my brother, sister-in-law and I
Panorama view of the mountains
More posing at the top of the mountain!
Michael taking a break.
The skiing was really great this year thanks to a few days of major snowfall right before we arrived (and the day of our arrival). I don't ski all-out, super hard-core these days, largely because I'm nervous about injuring myself, but we had several great days out there. What most surprised us was the lack of lift lines - we rarely had to wait at all, and when we did, the lines were quite short. It was fun to see my niece and nephews on the slopes too. We didn't ski too much with them, but they are becoming very good skiers and it's fun to watch them on slopes!
The last day was probably the warmest, so we got in one final morning before returning to Boulder for a New Year's Eve celebration. We closed out 2014 and brought in 2015 with a competitive game of Cards Against Humanity, plenty of champagne and caps that Michael's mother made for all of us.
A motley crew
Boulder - The Flatirons with snow
We spent New Year's Day in Boulder - going for a walk, visiting family, and I even motivated for a New Year's Day run in the cold (for me, it was freezy!), the perfect way to start 2015. It was a full Christmas/New Year's break, and while at times I missed the low-key nature that often defines our holidays, it was great to see so many people and share the holidays with them. We definitely ate and drank and played pretty hard, and I'm now ready to focus on 2015 and all that it will bring!