Whirlwind Trip to Colorado, Hillsdale National Leadership Seminar

Last week, RB49 and Hubby flew to Denver for a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar.  I usually have an aisle seat on an airplane, but this time I had the window seat, and I saw some beautiful scenery below.

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We picked up the rental SUV, and drove south to the city of Colorado Springs, where we found the Broadmoor Resort, a very old, and very beautiful, hotel at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.  We barely had time to get settled in our beautiful room, before it was time to attend the President’s Club reception.  Here’s the view from our room.

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At the reception, we met up with some people we already knew from Ricochet, one couple who live in Colorado Springs, and a woman from Texas (yes, Hillsdale has supporters all over this country).  We went in to dinner, and had a very nice meal.  Tuesday’s dinner was Frank Luntz, a well-known pollster, who told us that he became a conservative gradually, while learning about what motivates the people he polled over the years.  His theme was “how to speak about conservatism”, and he emphasized some of the points I have been saying over the years (you can’t convert liberals by arguing with them-you need to appeal to their emotions).  Here’s one of the many slides he showed about better terms to use in your conversations.

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After that dinner, Hubby and I went on a little walking tour of the building.  The Broadmoor has dozens of original paintings and sculptures by Western artists, accumulated over the more than 100-year history of the property.

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In a dimly-lighted lounge, I spotted this cleverly-designed footstool.  Very cute!

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Can you tell that he’s a turtle?

We fell into bed, exhausted from our busy day.  The room was sumptuous by our standards, and very comfortable and quiet, even though it was just across the hall from the elevator.

The next day, after continental breakfast, there were more speakers, including Sharyl Atkisson, a rather famous journalist (whose computer was compromised by Obama stooges), and Mollie Hemingway.  Both ladies had very interesting stories to tell.  Mollie used to be an editor at Ricochet, before she went to The Federalist.

After a nice lunch and one more speaker, the conference adjourned.  We had a bit of time before we had to head back to Denver for our 8:00PM flight, so we went to the hotel bar for a quick drink.  The main building is across a small lake, and I got to capture some of the beauty of the resort on the way over.

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Once we arrived at the hotel bar and ordered our drinks, I had the opportunity to pay more attention to the inside of the bar.  Very beautiful! This picture must have been of some patrons from the Robber Baron days of the late 19th Century.  I didn’t find out who they all were.

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After our nice drink, it was time for us to head home.  As is my normal, I pay attention to architectural detail wherever I am!  Here are some creatures who saw us off from the main entrance.

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We made it back to the airport in time, dropped off the rental car, and boarded our plane.  It was a very rushed trip, but certainly productive. The venue was gorgeous, speakers were fascinating, and our friends warm.  What more could a person ask for?

 

Sunset…An End, and a Beginning

The evening of the first day of our cruise to Alaska aboard the Crystal Serenity was beautiful, and clear.  The ship left Vancouver BC just as the sun was setting.  We stood at the rail of the Promenade Deck and watched for long minutes, as the sun set over the channel.  We knew when we awoke the next morning, we’d be close to the waters off Alaska.  End of the day, beginning of an adventure.

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A Favorite Place, any time of year

About 35 miles north of our town of Everett, Washington, may be found the Skagit River Valley.  The Skagit Valley has some of the most fertile soil in the United States, and its farmers supply animal feed, corn, potatoes, vegetables, and flower bulbs locally and around the world.  The entire month of April is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, and you don’t have to look very far on Calling-all-RushBabes to find it-just look up at this month’s header picture!  A few times a year, my husband and I get in the car and drive up to the little town of LaConner, on the Swinomish Channel.  It is an admitted “tourist trap”, but we just love playing tourist and visiting all the shops.

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Skagit Daffodils

Afloat at LaConner Marina

Boats at the LaConner Marina.

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We discovered this interesting creature in front of an art gallery in LaConner.  I wonder if he’d agree to play in our string quartet?

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Couldn’t resist this, at a t-shirt store on Main Street.

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Fertile farmland, and Mount Baker in the background.

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Farm machinery at one of the many farms in the Skagit Valley.

Farther up the Skagit River, the terrain gets wilder as you head into the Cascade Mountains.

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Is it any wonder we try to go there as often as possible?

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Photo Challenge~~~I’d Rather Be…

So here I am, at my desk, doing our TAXES, for heaven’s sake!  Yeah, it’s that time of year. But I’d really rather be here:

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On the balcony of our stateroom, on the cruise ship, to Hawaii.  With my nose in a good book, and a nice glass of wine.  Just relaxing and watching and listening to the water go by.

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Actually, we are going on that Hawaii cruise this summer, round trip from San Francisco, for the last two weeks of July.  The open Pacific Ocean beckons!

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Take a Guided Tour, Through my Beautiful Pacific Northwest

I think I live in the most beautiful part of the USA, the Pacific Northwest.  Within one or two hours’ drive, you can be at the ocean, the lake, the mountains, or the desert.  Let’s start right close to my home, in Everett, Washington, just north of Seattle.

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This is Silver Lake, about a half-mile south of my house.  You can rent a little sailboat at Silver Lake Park in the summer, or have a drink on the deck at Emory’s Restaurant.

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Just a bit farther north, you can walk in the tulip fields of the Skagit Valley in April.

Mount Baker, seen from San Juan Ferry
Mount Baker, seen from San Juan Ferry, Puget Sound, WA

You can take a Washington State Ferry through the San Juan Islands at the northwest corner of the state.

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Liberty Bell Mountain

Turning east, you can drive over the North Cascades Highway, and see Liberty Bell Mountain.

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Or you can go east over the Cascades to Yakima, and drive down the shrub-steppe terrain along the winding Yakima River.

And if you’re a city kid, you can spend a pleasant afternoon at the Seattle Japanese Garden.

Seattle Japanese Garden with Pagoda
Seattle Japanese Garden with Pagoda

I hope you’ve enjoyed your tour of my beautiful Pacific Northwest.   Come visit sometime.

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Variations on a theme..the many faces of the Wenatchee River

Leavenworth, Washington is a favorite destination for us, and to get there the road parallels the Wenatchee River.  The river roars through the Tumwater Canyon, meanders along the foothills, and flows through the town, in one end and out the other.  The river is never the same way twice, but it is  always a beautiful sight.

Here is the river, before it enters Tumwater canyon.  Peaceful, isn’t it.

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Fall Colors on the Wenatchee River, west of Leavenworth, WA

But not too far down the road, in Tumwater Canyon, it looks totally different.

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Wenatchee River, in Tumwater Canyon, west of Leavenworth, WA

A little closer to town.

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And when the river flows through town, and comes out the other side…

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It almost doesn’t seem like the same river.  And the view is not the best part.  You have to hear it.

Many faces of the Wenatchee River
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