Christmas Tree Cutting ’12

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Denver in the morning. Isn’t she beautiful? You can see the snow capped mountains far in the background. Such a fun city.

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If you remember from last years tree cutting adventure, we go up into the mountains on every black friday to pick out the perfect Christmas trees (with permits of course). The drive from city to mountain is a beautiful one.

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This year the roads were exceptionally dusty (given the dry winter). Normally there is snow and mud, but this year dust.

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Look at our spread of food! It’s the fanciest tailgate I’ve ever seen 🙂 Everyone makes something to share to accompany the annual turkey chili that is made with the Thanksgiving leftovers (Steve is so kind to make me a delicious veggie chili).

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Once our stomachs are filled, the great tree race begins!!

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We all search for the perfect trees. This year we were on a different side of the mountain and we were shocked at how many good ones we found. In previous years it would take hours and going deep into the woods.

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We found the tree! It even had an abandoned birds nest in it. Little did I know, when the photo was taken above, my body was freaking out on the inside.

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Once the trees are tagged, cut and mounted on the cars it’s time to pack up and hit the road back to Denver.

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It’s a beautiful drive in and then back out.

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After returning and washing down the tree (to rid any bugs), we got to catch this gorgeous sunset 🙂

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Rewind… Denver Turkey Trot ’12

Lets rewind back to simpler times (aka pre-hospital-Thanksgiving-morning), where my uncle, sister and I donned turkey hats for the Denver Turkey Trot. Every year when we see crowds dressed as turkeys, we always say “awww… next year that’ll be us”. Well this year we did something about it and bought these hats to surprise my uncle (he was VERY surprised and a VERY good sport about it).

Here we are pre-run.

Look at the crowd! Every year I’m always surprised to see the massive crowds of people who donate their money and time to run the Turkey Trot. Especially given it’s an early morning for people who never get a day off.

Part of the fun of this race are the people who come out to support it. The band who performed on this front lawn is called More Cowbell.

Just up the block I passed this bagpipe player, playing tunes for the runners. Just beyond him, a family was having a morning gathering to watch the runners. It’s just fun to see the community getting into it. Thankfully the weather was perfect for running, not too cold but not to hot.

Some people get really into it. In the distance you can see runners following up, as the race loops back around Washington Park.

Other people start putting out their Christmas decorations while watching the runners. Aren’t these homes beautiful? This park has a big lake in the center, so to have a house along the edge of the park provides a great view.

This is just one view of the lake in the center of the park. See all the Canadian geese?

We did it!! The after shot.

I passed this statue on the walk back to the car after the race. This angel is so old-school.

Alas, our tired turkey hats took their rest on the mantel. Don’t worry, they’ll be ready for next years race.

Annual Tree Expedition

Another adventurous day in Denver! Today we slept in a bit so we could rest up for our annual Christmas Tree Search. Five cars full of people made the treck into the mountains each in search of the perfect Charlie Brown tree. We all get permits, of course, and arrived within the designated areas. We began our quest with some tailgating fun. Steve makes a mean veggie (and non veggie) chilli. People bring drinks, homemade desserts and thanksgiving leftovers. It’s a really special low-key tradition that we all really look forward to.

Once the food was digesting inside us, the tree hunt began. It’s all about finding the perfect tree while following the permit rules (can’t be too small or too big. Can’t be close to the road etc). While it is not a race… it totally is. After about 40 minutes of going deep in the woods, we found our tree.

We sawed it down and dragged it to the car like champions. Everyone gathers as trees start coming in. Before we knew it everyone was done and we were tying them to the roofs while saying our goodbyes. We will all meet back here in exactly a year where we will catchup and share more memories. The tradition lives on.

Tonight we are having an impromptu gathering for dinner and drinks. Tomorrow we are getting a tour of a new art museum before we leave for Los Angeles and our Denver thanksgiving trip comes to an end.