Saturday, September 3, 2011

1000 gifts: end-of-summer fling

Continuing my list of gifts, blessings that I write down to remember all the wonderful things that God gives me along life's journey (from Ann Voskamp's book and her blog, A Holy Experience).

We like to take a trip at the end of August - one last fling before school and fall activities start. This year we drove to Estes Park, Colorado and then across the 12,000 ft Trail Ridge pass down to Grand Lake.

338. Old wooden lodges with interesting themes.
The Bald Pate Inn in Estes Park, Co  is a beautiful old lodge with uneven floors and fireplaces and a neat theme: keys. Based on The novel Seven Keys of Bald Pate Inn, The collection boasts over 20,000 keys including examples from the Pentagon, Westminster Abby, Mozart's wine cellar, and even Frankenstein's castle. Here's my daughters holding one of the biggest keys in the collection.

339. Mountain views from the middle of a lake
We rented a motor boat to zip around Grand Lake. A great way to admire the mountains and all the fancy houses built around the lake.

340. Sailboat races
A bunch of sailboats setting up for a race makes for a beautiful sight on a lake.