From the Rockies, back to the Sierra |

From the Rockies, back to the Sierra

We returned this week from our vacation in Denver. The main reason for our trip was to attend the wedding of Matt Williams (the son of Bernie and Linda Williams of Northstar) and his bride, Rebecca. Rebecca is originally from Wisconsin, but met Matt in Denver. Matt and Alan have been best friends since second grade.Over 150 people attended the ceremony, the reception, and the out-of-towner dinner the night before. According to Linda, friends and family came from many parts of the country representing at least 15 states. The Truckee contingent included Ben and Kathy King and their son Ethan; Dennis and Nancy Mulloy; Eric Jitloff; D.J. Dart (now from Washington D.C.) and his mother Ann Williams; Jan Agnew; Alice, Alan, and I; and our daughter Christy who flew in from So. Carolina. The ceremony and festivities were wonderful! Matt and Rebecca are a perfect couple and we wish them a life time of happiness and success.

We planned a few extra days in the Denver area to get our first real glimpse of the Colorado Rockies. We have made flight connections in Denver many times, but previously had never spent anytime in that part of Colorado.The first day we arrived, Alice and I drove from the airport up into the Rockies to take a look at Vail and Beaver Creek. We are avid skiers, but we have never skied in Colorado so we were interested in seeing what these famous areas were all about. I was also curious to compare the East West Partner development at Beaver Creek with that of Northstar.I would consider the villages at both the Colorado resorts much denser than anything we have seen in California at least up until now. However, the villages were well managed and maintained with some beautiful architecture and landscaping. The concept of foot traffic only is really nice. You did not see cars (apparently parked underground), but a lot of smiling faces. The ski runs were all green, which is really pretty.The next day, Alice and I drove well over a hundred miles with our ultimate destination being Pikes Peak. We drove along the Rocky Mountain scenic corridor where there are over 50 mountain peaks above 12,000 feet and some over 14,000 feet. The mountains dont seem to be much higher than some of our higher peaks, but we were driving across high mountain plains that are already 8,000 feet above sea level and higher!We arrived at Pikes Peak at about 2 p.m. and Alice took over the driving for the uphill portion of our journey. We were both white-knuckled, she on the steering wheel, and me on the roof and door handles.We did make it to our destination at 14,110 feet above sea level and the views were breathtaking (much like from an airplane, but with no windows or bulk heads). Since there is virtually no vegetation at the altitude, my first impression was that we had found a gift shop on the surface of the moon! I took my turn driving back down the hill which, for me, was much more relaxing and less hair raising. It was a great experience.The Rockies are awesome.

Mary De Lisle was happily surprised last week when her daughter, Michelle Ramirez, and over 25 family members and friends arrived at her home for her 87th birthday. Mary was born in Truckee and has lived here her whole life! She is also our most avid reader! Congratulations Mary!

The Tahoe Truckee Air Show was held for many years, normally in the later part of June. Apparently the original air shows were held at the former location of the Truckee airport and many of the originators and pilots were World War II veterans. It was a really fun event, and rumor has it that the event may be returning.Bill Palmer asked Nancy Kerr to e-mail his answer to us and he is our early bird winner. Other contestants included Larry McEneany, Sharon Cook, Mark Harrigan, Mary De Lisle, Jean Armstrong (of Sattley), Shannon Stubblefield Thomas, Norm Justesen, Leah Krone, and Pat Northrop.Other answers that brought back good memories were the Old Timers Picnic, the Railroad Days, the Wagon Train that would roll through town, and two of the Optimist Clubs former events: the Bathtub Races at Donner Lake, and the Spring Thaw Dance.Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group, are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Road.

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