National Western Stock Show ~ Celebrating 107 Years! 5

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January is a very special month in Denver. With frigid temps and snow covered peaks, Cowboys and Cowgirls from all over the state and beyond come together to celebrate the National Western Stock Show. For two weeks each January, the National Western showcases the best of the west including: Pro Rodeo, PBR, Draft Horses, Dancing Horses, Grand Prix, Wild West Show, Super Dogs, Mutton Bustin’, Coors Western Art Show & Sale and so much more! Below is a selection of my photographs of bull riders,  bareback riders, saddle bronc riders, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, woman’s barrel racing and the Westernaires! This was my first attempt at photographing the Pro Rodeo and PBR. To enlarge, click on the photo. I welcome your comments!

Pro Rodeo

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Timeline

“See how the National Western Stock Show has changed over the years by browsing our timeline from 1899 to 2010. Here are some excerpts”

1906
First show opened on Monday January 29 and ran for six days. Attendance was estimated at 15,000 and the Grand Champion steer sold for 33 cents a pound, 23 cents over the market price!
1931
The 25th National Western presented the first Rodeo in conjunction with the Livestock and Horse Show.
1954
The Westernaires made their first appearance at the Rodeo.
1981
The show increased to 12 days and included 21 Rodeo performances. A still-standing record of $301,000 was paid at auction for a Hereford bull.
2006
National Western celebrates its 100th anniversary! The show’s attendance reached 726,972 for the 16-day show and the grand champion steer   sold for $75,000 or $58 per pound!

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PBR Bull Riding

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Rocky Mountain Raptor Program

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Photo source: Anna Sullivan Photography

Throwback Thursday, Part 2 ~ Vintage Airstream Photos 2

Once again I would like to share more vintage Airstream photos. Thanks goes out to Airstream, Inc. for posting “Throwback Thursday” pics on Facebook. My first post on Throwback Thursday has some pretty nifty vintage shots as well. You can check those out here.  Tomorrow I will be driving to Jackson Center, Ohio to tour the Airstream factory and I just can’t wait. Hmmm, maybe I should write a post about that, what do a think? Enjoy!!

Photo source: Airstream, Inc.

Mount Evans in the Arapaho National Forest 7

I consider myself one of the lucky one’s who can venture out on a blue skied Colorado morning, drive about 1 1/2 hours from home and end up in one of the most peaceful places on earth ~ Mount Evans. I feel like this majestic landscape is in my backyard. Hub’s and I pack up a picnic lunch, throw the camera gear in the Expedition and away we go. One side note: if you click on each photograph, you can view it in a larger size!

On this wonderfully perfect Saturday, we were awe-struck not only at the grandeur of our drive but, also to have viewed the mountain goats and bighorn sheep so closely. Mountain goats are an even-toed ungulate with inner pads on their feet that provide extraordinary traction so they can climb steep, rocky slopes.

We watched and photographed bucks, does and kids while they scaled the steep terrain and then came trotting down the hill till they were about two feet from us so they could lick the minerals off the rocks. I tell you, it was amazing!

The Bighorn Sheep also graced our presence. The bucks and ewe’s were a little taken back by the presence of the mountain goats, however. All vying for the rights to lick the minerals from the rocks. The bighorn in Mount Evans were smaller than the bighorn that I photograph in Grand Teton National Park. But, none-the-less, they are spectacular to view.

Mount Evans is nestled in the Arapaho National Forest in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Our adventure takes us to the top of the highest paved road in North America.  Since 1931, travelers like myself have been witness to some of the most stunning terrain including alpine tundra, abundant wildlife and views of Longs Peak, Denver, Pikes Peak and Mt. Bierstadt.

Once you reach “The Top”, the parking lot sits at 14,130′ above sea level. One can view Summit Lake as seen in the photo below. I couldn’t get over the layers of mountains that seem endless. Glorious!

Park your car and take the short hike to the very tippy top of Mount Evans. You will be basking in the glory at 14,258′ above sea level. You can take a photo of the U.S. Geological Survey marker as seen below and be the envy of your friends.

If you are a flatlander, please make sure you are aware that temperatures in Denver can be 90 degrees while on top of Mount Evans on the same day, they can be 40 degrees. Dress appropriately, drink tons and tons of water and if you feel fatigue, dizziness, loss of appetite or nausea ~ please descend to lower elevations. A drive to Mount Evans should be on your bucket list for sure. I highly recommend this peaceful, secluded, masterpiece of our great country on your next journey to Colorado.

As we were winding our way down the switchbacks of the mountain road, we came across this cutie pie to bid us adieu.

Photo source: Anna Sullivan Photography

The Broadmoor ~ Elegance & Beauty in the Colorado Mountains 2

Fourteen years ago Hub’s drove me up Lake Avenue in Colorado Springs to the grand entrance of The Broadmoor. It was love at first sight for me. Honestly, and not to sound cliché but, I felt like I was home. We have been back each year, sometimes several times per year to experience its grandeur. Ten years ago Hub’s and I tied the knot at The Broadmoor. So, the resort holds a very special place in our hearts. For this reason, I want to share this incredibly divine resort with you. Surrounded by 3,000 pristine acres, The Broadmoor sits at the base of the Cheyenne Mountain range.

Located only 15 minutes from the Colorado Springs airport or 90 minutes from Denver International Airport, The Broadmoor is destination worth putting on your Bucket List!

In 1916 Spencer and Julie Penrose purchased the 40-acre site of The Broadmoor Casino & Hotel (no casino now!) along with 400 surrounding acres. Their goal was to create the most beautiful resort in the world. I do believe they succeeded and would indeed be proud to see the accomplishments of present day. In 1918 The Broadmoor becomes a five-star and five-diamond resort and still maintains the same accolades today.

Since our wedding was on Memorial Day weekend, we spend this special time each year at The Broadmoor. From the active outdoor pool activities to the fine dining, relaxing spa treatments to world-class golf courses and tennis, we never leave property on our visits.

On Memorial Day weekend, The Broadmoor provides many activities for families with little ones. The children enjoyed Cotton Candy treats, Face Painting, Movies in the Little Theatre, Magicians and Paddle Boat Races just to name a few.

At dusk, a bag piper entertains the guests around Cheyenne Lake while some guests are roasting smore’s on one of several open fire pits and others enjoying fine libations at The Hotel Bar.

If you aren’t in the mood to work your muscles in the upscale fitness center, you can peruse one of a dozen shops from clothing stores, cosmetic and pet boutiques, Yarid’s Shoes to fine art at The Hayden Hays Gallery. Dining is a real treat at The Broadmoor. Dance the evening away at the award-winning Penrose Room while looking over the Cheyenne Lake high atop the Broadmoor South building. Enjoy a NY vibe at The Summit Restaurant or casual dining at The Tavern, Golf Grill or at the 19th Century English Pub, The Golden Bee.

You will certainly view the abundant wildlife on property from deer, swans, ducks, geese, turtles and an occasional black bear running across the fairways.

So next time you want to leave your Glamper behind and luxuriate in style, I highly recommend a stay at this fabulous 5-Star resort. It never disappoints and you’ll find yourself wanting to re-visit to explore all that The Broadmoor has to offer.

If you want to explore “off property” here are a few fun sites:

Seven Falls, Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Garden of the Gods, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, Cave of the Winds, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Royal Gorge Route Railroad. Enjoy all that Colorado Springs and The Broadmoor has to offer! Happy exploring.

Photo Source: Anna Sullivan Photography