A Visit from a Twitter Pal

Happy Sunday everyone! I got something really fun to share with you today – we had a visit from @tinypearlcat’s mom, Rochelle.

The fun started before she even got to the house. Mom picked Rochelle up from the airport and they went straight to Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge so they could see the bison. And boy, did they see bison! The bison practically came right up to the car. It was a little scary.

They're right next to the road! This picture is courtesy of Rochelle.
They’re right next to the road! This picture is courtesy of Rochelle.

Can you see all the babies in there? (Click on the pictures to biggify.) Mom loves seeing the bison. Sometimes they go to the side of the park nearest the road she takes to work and she can see them as she drives. Look how close to the car they came:

Then they finally got to the house and I got to meet Rochelle. She brought us toys! Wasn’t that nice? I got a new ball to play fetch with. I played with it for days and days and days. There were also feather butt toys. Candy’s still going crazy with those. Feather butt toys are her favorite. Pearl must have told her mom what our favorite toys are. Either that, or she’s such a great cat lady that she just knows what kitties like!

Next day they drove all over the place. They went from our house to Boulder, Nederland, Central City, Idaho Springs, Echo Lake, over Squaw Pass, and finally to Morrison where they had dinner. They were hoping to see lots of fall colors, but they were about a week early for prime color. They did get to see some color though. Barnabus and Lippe Jr went, too, along with some of Pearl’s stuffies and Flat Pearl. Look at all the cool stuff they saw!

We had more visiting time with Rochelle that evening. Then the next morning she had to go home. I’m sad it was a short visit, but glad we got to see her at all! It’s so fun having visits from Twitter pals. Hope more pals can come to visit. We have lots of room!

That’s it for today. Have a great week everyone!

A Visit from Pip and Puddles

bucket2Happy Sunday everyone! I have a very special post for you today. My pal, Pip, isn’t doing so great and it probably won’t be terribly long before he goes OTRB. Pip’s made a bucket list of things he wants to do and places he wants to see in the time he has left. I was hoping he’d want to see Colorado so I invited him to come for a visit. He said yes!

So Pip packed up his little red car, and his friend/nurse/driver Puddles, and headed for Colorado! I don’t know about them, but I had a great time showing them the sights. The first stop was downtown Denver. We went for a carriage ride, visited the Botanic Gardens, and visited the Kong factory. Pip was furry excited to see where Kong toys were made. (You can biggify the pictures by clicking on them.)

On the way back from downtown, we stopped at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge to see the bison.RMANWRThen we went back to my house. I showed Pip and Puddles to the guest tent. It had nice comfy pillows for them to sleep on and I loaded it up with toys for them to play with. Look!Guest tentPip and Puddles slept really well in that tent, and the next morning were raring to go! We had so many places to see that instead of taking the car, we borrowed the Lake with Petie transporter. Otherwise we’d have needed a whole week to go everywhere!

We headed for the mountains. We started out in Estes Park where I took them to the Stanley Hotel. For those who don’t know about the Stanley Hotel, it’s the hotel Stephen King stayed at that inspired the book The Shining. From there we went into Rocky Mountain National Park and over Trail Ridge Road. We came down the other side of the mountain into Idaho Springs. There’s all kinds of great shops and restaurants there. But what Idaho Springs is really famous for are the Indian Hot Springs and Tommyknocker Brewery. Then we went up to the top of Mt. Evans. The road up to Mt. Evans is the highest paved road in North America! It’s 14,240 feet at the summit.

That was a lot of places for one day, but there was still more to see! So we got up furry early the next morning, jumped in the car, and headed south to Colorado Springs. First stop was the Air Force Academy. We posed on a jet and saw the Chapel. From there, it was on to the Garden of the Gods. It’s a gorgeous landscape of red rock formations, desert plants, and an amazing expanse of sky. If you go there you’ll understand how it got its name. I guess we kind of went from one chapel to another. The last stop on our tour was the Olympic training center. Pip wanted to ride the bobsled, but there was no snow.

I’m thrilled Pip and Puddles were able to stay long enough to see so many things. I just wish they could have stayed longer, because I had so many other places I wanted to take them. But I guess that would have been selfish. After all, I know there’s lots of other pals that want a visit from Pip and Puddles. So I guess I was lucky there were able to stay as long as they did.

I hope you enjoyed the tour as much as we did. Have a great week everyone!

Sunday Musings – Evie Goes to Idaho Springs

Happy Sunday! I’m turning the blog over to Evie today so she can tell you about the trip she took last weekend.

Evie here. I got to go on a car trip with Mom and her furriend, Chris. We went to a town called Idaho Springs. It’s an old mining town not very far west of Denver. From the highway you can see what’s left of some of the mine openings and some other mining equipment that’s been left behind. But I’m getting ahead of myself, so let me start with the drive.

Mom and Chris are not big fans of taking the highway. They like to drive through Clear Creek Canyon instead. It’s very pretty and much more fun. There’s a creek running through it. Right now the creek is low, but in just a couple of weeks it will be running very high and fast. That’s when the snow melts and fills all the rivers, streams, and creeks. That’s the water that flows into the reservoirs, too.

When you go through the canyon you have to go through three tunnels. People used to honk their horns in the tunnel. Beep, beep beep beep beep, beep, beep. Now they don’t. But if no one else is in the tunnel, Mom and Chris honk the horn anyway. It’s fun and always make me laugh.

The main things we went to see were this water wheel and waterfall. If you biggify the picture of the statue, it will tell you all about the water wheel and the man who built it. He was a bit odd and it’s a funny read.

Here I am riding in Mom’s camera pack. It was a great place to see everything from. I’m glad I got to ride in the pack. I don’t think my little legs could have kept up with Mom & Chris.

We went higher up the mountain to Chicago Creek. Mom & Chris always have to find someplace to stick their feet in the water. It doesn’t matter how cold the water is, they’re gonna stick their toes in. As you can see by their faces, the water was pretty cold. They’re so silly.

When they were done freezing theirs toes off we had a lovely snack of strawberries and plums.

This is some of what we saw while we were out. We saw pussy willow just starting to bloom. Mom managed to catch a picture of a bird in flight, and another one sitting on a wire. We saw lots of hawks flying, but they were so high they look like little dots in the pictures, so I’m not using any of those shots.

There’s one place Mom and Chris always have to stop when they’re in Idaho Springs – Tommyknocker Brewery and Pub. They always have to get beer or soda to take home. This time Mom got soda – Orange Cream & Root Beer. Both flavors are very delicious. They make other flavors, but those are Mom’s favorites.

They make the beer right there where the restaurant is. Here I am in front of some of the vats where the beer is brewed.

Here I go getting ahead of myself again. *blushes*. On our way to Tommyknocker we passed a place that sells restored antique stuff, mostly stoves. They were so beautiful we had to take pictures of them. There were wood stoves and some of the earliest gas stoves and radiators. Can you imagine a place taking the time to make a stove or radiator look that beautiful today? The lady that ran the store said that the rich people used to buy these fancy stoves to show off their wealth.

So that’s my latest trip to the mountains. I’ll turn the blog back over to Pumpkin now.

Well pals, sounds like Evie had quite the trip. Sometimes I wish I could take car trips and see all these cool things, but I’m not a big fan of riding in the car. I guess I’ll have to live vicariously through Evie. MOL.

Have a great week!