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!

Lippe’s Visit with Pumpkin

Hi everyone! Sorry I’m a couple of days late with my blog. I had no typist for the weekend. *glares at mom*

I’m gonna let Lippe use the blog today to tell you about his visit here. We’ve been having a great time playing with my toys and my fursibs, but that was all when Mom wasn’t home so we don’t have many pictures of us playing. Lippe’s gonna tell you about his adventures with Mom that I didn’t get to go to. Here’s Lippe.

Lippe here. I’ve been all kinds of places and did all kinds of things while I’ve been in Colorado. I can’t believe how much fun I’ve had. Aside from all the fun I’ve had with Pumpkin and her fursibs, here’s some of what I did with Pumpkin’s mom. If the dates look funny to you, it’s how we write them in Europe, day first, then month, then year.

24/5/11   I arrive at Pumpkin’s Mom’s office and hung out with her at work.

26/5/11    Estes Park, CO    This was a long, busy day. We drove up to Estes Park and stopped at the Colorado Cherry Store on the way up. Then we went to Estes Park Brewery to buy some beer. After that we went to Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) and saw lots of critters, especially elk. Then we walked around town for a while and went to a winery for a wine tasting. After a full day in Estes Park we stopped at Costco on the way home to shop. I couldn’t believe how big Costco was. When we finally got home I fell right to sleep and didn’t even wake up for dinner. I must have been tired to sleep through a meal.

27/5/11    Nowhere special    Got the car fixed (I didn’t break it), met Pumpkin’s mom’s friend for lunch and some shopping, climbed a big bear!

30/5/11    Second Creek Nature Trail    I finally got to ride in Pumpkin’s super cool stroller! We went on the nature trail right behind Pumpkin’s house. We saw lots of bunnies and birds. The weather was turning bad while we were walking and we got back to the house just in time not to get rained on.

1/6/2011    Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Preserve    Pumpkin’s mom likes to do lots of outdoor naturey stuff, so we went to a wildlife preserve. We saw prairie dogs, bison, hawks and eagles, bison, deer, bison, rabbits, bison, and lots of other critters. Oh, and did I mention the bison? They were tremendous, like elephants. Well, maybe not that big, but almost.

3/6/2011    Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO)    I went to work with Pumpkin’s mom and then we went out to dinner and to the symphony to hear Sandi Patty. The whole evening was fun. We sat outside for dinner and the restaurant next door had live music outside, so we really had 2 concerts that night! Walking back to the car after there were so many people out and the streets were super busy. It was lots of fun watching all the people.

4/6/2011    CSO again!    We spent the whole day in downtown Denver wandering around. We started out at the City and County building. We climbed all the way to the top and got a picture on the roof. It was fun. Then we walked through a street festival called The People’s Fair. The heart of downtown is a street mall called the 16th Street Mall. There are free shuttles that run up and down the mall. We got to ride one for a while. We also took lots of pictures of cool buildings. There were pianos all over the mall and people playing them. I played one, too. We saw the railroad yard, bridges, Union Station, and Coors Field. Then we had dinner and went to the symphony, this time to see Pink Martini. They were awesome. I loved it! It was a long day with a lot of walking. I was a very tired but happy bear when we got back to the house.

10/6/11 – 12/6/11    Back to Estes Park    We went back up to Estes Park, and this time stayed the whole weekend. We stayed at a lovely cabin in a place called The Evergreens. It had a spa tub and kitchen and we relaxed a lot. A little chipmunk came in our room. We gave it a piece of hot dog bun and got a picture of it running off with the bun. It was so cute. We went back to RMNP. This time we saw bighorn sheep and a brown bear in addition to elk and deer. We also spent lots of time walking around town and watched a man blowing glass and I got a new shirt. We walked around the Stanley Hotel. This is the hotel that inspired Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’. When we left Sunday, instead of driving straight back to Denver, we drove back through the park, over Trail Ridge Road, through Grand Lake and over lots of mountain passes. Trail Ridge Road goes over 12,000 feet high. There was still snow at the top and it was like 12 feet high! We also crossed the Continental Divide. I’ll have to look that up because that was a big deal, but I don’t know why. Something about which way the rivers run on each side of the divide. The whole weekend the weather was perfect. We had a wonderful time.

That’s the highlights of my trip to Colorado. I hope you all enjoyed my pictures online at Lippe’s Visit with Pumpkin. Not all the pictures are up yet, but they should be by the weekend.

Pumpkin back again. As you can see, Lippe kept Mom furry busy the last few weeks. We’ve all really loved having Lippe visit us and are kind of sad he has to go. But we’ve had a nice long visit, and now it’s someone else’s turn to enjoy Lippe’s company. I hope he has a wonderful time on the rest of his trip. It’s gonna be awfully quiet and boring around here without him. We love you Lippe!