Monday, July 19, 2010

So, It Started On Our Honeymoon . . .

Twenty eight years ago this July, my husband and I were married. The day after the wedding, we packed up all our belongings and moved south to Mexico City. I had only recently returned from my mission and did not feel ready to leave my family in Utah for another foreign land, but, knowing that living a part after the wedding day was not good for a marriage, :-) I went a long--crying all the way.
One bright spot in that week of travel, however, was our two night stay just north of Durango, Colorado at the Tamarron Resort. Wes' friend's family owned a condo there and offered to let us use it. We were too poor to visit the many paid tourist attractions around town, but even in our poverty we were warmly welcomed by the green San Juan Mountains.


We had no way of knowing then how much this place would become a part of our lives. Two years later, and after completing graduate school, Wes took a job with the father of his friend and Tamarron became a nearly annual event. Here we have enjoyed vacations with friends, had a family reunion and it also became the honeymoon destination of both our daughter and our son.

And this is where we have been spending this past week.



We were actually hoping for a little cooler weather. With temperatures as high as 98 degrees, it is only ten degrees cooler than our home in Arizona, but we have still had a lot of fun. Camille and her little family drove down from Colorado Springs to join us. We are just sad that Kristen, Ryan and Kali are not also here. School has kept them both at home.


One of our favorite activities is to drive ten minutes north to Purgatory Ski Resort and ride the alpine slide. Here everyone is waiting in line for the ski lift up the mountain.




Wes barely beat Michelle in the first race down. I creamed Camille!! (I will be bragging about that one for a long time!!) However, I also lost to Wes in the first race and won the second, but he insisted on giving me a head start so it was a shallow victory.



After the slide lost our interest, we moved on to the bungee pit. Here they strapped you in to a harness attached to two bungee chords, which were held in place by two tall poles. They would get you bouncing and then let you soar!! Here Michelle is receiving her instructions.


She screamed the entire time and had some moves that looked rather painful.



Kathryn followed Michelle and added a few flips.



That was a fun day, but I must say, the most fun I have had is playing with Carly. What a cutie!! She is so happy (most of the time:-) and loves to jibber jabber. Here Wes took her up to the pool to cool off.

I have also enjoyed the flora. There are such beautiful flowers everywhere. We are enjoying the fauna as well. The other morning while walking up to the lodge we saw a doe and her fawn on the golf course. It was so fun to see the fawn leaping across the grass. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me.

I am going to be so sad tomorrow when everyone goes home.

12 comments:

MissKris said...

BEAUTIFUL pictures mom!!!!

You are SUCH a talented photographer.

I like the new look of the condo. But I hope they don't keep changing it!

Sue said...

Looks like great fun in a beautiful setting. And it IS always sad when they go home...

Hopefully, there will be a "next time" very soon!

=)

Cherie said...

Colorado is such a beautiful state!
It is definately wonderful to have a place that is special to you, where you make wonderful memories with family and friends! Beautiful!
Alpine slides...Rock!!! So much fun :D

Rebecca Irvine said...

Looks like so much fun! I would love to do some of the fun activities at purgatory you showed.

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Gramee said...

fun pictures! wonderful story!
and that baby is getting so big!
she is darling!

MissKris said...

I keep coming back and looking at these pictures and I've decided that Carly may have been born looking like a Tusler, but I think she REALLY is starting to look like a Wagner now.
ps- you should post or email those pics of Camille's family photoshoot!

Dave and Camille said...

I'm so glad you guys started going to Durango all those years ago... think of what we would have missed if you didn't? We miss you! Carly has spent the whole day asking for gampa and gama.

Roger and LeAnn said...

I so loved this post. The pictures are beautiful. It looks like you had a great time. The babies picture was adorable. I know that you must have enjoyed the moments.
Blessings to you! LeAnn

Kasie said...

looks like so much fun! That mountain picture is amazing!

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Da Bergs said...

How fun... and how cool that you got to live in Mexico City for a while! Where did you serve your mission? Did you speak Spanish? VERY cool!!!