A Visit with Blogging Friends, Larry and Bev

Larry and Bev, our blogging friends from Tennessee, have been threatening to head to the Wild West for over a year now, and their long awaited visit finally became reality. Their 4,000 mile journey included a stop to the Denver area and I must say, it was a pleasure to finally meet “the breakfast king” in person, his lovely wife Bev and dogs Sweetie Pie and Coco. And just as I imagined, a fun, gracious and lovely bunch they were. We truly felt as if we had known them as close friends for years.

I couldn’t resist staging a photo in front of my favorite white-eyed cowboy sign just outside Rocky Mountain National Park. I commend Larry for being able to squint and smile at the same time in the harsh mountain morning sun.

But let’s start from the beginning. They arrived in Highlands Ranch from their RV park in West Denver about 1:00 in the afternoon. We enjoyed a short sight-seeing trip to nearby historic Highlands Ranch Mansion…

…followed by a quick foodie side trip to Savory Spice Shop where Larry and Bev stocked up on spices for themselves and their daughter. At about the same price as gold, Larry bought some truffled sea salt. The in store sampling tasted INcredible and I look forward to a blog post on how he uses it (hint..hint).  We stopped next door at EVOO Olive Oil, a tasting bar where we all enjoyed an adventure in pairing olive oils with balsamic vinegars.

That evening at our house, we enjoyed a delicious bottle of North Georgia Chardonnay that Larry and Bev brought from a recent wine-tasting trip with Sam and Meakin (My Carolina Kitchen) followed by a dinner of chicken enchiladas with tomato cream sauce. Since I was too busy sipping, cooking and visiting to take photos, I swiped this one from Larry’s blog.

The next day we took separate cars for an overnight tip to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Traveling in tandem, we took the scenic route through Big Thompson Canyon. I bullied everyone into another quick stop at The Colorado Cherry Company for lots of browsing for jams, jellies, ciders and everything “cherry”.

Further up the canyon was a picnic lunch at Viestenz-Smith Park. Our table sat on a lush grassy area with the Big Thompson River on one side and a beautiful little pond behind us. And nestled deep within the canyon walls of the Big Thompson, it was certainly an oasis of scenery. We snacked on apples, cheese, crackers and salami while enjoying a picture perfect Colorado Fall day.

As we were leaving the park, I couldn’t resist taking this photo of Larry’s co-pilot Sweetie Pie. That’s how she rides.

Closer to Estes Park, our next stop was at the town of Glen Haven. All of two blocks long, it’s home to Glen Haven General Store. Established in 1920, it’s a very popular stop for homemade cinnamon rolls, gifts and antique atmosphere. Bev and I had to browse the Pony Track Trading Company next door. An ominously dark entrance shrouded in some sort of vine opened to a den full of turquoise jewelry, art and antiques.

Once settled at the cabin in Estes, we headed out for drive to view the fall colors and the mountain vistas in Rocky Mountain National Park. Unfortunately, due to forest fires in Oregon and Montana, our vistas were smoky and hillsides full of golden Aspens were only captured in close up photos.

We encountered wildlife, big and small.

Back at the cabin, we set up camp on the deck for some wine…

…an appetizer of shrimp cocktail and then my simple posole for dinner.

The next morning after some more sightseeing in the park, we all stood in a parking lot overlooking this meadow. Just the day before, this same meadow unfolded the drama of two good sized elk herds with male bulls actively guarding the separation of the two harems. On this day the elk were no where in sight and we enjoyed a serene snapshot of this couple getting married.

I’m so sentimental and not very good with goodbyes. So without much fanfare, and a some heartfelt hugs, we said our goodbye’s, with us heading to Highlands Ranch and Larry and Bev back to the RV Park.

We had a great visit with our friends from Tennessee. Thank you Larry and Bev for including Highlands Ranch in your travel plans. For Larry’s version of the visit head over to his blog.

Posole and Friends…It’s What’s for Dinner.

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  1. says

    Very nice LA and as much as she’d like to, Sweetie doesn’t get to ride co-pilot in the RV. I think you’ll like my next two trip posts. I wish I had as much hair as Bob.

  2. says

    Nothing makes dinner better than sharing it with friends. Your sight seeing trip sounds wonderful Lea Ann and so does dinner. Having the opportunity to meet blogging friends is one of the best things about blogging.

    While you guys got together, we met Susan & Dale from the Schnitzel & The Trout. Their daughter and her family just moved to our area, so we had lunch. You’re right. It feels like we’ve know other bloggers for years. Thanks for this post. I’ve been looking forward to it.
    Sam

    • Lea Ann says

      Thanks for the comment Sam. I saw that on your blog, but have been so busy at work I’m behind on my reading.

  3. says

    Fun visit and such great photos! The Doolittle’s seem like such fun people, I hope they can make it up here next time. The smoke is sure a pain this year. I don’t remember it being this bad for this long since moving up here. :-(

    • Lea Ann says

      You missed a great visit Vicie. I was so disappointed they had to cut their trip short That smoke really put a damper on our views. darnit.

  4. Nancy says

    While the internet isn’t always a good thing, this shows how it brings people together. In the mid-nineties I met a very special person (actually 2) because of a common interest, and it resulted in a wonderful friendship. You know who you are :)

    I now get to read your blog and share in your life and interests…and even get to visit now and then. All thanks to a post about White Pelicans in the mid-nineties.

    The rest is history. A wonderful history that I’m grateful for.
    Nice job – as always. I love visiting Colorado and it’s so nice to see others enjoying a most wonderful part of the country.

    • Lea Ann says

      I’m so glad you took the time to write this. Every time I see a white pelican I think of that. :) I am also ery grateful for that history and the friendships that have developed. Hugs.

  5. says

    yeah, I read ol’ Larry bragging on your enchiladas which got me hankering for some…
    I know y’all had a great visit, all of you are such nice folks, it shows ya know… and what great views and scenery you have, wow… great food pics too, but I think the lone couple getting married kinda touched me the most…

    • Lea Ann says

      Thanks Drick! We had a great time meeting Larry and Bev. That lone couple getting married was very cool. There was no one with them, no family or friends, just the preacher, the photographer and that beautiful meadow.

  6. says

    It sounds like you had a wonderful visit with Larry and Bev. I’ve visited Larry’s blog so many times that I feel like I know them too. I remember seeing a herd of elk in Estes Park when my family and I visited there several years ago. So beautiful!

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