Sunday, November 9, 2008

A week of photos.

Family and Friends,

 We hope you had a great week, as we did. Tuesday evening we sat in the living room with our eyes glued to the television, with anticipation watching for the outcome of the presidential election. “History in the making” are the words Jimi repeated to me. We were honored that we could witness this amazing and remarkable fate in history of our first black President.

 Wednesday night Jimi worked on his photos. I, on the other hand, was bored stiff. I had many things to do or many things that I needed to do, but I had no motivation. I was internally bored. I did manage to complete my first lesson in learning Spanish and I bought airline tickets for Jennifer and Daniel’s visit over the December holidays. Other than that, my evening was squandered.

We had tickets to the Minnesota Avalanche game for Thursday night, but we opted not to go and sold them. Rather, I worked while Jimi visited his friend Brad.

I completely forgot to mention Jimi’s adventure last week. On Thursday he went to a town near Vail, Colorado called Gilman for some urban exploration. This town was ordered by the EPA to evacuate in 1984 because of the mining operation polluting it with lead and zinc. Jimi parked his truck and hiked in to the town, as the main entrance is gated off. The exploration was really cool. The entire town abandoned, as something you would see in the movies and certainly not hitting so close to home.  The evidence left behind depicted a story with cars in the garage appearing as if they were undergoing repair at the time, people’s homes, a hotel, and school; some 85+ structures. Most of the interior of the buildings were bare. Traces of unwanted things left behind were laying around. Elements of weather claimed what was once a thriving mining town. Jimi took some really good pictures there, which was his main purpose, and his trip was good. With the wind blowing, the doors would bang loudly open and shut, which at times would freak him out a little, as he snuck around this abandoned modern day ghost town. 

This is what Wikipedia has to say about Gilman, Colorado.
Gilman is an abandoned mining town in southeastern Eagle County, Colorado, United States. Founded in 1886 during the Colorado Silver Boom, the town later became a center of lead and zinc mining in Colorado, centered around the now-flooded Eagle Mine. It was abandoned in 1984 by order of the Environmental Protection Agency [1] because of toxic pollutants, including contamination of the ground water, as well as unprofitability of the mines.

This past Thursday, he went to DIA getting really close to the runway under the planes, as they were taking off and landing. He spent a good portion of the day there with some super successful picture taking. After words he went to visit our friend Brad for a while.

 Molly and Razor went to Mead for the weekend and it appears that they will now stay in their once forgotten home with their new owner. We may bring them to visit on occasion or take them to the mountains for an afternoon hike.
 Jimi and I spent the weekend in Taos, New Mexico. It was a last minute trip planned in an effort to detour us from becoming couch potatoes, which is what we have noticed happening lately. We first visited the Taos Indian Reservation. It was walking only, in a small area, but Jimi got some really good pictures. We had a really nice dinner and then sat in the hot tub at the hotel before thinking we would settle in for the night; however, just before bedtime, we unexpectedly decided to set out to find a well photographed church, so Jimi could take his own pictures of it. We were at the churches location for about an hour before heading back to our room and really settling in for the night. Sunday consisted of mostly site-seeing and touring via the car. We visited the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Eagle’s Nest, New Mexico. A Doctor from the area build the memorial after his son was killed in 1968 while in Vietnam. The memorial was especially emotional, yet we very much enjoyed our visit there. That evening after arriving back home, we watched the movie Full Metal Jacket.

Today, Monday October 10, 2008, my son turns 16 years old. It’s hard to believe, but true. Happy Birthday Daniel!!!

 I also failed to mention that my parents celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on October 23rd. Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!!!!

 My sister’s birthday was this past Friday, November 7th. Happy Birthday Marie!!!

Until next week: sunshine and smiles.

Love Everybody,

Lorie & Jimi

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