Hi all . . . long time no updates, huh?
I certainly apologize for that. I don't have a good excuse other
than life just seems to blaze by at an increasingly amazing speed
these days. But Stace and I are doing well and hope you are, too!
Here are some highlights of life and what we've been up to . . .
Our house is doing wonderfully--it's certainly taken on the feeling
of home. While we're embarrassed to admit that we haven't hung a
picture on the walls yet, we'll get there one of these days. We
just always seem to go want to do stuff rather than hang out and
decorate. There are still a couple of projects that need to be squared
away as well, but, well, we just don't have enough rainy days around
here to get them squared away. In the mean time, Stacey has done
a great job getting our landscaping squared away--we have green
grass and flowers everywhere! We had our little mess of a hill terraced,
as well, so that's looking good. The rough-cut cedar took another
coat of stain last fall and last spring . . . seems like I spent
a lot of time with brush in my hand. But the place is looking and
feeling good as we head through late fall and into another winter.
Here's Stace digging into another landscaping project. With the
trees and grass she's planted in the past eighteen months, our place
is starting to look well established.
This is the start of our little hill remodel. The finished product
is a terraced wall supported by big, square rocks. It turned out
to be quite the project.
Our families continue be good and blessed. Stace and I get to spend
weekends with her family as they come up from Denver and Castle
Rock, and last April, we travelled to Florida to spend time with
my family. We just can't believe how fast all the neices and nephews
grow up . . . it's been interesting.
I believe this was last Thanksgiving at Rhonda and Norma's.
This was taken at the St. Anthony Dunes in the summer of '03.
Summer of '03 at the ski area in Crested Butte.
Awe, what a cute bunch of kids.
You knew that wasn't going to last!
This was taken about a year ago when Hazel and Norma came up to
visit us in Crested Butte.
Breakfast at Ray's.
Stace and Mom on the beach in Florida.
Hanging out with Mom in Denver.
Going for a walk in Fayette with the Borton women.
Auntie Hazel and me.
Stace and Vern get ready to ride in Moab.
Mountain biking with Sandra, Stace, and our friends Sara and Andy.
The Hillsman clan in Chicago last fall celebrating Jerry's 70th
The Wilson, Burgin, Borton, Pennie clan in Florida last spring.
The ski resort where Stacey and I work, Crested
Butte Mountain Resort, was purchased by the Mueller (pronounced
"Muller") family out of Ludlow, Vermont, last March. They
own two other resorts in the Northeast, Okemo in Vermont and Mt.
Sunapee in New Hampshire. With the new owners, there are plenty
of changes going on, so it's been an interesting scene. Stacey's
job is transitioning to being purely real estate sales for Crested
Butte Mountain Resort's real
estate department, which is a good thing. She's had many different
aspects of the company's real estate on her plate for a while now
and is looking forward to having things more clearly defined and
led by her new boss (the third one in a about a year) who seems
to be a good guy. My job as telecommunications administrator for
the resort hasn't changed a whole lot for the company, other than
me being busier than ever with projects throughout the summer. My
main task for the past couple of months has been installing communications
lines on the mountain. I've been working to bury fiber optic lines
that will link remote buildings on our mountain with our centeral
computing network. Working outside as much as I have has been super,
but it's been a long dusty tour in the trenches (literally), for
sure. The ski resort will open in November, just before Thankgiving,
so things will continue to be busy for quite a while.
This has been my scene for a couple of months at work now. That's
my work truck and that's the trench with a bunch of stuff in it.
This is about how dirty I was coming home most days. The dust billowing
up out of the trench would have me coated in no time.
My little side-business project is going just fine. While I'm not
ready to quiet my day job, I've had steady work building small web
sites and selling photos. If you haven't been there, check out my
The Boat (yes, BOAT)
We have this buddy who we've water skied with for a couple of summers
in his 1991 Correct Craft "Ski Nautique." It's a great
ski boat and he always took really good care of it. We figured he'd
never sell thing because of how much he loved it, but we joked that
if he ever was going to sell it, he should let us know first. We
didn't really know why we said that, because I don't think ever
really seriously thought about having one. Anyway, back in May,
our friend called because he was selling the Nautique. We were shocked,
not sure if we were ready or able to be boat people. We knew it
would take some sacrafices in other areas if we were going to do
that. After some serious deliberation and consideration, we decided
to go for it and get it. And WOW. have we been having a fun summer
with it! On a regualr basis, we've been going to Blue Mesa, some
35 miles away from our place, just about every weekend and even
managed some week day evenings with it and water skiing like crazy!
We were lucky enough to get to Lake Powell with it, as well. The
boat has run great and we've enjoyed sharing it with our friends
and family who've been hanging out with us at Dry Creek. We hope
you'll come next summer and enjoy it, too! We've already got a week
at Lake of the Ozarks lined up with it . . . it's going to be a
Captain Stacey, throttling up the Nautique at Lake Powell.
The Nautique was rarely sitting on the beach! We were lucky enough
to have plenty of friends and family help us use it!
This is a mid-season shot of Stace skiing. By the end of the summer
she was screaming across the wakes, putting up twice as much water!
Here's a shot of the evening ski team on a rather pleasant evening
in July. Evenings on the water were a great way to forget about
the day's stress at work.
That's me hanging out on a rock at Lake Powell.
My Fast Wife
While I backed off from it a little this summer, Stace was a regular
at the local mountain bike races. She rode the Sport class and finished
in the top three every race! She took second in the overall series
and brought home lots of great prizes--so that was pretty impressive!
I did a couple of the races, but didn't fare quiet as well riding
in the expert class. I made all the other guys look fast by bringing
up the rear of the pack. The racing was hugely fun, even though
I never quite got in shape for it this summer. Too much water skiing
or something . . .
Stacey railing in through the last turn in a Pinnacle mountain bike
Stace has a sah-weet Tomac full-suspension bike. It's a great ride
and she takes really good care of it.
I picked up backcountry skiing last winter, where I go with another
skier or two and hike up the mountains to ski down them. It was
great exercise, I was able to get birds eye views of the beautiful
valley we live in and we usually skied powder snow, as well. So
I'm looking foward to another winter of that. Our friends, the McGoldricks
had us out to their snowmobile in/out residence at Arrowhead, as
well. The only even close to as much fun as skiin' powder is sledin'
it! We had some great rides on the dirt bikes this spring, summer
and fall, as well. Oh yeah, and did I mention we made it to the
beach for some R&R as well? It was very nice . . . nothing cures
me of what ever's ailing me like taking a nap on the beach, next
to the ocean.
There we are on the beach . . . makes
me tired just looking at it.
This was taken on top of Mt. Emmons, just north of Crested Butte.
Those are my ski buddies, Shelly and Chris. While they're going
by that humungous cornice, they're actually walking on solid dirt.
It was quite an adventure and we enjoyed some great turns on the
Me on the beach again . . . lovin' my toes in the sand.
Stacey checking out the views of the Klondike Bluffs in Arches National
Park, north of Moab, Utah.
This is my friend Steve making some turns through fun snow in the
This is Stace and I in Moab a couple of weeks ago. We would ride
our motorcycles out these middle-of-nowhere roads and find spectacular
overlooks of the Green River. It was neat stuff.
That's about it for now we hope you're doing
well and get a chance to drop us an email
or come visit soon. Take care!