View from our “summer home” – Bristlecone Ridge
More than two months have passed since we left Tropic, Utah, our home for 5 months. As we bundle up against the winter chill of northwest Nevada and watch the sun set shortly after 4pm, revisiting our delightful time in Tropic is as warming as sipping a steaming cup of cocoa.
Southern Utah’s magical landscape, dramatic monsoons, fresh air and quietude created a memorable setting. And the people we connected with warmed our hearts. Here are some of the people and places that made our stay special:
Extraordinary celestial events: the annular solar eclipse, the Venus Transit, the huge sky carpeted with the Milky Way, constellations and countless stars
Our first evening at Stone Canyon Inn: watching the solar eclipse through protective glasses with the owners Dixie and Mike Burbidge and many members of their beautiful family
Dixie’s energy, enthusiasm and generosity, her upbeat, can-do approach, and her talent for focusing on the possible, not the limitations.
Being in an area infused with prosperity consciousness, which helped us expand ours.
Our co-worker Annette, whom we nicknamed Bountiful Buckets, who generously shared the abundance of her yard and gardens: flavorful homegrown tomatoes, cherries, squash, peaches and other delicious produce.
A fun team of co-workers led by fabulous Thad, always ready with tunes to keep us singing and laughing.
Interacting with travelers from so many different countries: the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Brazil, New Zealand, the Netherlands…
Hiking among the magical, whimsical hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park.
Watching a huge full moon rise and gradually illuminate the fanciful stone formations of Bryce Canyon National Park.
Jack rabbits hopping at sonic speed; the flash of blue as pinyon jays flit from tree to tree; chipmunks scurrying across the sandy terrain.
Double rainbows arcing across the valley after a raucous storm.
The intricate patterns and shapes of the rugged, slick rock landscape in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Rare ribbons of greenery in the dry desert.
Scenery around every turn that made my eyes pop open and my heart soar.
The awesome beauty of Bristlecone Ridge greeting me every morning.
Becoming pros at preparing gourmet breakfasts for 12 guests. David’s homemade cinnamon rolls have no peer!
Ending the day watching dramatic, colorful sunsets over Powell Point.
Exploring our “backyard” with dear friends and relatives who traveled here to share fun time with us.