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When people think of Colorado (at least where I live) they most probably have the idea that Colorado has only mountains but they would never think of large areas of just prairie or high terrain deserts like you would see on the Utah side. The house we took care of during our last year’s vacation was actually not far from the Utah border, maybe a little over two hours driving to Arches N.P. (to give you an idea). The soil you see is very sandy and the sky shows you that we had more rain than it should have had in early June. The house stands at an elevation of over 2’000 m which means that the nights are pleasant during the very hot summer months. Actually the heating system went on during one of the nights so it must have been below zero C. So much freedom at Hawk Moon Ridge, just the wind and the birds make a little “noise”. Our friends say that they still cannot believe that they actually live here and have an open heart and share this experience every once in a while with their friends which most of them are pilots like Benno is.

Before they flew to Alaska with other pilots, Marisa wrote some house notes and I found the Hot Tub section really cute: “Feel free to use the hot tub. We left the chemical composition just right. If you have a quick shower before using and don’t wear any clothes, you won’t have nothing to do with it.” Every morning, at 5 a.m., we took a quick shower, run through the garden totally naked … and dived into the Hot Tub heated to over 100 F. I have seen a lot of things during my travels but this experience belongs to the best.

Due to the rain a lot of plants began to bloom. Actually their backyard had a carpet of blooming cactus … I add some in the WS.

red cactus

a more gentle cactus version

and last but not least, the neighbourhood

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Additional Photos by Barbara Kehl (baba_flies) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1383 W: 3 N: 1979] (8829)
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