Monday, July 30, 2012

Rocky Mountain Birthday High

Saturday was Bill's daughter's birthday. We celebrated with a train ride and country western concert tribute to John Denver. Our day started at o'dark-thirty when we met up with daughters Laura & Terri and spouses Tim and Brent for the ride south to Walsenburg  for breakfast at Georges before heading west to LaVeta. The Rio Grande Scenic Train took us for the hour plus ride to Fir, midway between LaVeta and Alamosa.

The LaVeta train arrived at Fir first and we waited for the second train from Alamosa. The setting could not have been more beautiful. The day was sunny and temperatures stayed in the 70's.

This is the intimate concert venue.

Roy Rivers was the featured performer. He looks and sounds like John Denver. According to his website, he has written over 180 songs including a duo he did with Dolly Pardon that was a #1 hit. But his real claim to fame is his tribute to John Denver.

Families played in the meadows between songs.

The snack bar had a couple of hummingbird feeders with lots of guests. The entire venue was green with all of the electricity coming from solar panels and a wind generator.

Bill enjoyed the day with his girls and their husbands.

Here's our birthday girl, Laura.

I don't think Bill likes me to take his picture. After the concert we hopped back on the train and back to LaVeta. On the way we saw deer, elk and a huge bear. We enjoyed dinner at the LaVeta Inn before calling it a day and heading back to the Springs.

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