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2015 Photo-A-Day 3.5.2015

Winter Storm Thor roared through North Texas last night, dropping over four inches of snow and leaving us basking in a winter wonderland this morning. I walked our neighborhood earlier today and took several shots of our snowfall. This is looking down one of the fairways of the Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club as viewed from Bear Creek Parkway here in Keller. Golf anyone?

“And finally Winter, with its bitin’, whinin’ wind, and all the land will be mantled with snow.” ~ Roy Bean via BrainyQuote.com

Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club from Bear Creek Parkway, 3.5.2015

Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club from Bear Creek Parkway, 3.5.2015

2015 Photo-A-Day 2.28.2015

I’ll spare the details. Suffice it to say that our flight home from Denver was cancelled, and with no air options available on Saturday, we took to the roadways. The drive was uneventful until we hit north Texas and road conditions rapidly deteriorated. They were at their worst in Wichita Falls, and the many bridges we had to traverse were quite hazardous. Thankfully, God answered our prayers for safety and we returned our rental car at DFW Airport just after midnight Sunday morning.

Jesus, take the wheel…” ~ Carrie Underwood

Icy bridges in Wichita Falls, TX 2.28.2015

Icy bridges in Wichita Falls, TX 2.28.2015

2015 Photo-A-Day 2.26.2015

Now THAT’s a hat, and it even matches her braid! This lady caught all sorts of attention when she walked into the bar at Grand Lodge at Peak 7. And I wasn’t the only one snapping pictures, either.

Skiing is the only sport where you spend an arm and a leg to break an arm and a leg.  ~Author Unknown via quotegarden.com

Now THAT's a hat! Breckenridge 2.25.2015

Now THAT’s a hat! Breckenridge 2.25.2015

2015 Photo-A-Day 2.25.2015

My winter mountain adventure with IMA continues as we’ve relocated to beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado. We spent part of yesterday afternoon at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7, where several in our party arranged for their rental equipment for today’s skiing. I haven’t skied in years, but it sure is tempting, especially considering the fresh snow that awaits! It is breathtakingly beautiful here!

“If you like the outdoors, Colorado is a big adventure playground for adults: it’s great for skiing, cycling, climbing, and hiking.” ~ Tyler Hamilton via BrainyQuote.com

The snow was really coming down in Breckenridge! 2.25.2015

The snow was really coming down in Breckenridge! 2.25.2015

2015 Photo-A-Day 2.24.2015

I have never visited the Rocky Mountains during winter until now. The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful in every direction. This is the view from my balcony at Devil’s Thumb Ranch near Winter Park, Colorado. Looking at this I see evidence of our Creator’s handiwork all around me. Soli Deo Gloria!

Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. ~ Psalm 90:2

Morning view from my balcony at Devil's Thumb Ranch 2.25.2015

Morning view from my balcony at Devil’s Thumb Ranch 2.24.2015

2015 Photo-A-Day 2.23.2015

What a blessing it is to work for a company full of dynamic people who truly love what they do. Tonight I am at Devil’s Thumb Ranch near Winter Park, Colorado attending our annual Producers meeting. This is an opportunity for us to celebrate last year’s successes as we plan our future. For me, it’s an opportunity to meet coworkers from other IMA offices and build relationships that I know I will treasure for the rest of my career. Altitude here approaches 9,000 feet, so upon check-in IMA gave us these water bottles to remind us to stay hydrated, and the Ranch offers their delicious lemon-infused water which is more than up to the task.

“We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.” ~ Jacques Ives Cousteau via BrainyQuote.com

IMA water bottle filled with Devil's Thumb Ranch lemon infused water. Yum!

IMA water bottle filled with Devil’s Thumb Ranch lemon infused water. Yum!

This Texan’s Perspective: Philadelphia in the Snow

Business travel sometimes throws a curve ball, resulting in changed plans and some degree of inconvenience. In my current situation, I find myself spending my Saturday looking out my window at the Philadelphia Airport Hilton as I await my delayed departure later this afternoon. But, hey, life is what you make it. Not only did I have a successful business trip, but I got to experience this beautiful city in the tranquility of a winter wonderland. Here are a few of the images I captured as I walked downtown Philadelphia in Thursday evening’s snowstorm.

My evening began with a delicious dinner at Sbraga. The overall experience of Sbraga was outstanding; my full review will soon be posted on Yelp. Sitting at the bar as the snow began to fall was quite surreal.

After my wonderful dinner, I checked into my home for the evening, the Doubletree Philadelphia Center City. The night was still young, however, and a visit for Philadelphia for me is not complete without ducking into Moriarty’s Pub.

I took the photo below during my walk from the Doubletree to Moriarty’s. I’m always amazed at how a beautiful snowfall can quiet the big city. People passing by on the sidewalk exchanged smiles. There was an air of peace and tranquility as the snow transformed this bustling downtown into a winter wonderland. Later, I enhanced the photo and posted it on Instagram.

Moriarty’s is always a warm and friendly place. Tonight was no different, although many patrons apparently chose to keep warm at home rather than venture out to the pub. Since I had already enjoyed a fabulous dinner, I skipped their wings this evening – but for the record, Moriarity’s wings are my favorites. Anywhere. Nonetheless, my pint of Guinness hit the spot as I watched the snow fly outside from my warm perch at the bar.

Venturing out of Moriarty’s to head back to the Doubletree, the snow was really coming down. Few people were on the streets, although it was still quite early. I decided to catch the first half of the Sugar Bowl in the lobby bar at the Doubletree.

I snapped this photo on my iPhone as I sat at the bar. Later, I enhanced it with a B&W filter and posted the enhanced version on Instagram. I was pleased to notice that even the native Philadelphians I encountered were as mesmerized by the snowfall as this Texan was!

Finally, it was time to head upstairs. My room was on the 26th floor so I took a few shots from that perspective before turning my undivided attention to rooting for Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.

Indeed, life does throw some curve balls our way now and then. Although I would have preferred to be home with my family, I decided to make the most of this trip into winter. I thank God for the opportunity, and look forward to the next curve that comes my way!

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