I have become an avid listener to audiobooks, but getting them through the library is much less harmful to my retirement fund so. As can be the case, none of the books I wanted to read were available so i started searching for sloppy seconds and ended up with "the Mirror" by Marlys Millhiser. Serendipitously it is about a woman from Boulder Colorado who travels back in time due to a mirror ( Maybe it is really about the mirror?). Regardless it is about mining, Colorado and time travel. Serendipity in the form of Colorado and mining. I find my creator so generous as I was not really engaged about going to Colorado, ( its not Paris you know) , but because of this book i really enjoyed today ( yesterday) in a way I might have not.
I woke to the luscious scent of freshly baked croissants.
Next on the agenda was a gander at the scenery and indeed we are up in the mountains in a valley, gorge, gulch, or fissure ( had to throw that in for my SANE buddies). It is a lovely setting.
A shower in the amazing walk in shower with the L'Occatine products made the lack of a bath much less painful. I can't get over what a find the Hotel Chamonix is!
Next to our Hotel is a "Health Center", regardless of your beliefs about medicinal Marajuana, it is funny to be next to that. Beyond that is a liquor store which was open on Sunday so we bought a bottle of wine and Kaluah so at least Jodi could have some Kaluah and cream! Then we found a SMALL town grocery store and bought some water, jam for my morning croissant, chips and cheese and crackers.
We drove into town and looked around some, there is a Museum to the Hotel de Paris here!
We said we had sat there so we could take good pics and she blew us some rash of merde that she came this time every year, and her family needed to sit together. Once she realized she had irritated us she started with "she could move her nephews and blah, blah, blah". Sorry salope, way too much, too late! THEN she started touching Jodi on the arm offering still to change places, this earned her a hemorrhoid hex.
The scenery was/is beautiful, lots of green in the mountains from the pines with scattering of (silver?) birches. Those birches leave swathes of gold among the green.
The sound of water dancing over the rocks and the rustle of leaves is ubiquitous and a pleasant addition to the scenery.
The Lebanon mine was very interesting We got to see photos of the miners, hear stories about them and the mine. The average lifespan for a miner was 35-45 and not necessarily due to injury, the rock they were mining is full of silica and they ended up with silicosis ( http://www.humanresourcesmba.net/10-deadliest-occupational-diseases-in-history/), which had the dubious distinction of being on the top 10 deadliest occupational disease list even today.
Time to consider dinner and so we came back to the room, and sat out on the patio with a glass of wine, contemplating the mountains and menus available in the room.
There is a 2 person hot tub here and the hotel supplies robes and towels, we decided skinny dipping would be easiest so we grabbed robes and mine would not close, tee hee hee; so out we went and jumped in. The stars were draped in the heavens, and it was a perfect way to end the day.