Chris and I went on quite an adventure over the past 8 days.
We started out in Silverthorne, CO visiting with my best friend and her husband. I don't ski but I was happy to hang out with this cutie while they skied. Ginger and I had planned lots of walks and plenty of relaxing and stitching.
That plan went totally awry. The condo was at 9600 feet and I got an astounding case of altitude sickness. After drinking lots of water, to no avail, they got me oxygen and that helped enough for me to have the energy to book a hotel in Golden for the last 3 days. Chris dropped me there and I Lyfted all around Golden and Denver for a few days.
While Chris skied I checked out fabrics stores in the area. One of the highlights was finding this quilt shop. Have you heard of Wooden Spools? They sell beautiful yarns and fabrics and have the coolest business model. They BUY and SELL fabric! If you have unused fabric that is still in new condition they will buy it and they offer it for sale at wonderful bargain prices. You can tell they they are picky about what they buy so it's all great quality. If you are ever in Denver be sure to check this place out.
I also found the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum and was thrilled with the current exhibit. The theme is "It Takes Two" and the show features famous artist duos Claudia Clark Myers and Marilyn Badger, Sue Nickels and Pat Holly, Jan Hutchinson and Gail Stepanek, and collaborations from Christine Perrigo with Chawne Kimber, Latifah Saafir, Kathleen Probst, Karen Lee, and Stephanie Ruyle. It's a wonderful exhibit! I took lots of photos and will try to get them edited to post next week.
When Chris and I planned the trip I considered the first part "his" vacation so I added on a "her" vacation and that was to stop in Flagstaff on the way home so I could finally see the Grand Canyon. I had adjusted to the altitude in Denver so an extra 1000 feet wasn't a problem. We only had 2 days but we filled then up! There's no describing the vastness of the Grand Canyon and I'm so glad we stopped to see it. We drove to the lava flows at Sunset Canyon, visited the meteor site and even went to Winslow so that Chris could get a photo "on the corner" and pay homage to his favorite band. Between the meteor, lava and canyons we definitely got our science on.
The second day, after visiting Winslow, we drove the stunning Oak Creek Canyon drive to Sedona and I got to meet Patricia Caldwell! That's the exact same Patricia Caldwell who makes so many beautiful things with my fabric. We visited the gallery where her work is sold so I got to see several pieces of hers along with the fabulous photos of her husband, Bill Caldwell. They took us on a great tour of the red rocks around Sedona. We are definitely going back there sometime.
We had lots of adventures with flights and rental cars. Going out we just barely got up the mountain before the blizzard hit because our flights were delayed by 2 hours and then the rental car company couldn't seem to give us the right car. They would send us to a parking spot but it would be the wrong car. On the third try they were so embarrassed that they gave us a Mercedes SUV. It was a lovely car but we are so inept that we had trouble figuring out how to even turn on the windshield wipers.
When we got to Flagstaff there were no cars! She actually offered us a 15 passenger van. We were about to take Lyft to the hotel and wait for a car to be delivered the next morning...which was fine. But then she gave us a big Nissan SUV that she wasn't supposed to rent out. It was a nice ride. Much nicer than what we paid for.
I learned a long time ago that if you are nice to the customer service people they will generally bend over backwards to help you. When we were leaving Richmond last week our flight was delayed so much that they had to book us on a later connection in Charlotte. While I was at the counter a couple came up INSISTING that the nearby gate be opened to let them on the plane (because the plane was still at the gate). "They didn't hear the flight being called and we were sitting right there". The guy was really ugly and the counter lady finally said "Are you sure you want to be so rude to the person who is about to help you?" His wife finally pulled him away. They seriously acted like it was the airport's fault that they missed their flight. Well, they wound up sitting beside us on the flight to Richmond where I learned the truth.....they were in the bar while the flight was boarding! There are 2 people who are always going to be disappointed in what life hands them.
Meanwhile the American agent was kind enough to wave a $20 fee for me.
3/21/2019 06:02:33 pm
Glad you had such a wonderful time. Lovely photos! You are right, it always pays to be nice to people - especially when things go wrong.
3/21/2019 06:52:51 pm
Great, great photos! It was a bit hazy in April when I was there in April. Glad you got where you wanted to go. I find travel hard in getting to and from places and able to eat healthy (husband has celiac).
3/22/2019 08:05:37 am
Kindness always pays over rudeness. Glad the trip turned out good for you!!
3/22/2019 08:10:05 am
What an adventure! That was so great you got to meet Patricia. If I had a bucket list I guess I need to add the Grand Canyon onto that list.
3/22/2019 08:26:57 am
I am sorry to hear that you got altitude sickness. I am glad that the vacation wasn't wasted on you. Wooden Spools sounds quite interesting.
3/22/2019 10:53:07 am
Sounds like you made the best of your vacation! I love CO! Have been to the Grand Canyon and Sedona. Would love to go back to Sedona.
3/22/2019 11:02:29 am
Glad you're back. Sounds like a great trip. Alt. sickness is no fun. I got a bloody nose at 12000 ft. on a backpacking trip. Very inconvenient ): Love the pics. of your trip.
3/22/2019 11:36:34 am
WOW! the grand canyon views are STUNNING!! So glad you got to visit wooden spools - its one of my favorite - and the RMQM - I bet you were in heaven!! Glad you enjoyed your vacation!
3/22/2019 12:54:29 pm
Colorado is absolutely wonderful and I'm happy you got to see the Grand Canyon, which is breathtaking. I sympathize with your altitude problems, because, many moons ago, when our 4 children were all under 10, we made a trip out west, and as soon as we started climbing, altitude wise, I had the same problems, but fortunately we had brought my asthma medications along, and it was soon under control, but it's a scary feeling when you can't breathe. It looks like you spent some quality time scouting out quilt shops, which is always a plus, but to meet Patricia Caldwell and get a chance to speak to her was definitely a highlight of your trip. Her husband's photography is amazing, and together, they are definitely a power couple. It's always good to be home though, isn't it?
3/24/2019 11:01:37 am
What an eventful, unplanned trip. Things went sideways but you made the most of it. Sounds like you both still enjoyed yourselves and have an eventful story to remember it by.
3/26/2019 05:51:54 pm
I've never heard of a shop that sells AND buys fabric - that's cool! Great concept. Rental cars and flights - not always a good combinations, and it seems that there's always some dolt(s) that seem to think the world owes them something in payment for their own stupidity. Sounds like the issues were far outweighed by the wonderful trip you had.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.