Out and about in OKC

A rare Saturday morning in the fall with nothing to do!  No football games, no baseball practices, no work!  Robbie and I got up early (well, not that early) and jumped on our bikes, rode down to my favorite coffee shop, Coffee Slingers.  They seem to be the only coffee shop in town that can make a real cappuccino (and not just a frothy latte).  After coffee, a cinnamon roll and a few pics, we rode down to the OKC bombing memorial.  I brought along my M6/summicron 50 with Kodak Ektar 100.  These are Wallgreens scans which I always find a bit saturated and contrasty, but saves the trouble of scanning with my CoolScan unless I need higher quality.

Taos Ski Valley – Lodging

Taos Ski Valley is one of my favorite destinations in the world.  We visit both winter for the world class skiing and in the summer for the quiet, hiking, and cooler weather.  We have stayed in most of the lodging available in the village.  My brother is considering a trip up this winter and he asked for some direction on lodging.  I found my self putting together a long email and thought it would be worth posting.  No particular order to the listings.

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Edelweiss Spa and Lodge
http://www.edelweisslodgeandspa.com/
Kent 1-800-458-8754

Most luxurious on the mountain, and the newest.  Very nice, with the slopes right outside the door!  Amenities are nice with a restaurant and bar downstairs.  Spa services in-house, and convenient ski lockers.  Indoor parking in the basement!!!

Snakedance
http://snakedancecondos.com/index.php

The most convenient location with Al’s run lift literally only a few steps from door from the ski valet for the hotel.  Don’t take a first floor unit unless you have to.  Best restaurant in the valley, hands down.

Kandahar Condos
http://www.kandahar-taos.com/

Small, but very usable two bedroom condos located up on the beginners slope.  The split level floor plan is useful, as the living-room is upstairs and all bedrooms are downstairs.  Very good ski in/ski out.  We have stayed here 4 times total, and have always enjoyed it.  A bit dated, but very functional.  Don’t arrive after hours unless you have four wheel drive!  Ask for a top building unit.

Snow Bear Condo
http://www.snowbearinn.com/

We stayed here for 6 nights a few years ago.   It has been our least favorite, but it has had a change in ownership and a complete makeover since, so I don’t know how it would be now.  It is ski-in/ski-out only when there is ample snow, and the trails to and from would qualify as blue/black.  It is a bit removed from the rest of the village.

Rio Hondo Condos
http://www.riohondocondos.com/

We loved our stay here!  It is VERY convenient to the ski-school, a bit less so for the other lifts, but still not bad!  They have a wonderful outdoor hot tub that is wonderful to sit in when it snows.  I can recommend highly.  Best parking of anything in the valley expcept the Edelweiss.  The only downside I can think of is that is removed from the village by a brisk walk, but still a great place to stay.

Paines Prairie State Preserve

During our recent spring break trip to Florida we made a quick morning trip to a state park on the outskirts of Gainesville.  The Paines Prairie State Preserve is a facinating place.  It is a flat prarie with areas of swamp and sink holes.  It is home to a large variety of wild life, including dozens of species of birds, alligators, and even bison!  The kids loved it!

Patio Repair

We finally got around to getting the huge hole in our brick patio repaired!  We lost an enourmous elm tree in a storm last fall.  We’re lucky that the tree fell away from the house.  This left a huge ugly hole in the patio.  We debated on how to deal with it; a new tree, or repair.  We finally decided on a repair, this would help with the uneven areas of the patio from the years of growth of the now dead tree!  The job was (as is usual with our house) much more difficult than expected!  Martin and his crew worked extrememly hard, but you can’t argue with the final result.