Returning to the Benson Sculpture Garden in Loveland during our Colorado trip was a real treat. You'll soon see why. The garden is home to more than 130 sculptures; a delightful mix of animals, human figures and a few abstract pieces.
By the end of this post you will have discovered that my weakness is for animal sculptures -- I can't help it. Here are a few of our favorites -- enjoy!
Are you a road tripper? Do you love to get out on the highway to see the landscape roll by and hear the tires sing their traveling song beneath your feet? Barry and I sure do, and we've been looking forward to this trip to Colorado for several months.
High on the list of things to do was to welcome our friend Karen Gerhardt back home. She and her hubby have just returned from a year-long stint in Great Britain. You can catch up on her adventures at her great blog, a Westerly View.
Just up the road from Karen's place is a bronze sculpture mecca -- Loveland, Colorado. If you're in the area, you must carve out time to wander through the Benson Sculpture Garden. I've so many images to share with you from that field trip that it will get it's own post.
Also on the list was a pilgrimage to Sculpture Depot in Loveland Colorado. Can you say "kid in a candy store"? OMG! They have some tools that I hadn't seen before, you'll hear more about them later.
The good folks at Sculpture Depot don't advertise that clay products can be used as tent weights. They really should. Our dome sweet dome for the weekend was buffeted by rain and high winds Friday night.
But with a 50 pound box in one corner, two 10 pound slabs of clay and a ten pound canister of bronze powder in the other, our little bubble was well anchored.
The other thing that inspired us to make the 12-hour trek from Idaho to Colorado last weekend was the annual Greeley Blues Jam. Friday night's performance by Too Slim and the Tail Draggers got drenched in this downpour, but as you can see from the folks dancing in the rain, spirits were not dampened.
In fact, spirits flowed freely. Especially later that night in the cozy Patrick's Irish Pub. This is Colorado blues man, Lionel Young making excellent use of the bar top as a stage. The more than capacity crowd had one heck of a good time!
Saturday morning dawned cool and misty. Thankfully festival organizers moved the main event from the open-air Greeley Stampede arena at Island Grove Park to a really lovely new events center, just across the parking lot. There, music fans were treated to a bevy of great performances. We were especially pleased to hear Shemekia Copeland and Louisiana slide guitar virtuoso, Sonny Landreth.
Yes, those of you who have read the blog for a while know that we try to hear Sonny play live at least once a year. It's become a happy habit. Our (slightly soggy) hats are off to the organizers of the Greeley Blues Jam, they pulled off a logistical marvel in moving all the equipment and staging inside in just a few hours on Saturday morning. To paraphrase Horace Greeley, "Go West blues lovers -- to the Greeley Blues Jam"!
Back to regularly scheduled horsey programming next time :-)