My son Chad and his bride to be, Gina will be taking their wedding vows this Valentines Day on the ski slopes just outside Loveland, Colorado in a event called "Mountaintop Matrimony". This is actually the 20th year of this event.
The Mountaintop Wedding is for couples getting married or renewing their vows and takes place at 12 noon on Valentines day each year at an elevation of 12,500 feet. The ceremony is a "mass wedding" done for all couples at the same time and lasts approximately 30 minutes. At the conclusion of the ceremony, all participants and guests will ski or snowboard down the mountain for a casual after party with cake, music and prizes.
In addition to this popular activity, the city of Loveland, which is known as the "Sweetheart City", also has a Valentine Re-mailing program, which is in its 65th year. Each year, people around the United States send valentines to Loveland so that they can be re mailed with a special cachet four line verse stamped on each envelope. The message is always one of love and hope to the world and a contest is held each year to select a new verse.
In the days and weeks to come, it is my intent to post photos and share my many rich and fulfilling Arizona experiences. Hopefully, this blog will engender and create an interest on the part of the reader to know more about the diversity of the "Grand Canyon State" and possibly visit. (November 23rd, 2009)
I was born and raised in the cold country of Minnesota. After spending thirty seven years in education, retirement in Arizona was my answer. Today, my interests and passions include traveling, playing tennis and being with my grandchildren.