Hughes and Judy Remember 2004…
 Dear Family and Friends,

    Yes, we’re a little grayer and a little more relaxed than last year. We cut back on our many volunteer activities and traveled more. Highlights from the past year we’ll remember:

New Zealand
JANUARY–FEBRUARY: We began our long anticipated trip to New Zealand on the 21st; we met with Alan and Cheryl in Queenstown, completed the Milford Track (three nights hut-to-hut), toured the South Island, trekked the Abel Tasman Coastal Track (two nights hut-to-hut), and drove a campervan throughout the North Island, returning home a month later; a full account of “Great Trip #7” is at <>; Hughes resigned as Director of the Visitors Center, but continues to volunteer a day each week, as does Judy.

MARCH: We drove to Rocky Mountain NP to buy Judy’s birthday present: a Golden Age Passport to the National Parks, a one-time fee of $10 that’s good for a lifetime (among the great benefits of getting older); Judy timed the coffin races and rescued polar plungers during Nederland's Frozen Dead Guy Biking Utah Days; we hosted a picture party to show NZ trip photos (we took over 1200 photos, but showed only a few hundred) this would be repeated for the public in November; we added a monthly dinner at the PI with Nederland old timers to our neighborhood dinner club schedule.

APRIL: Hughes took a 5-day mountain bike trip from Fruita (CO) to Moab (UT) on rugged and highly recommended Kokopelli Trail (photo on left is of a fellow biker on a particularly tough—unrideable?—section); we began planning for major interior remodel project (stain, paint, ceilings, closet, bathroom, and more).

MAY: Most of the month consumed with completing new ceiling in great room and bedroom, painting in both areas plus closet and master bath; Judy trained in earnest for the Bolder-Boulder 10K which she won (age group) for 13th time.

JUNE:  Still remodeling! By mid-month we were finally able to remove scaffolding and drop cloths, but we had to wait until next month to put clothes back in new closet and drawers, touch up paint and stain, and put house back in order; Judy won age group in Joe Colton 5K in Rollinsville.

JULY: College friend Hedy Bressler visited during remodel, said it was going well! Michael and Hughes played again in Barker Dam Brass Band for Nederland's  4th of July parade; Judy won age group in local Trespass Trail Run, a grueling 5-mile high altitude (and Rafting uphill) run north of town; fellow Antiochian Ken Andrews visited for hiking in Indian Peaks; we left for annual reunion with Judy's high school girlfriends and spouses in Glacier National Park (which included rafting in the Flathead River), stopping off for a 5K race in Green River, Wyoming, along the way (see trip details at <>); we got rid of "big dish" TV satellite and opted for small dish technology with Tivo (love it!).

AUGUST was concert month: “HMS Pinafore” at CU, Ricci Martin (Dean's son and neighborJul1ia Gina's brother) at a casino in Black Hawk, the Mt. Alto Motion Picture Orchestra in Nederland, and Rollins Pass history show at Stage Stop in Rollinsville; granddaughter Julia flew out (her first solo trip) to volunteer with Judy working with animals at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, a memorable experience for them both (we may do it again next year).

Cathedral Rock
SEPTEMBER: Judy won the Neder-Nederland 5K as she has 10 times, plus the Indian Summer 5K in Boulder the next week; we visited Petersons (old Ohio friends) for two days in Albuquerque (Anna Marie was out of town so no bridge playing this trip); we drove on to Sedona (AZ) for a week of hiking, biking, retail, and relaxing.

: Judy won age group in Boulder's High 5 (mile) race; dark wood ceiling looks great, but cut down light in great room so we installed a new lighting scheme.

Red Cabbage NOVEMBER: We hosted the group planning a trekking trip to Bhutan next year; Hughes put on slide show of NZ trip for Changes in Latitude travel store in Boulder; we spent a week in Puerto Vallarta strictly on our own for the first time with lots of reading, pool time, great eating, a little shopping, and a day trip north (by bus) to Playa Chacala, where we had fantastic ceviche on the beach; we returned in time to enjoy a quiet Thanksgiving with Michael and Cindy and Judy's hiking/skiing partner, Betsy; Penny stayed on to spend two weeks with Sophie and Bella while M&C visit Cindy's family in southeast.

DECEMBER: Judy ran in National US Track and Field Cross Country Championships in Portland (OR)—she returned with two medals: her team won their age group and Judy placed 2nd in the Masters Women 60+ age group; while Judy was away, Hughes hit the runway again in a fancy-schmancy fashion show at the Omni Hotel for Changes in Latitude travel store; just before Christmas Judy's cousin Carol and spouse drove Aunt Margaret up the canyon for a rare visit to the mountains; after more than ten years of service to the community, Captain Judy resigned from the fire department.    
Christmas Card Photo

        This year we'll spend Christmas with our east coast family for the first time in too many years. Plans for the week there include watching Julia in "The Nutcracker," Griffin guarding goal in at least one hockey game, and enjoying a rare Christmas with young children—a  joyous end to a busy and rewarding year.

Best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful new year.

Hughes and Bella
Judy and Sophie

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