West Christmas Vacation

Greetings everyone, and I pray you all had a wonderful and very Merry Christmas. We arrived here in Steamboat Springs yesterday afternoon after a breathtaking and at times perilous trek from Denver for our West family Christmas vacation.

We climbed up from the “Mile High City” to an altitude of 11,000 feet traveling along I-70. We were in pure “white out” conditions but our escort, John Kuhn of Steamboat Premier Concierge was a very adept and experienced driver as we watched several cars spin out and accidents pile up.

We exited off I-70 at Silverthorne Colorado and headed towards Steamboat. We hit another high altitude snowstorm as we climbed to Rabbit Ears pass and crossed the continental divide. Then we descended down into an absolutely picturesque view of the Yampa River valley — and there was Steamboat Springs.

We had just 20 minutes to change and prepare for Christmas Eve church services at Steamboat Christian Church — a lovely service. We then proceeded to dinner at the 8th Street Steakhouse where you pick out your meat and then grill it yourself. Awesome!

While there, I had the privilege to meet two veterans, Rick and Mike, who gave our family a special 24th anniversary treat. Steadfast and loyal, Brothers! After dinner, John took us over to the Steamboat Winter Sports Club where we saw the Hall of Honor remembering all the American winter Olympians and came to learn the rich history of champions Steamboat has produced.

The winter sports club sits beneath Howelsen Hill, which is Colorado’s oldest running ski area, in operation since 1915. It is also home to the first ski jumps ever in the United States. With longest run at 90 meters, itโ€™s still used for training.

Today started with a short 3-mile run along the Yampa river and doggone, it certainly was not 80 degrees with a nice breeze off the ocean. The temp was single digits and thanks to Todd and Heather Gollnick, partners with John and former Martin County Florida residents (who gave me some running shoe traction devices that made the run easy) — boy did my face and fingers freeze though.

It was a nice Christmas Day and I tried to not get discouraged by the news: the Army recommending soldiers not speak of “Christmas,โ€ attacks by Islamic terrorists against Christians in Iraq, attacks by Islamists in Egypt and Afghanistan, and of course, another Obamacare deadline extension (the gift that keeps on giving — not in a good way).

We all took the local free bus service down to downtown old Steamboat Springs just to walk around in the brilliant sunshine — albeit only 28 degrees — and take in the scenery, We saw the mountain known as the “sleeping giant.” Next we headed over to the local movie house where Austen and Lin watched “Saving Mr. Banks” while Angela, Aubrey, and I went to see “Wolf of Wall Street.”

Gotta tell ya, if all the sex and drugs had been eliminated from this movie, chances are it would have only lasted about 80 minutes. I could not believe how the movie just kept going on and on and on. I don’t know what the moral of the story was but it sure was not hard for the scriptwriter considering the amount of hard profanity.

Kind of makes me wonder why such a movie would be released on Christmas Day — quite the irony if you realize the true symbol of this day, God’s blessing and gift to all mankind of a Savior, a deliverer, who would not rule over men, but rather rule in our hearts.

So the good thing was that after some grocery shopping at City Market — where I saw the CEO of Miami’s Peterson’s Harley-Davidson and his wife — we watched the “Bible” miniseries for the evening.

So tomorrow is the big day: hitting the ski slopes of Mount Werner at midday after several local interviews. Iโ€™m not looking to hitting the black runs (is that racist??). Iโ€™ll get my technique back and go from there. As Clint Eastwood said in Magnum Force, “A man’s gotta know his limitations.”

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Michael Budd
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Merry Christmas Mr. West. All the best to you and yours.

4MeNoRinos
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Merry Christmas to the West Family

David
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You didn’t hit the black runs? You are a racist, misogynist and homophobe. You watch Faux News and believe in Magic Man.
LOL!!!! Hope you’re having fun Col. West.

H. Ribnik, MD
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LTC West, you chose a great place to vacation. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Marty Rayborn
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Have a great time.

Ryan Clark
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Steamboat is a wonderful place. One of my best friensd packed up all his belongings in two giant duffel bags and moved there from our hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia. He settled, met a wonderful wife, started a family and in the past year packed up again and is now living in Costa Rica!

Dan, Colorado burn and raised!
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Dan, Colorado burn and raised!

Merry Christmas and be sure to check out Sunpie’s Bistro.

larrymc51
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What an Awesome Adventure, Thanks for sharing, God Bless You and Yours, Merry Christmas

al_kidya
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A great way to spend a Christmas vacation with the exception of the movies that is…

Royer
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Merry Christmas to you and your family Allen. Keep fighting the good fight. Best wishes, Jim

Sandra Parrott
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Nice story. Thank you for saving me the time and money of seeing the movie. Sounds like y’all had a lovely time in the winter wonderland.

Sandy Caruso
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Rabbit Ears Pass….crossed it MANY times. Have a wonderful Christmas holiday with your family. Thanks for your continued service of keeping us updated on the latest.

MetamorphosisCatalyst
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MetamorphosisCatalyst

Boy is this ever useless fluff.

Barbara Anne Hess
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Then why on earth did you take the time to read this article if it was all useless fluff?

MetamorphosisCatalyst
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MetamorphosisCatalyst

I stopped about a third of the way through.

MotherBatherick
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One thing is for certain; we can use MetamorphosisCatalyst’s lack of intelligence against him now…as the poster child for obama’s Low Information Voters.

Jim Blaylock
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Merry Christmas and a Happy Prosperous New Year to you and your family Colonel

Kathleen McCabe
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I just left Colorado after being there 2 months; I had the hardest time with the altitude change coming from Southern California….one of my lungs popped when I read the part about you running 3 miles, haha!! Beautiful place but too cold for my blood….Enjoy your holiday; I enjoy reading your articles!!!

Hugh_Jass
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Welcome to the Centennial State. Please stick around and run for Senator or Governor…

MotherBatherick
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May the West family be blessed, as well as those who put their confidence and trust into Allen to help lead these wonderful United States of America towards prosperity, happiness and the common sense needed to grow a robust economy and build a protective and fearless military force to defend and protect what our Great Nation holds dearest to Her heart; our families. Merry Christmas, everybody!

Brita Horn
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Glad to hear you are enjoying our community! Sounds like you are fitting in quite nicely. Please remember to drink lots of water to keep high altitude sickness at bay. My youngest daughter Belle Horn was the attendant at the church parking lot that saw you and your family. She gently reminded everyone that even though the church was packed, we had reserved seats for the West Family. We are looking forward to Saturday night. Our oldest daughter Abbey just finished her first semester @ K-State and will be listening to both you and the bowl game in Phoenix at… Read more »
rockyspal
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Enjoy your stay, Grew up in that area. Skied in t-shirt and shorts. Now in IRB,FL freezing at 60 degrees. LOL God Bless.

Estella Bunny Howe
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Never let it be said that this man is afraid to speak his mind and to speak the truth. Thinking this Country just might have a chance if we can get this man and his family into the WH in 2016??

SB_Smith
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Stay safe and have a wonderful time in Colorado !

Keith Segura
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Welcome to colorful Colorado. Stay hydrated while you enjoy your stay with your family.

Rick Taylor
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Merry Christmas LTC! After your vacation, will you please consider running in 2016? I can’t come to your page without asking that question can I? ๐Ÿ˜€

DarrellinColo
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Welcome to our beautiful state of Colorado Mr. West!!! Thank you for your service to our country and also thank you for always standing up for what is right and just. We are indeed honored to have you visit us.

Connie
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Saw the movie too….with my 19 year old nephew. I was floored at all the nudity and sex. Very uncomfortable and I don’t consider myself a prude. Glad to know I’m not the only one who thought the excess was over the top.

Spanabama
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They don’t have writers anymore, they just have shock jocks. 2 hours of swearing and sexual content and BAM, you have a movie. Same goes for the crap on TV. I don’t think there is anything on TV that doesn’t have sexual, homosexual, or lesbian content. Hollywood isn’t capable of writing anything entertaining at least for the educated. The morons will continue to be entertained by hours of sexual innuendos…..

Kevis
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Damn, wish I’d known you were going to be in town. Gotta work thru Christmas myself though, critical infrastructure (power). Hope you enjoy your stay here. As for the slopes, wish I could still do black diamonds, I pretty well spent my knees on them for a couple decades. As to racism on the terms it would have to be reverse; perhaps the Smurfs are offended because blues are only intermediate, and Kermit is jealous because the easiest are green and everywhere you look its white… Or its just a kaleidoscope of beautiful scenery we get to enjoy. Merry Christmas… Read more »
teejcee44
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I have encountered movies such as these, and my response is to leave. Cannot stand all the profanity, and drug/sex scenes, they are so debasing. Makes me feel *dirty*, so the best thing to do is read reviews, stay away from R rated movies or stronger, and be true to one’s self. I too don’t get the point of the gratuitous scenes of debauchery.

Ave Ashley Victoria E
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Ave Ashley Victoria E
Wow what a intelligent post and information about your events and opinions on your little adventures, loved it and Merry Christmas from Michigan (Pontiac & Detroit) says Hello ๐Ÿ™‚ Please Run for president or Fix Michigan, Thanks You ๐Ÿ™‚ Also I’m sick of the constant forcing of immorality in Movie all the time, at least I’m an educated and intelligent 21 year old .. I’m also so damn sick and tired of Muslims and Liberal/Dem’s attacking MY FAITH and MY FREEDOMS ,,, go somewhere else, like off my land … Adios, Bub-Bye … !!:) I’m not stopping, I’m not obeying… Read more »
FRANCES LOUISE
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Here is a MUST SEE MOVIE. i would urge Mr. West to see it also. Even if you know most of this information, maybe he can give it wider exposure – it deserves it!
Awesome teaching tool and should be shown in every church
THE MOST IMPORTANT MOVIE ON AMERICA. PERIOD!
AGENDA: GRINDING AMERICA DOWN
On line FREE: http://vimeo.com/63749370

Abby Sapp
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LOL … Great title Mr. West! You’re gonna drag those liberals in here like ants to honey, but YOU know what YOU’RE doing!

Have a wonderful trip!

CigarVolante
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I found that a nice pair of lightweight cotton gloves are ideal for cold weather running. Cheers!

Paula
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Sounds like a wonderful vacation. Glad you got there safe. You inspired me to go for a run in the cold, something I have been talking myself out of lately. God bless you and your family.

apen
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Glad you enjoyed your Christmas. I see you are also learning why us northern sportsmen enjoy a robust beard in winter. Try a snowmobile trip sometime.

Boca Spin Doctor
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Hope you and the family had a very Merry Christmas and enjoy your holiday. Best wishes to you all for a most Happy, prosperous and healthy New Year, filled with all the blessings you desire.

justapatriot
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Merry Christmas to you and yours! Thank you for the review and the wit! Have a wonderful holiday!

Walt
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Allen, great update. Having spent time in Colorado & Steamboat your note brings back terrific memories. It is a beautiful town, one however…your were able to go for a run. If I remember I could ski fine but had trouble walking to a store or restaurant, good for you. Love to you and your family. Keep up your excellent work. Walt

Kelli Keil-Herman
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Welcome to cold Colorado!!! Enjoy your holiday. And, Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones…..

Thomas Fowler
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Have fun in Ski Town USA. Make sure that you go to Howelsen Hill Ski Area for some night skiing

Mamatex
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Thank you for sharing. You and your family represent hope for the future. Walking the walk!

Cross67
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Enjoy the slopes and be safe. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful time :-).

Justme
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Every American owes it to themselves to visit Colorado and stand on top of Pikes Peak. Colorado in the deep winter months is also a most magical and awe inspiring experience. It braces the soul and alerts the senses. It is indeed a grand and wonderful place to visit. But, it is an even better place to live!!

Phoebe
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Merry Christmas, Sir. I have also been over the Trail ridge road in white out conditions, in May! I am glad you had an experienced driver and were safe. I am afraid that our modern day entertainment is too full of violence and imorality for me to watch. The industry only seems to be suffering because so many people have lost their jobs or have had their hours cut back and can’t afford the tickets. They should be suffering due to people having higher morals and boycotting the industry May you and your beautiful family enjoy the rest of your… Read more »
Don Harold Lowrance
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Hope you and your family have a great vacation, full of memories and relaxing. Just a note to the obvious- you don’t have to stick your head in a garbage can to know it stinks. Don’t support that kind of pointless filth with your time and treasure. Sorry. I just could not let that pass.

retvet
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Through the Black Runs while enjoying a White Christmas.
GOD Bless you and Family, Colonel West.

Johanna Roberts
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Hope you enjoy your vacation as much as I enjoyed the nostalgia with your post of CO (Native Coloradian,ya know). One comment though regarding smutty ol’hollywood – Eph 6:12 For we are not struggling against human beings, but against the rulers, authorities and cosmic powers governing this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm. 13 So take up every piece of war equipment God provides; so that when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist; and when the battle is won, you will still be standing. 14 Therefore, stand! May you and family… Read more »
Fran Conlan
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Colorado is a beautiful state…enjoy your vacation and may the Lord bless your family and yourself. Keep safe, sir.

Liz
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wish i could meet you just to shake your hand and say thank you from one soldier to another, but we are in Colorado Springs. If you come this way would love to meet you in person! take care and have a wonderful vacation with your family! many blessings to you and your family ๐Ÿ™‚

HonestToAtee
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Wish I was back in my old home in Steamboat Springs with the Tea Party crew enjoying your company Col. West. Don’t forget to tap your ski pole on the Buddy Werner statue for good luck and then carve turns on Buddy’s Run. And go for the 1pm run with Billy Kid at the top of the Gondola, it is good fun for the whole family.

Wow_Who_Would_Think
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Good to know that I do not need to waste my money to go see the movie, “Wolf of Wall Street”.