Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Finished Album

Wow, I finally got this video made and loaded.  
Thank you Matthew for your help!!!!  
I have completed Matthew and Sarah's wedding album.  It has been a year long project.  Sorry for the blurry pics, not sure why that happened.  

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


The Rocky Mountains were full of flowers.  Some were very noticeable, like these little yellow ones.  They were everywhere!
Alpine Buttercup Flowers

Moss Campion Plants So tiny!
When you walk slowly down a trail you will find beautiful flowers growing near logs, under evergreens and in between rocks.

Alpine Springbeauty Flowers

Shrubby Cinquefoil Flowers

Alpine Mertensia Plants (blue)
Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Colorado Adventure

On a beautiful Sunday morning, we ventured up the highest road in North America to Mt. Evans. It is the number one thing to do in the Denver area according to TripAdvisor
It was a 14 mile skinny road with no guardrails.  This road is also very popular with cyclists.  I couldn't imagine biking up a mountain.

We had such great weather and could see for miles.

As we got closer to the top we had to keep a look out for mountain goats.  They are popular in this area.  Kara was the first to spot them.  Can you see them in the picture below? 

There were a bunch of them on the side of the mountain.  We drove up a bit so we could climb down to see them.

 I decided to stay near the top and enjoy the view.
I loved all the wild flowers!

 There was a baby goat too!  Soooooo cute!
You will notice the goats were shedding their coat for the summer. It was scattered around and it was very soft.

 We made it to the top (of the road)!

 But you can climb up 1/4 mile more to the tippy top of the mountain.  The air was thin up there and it seemed like a lot farther to me.

On top of each mountain higher than 14,000ft, there is a cache with a cardboard sign.  The kids climbed to the highest rock for the picture!  It was a bit windy.

 The goat and its baby were right next to road on the way down!  
We stopped to stretch our legs at the 
lake at the bottom of the road.  

It was fun to spend the day with Christopher and Kara!  We are so happy he has found a special girl to spend the rest of his life with.   We are sure they will have some great adventures during their married life together.  

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Colorado Vacation Day 3

 Today the men went golfing and I headed to the Botanic Gardens in downtown Denver.  I love to walk around gardens and take millions of pictures of flowers.  

 I spent a few hours wandering around the grounds.  They had a lot of little gardens and trails to check out.

Sorry for the over load of flower pictures, but I can't get enough of them.  This is just a small sampling of my pictures. 

One of my favorite spaces was the Monet water gardens.  
I really like the water lilies and the the reflections they made in the water. 

If your ever in the Denver area check out this beautiful place. 
  In the evening we took in a game at Coors Field.  We watched the Rockies play our beloved Cubbies!
 The kids wore the Rockies purple and we 
represented with our CUBS blue!
 Out in center field they had a forested area with fountains!

But the best part of the evening was that the Cubs WON! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Our next adventure will be a drive to 
tallest mountain on the continent.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Colorado Vacation Day 2

Today we took a trip to Rock Mountain National Park.  
We lest the foothills of Denver and 
headed to the mountains.

 We stopped to take a picture of a sign and found tons of chipmunks hanging out in the rocks.  This little guy was enjoying a chip.  Yes, I know you shouldn't feed them.  But the chip was thrown before I could stop the culprit.

 We stopped at a lake so Michael could get in some fishing and I could relax in my hammock.

 I had some great views from my hammock.  I take this hammock where ever we travel.  It smooshes down into that tiny bag in the picture.  All I need are two trees and I am a happy girl.

Michael enjoying the cool waters!
 We made it to the national park. 
 We have visited here before, 
but the Trail Ridge Road was closed due 
to snowfall.  So we came back in warmer 
weather to drive the entire road!  

 As we entered the park, we saw cars parked on the side of the road.  We knew that meant a wildlife sighting.  It was an elk.  He was a big guy!  Look at that rack!
Then the sunshine went away and the clouds rolled in.  It happened so fast, so we climbed in our car and hoped it would blow over as fast as it blew in.

We drove to the top of the mountains in the pouring rain.  At the top the rain slowed down to a drizzle so we got out at an overlook area. 
As you can see we are above the tree line.  We saw a heard of elk down in the valley.

Flower?  Weed?
Since the rain seemed to settle down we were able to enjoy the stops along the road. 
Also the temperature up here was only 47 degrees, brrrrrrr.  It sure did beat the heat in Denver!  

 Next stop was at the Continental Divide.  

We stopped at this mountain lake to stretch our legs.

O' and fish for a bit too!
 Our next stop on the road was Lake Irene.  
This was a short trail around a lake.

Yes, he through his line into the water all around the lake. It was a beautiful little area.  So peaceful with the raindrops falling on the water.  

This little guy was grazing along the trail.  We didn't seem to bother him at all.
At the end of the lake was this awesome view of the valley.

 Next stop was the Coyote Valley Trail.  We had stopped here the last time we visited the park.  This is the are we saw our moose.  He wasn't hanging around the area, so can you guess what we did?????
Look closely.....

Yup, you could see the trout swimming in this stream.  He was finally successful in catching some fish.   

 The water was so cool and clear, beautiful!

 After having fun catching all the trout, we decided to call it a day and head back to Denver.  
 We saw a group of cars just down the road and you know was that means....... WILDLIFE! 
 We pulled over and there was a MOOSE grazing along the river we were just fishing in.

 He was pretty far away so my pictures are a bit blurry.  But it was neat to catch a glimpse of it.

You can read about and see the moose from our previous trip to the park, on my other post HERE
 As we were heading into town we saw these little Marmots.  

Well, that was a real fun day, even if it rained for the majority of it.  After living in Seattle we have learned to just embrace the weather and enjoy the day!

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!