Showing posts with label hiking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hiking. Show all posts

paint mines



Today I wanted to share a few pictures from our Mother's Day weekend trip to Paint Mines Interpretative Park. I know it's more than a week late at this point, but tis the season lately on this blog of mine.

So true story, while some people thing social media is ruining the world, I actually found this park from following a photographer on Instagram. It looked like a really cool park to explore and as it turns out it was about a 2 hour drive from our house. Ordinarily that kind of driving commitment is hard to get approved in my house, but since it was Mother's Day, I won the day.





The park mainly centers around these rocks with alternating and multi-colored clay layers. As a part-time hobby geologist I really enjoyed the park but I do wish they did a bit more to explain why the layers were colored. The more science you can throw in, the better (in my opinion).

There is a loop trail system that we attempted to complete but got caught up in exploring the rocks that we abandoned the latter half of the loop.




It was a busy weekend, so getting out on the trail to start was kind of a nice way to avoid the crowds for a while. Also, there is basically no shade out there, so be aware if you aren't heat tolerant you should avoid the summer season.







Oh hey there, 30 week pregnant bump!







red rock adventures and a little announcement



Hey there! I hope you are at home enjoying your three day weekend! I have the day off of work and I'm more than happy to stay in and play today. Right now it's snowing outside and way below freezing so I have the perfect excuse.

That picture up above was taken just yesterday, when the skies were sunny and it was a balmy 65 degrees. I had checked out the weather report and knew this would be the last day of warmth and sunshine for a while, so I convinced everyone it was a great day to go for a hike. Our first hike in 2018 and probably one of the few we'll take this year.

Because...



We're expecting a new baby in the family this July! That belly isn't just the effect of too many candy hearts over Valentines Day, it's growing a new little kiddo! The girls area asking me all sorts of questions. About half of the time we talk about it, Elinor confidently tells me she is also pregnant and then sticks her belly out too. Chloe is anxious to help and has been checking frequently to see if she'll be able to hold the baby when he or she arrives. We get to find out the gender in a couple weeks and we're really amped up about it. Chris and I could never wait until the baby actually is born to find out, in fact we contemplated taking a genetics test just so we'd know a month or so early. 




So far the pregnancy has been a pretty routine one for me. Lots of sickness and exhaustion the first couple months then by about the half way mark I start to feel kind of myself again. I've even attempted to get back on my exercise routine the past couple of weeks. Every pregnancy I've had I've always told myself I was going to be one of those super fit pregnant woman. The last two I failed pretty miserably at that, so the third time's a charm maybe? My biggest accomplishment thus far has been going to the gym twice in one week. Baby steps...






So back to this hike. We took a pretty short (two mile) hike up near Boulder. It was windy but the sun was shining and lots of people were out and about enjoying the weather with us. Elinor completed this whole thing without having to be carried once. That's a big accomplishment for her and for the family. Chloe also was all jazzed up about carrying her new hiking backpack. She got it for her birthday in December and had forgotten about it until we mentioned hiking. That put an extra pep in her step and really made it a lot more fun for her.







I'll be sharing a bit more about my pregnancy as I go along this time. I was scrolling back through old blog posts and realized that I haven't shared much in the past about how it's all been going. Plus, when I'm going through something, it's nice to hear how other people deal with the same challenges. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday!

the last hike of the summer



Before I moved to Colorado, I didn't know that it was sometimes customary to take a shuttle bus to a trail head. It seems counter intuitive, right? Almost like, hiking with a train of people might not even be worth it. Well, we ended up going on a hike just like that outside of Nederland, CO a few weekends ago. I had heard rumors before that this trail head was so full you sometimes had to park in town and get a shuttle in. And as you might have guessed, those rumors were true.

My good friend, Sarah, met us there and we all went on a nice afternoon hike together. She had just gotten back from hiking the John Muir Trail in California with her father for a couple weeks. So our little hike with two small girls was a breeze for her, AND she volunteered to carry Elinor. She's the best.













Kris Kross will make you jump jump



In preparation for our trip to Europe in a month, we've been trying to get some gear to help us travel with minimal effort. We haven't traveled overseas with kids before, so we're trying to anticipate every sticky situation and be prepped for it. One example is we anticipate we'll be walking alot, because that's what you do on vacation, especially if you don't have a car and you want to explore a new city. We also will be walking extensively on cobblestone and brick streets so bringing a stroller might not be a great idea. Our thought was to bring a hiking backpack and bring Elinor along with us on our back. So Chris bought the Osprey POCO Ag Plus for our trip.

So what does that all have to do with me jumping in front of a lake? Well, that was my excitement at getting to test out our new baby/toddler hiking backpack on a hike. We traveled up to the Brainard Lake area and hiked up to Left-hand Reservoir. It was a huge success (other than Chris got a terrible sunburn and Elinor like the pack so much, she didn't want to walk).













And then we got to jumping...













That beach was thoroughly photographed.  :)

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

panorama point trail






Well, I hope you all having been having a wonderful week! It's been a while since I've popped in and shared some pictures. The weeks are flying by fast lately! 

These pictures are from a little hike we took last weekend up in the mountains. I will say that hiking with a 4 and 2 year-old is not exactly what I would imagine hiking with an 10 and 8 year-old will be. I have these dreams about everyone excitedly taking off up the mountain, exchanging stories along the way, and stopping to to thank their mom for getting them out and about on regular intervals. Instead I have to make sure we have plenty of snacks to delay or stall a potential meltdown along the trail. Worry about whether the oldest will figure out how to pee in the woods this time. Try and make sure my husband's back isn't killing him carrying 35lbs on his back in a backpack that wasn't exactly meant for such a heavy payload. 

Don't get me wrong, hiking is still enjoyable, but it's not without it's stressors.

I am very thankful though that we were able to drive a little bit and get some fresh air AND that we made it to the top!

I hope you all are having a good week. We're on the downhill slide!