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  1. Caribou Ranch

    August 8, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    As I sit here and write this, Tim is somewhere in the mountains of Colorado sleeping in a tent on a leaky air mattress. All in the name of trout. Fly fishing used to be a once a year treat when we lived in Arizona. Now that we live in Colorado, where you can literally pull off the side of the road and start casting, fishing is turning into a full fledged hobby.

    Because Tim had plans to be gone most of this weekend, last weekend was mine, alllll miiiiine. I got to choose what we were going to do together as a family and I know you will be shocked when I tell you I immediately flipped to my Summer Fun List.

    Ok, maybe shocked is an exaggeration.

    By the time Sunday rolled around, I had done all that I wanted to do in terms of getting the house together, grocery shopping, etc. and it was time to get outside. We gathered up our necessities and piled in the car. When I looked at the dashboard clock and realized we had made it out of the house before 9am, I was stunned. Why can’t we manage to do that when we are headed to church? We might be on time for once.

    In less than 40 minutes, we arrived at our destination….Caribou Ranch.

    Caribou Ranch is part of the Boulder County Open Space, but over the years has been a mining operation, a horse ranch, and a recording studio.

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  2. 1,000 Word Wednesday

    August 3, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine


  3. Mad Creek Mamas

    July 25, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    When you become a mother, it can be all consuming. It is very easy to get so caught up in your child and the rest of life’s trappings that you forget to take time for yourself. Whether you sneak out of the house for a walk or coffee, go to the gym, shop ’til you drop, or have a spa day, the time you spend on your own recharging is invaluable. It makes you a better mother, a better wife, and a better person.

    My friend, Jenn, and I had talked about having an overnight staycation while the guys took care of the kids. Instead, we took both families up to Steamboat Springs where Jenn and Dave have a condo. Our family has been up to the Steamboat condo a number of times, most recently for a snowshoeing adventure.

    Jenn and I had Saturday to ourselves while the guys wrangled the ankle biters. Steamboat in summer is chock-full of activities. Mountain biking, fishing, hiking…the list goes on and on. We started our day with a hike.

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  4. Fern Lake Trail-Rocky Mountain National Park

    July 19, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    Photo by Tim

    If you come to visit us here in Colorado, there is an incredibly good chance that we will take you to Rocky Mountain National Park. It is just about an hour from our house and it is easily some of the most beautiful scenery that Tim and I have ever seen. We have an annual pass and it has paid for itself three or four times by now.

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  5. Rocky Mountain National Park-Sprague Lake

    June 14, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    Ok, Colorado. I get it. It took me a little while, but we’re on the same page now.

    Colorado Rule #429: Do not attempt to go to an altitude higher than 8,000 feet prior to August.

    Again, we attempted to go hiking in the mountains only to discover that the trail was still snow packed.

    Sigh. Luckily, we were in Rocky Mountain National Park, so we had about a bajillion other options. We have an annual pass to the park and have been five or six times since we have lived here.

    Every time we have visited the park, we have gone to Bear Lake. And every time, we have walked up to the lake and then walked right back to the car. Sunday was no different. Even though we had plenty of water, snacks, and layers in case of inclement weather, the trail was packed with snow and ice. Both rangers and other hikers told us that it was too slippery. After Tim checked it out, we agreed that we would go somewhere more family-hike friendly. Preferably with no snow. It’s June for crying out loud.

    So, off to Sprague Lake we went. My mom, Tim, Olivia, and I piled back into the car and made our way to the lake. The lake is encircled by a nature trail. It is a flat, easy hike of just over a mile round trip. It is stroller and wheelchair friendly. There were a number of other people there hiking, fishing, picnicking, and enjoying a beautiful day.

    On one side of the path, there were stacks of timber that had been cut down to prevent the spread of the pine beetle. Can you imagine the bonfire this would make??

    On the other side of the path were views like this…

    The lake is a natural draw for the wildlife in the area. We saw ducks and hawks. We heard frogs in a marshy area. Other animals never appeared, but left clues that they had been in the area.

    Once again, we ended up having a great day even though it wasn’t quite the day we expected.

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