Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pulpit Rock 10-18-14

Pulpit Rock with mom, a few miles (142 runtotal).  Accidentally had the camera in 'retro' setting so all the photos look a bit off in color and focus.

Abe playing on the chair.









Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Walk to Xeriscape Gardens 10-14-14

Not using the good camera, instead the pocket-sized one.

Pikes Peak had 2 feet of fresh snow this week.

raccoon





Plumbago

Ravens and Magpies on the water tower


Junco

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Ice Cave Creek Trail 10-4-14

Beautiful fall morning was spent hiking up the Palmer Reservoir trail to Ice Cave Creek trail, then onto Swank, Winding Stair, and back down Winding Stair to Inlet and back to the reservoir trail.  Distance a little less than 6 miles (140 runtotal) and about 1300-1500 ft elevation gain.  After the turnoff all the trails are fairly easy - you feel the warmup going up the reservoirs as there is a decent incline there.  Ice Cave Creek area was very peaceful.  After the Inlet turnoff, Winding Stair earns its name with fairly relentless incline up to the overlook where we turned around and came back down. Inlet trail became a nice aspen meadow.  There were many people on the trail by the reservoir but we encountered no one on Ice Cave Creek or Inlet and only a few on Swank/Winding Stair.  We saw the Ice Cave Cliffs but chose Winding Stair over ascending them - so maybe next time we'll do that. This is a very nice hike that I am sure we will want to try again.


sumac

nice graffiti on dam

lower reservoir



late wild Strawberry





Ice Cave Cliffs from Winding Stair


Aspen grove on Inlet trail




upper reservoir








We went up orange to blue then left on purple, right on green to the #1 or so, back down green to pink and out orange back to the start.  Most is easy - harder parts are actually orange up to the reservoir and green past the pink.



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Birthday 40


I am a very blessed girl to have such amazing friends who put so much effort into surprising me for my 40th birthday. :)













It's going to take a ladder and a lot of effort to get all that down before the next Fire Marshall visit.....
I went back over my now 10+ year-old blog and deleted a lot of posts - particularly very old ones that had pictures or links that didn't work anymore.  It was interesting to look over them again - I relate less to the "self" who posted 5+ years ago than more recently.  I write a lot less now here - just don't feel a need to "share" as much - but post a lot more photos - the blog is in many respects now serving as a hiking/birding photo journal.  Back when blogs were new, they were social, but FB etc. largely took over that role.  Looking at some of my old "birthday" posts, I think I'm in a good place at 40 -  happier in many ways than I was at 30 or 35.  Thankful to God for blessings and hoping for continuance of the same.

Painting with a Twist Birthday party - Tonya, Bill, Angela and Matt, Sam, me, mom, Albert, Mark, Stacy, Beth, Irma, Andrea, Laura, Rose