Weekend Coyote Ridge Hike

On Sunday on our way home from church we decided to hike Coyote Ridge. We pass the trail ridge each week and Clint and I have biked/ran it but the kids have never been on the trail. We planned ahead and packed hiking clothes and lunch. The kids were excited and ate their lunches as…

Colorado Springs Weekend….

This past weekend we got to get away and go to Colorado Springs. Leighton had a gymnastics meet at the Olympic Training Center and so we made a weekend out of it. His meet was actually Friday evening. The meet was really neat, it was held in the basketball gym but the boys got to…

An Atypical Thanksgiving 2018

Our thanksgiving was anything but “typical” this past week. My parents were out of town and my brother and his new wife had other commitments so when we started looking and planning we all sat down and talked about what we really wanted to do. No one wanted turkey and we decided we’d rather spend…

Maroon Bells….

So somehow living in Colorado my entire life I have managed to not visit the Maroon Bells which is pretty much the “classic Colorado mountain photo” that everyone else in the world knows Colorado by. And so finally after 37 years I made it. Clint and I were less than a 2 hour drive from…

Hiking On The Yurt Trip….

It kind of amazes me how the kids woke up super exicted to go hiking every morning at the yurt and then we got oh all of about 10 feet on a hike and suddenly everyone was tired/hungry/etc etc…. Not quite sure how that works. Actually though we had a great time hiking, even if…

An Afternoon In The Snow…

On our way home from church yesterday Leighton asked “When can we go up to the mountains and walk around a lake or something again?”. Clint and I looked at each other and knowing that we had nothing planned for the afternoon decided that we’d go then. We got home and quickly ate lunch and…

Hiking…Party of 7

We went on our first family hike with all 7 of us last week. The weather was not that typical of August in Colorado, but I didn’t mind the cooler air and even the rain that we got along the way. We didn’t know if we would only make it 100 feet from the car…

Chasm Running….

Last Friday Clint and I went for a good trail run/altitude training/time without kiddos/refreshing moment up to Chasm Lake at the base of Longs Peak. It was all in one. And much needed. It was nearly 3000 feet in altitude gain in the 4.3 miles up, but we had a gorgeous day and got an…

Final Days As A Family Of 5…

This past Saturday we made it a family day. It’s the last time it will just be just the 5 of us.  We decided to spend the afternoon hiking one of the trails close to our house. We have hiked this one a number of times, it is a little over 3 miles round trip…

On Riding Busses and Climbing (Icy) Mountains….

Today was our one free day. And what an adventure we had.  The day started early for me thanks to the time change…I was wide awake from about 3AM on. Clint finally woke at 5:30….man we know how to sleep in on vacation. We started our day with FaceTiming with the boys. It was good…