Some days up here can be really beautiful, but others can be downright ugly.
What you can’t tell from the pictures above is just how windy it is. It is ALWAYS windy. It’s quite impressive that the large trees lining the street have grown to be so wind-resistant. They hardly even move in the wind.
There’s nothing quite like camping in your own backyard, and waking up to this:
(On a side note, I really need to start using my real camera again. These phone pictures just aren’t cutting it.)
Today started off as another beautiful day, so I decided to head up to Lily Lake to try to get a glimpse of either the muskrats or the beaver who make the area their home. It took me a while to actually get going (I blame my extremely comfortable bed), but I finally Continue reading
I received this picture today, via text, of a muskrat up at Lily Lake. I’ve never personally gotten lucky enough to see one up there. Now I wish I’d gone with instead of doing chores around the house today…
Looks like the recent snowstorms have driven the elk back down from the high country:
Today we got some surprise visitors outside the kitchen window:
If you’re a mountain biking enthusiast in Boulder County, you have probably heard of Heil Valley Ranch open space. Similar to well-known Hall Ranch, Heil Valley Ranch sports a number of mountain biking trails winding through the rolling grasslands, hanging valleys, and sandstone buttes of the foothills surrounding Lyons, Colorado. In 2008, the Picture Rock Trail opened, connecting the existing Heil Valley Ranch trails to the Hall Ranch trail system. This trail, designed and built by volunteers, starts at a very pretty parking lot right in Lyons.
My first visit to the Carson Nature Center and surrounding South Platte Park was with my mother and siblings when we were all still small enough to be carried off by the bald eagles who fish here (not really, but you get the point). Over the years, we’ve been to the park many times walking, biking, and wading in the river on 5th grade class field trips. In short, it’s no surprise to anyone that we ended up here after Easter dinner at my parents’ house.
How many people get a view like this on their drive home?
While walking from my car this evening, I noticed this very interesting plant. I have no idea what it is, but it struck me as absolutely beautiful in the low evening light. Sometimes you just have to enjoy the small things.