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August, 2009:

School Rocks!

The kids are at school. I am at home. All is good :-)

A huge shout out to all you teachers out there who go to work every day and help teach our kids to be the best they can be!

Summer Rocks! Part VI

This is the sixth and finall in a series of posts called Summer Rocks! that chronicle our adventures in hiking this summer. Why Summer Rocks!? Because my kids were so lucky this summer to get outside and see so many beautiful things, and it seemed that everywhere we hiked, there were huge rocks for the kids to climb on and beautiful sites to see.

I posted about our family hikes up at Golden Gate Canyon State Park here and here. Go check them out!

I posted about our Summer Rocks! Part I hike to the Palmer Lake Reservoirs here.

I posted about our Summer Rocks! Part II hike to Four Mile Canyon here.

I posted about our Summer Rocks! Part III hike to Glen Eyrie here.

I posted about our Summer Rocks! Part IV hike to the top of Hahn’s Peak here.

I posted about our Summer Rocks! Part V hike to Fish Creek Falls here.

Here we go! Summer Rocks! Part VI – White Water Rafting!

I figured this adventure fit the Summer Rocks! requirements because the scenery was awesome and even though we didn’t hike on rocks, we did paddle around them :-)

Hubby and I had so much fun white water rafting while the kiddos were in MN visiting Grandma and Grandpa that we decided to take them rafting to end the summer. We found out that you only had to be 5 to raft the Bighorn Canyon trip, which is above the Royal Gorge, so we signed up. They LOVED it! Queen Taunya and Mr. Terry joined us, which made it all that much better.

Here we are, ready to go. All I can say is it’s hard to look smart in a helmet!

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QT tried to get the kids all pumped up for their rafting trip. While they were excited, they were also a little bit nervous about it. Dude was expecially nervous, thinking we’d go over these huge rapids and flip the boat or something. We assured him over and over that we wouldn’t go over anything big and that we would NOT end up swimming.

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We’re standing at the edge of the river while the guides unload the rafts and get them into the water. Of course, Dude finds a boulder to stand on :-)

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Dude got to decide whether he wanted to just ride or paddle . . . he chose to paddle. Good man!!!

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Princess was busy sticking her tongue out at the rest of us while we paddled and she got to sit there in the front and enjoy the view :-) Gotta love the hockey player grin!

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Here we are going through our first rapids! It. Was. GREAT! Our guide, Gary, was awesome. He was so good with the kids and made sure they had a lot of fun. Dude was busy paddling away while Princess sat on the front seat between Dad and Mr. Terry.

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One great thing about Gary? He’d steer us toward rapids that would get everyone totally soaked . . . Princess wasn’t too keen on that right away because it was a bit chilly, but she got into after a couple times and had a blast. She even started yelling out our commands for Gary – “Forward 2! Forward 4! Forward 22!”

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We truly had a great time on the river. Dude, Princess, and QT got out to swim in a couple parts where it was calm enough to. Dude asked Gary if we could hit some rocks instead of going around them, so Gary obliged :-) Princess said she wanted to go backwards, so Gary turned us around backwards. We spotted some big horn sheep on the cliffs above us, which was really cool as well. Gary truly was an awesome guide and we had a wonderful time.

Gary also hooked us up with a lunch spot afterward . . . this place. They have awesome hand-made shakes and truly the biggest burgers ever! It’s just a dive off the main drag, but oh so yummy :-)

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Think I was kidding about the size of the burgers? Nope! The burger on the right is about the size of a McDonald’s quarter pounder. Um ya – that other burger, HUGE!

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Hubby did his best to put away the monstrosity of a guacamole jalapeno burger, but couldn’t quite do it.

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So in addition to experiencing white water rafting and seeing big horn sheep, the kids got to see Hubby’s arteries harden right before their eyes :-)

So there you have it . . . 6 incredibly wonderful adventures all fit into one summer . . . in between 2 weeks they spent in MN with their grandparents.

Are my kids spoiled? Maybe a little . . . but they’re not rotten. We couldn’t do these awesome fun things if they weren’t willing to go on an adventure and hike and get outside and try new things. They appreciate everything we do and everything they get to see. They say thank you every. single. time. To me, that makes it worth every minute.

So how about you? What was your most awesome adventure this summer?

Summer Rocks! Part V

This is the fifth in a series of posts called Summer Rocks! that chronicle our adventures in hiking this summer. Why Summer Rocks!? Because my kids were so lucky this summer to get outside and see so many beautiful things, and it seemed that everywhere we hiked, there were huge rocks for the kids to climb on and beautiful sites to see.

I posted about our family hikes up at Golden Gate Canyon State Park here and here. Go check them out!

I posted about our Summer Rocks! Part I hike to the Palmer Lake Reservoirs here.

I posted about our Summer Rocks! Part II hike to Four Mile Canyon here.

I posted about our Summer Rocks! Part III hike to Glen Eyrie here.

I posted about our Summer Rocks! Part IV hike to the top of Hahn’s Peak here.

Here we go! Summer Rocks! Part V – Fish Creek Falls.

After our exciting hike up to the summit of Hahn’s Peak, we took the next day to relax and hang out at the lake, kayaking, swimming, reading, and doing whatever we wanted. But the next day, we were ready to go again, so we headed into town to hike Fish Creek Falls. It’s a nice little trail that gets pretty high traffic, but we’re always suckers for a water fall :-) We were not disappointed!

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We hiked the trail down to the falls and crossed the bridge to get a closer look. We decided to head on up the trail further. Yes, we like to live on the edge 😉

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Unfortunately, the lake was a 5 mile hike, and quite frankly, it was hot and we just weren’t up for it. So we headed back down to the bridge and climbed around on the rocks in the water and cooled down a bit. Always gotta find rocks to keep the boy happy 😉

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Seriously, I think Dude would have sat here all day. He just loves climbing on rocks and being by water and just hanging out in nature, no matter what’s going on.

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When we got closer to the falls, Dude spotted that log across the rocks there in the middle of the picture. Of course he wanted to walk across it! Knowing he’d never get to it, we told him to go for it :-) He got about half way there before he turned around and came back and posed for a picture.

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After our short little hike, we headed back to the campground and just chilled out the rest of the afternoon. We’d been having so much fun and were ready to just hang out and enjoy the peace and quiet. Since it was Tuesday, it was very quiet in the campground, just how we like it :-) We hadn’t gotten to do any fishing, so after dinner we got some bait and headed Hahn’s Lake, a little lake a couple miles from the campground. You’re allowed to only have paddle boats on the lake . . . it was BEAUTIFUL!

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Princess put some powerbait on her hook and threw her line in the water. It took about 2 minute before she snagged a little rainbow trout! She was so excited! It was the only fish we caught, but it sure was fun :-) And really, who cares if you catch fish when you’ve got a view like this?!

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After the sun went down, it got quite buggy so we headed back to the campground for the  nightly fire and s’mores. We stayed up quite late on our last night and were treated to a wonderful show! Remember that meteor shower that happened a couple weeks ago? Yup – we got to see some of that . . . or at least we think we did. We saw some of the biggest and brightest shooting stars ever . . . 12 in one hour! So we figure it had to be part of the meteor shower. Regardless of what it was, it was spectacular and a wonderful way to end our camping trip.

Check back tomorrow for Summer Rocks! VI to see what kind of adventure we took the kids on to end the summer.

Summer Rocks! Part IV

This is the fourth in a series of posts called Summer Rocks! that chronicle our adventures in hiking this summer. Why Summer Rocks!? Because my kids were so lucky this summer to get outside and see so many beautiful things, and it seemed that everywhere we hiked, there were huge rocks for the kids to climb on and beautiful sites to see.

I posted about our family hikes up at Golden Gate Canyon State Park here and here. Go check them out!

I posted about our Summer Rocks! Part I hike to the Palmer Lake Reservoirs here.

I posted about our Summer Rocks! Part II hike to Four Mile Canyon here.

I posted about our Summer Rocks! Part III hike to Glen Eyrie here.

Here we go! Summer Rocks! Part IV – Hahn’s Peak.

We took our second camping trip of the season a couple weeks before the kids started school. One last chance to decompress and hang out as a family before school starts and we have bed times to enforce :-) We ventured up to Steamboat Lake State Park, about 30 miles outside of Steamboat Springs and spittin’ distance from Wyoming. We’ve been up there before and really enjoyed the camping. This time? Again, we were not disappointed! This was the view from our camp site. 10,839 foot high Hahn’s Peak. You can see the old fire lookout tower on the top.

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Anyone who knows the Boedies knows that sitting and staring at this for an afternoon and evening only called out a challenge . . . that we would summit Hahn’s Peak. Reading all the literature online about it, it seemed like a pretty doable hike – rated intermediate/difficult, the trail was only 2 miles one way – we could totally do that. So the next morning, we got up, packed some lunches and headed out to the trail. We had to drive up an old forest service road for 3 miles to the parking lot, the hike up the rocky road for about another 1/2 mile before getting to the trail head. A couple times, we weren’t sure if we were in the right spot, but we saw the trailhead sign and were good to go.

There weren’t many rocks to climb on with this trail, so Dude was a little disappointed. He and Princess both were pretty “not into it” most of the hike up, but they got to enjoy some great views and the beautiful wild flowers that were all over in the forest.

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They were both much more into the hike when we got near treeline and could see things. That body of water behind us? Steamboat Lake . . . the campground where we were staying. Isn’t it beautiful?!

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When we came around another corner, we could see the car, where we had started hiking. Want to know how far up we’d hiked, and we were only about 3/4 of the way there? The picture below has a large clearing near the middle. To the right of that is a little clearing that’s almost all white. To the right and up from that is another clearing . . . THAT’S where our car is parked! Have I ever mentioned how grateful I am that my kids love the outdoors and are willing to do almost anything with us?

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Dude and Princess were doing great and weren’t having a bad time – but they were getting a little antsy to get “there.” I had the talk with them about how sometimes you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone if you want to see and do some amazing things. They weren’t buying it. But when we turned the corner and they could see the peak again, they were excited to keep going! See that road up the peak on the right? That is not where we get to hike. We had to go up this other mountain a ways first.

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They were both way excited when we saw some old cabin ruins. They wandered around in there a little bit until we decided it was too unsafe for them.

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One more corner after the cabin ruins and we hit treeline . . . woo hoo!!! Treeline is quite low on this peak. Regular treeline is usually around 11,500 feet, but since this peak is only 10,839 feet high, it was quite lower. Here’s the last sign to ensure that we were on the right trail . . . looks a little too much like a grave marker to me 😉 The kicker was that it didn’t indicate which way to go – if you can see, the trail splits. We went to the right, hoping it was the shorter route . . . it was :-)

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Dude was so happy when we got past treeline. We were all surprised because the hike above treeline was all really loose rocks. It was like a dump truck had dumped tons of loads of rocks to make this hill. It was really weird! And see how you can see the trail in the photo below? You can’t see that when you’re up there. It all looks like a bunch of rocks and you just kind of pick the shortest route to the top. Apparently we were at least close to the actual trail. Dude, of course, was in heaven because he had found all the rocks he could ever dream of to hike on :-)

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As I mentioned in previous posts, afternoon thunderstorms are a danger on the Front Range . . . they roll in almost every afternoon like clockwork, which is why you have to start hikes early. They of course put this sign on the fire watch tower to scare the crap out of you when you get there.

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The view of the lake and campground (to the right of the lake) from the summit of Hahn’s Peak. We made it! The kids were so proud of themselves, as they should have been! Sure they’ve hiked 4 miles before, but never at that altitude. We were sooooo proud of them.

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There wasn’t a lot of traffic on the hike . . . we saw maybe 3 other groups of people, which was awesome. We were kind of happy, though, when another lady and her dog came up to the summit as well so she could take our picture on the top of the fire lookout :-)

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As always, the views were AMAZING! I’m so happy we live in such a beautiful state and can experience so many fun things without going too far or spending much money.

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After a lunch of PB&J on the summit, we decided to head back down. Yes, we had to hike right off the end of that hill . . . no it was not really steep on the other side. But again, see the trail in the photo? You can’t see that when you’re hiking. You just have to wing it. And hiking down those rocks was MUCH more difficult than hiking up! They are very loose and we all slipped and fell a few times. But, we made it down pretty much unscathed :-)

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After our wonderful hike up Hahn’s Peak, we headed back to the campground to put on our suits and head to the lake for some swimming and kayaking. It was amazing, just an hour later, to be sitting on the beach staring up at that peak that we had just hiked.

Check back tomorrow for Summer Rocks! Part V to see where we went next.

Puff Balls

I just got back from Parents Only Back To School Night. You get to go listen to your kids’ teachers give their schpeel about what’s going to happen that year and what they expect from the students and how things will go, blah blah blah. It actually was very informative, and I really do like going.

The highlight of my evening? Reading the wall outside Princess’ classroom . . . each student’s picture was on the board next to a piece of paper that started with “This year in school I want to learn . . .” Here is a sampling of answers from various 6 year olds . . .

. . . to read better.

. . . to write the alphabet.

. . . to write without looking.

. . . to mix potions together to make smoke.

. . . to cross the ocean without going in an airplane.

. . . to turn vanilla into chocolate.

And my personal favorite, compliments of my one and only Princess . . .

. . . how to blow puff balls at the ceiling.

Wordless Wednesday – Fishing With Your Best Buddy

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Hahn’s Lake – August 2009

Summer Rocks! Part III

This is the third in a series of posts called Summer Rocks! that chronicle our adventures in hiking this summer. Why Summer Rocks!? Because my kids were so lucky this summer to get outside and see so many beautiful things, and it seemed that everywhere we hiked, there were huge rocks for the kids to climb on and beautiful sites to see.

I posted about our family hikes up at Golden Gate Canyon State Park here and here. Go check them out!

I posted about our Summer Rocks! Part I hike to the Palmer Lake Reservoirs here.

I posted about our Summer Rocks! Part II hike to Four Mile Canyon here.

Here we go – Summer Rocks! Part III – Glen Eyrie

First, this hike takes place on private land – well, at least the trailhead is accessed from private land, so you have to make reservations! Who knew – reservations to hike into the National Forest – sheesh! You also have to have reservations about a month in advance because they only allow a certain number of people in each day. Yay to the limited number of people – boo to having to have reservations.

Anyhoo, we had a 9:00 reservation with our friends and were sooooo excited! According to all the maps and reviews on the web and even the signs on the trail, this was a short maybe 2 mile hike in and 2 mile hike out. The destination is the Punch Bowls further up in the canyon. I’ll start out by saying that this trail is NOT well-marked after the first mile and it is NOT easy! BUT, it IS beautiful all the way, and especially at the punch bowls.

So, off we go! The kiddos are always ready in their camo . . . even Princess got on board with actual hiking clothes today instead of a skirt 😉

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This trail crossed back and forth over the creek a TON! Sometimes we had make-shift bridges like the tree below to navigate. Other times we had to rock hop and even walk right in the creek. The trail wasn’t marked real well, and I’m sure we didn’t come back the same way we went 😉 It was a blast, though! Follow the creek and you’ll get where you need to go.

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Our first stop was the beautiful Dorothy Falls. It was way high and way cool! We didn’t actually go under the waterfall, but the cool spray was very welcome on a hot hiking day.

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According to the map and everything we read online about the hike, we had to go up a steep hill to the right of the falls to get to the punch bowls. Sooooo, we saw this steep hill and started climbing! As it turns out, it wasn’t the right hill . . . because when we got to the top, one more step would have led to a certain death (and I’m not exaggerating!).

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See that tree up there? That’s where that hill took us! Seriously, one more step and anyone would’ve fallen much further than they would have liked to.

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So, we hiked back down to the falls and wandered around for a little while trying to find the trail. We tried a few times and didn’t have any luck. The kids had fun walking around and climbing rocks while MS and I decided what to do. We really wanted to see the punch bowls, but really had no clue how to get to them!

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After we had kind of resigned ourselves to the fact that we’d gone as far as we could, an ex-Search and Rescue guy came along . . . Randall. He offered to take us up to the punch bowls, and we jumped at the chance! You wanna know why we couldn’t find the trail? Because we didn’t expect the creek to BE the actual trail!

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The kids thought it was the coolest thing ever that they got to rock hop through the creek pretty much the rest of the way to the punch bowls. At one point, there was a huge rock that we had to slide down, except we had to wait for quite a while for Randall to help some other folks back UP the rock. They’d gotten stuck and couldn’t climb back up – he had to rig up a rope for them to climb up! One of the men asked incredulously if we’d helicoptered the kids in because of all the hiking and climbing they’d had to do so far :-) Proud mamas we were of our little ones who are always up for an adventure!

Anyway – we finally made it to the punchbowls, wet feet and all, and were not disappointed.

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We didn’t swim in them because they got really deep and the rocks were so slippery that we would have had trouble getting back out. So the kids just enjoyed standing by them and posing for me :-) 

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Dude, who is always on the lookout for the next perfect spot to climb or have lunch, found this perfect spot to do both. He was in HEAVEN! I love how he loves nature and totally appreciates it. All of our hiking doesn’t seem to get them bored with it . . . they’re always wanting to explore more and more.

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After a wonderful lunch by the punchbowls, we headed back to the cars – those nasty afternoon storms were once again making their way over the mountains. Another fun part of the trail in the photo below . . . seriously, what kid, or adult for that matter, wouldn’t think that was the coolest trial ever?!

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Remember that rock that Randall had to put the rope on so those people could get back up? He was nice enough to leave the rope so we could use it when we got back . . . he confessed that he would need it as well 😉 All the kids did such a great job climbing up that rock with the rope – they totally left us adults in the dust!

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After the rock climb, it was clear sailing down the rest of the trail. Even though we hadn’t forgotten about the big hill we had to climb near the falls, we hadn’t realized how big it actually was. You know that whole it’s easier to go up than down thing? VERY true here! Look at Dude checking out the hill. Um ya – the trail does follow that treeline over that ledge you can’t see over. All the kids were fine hiking down it, but it sure was rocky and the rocks were not stable. But we all made it safe and sound.

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When we got down, we spent a little more time enjoying Dorothy Falls with a small snack before we hightailed it out of there to beat the storm. The kids were for moving quickly so they could get back to the cool bridge that was built on the side of this huge cliff.

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We’d been so lucky with our group hikes so far that we weren’t surprised when we saw this near the trailhead. We were all enjoying the cool cave when one of the kids noticed the bighorn sheep on the hill! This is a zoomed in picture – those sheep were UP there! I had to giggle because Princess kept saying “Get away from the edge! You’re too close!” She listens to her father 😉

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We decided to take a small walk through Glen Eyrie to get to the public restrooms – the only place hikers are allowed to go on the private grounds other than to the trailhead. The storm was moving in and we got this amazing view of the castle. The castle was General Palmer’s gift to his wife . . . her dream home. With the dark storm clouds in the background, we half expected to see robe-clad boys flying around on brooms trying to catch a snitch :-)

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One more hike down in our summer scenic series . . . we’re 3 for 3 and so grateful for the wonderful places we’ve gotten to go and see so far this summer!

Tune in Thursday for Summer Rocks! Part IV.

Summer Rocks! Part II

This is the second in a series of posts called Summer Rocks! that chronicle our adventures in hiking this summer. Why Summer Rocks!? Because my kids were so lucky this summer to get outside and see so many beautiful things, and it seemed that everywhere we hiked, there were huge rocks for the kids to climb on and beautiful sites to see.

I posted about our family hikes up at Golden Gate Canyon State Park here and here. Go check them out!

I posted about our Summer Rocks! Part I hike to the Palmer Lake Reservoirs here.

Here we go – Summer Rocks! Part II – Four Mile Canyon

Four Mile Canyon is about a 90 minute drive from our house. It’s a beautiful little hike, but very short for our standards. But, it is one of Dude’s favorite hikes, and he wanted to introduce it to his buddies, I and G. So off we went on our second group adventure of the summer!

This rock formation is at the very beginning of the trail. The kids were so excited when they got here because to them, it was only a sign of more wonderful rock climbing opportunities to come :-) Oh – and just FYI – there is a geocache here (not on this exact formation) for all of you cachers out there. We found it by accident.

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After we pried the kids off the rocks with promises of many more climbing opportunities, Dude and Princess lead us on our hike into the canyon. The kids found some awesome alternate trails to hike on! MS and I took this picture from the actual trail while the kids blazed their own trail across the creek. Not really – lots of people had been down there before them, but in their brains, they were the first and it was WAY cool – the bigger the rocks, the more fun there is to be had!

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Those rocks above are the low point of the canyon – we had to hike up and over a pretty big hill of rocks to get here . . . to the pool. Isn’t it beautiful?! Duma and BoBo had great fun in the water :-) The kids took their shoes and socks off and waded around a little bit, but it gets deep unpredictably, so they didn’t spend much time in there. On the weekends, this place is packed with kids and semi-adults who have too much time and beer with them . . . they will jump off the huge cliffs into this pool despite the warnings of injury and death that are posted everywhere. We, however, were lucky and it was Tuesday, so we were pretty much all alone, except for a couple young girls sunbathing.

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We finished the hike to the end of the trail in record time, where we relaxed and found the perfect humonstrous boulders to have lunch on. I can’t imagine a more perfect spot for a couple boys to enjoy lunch!

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Even though it was a short hike, the kids made it last quite a while with all of their climbing and stopping and looking and playing and roaming – which is why we hike. They love it, we love it, we all get to see wonderful things!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for a review of what had to be the most exciting and beautiful off all of our hikes, without a doubt!

Summer Rocks! Part I

If you’ve been visiting here for a while, you know that this is the first summer I’ve ever had off with the kids. I was only working Thursdays and Fridays this summer, so we decided to keep them home out of summer camp. Turns out a friend of mine had Tuesdays off as well, so we got together on the Tuesdays we could and took the kids – ages 5, 6, 7, and 8 – hiking so we could spend time together and explore the beautiful Colorado country we live in. When we weren’t hiking with friends, we were off camping as a family and enjoying our beautiful state.

This is the first in a series of posts called Summer Rocks! that chronicle our adventures in hiking this summer. Why Summer Rocks!? Because my kids were so lucky this summer to get outside and see so many beautiful things, and it seemed that everywhere we hiked, there were huge rocks for the kids to climb on and beautiful sites to see.

I posted about our family hikes up at Golden Gate Canyon State Park here and here. Go check them out!

Here we go – Summer Rocks! Part I . . . Palmer Lake Reservoir.

We headed out on the trailhead in absolutely beautiful weather! It’s a fairly short hike without too much elevation gain that takes you up to the reservoirs above Palmer Lake. The kids always have so much fun climbing on the rocks and kicking dirt around and just having fun together. When we come to fun things like ginormous boulders on the side of the trail, the 3 boys always have to try to move it or climb it or do SOMETHING with it. They gave it a good college try, but it did not budge. They couldn’t beLIEVE it!

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We continued our hike on up the trail a little further. Dude was happy when we finally got far enough up the trail that you couldn’t see phone lines – the boy LOVES nature and wants to be out in the middle of nowhere when we’re hiking – no cars, not many people, no signs of civilization. All the kids were happy as clams when we came across this boulder field. The hopped right in and started climbing away!

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Yes there were a lot of huge holes they could have fallen into, but they’re all good hikers, even Princess in her skirt 😉 They were all careful and had fun, and nobody fell in. See how huge those boulders are? My goodness! What a blast for the kids!

We continued on up the trail until we came to the second reservoir, where we decided to stop for some lunch. Looks like a good spot to me, how about you?

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Doesn’t get much better than sitting on a rock near some water out in the middle of nowhere eating a PB&J :-)

Since they couldn’t play in the water, the kids were ready to head on to the next adventure! So off we went, hiking further and further around the trail. They found some wonderful hills to climb and explore while me and MS got to hang out and chat. After a little while, we saw some clouds coming – a typical occurrence every afternoon here on the Front Range. So we told the kids to come down so we could finish the hike around the reservoir and high-tail it out of there before the lightning started (again, an every day occurrence here during the summer).

According to the trail guides and reviews we’d read online, you could hike all the way around the 2nd reservoir and end up back on the regular trail. While this was definitely true, it was NOT easy! OMG! We ended up scrambling on some huge boulders, climbing down into the canyon created by the dam, and using an old dead log to climb back out of the canyon on the other side, where we had to cross the water on one of those tiny rickety wrought iron bridges. We did all this with 4 young kids and a 45 pound dog while it steadily got darker and more stormy looking. I didn’t take any pictures of the canyon we had to hike down into and back out of because we were in too much of a hurry to beat the storm, but we did see a couple cool things on the way.

This beaver dam was amazing! Seriously, those animals are efficient!

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We also go to hike through some natural tunnels made of boulders, which is always way cool for the kids.

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We made it to the bottom safe and sound, and just as we got into the car, the first rain drops started to fall. We headed to the Rock House for ice cream after our most excellent first hiking adventure of the summer. Check back tomorrow for a review of our second Summer Rocks! hiking adventure.

Good Peer Pressure

So last summer, Princess learned how to ride her bike without training wheels. Then she promptly refused to ride it. We went to the track at the school a couple times this summer so she could have a nice level, soft place with bit wide turns and no traffic to practice on. No go. she rode a tiny bit then didn’t want to. Basically she freaked herself out. I told her she might want to start riding so she could ride with her friends this summer. Nope. I told her that no matter what, I was selling the trail bike when she turned 7 and then she’d have to stay with a sitter while the rest of us went bike riding. That might have gotten to her a little bit, but she made no big moves.

She spent this summer chasing her friends around on her scooter . . . Friend 1 and Friend 2 were on their bikes, and Princess would chase them on her scooter. She kept up very well, considering! But then last week, Dude and his buddy and her friends made a track in one of the kids’ yards. Not a good place for a scooter. So she got out Friend 1’s little brother’s bike and started riding (hers had a flat tire). So I got her tire fixed and she’s been off and riding! She came in last night and said “Ya know Mom, it’s so nice to be able to ride around with my friends because my pusher leg was getting really tired chasing them around on my scooter!” HAHAHAHAHA!!!

On another note . . . she also took the obligatory dive into the ditch that all the kids on our cul de sac do when they learn to ride. That ditch is like a magnet for kids who are just learning to ride! I heard her scream from in the house – Dude did, too. So he bolts outside with his rescue pack full of bandages and cleansing agents and whatever else he can fit in there, gets on his bike, and heads to see what’s up. As he flies past her on his bike, he decides to make a quick turn, and unintentionally joins her in the ditch. One of the funniest things I’ve seen in quite a while! Neither one of them were injured – just some scrapes and bruises, which he could thankfully fix right there at the scene with his supplies :-)