So Many Butterflies!

Today, I took a hike around the lake (around noon), and I couldn’t believe it! I was surrounded by HUNDREDS of butterflies. HUNDREDS of them. I’m not even exaggerating. They flitted all around me, and it was just MAGICAL. I was going to try to get a video of it, but it just wouldn’t do it justice, so I just took a picture of one of them instead.

I guess the “painted ladies” are migrating through Denver, and there are enough of them that they’ve shown up on radar! Check out this link about it.

They were everywhere and just amazing to see.

Rainy Day Hiking

Claire and I have been hiking a mile before school, and this morning, it was so rainy and dark and cold when the alarms went off, and our beds were so warm and snuggly. …but we did it anyway!

Our gear kept us dry, and our smugness kept us warm. Heh.

What a great (albeit soggy) start to the day!

Hiking in Elk Meadow

A friend and I have been doing “a bigger hike” weekly, and I thought I’d post pictures from our last one! (Yes, Claire and I are still doing our mile-long hikes every morning before school. It’s just such a great way to start the day!)

Yesterday’s hike was in Elk Meadow, which is just outside of Evergreen. I’d been on one of the trails a few years ago with my sister, her husband, and their two huskies, and I have wanted to go back. This was the perfect excuse!

The weather was absolutely delightful. I’d printed a trail map and had done my research. You know what they say about the best laid plans… As is recommended by savvy hikers, we’d started out “clockwise,” because that makes the trail even easier. Well, missing one hidden sign later, and we ended up on a completely different trail, which then forced us to go counter-clockwise for the majority of our trek. The trail through the meadow was deceptively strenuous when you go that direction. But we made it! (Plus, had we not gone on that “exploratory spur” we would have never seen the snakes! *snort* Ha!)

For the record, we were never lost. I knew exactly where we were (give or take 0.6 miles). 😉

Here are some pictures from the hike. Enjoy!

My favorite hikes (that aren’t in the desert) are on trails like these.

What a view!

The meadow part of Elk Meadow

Claire wasn’t with us, but we saw TWO of her little buddies. (Yes, there are two snakes in this picture! One is headed that way. The other is headed the other way.) I shoo’d them off the trail so we could go the way we wanted, too.

The aspens are starting to turn!

*swoon*

 

 

A Friday Morning Hike

In addition to doing a quick hike with Claire in the mornings before school, a friend and I have been meeting after school drop off to get some steps in once a week, too!

She is new to the area, so I’ve been exploring some trails with her. The best part of this is seeing how all my familiar trails are connected! (In this area, there are some trails I’ve done many times with Claire, all from different directions, and I knew they were all connected if you go far enough, but I wasn’t sure *how*…and now I do. I love it!)

Yuck. What a dump. I can’t believe we have to hike in these conditions.

 

Shadows at the Spillway

Early Morning Hikes

Well, good morning to you, too!

Before school started for the year, Claire asked me if it would be possible to get in our morning hikes before school. More than anything, this is what she said she was going to miss when school started. (This summer, we’d started a habit of hiking in the mornings, and we both love it.)

I wasn’t sure how this would go with our morning routine, but we decided to give it a go. It’s been amazing. We’ve worked it out to where we walk down to the lake and around to a certain spot and then back. It’s about a mile roundtrip, which is just a perfect way to get the day started. It helps us re-center and works as a great attitude adjustment. It’s empowering, invigorating, and we’re not so harried in the mornings because of it.

Perfection!

Sunrise Collage from 8.22.17

Selfie with Supergirl! (picture taking today.)

Solare Eclipse 2017

Claire and I modeling our fancy freebie eclipse glasses. (She got to see it at school with her own eclipse glasses, so these were the ones we used here at home.)

I also made an old-school viewer. Here’s a behind the scenes shot. The wasn’t a cloud in the sky, so at one point, the viewer doubled as a fan!

Old School Viewer

A crescent in my fist

The eclipse shadows were so creepy and fun to play with! Look at the crescents and claws!

And then we got 93% of totality here. The crickets started chirping; the temp dropped 10 degrees, and it was like it was twilight, but the sun was in the wrong place. Such a wonderful experience!

6th Grade!

First Day of Sixth Grade

Nooooooooo, summer’s almost over!

Tell me how you really feel…

Back to School Selfie

(This may be Claire’s favorite part of school. This year, she gets a LOCKER!)

A Surprise Selfie

Claire was done with selfies, so I told her I was taking a picture of the lake, but she was on to my tricks.

Good Manners

Conversation we had the other night:

Claire: What’s for dinner?
Dad: Boogers.
Claire proceeds to (pretend to) pick her nose and eat it.
Me: CLAIRE. DON’T DO THAT. It’s RUDE…to eat before everyone else is ready! 😉

(We’re keepin’ it classy ‘round here.) 😀

Digging Rocks

Doing our best to create a “my parents made me dig rocks” childhood in this new generation. #uphillbothways #buildsmuscles #buildscharacter