hiking in the mountains

Posted on June 30th, 2015 by mountain girl  |  3 Comments »

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We went hiking yesterday–David, his brother Rich, and I–before the kids woke up.  Grandma, Grandpa, and Caleb stayed to watch them, so we scampered out of there happy and free. Woo-hoo!

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It took us about an hour to reach the top.  There was a little meadow about halfway up where we stopped to call home and see how the babysitting grandparents were faring.

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They were fine, of course. They are good at this grandparent thing.

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Yo from Rich, everybody.

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The columbines are out, and so are the Indian paintbrush and a ton of other mountain flowers. None can compare to the columbine, though. She is the queen of the Rockies. 🙂

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From the meadow, we had a clear view of our house–just to the right of the center of this photo.

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Spying on the grandparents.  Too bad they weren’t out on the deck. 🙁

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David has this new thing where he sticks his chin out for a more flattering picture–learned from a guy friend, LOL.  It cracks me up that guys know that–or even care.  Somehow that girl secret leaked, haha.  It’s pretty cute to see his chin fly out now when I snap a picture of him.

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We had a great hike–it was a good mix of gentle upgrades and steep inclines. We didn’t exactly have a trail, but it wasn’t hard to find our way–just go up.  Richard did awesome for being unaccustomed to the elevation.  I think the top might have been around 10,000 ft.

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Sir Richard, Explorer Extraordinaire.

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Oops…David forgot to stick out his chin.  He looks amazing anyway.

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Here we are at the top.  We could see everything for miles.

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The Continental Divide–less snowy than usual for this time of year, thanks to the crazy amount of rain we had in May and early June.

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ROARRRRRR.

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This berry bush was growing right out of the rock!

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It felt so great to go hiking. David’s parents and Caleb were amazing, and when we got home after two and a half hours, the kids were happy, fed, and busy with beads and wire.  Grandma and Grandpa even cleaned the house while we were gone.  Everyone should have their in-laws stay with them for a week and a half. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Or–maybe that would depend on the in-laws.

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In my book, scrambling up a mountain with David is the ultimate date–chaperoned, of course (we sure need it). 😉

3 Responses to “hiking in the mountains”

  1. Granny says on :

    what awesome pictures!!!You guys look so happy and carefree. Take advantage of your babysitters, they are enjoying every minute of their grandkids,believe me I know ha. Have fun,

  2. Mimi says on :

    The captions are hilarious. Nice to be FREE once in a while…hahaha and Lisa and Larry ,I’m sure had a good time with the kids!

  3. susan says on :

    Beautiful photos! So glad you had this special time together – take advantage of the baby-sitters while you have them!

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