Labor Day Camping

In my last few blog posts, I shared individual photos from a little family camping trip we took over the Labor Day weekend.  Today, I  share a few more memories, along with a few stories.  We decided to camp at South Fork campground outside of Silverthorne, CO. We ended up with a beautiful, secluded campsite with all around mountain views.   As we were setting up our campsite, my lil’ guy spotted a butterfly that was injured.

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As he gets older, his heart gets bigger.  He truly is becoming my budding environmentalist.  Before cooking dinner, we decided to take a quick stroll around the campground to the South Fork River.  On our lil’ exploration, we spotted bees visiting flowers, red berries, mushrooms, and wildflowers.

wildflowerThe fire ban had been lifted in CO, so we were able to build a fire each night.  S’mores was enjoyed by all.  My lil’ guy was so proud of himself for learning how to cut firewood.

cutting firewoodThis was a perfect camping location for my husband to do a little catch and release.  When he catches the fish, my lil’ guy always wants to hold them and then release them back to their home.  My husband caught about 50 fish on this particular camping trip.

Troutfly fishingWe did some hiking and some more fishing and some more exploring which I will share with you in another post, but for now….

Mountainsget out, decompress, and enjoy your weekend.

Daily prompt // help

Today’s daily prompt on The Daily Post is help.

My husband is an amazing father.  He has so many tales of adventures that he has had both as a child and as an adult.  He has learned many lessons through these adventures and is always anxious and willing to help his lil’ guy experience some of these same adventures.

He helps him learn how to manage the terrain on a mountain bike ride…

bike riding

helps him learn how to mountain board…

helps him learn how to snow shoe…

snow shoeing, Chicago Lakes

helps him learn how to ski…

skiing, Winter Park

helps him learn how to boulder…

bouldering

helps him learn how to rock climb…

rock climbing

helps him learn how to catch and release

fly fishing

and this past Labor Day weekend on our camping trip, he helped him learn how to cut firewood…

cutting fire wood

catch and release

In sharing my family’s recent 6 day camping adventure, you read how my lil’ guy became a budding environmentalist and how we decompressed camping at Twin Lakes and hiking along Independence Pass.  We then packed up our camper and headed to Monarch Pass.  The pass crosses the Continental Divide at an altitude of 11,312 feet. For this post, I would like to share photos that capture my lil’ guy being mentored by his father on how to “catch and release.”  Some of these photos were taken on several beaver ponds that were located at Monarch Park where we camped and others were along the Arkansas River.

IMG_0874 IMG_0959 IMG_0922 IMG_0893 Caught one! IMG_0880IMG_1092 Just playing Playing at Monarch Park campground at the beaver ponds Looking at these photos of special moments between my son and husband just make me smile.  Sometimes, it is the little things…

Recharging the soul

Life can catch you up in its vicious cycle called “routine.”  Routine keeps you sane, keeps you grounded, gives you the sense of “being in control”, but can dull your senses, keep you from noticing the small things in life that can make you smile.  When routine causes the latter symptoms, my family always escapes by grabbing our souls and heading to the mountains for a lil’ camping adventure.

Our latest soul recharging camping trip was to Michigan Creek campground which provided us with biking, hiking, fishing, wildflowers, wildlife, and tons of new memories to replay in a loop when routine clouds us.

IMG_0162 IMG_0143 IMG_0135 IMG_0131 Taking a lil' lunch break IMG_0115 IMG_0112 Sweet Bailey IMG_0063 IMG_0022 IMG_0020 What do you do when your soul needs to be recharged?  Have you been on a soul recharging adventure lately?  Sometimes, we need these adventures to make us stop, remind us to pay attention to the little things, and smile.

Weekly Photo Challenge: escape

This week’s photo challenge at The Daily Post is escape.  This word, for me, conjures up images of engaging in an activity or possibly an adventure that totally submerses you.  You leave the world behind and focus only on the enjoyment at hand.  Your brain is free to take it all in through all 5 senses and to run a continuous loop through your brain of all your stress free moments.  These pictures represent escape to me.

Aunt Sandy's turn.. Micah and Nicklaus checking out the map.What do you do to “escape” the stresses of the day to day?  Do you engage in outdoor activities?  Enjoy a nice meal with a perfectly paired wine?  Submerse yourself in a great read with a cup of coffee and a comfortable chair?  Sometimes, it is the little things…

AdVeNtUrE Time last year (#2)

Adventures with my family make me happy.  Memories of these adventures make me smile.  So, I decided to start a new series each month called “AdVeNtUrE Time last year…”  I will load this post with pictures/memories of my family’s adventure this time last year.  Hope you enjoy this second post in this series.

In April 2012, my family and I went camping in the Pisgah National Forest in the Appalachian Mountains in the western part of NC.  We enjoyed some hiking, fly fishing, bouldering, and just playing in the river.

Hiking our first trail

Hiking our first trail

Hiking the yellow blazed trail

A huge rock face that we encountered on our hike

It was Peregrine Falcon mating season, so access was restricted in some parts.

One lonely flower

N bouldering. We hiked two different trails looking for a bouldering field.

Enjoying some fly fishing on our 2nd day

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Can’t wait to share another “AdVeNtUre Time last year” post.  To reminisce just makes me smile.  Sometimes, it is the little things.

HaPpY SpRiNg

So, today is the first day of SpRiNg!!  That, along with cleaning out my flower beds yesterday, has my nerve endings pinging for warmer days.  I thought today I would share some images with you that speak “spring.”  Spring makes me anxious for blooming flowers, scurrying animals, hiking and camping,  growing vegetables and herbs, fly fishing, watching nature, grilling out, living outdoors, etc.  I hope you enjoy!

Releasing ladybugs

Releasing ladybugs

Hiking to new destinations

Planting sunflowers and watching wildlife

Just enjoying the outdoors

Spending time on the beach

Finding baby bunnies

Blooming flowers

Nature

Lush, green garden

Herbs to use when grilling out

Being outdoors and fly fishing

Hiking with the family

Outdoors

Sipping a glass of wine while enjoying a beautiful campsite

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Have you started cleaning out your flower beds and making plans to bring them alive again?  Do you plant a garden or grow herbs?  Please share.  All of these things just make me smile because sometimes, it is the little things.

AdVeNtUrE Time last year…

Adventures with my family make me happy.  Memories of these adventures make me smile.  So, I decided to start a new series each month called “AdVeNtUrE Time last year…”  I will load this post with pictures/memories of my family’s adventure this time last year.  Hope you enjoy.

In March of last year, my family was fly fishing, camping, hiking, and slacklining at Stone Mountain, NC.

Dad teaching son about fly fishing gear

Dad teaching son about fly fishing gear

Happy Fly Fisherman

Happy Fly Fisherman

The hike before the fishing

The hike before the fishing

A boy and his dog

A boy and his dog

Slacklining at the campground

Slacklining at the campground

Can’t wait to share another “AdVeNtUre Time last year” post.  To reminisce just makes me smile.  Sometimes, it is the little things.