decompressing at Independence Pass

Once again, my lil’ family headed to the outdoors to “decompress.”  We started our 6 day adventure after celebrating the 4th with neighbor friends.  The first stop was at White Star campground near Twin Lakes, the site where my lil’ guy became a budding environmentalist.  These naturally formed glacial lakes are surrounded by mountains, including Mt. Elbert, at over 14,000 feet elevation.

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Since this first destination was also near Independence Pass, one of the highest paved passes in Colorado, we decided to take our first hike here.  Wildflowers were blooming and snow still made it’s presence on some slopes and peaks.

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My budding environmentalist

My lil’ guy loves to be outdoors.  He is always asking me to go on walks with him to help him find “treasures.”  His collection mostly consists of  rocks of various sizes and sticks.  He takes great pride in his finds.  While camping at White Star campground near Twin Lakes at the foot of Mt. Elbert, we took one of these walks.  Amongst the many tiny pine trees that were stretching their little heads up to the sky, he found one that he declared “the cutest little tree.”  So, he proceeded to collect rocks to gently and strategically place around the tree so as to protect it.  We took this walk for 3 days straight to check on the lil’ tree.  When we left the campground to head on to our next adventure, he asked me to take a photo, so he could remember it forever.