Monday, July 11, 2011
I had two under my belt before this hike -- Bierstadt and Quandary. Our latest hike allowed me to bag two (Grays and Torreys) on the same hike. It was a total 3,600 ft. elevation gain and 9 mile distance (round trip).
Starting out, the slope is very gradual, with streams and pretty wild flowers. (No trees, though, as you're already above the timber line):
Near the summit, there's very little vegetation and the slope is much steeper. Climbing this section of Grays, I decided there was no way I was going to make Torreys Peak, too.
Once on top, though, I got summit fever and decided it was a shame not to bag them both. Here I am on the summit of Grays Peak (14,270 ft.) looking toward Torreys Peak:
This is the saddle between the two peaks:
and that little blob in this picture is me heading up to Torreys, the second peak:
Here's my brother, BG, and I at the top of Torreys:
and here is the view from Torreys. You really do feel like you're on top of the world.
And best of all, we were heading down the mountain by noon (unlike our hike on Quandary where we started out too late and had a dangerous close encounter with lightning!).
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The fire ring at our campsite was buried under 3 feet of snow. (No fires for the first few days!) To add insult to injury, there was no hot water or heat in the bathrooms.
But despite the hardships, we would do it all over again in a heart beat. (At least Karl and I would - I'm not so sure about the girls!)
Here are a few of my favorite photos from the trip:
Friday, June 10, 2011
In the meantime, here are a couple random projects from the past couple of months. First, a Mother's Day card. I found this sentiment (originally from Tiny Prints) on a the Holiday Snobs blog. I loved the saying so much that I turned it into a house card using stamps and scrapping supplies:
Ditto tabs sticking out). I really wanted to get a Smash Book, but they weren't available yet, so I just used a composition book. My niece is a writer and she seemed to truly like it.
There was one other graduation this spring: Charlotte graduated from her elementary school, where she has attended since Pre-K. She's moving on from her small charter school to the public middle school, where the just 7th grade class alone is as big as her whole previous school.
Here is Charlotte with her dad:
and my favorite shot, a candid of the girls jumping off the stage:
Thursday, April 14, 2011
There are lots of decorating images, like these:
Do It Yourself ideas like these:
Crafts like these:
And other just plain interesting or silly stuff like this:
You can pin your own finds (with a link to the original source) or re-pin others' finds. You can also "follow" people's pin boards.
Another interesting find (via Pinterest, of course) is TradHome online magazine:
It's a free, 344-page online magazine that is a collaboration between Traditional Home magazine and Lonny magazine. It's a more modern take on traditional style that is a pleasure to look at.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
In fact, I've been spending so much time outdoors that I haven't scrapbooked at all. I want to change that, but realistically, it won't be real soon. Spring break is in a few weeks, then Karl has his every-seven-year sabbatical with Intel this summer. We're going to travel and visit some of the national parks, like Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain National Park. All in all, we will be gone for over a month.
Here's some photos of what I've been doing all this time. This is me on Annie, a 4-year old quarter horse:
Annie was a rescue horse that had been destined for the slaughter house at just 2 years old. She was saved by the Luv Shack, and trained by Taylermade Equestrian Services, where I am riding. The Luv Shack recently found Annie a permanent home. I hope it is a good one!
Here I am on the ground. If you look closely, I am wearing spurs, for the first time ever!
When I'm not riding or running, I try to climb Squaw Peak. It's a 1,300 ft. climb at a pretty steady incline. It's such a good feeling when you reach the summit, though. Here are a couple of self-portraits from the top:
Unfortunately, the yellow cloud hanging over the city in this picture is pollution:
Monday, October 4, 2010
Alice has been taking a pastry class, so this tasted even better than it looks. I'm fortunate to have such a wonderful neighbor who shares her baking talent, even if it is hard on my willpower.
Scrapbooking has taken a bit of a back seat to starting a web design business lately. But I will be back at it soon -- I still have lots of photos of our Colorado vacation to scrap, such as these:
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Here's a super-fast mini album I did last year. I found a wallet size photo album at Michael's with the right initial and altered it a bit. Then I took scans of layouts that I already had on my hard drive, put them with some quick text inpsired by the Live Good book, and slipped them into the photo album. Voila! Done in about an hour. And if you make multiple copies, even less per album!