Saturday, December 18, 2010

Car Talk



Waiting for car parts at James Automotive in Ottowa, KS. Most helpful and pleasant mechanic, who took pity on us stuck on our way across the country, and tracked down new bearings for us. He even pointed us to a local bakery while we waited.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

phantom canyon

friday we took a drive to enjoy the last of the fall color.

phantom canyon road follows the route of an old railroad that originally carried gold out of the cripple creek area.the road winds through the canyon to high plains at over 9,000 feet elevation.


View Phantom Canyon in a larger map

there were beautiful trees
this lovely bridge, built in 1897 to replace the previous wooden bridge destroyed in a fire
harvey played hide and seek with some livestock
we did some scrambling around the rocks

and a short tour around the town of victor

working gold mine

interactive exhibit of old mining equipment. this tip cart was pete's favorite thing

a stop for a short walk on a trail, and then a lovely drive back home


lots more pictures HERE.



Sunday, October 10, 2010

fall color

even though they're not the fall colors i love from home, the aspens are beautiful








Needle in a haystack

About a month ago, pete went hiking and fishing along our favorite trail in the san isabel national forest and harvey managed to lose his collar and tags. Yesterday we were back hiking the same trail, so we looked around the brushy areas. Against all odds, pete spotted something as we scrambled down stream.



Monday, September 6, 2010

rabbits

~camping and fishing along the conejos river over labor day weekend~

we thought we would try someplace different this weekend, so we headed down south to the conejos river (spanish for "rabbits") in the rio grande national forest. the drive was about 3 hours, and took us almost to the new mexico border. we made a stop at conejos river anglers on the way in, and picked up some fishing flies and advice on where to go. we drove the road along the river (county road 17 and then forest road 250) and scouted out places to fish and camp. we fished a couple of sections above the lake fork campground, with no luck. but i did try out my new field guide.

after that, we headed back to the primitive camping area just above the pinnacles
to set up for the night.

when we got there, the campground was a little crowded.
but harvey cleared us out a space.
video
a cold night was followed by a cold morning, but pete made a nice fire while we waited for the sun to come up in the valley and dry the tent.

the area was very busy for the holiday weekend, and i believe hunting. i've never seen so many horse trailers, which i assume are packing hunters back into the woods for the start of muzzle-loader season.

on the way out we tried our luck with fishing a couple more times. no luck at one spot, but i did watch a very busy american dipper across the stream.
video
we stopped along CO17 at a private farm that allows angler access. i hooked a huge rainbow trout, but got excited and forgot everything i knew about fishing, and he flipped off about 5 feet from me.

lots more pictures here.

Friday, August 13, 2010

shooting stars

thursday night/friday morning we trekked out to see the perseid meteor shower, which was beautiful. pete pried me out of bed around 1 in the morning and we drove down into the san isabel national forest, to get away from the city lights. we used this site to find the best place to go.

http://www.jshine.net/astronomy/dark_sky/

we decided to go somewhere we knew, which was a hill top in the national forest on ophir creek road with a large open area for lots of sky to view. the stars on a regular night are beautiful. last night was amazing. we arrived around 2 in the morning, stretched out on the sleeping bag and watched meteors streak the sky for a little over an hour, before the cold and tired set in and we headed home. i lost count of how many meteors i saw, but it was probably at least 30. Definitely worth the late night trip.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

quilt progress

the top of my first quilt is done!



i owe a big thank you to janet, for helping to motivate me to work on this again.

Monday, July 5, 2010

holiday

we spent most of our holiday weekend taking advantage of public parks.

friday morning we drove out to brush hollow reservoir to try out the new oars that pete bought for the canoe. turns out i'm a natural at rowing a boat.


saturday we took a hike in the pueblo mountain park near beulah, co. we took a familiar trail - northridge to devils canyon. lots of fun, and lots of great pictures along the way.


sunday we hiked the san carlos trail in the san isabel national forest. we stared at the CO78 trailhead and hiked 1.5 miles down to the st. charles river.


the hike was lovely

and the river was full of trout
we spent some time exploring the river

we had to do some scrambling to get downstream, but harvey was a trooper
harvey found this shortcut for the way back, though (which seemed a lot easier for him to squeeze through)



and sunday night we spent enjoying the neighborhood fireworks



lots and lots and lots more pictures here:
canoeing
pueblo mtn park
san carlos trail
fireworks