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Hiking

This was my first hike this year. This was a really easy hike. The landscape was mainly flat so I did’t get much workout in, which is fine for now since it’s been awhile. The views were beautiful and very green.

We laid down a couple of rocks for Kat, the girl who passed away in May from suicide, who was the dance friend of my daughter.  We also scattered some wild flowers that was given at her memorial at the top of the hill we climbed to.  Maybe we’ll visit this place again in a couple of years and see if the flowers survived.

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Vail

Over the weekend the family went to the International Evening of Dance up in Vail with the girls’ dance school.  The families went separately and met up there.  The event was a couple of weeks long and covered all kinds of dancing including hip hop, modern, and ballet.  We only went for one day and I believe it was the second to the last day that we were there.  Vail is about 3 hours from Denver and is known for it’s skiing during the winter season but I’ve learned that it is practically busy throughout all the seasons.  It’s a very beautiful place but quite expensive.

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We went to Vendetta’s for pizza then headed to the theater for the show.  We all sat on the lawn because that’s what we could all afford as a big group but it turned out great because for such an amazing show (most of it was ballet) it was unbelievably cheap.  One thing I personally loved was seeing all the twinkling stars in the night sky.  At first, when the sun went down and the stars began to show, I thought it was pretty cool.  I mean, that’s what a night sky looks like with stars of different sizes twinkling here and there.  But then when it got completely dark and ALL the stars came out, it was complete grandeur.  I’ve never seen a sky with so many twinkling stars.  It was as if the sky was all glitter.  You can say, I found myself more fascinated by the sky than the dances.

Random Photos from May 2008

I believe this was the last time we visited the Royal Gorge.  A couple of years we tried to go but it was late and they were closed.  Plus, there had been a fire and burned down the carousel.

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Mt. Antero

Husband hiked a 14er, Mt. Princeton, a couple of weeks ago.  He finally showed me the photos and I was in awe.  When he summited Mt. Princeton he took this amazing photo of Mt. Antero.

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Drove Up to Mt. Evans

Husband took these gorgeous photos:

Daughter and I hiking up the last bit of Mt. Evans.  The lack of oxygen really did a number on me.  That’s me in the black coat with the hood on, initially hanging on to courage, but failed and never made it to the top.  It was cold and extremely windy.  Husband and the girls made it though.

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At the summit, a varmint sits on a hanging rock overlooking the view.
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We saw these mountain goats near the restrooms (center left).  They blend in with the environment so well that we didn’t even notice them.  I believe a few people were taking photos of them and that’s how we saw them too.MTEVANS0046_800

On our drive up to the summit, there was a small section near the road with these amazing bristlecone pine trees.  We decided to stop on our way back from the summit to stand among them and to snap some shots.  MTEVANS0058_800MTEVANS0056_800MTEVANS0055_600MTEVAMS0065_600MTEVANS0062_600

A Cold Day At Lake Dillon

DILLON0024_640Over the weekend, the family took a drive just north of Silverthorne to Green Mountain Reservoir, but when we got there, it was not what we had expected.  The reservoir was mostly dried up and iced over.  It was a pretty depressing sight.  We then decided to head to Lake Dillon (right next to Silverthorne) so the girls could play at the playground.  It was cold but the sun peeked out long enough for us to stay warm while husband and I took photos and the girls played.

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DILLON_KIKY_640This is what they had fun doing. Spinning on these tilted round chairs screaming and giggling.

Hiking Mt. Bierstadt

Husband has made it a goal to hike all 14ers in Colorado after having hiked Mt. Bierstadt over the weekend with a friend.  That’s a total of 53 mountain peaks.  He wants me to do this with him but I am out of shape and probably won’t make them.  I hope to at least hike up a few easier ones.

Husband used Sports Tracker App to track his hike.  The orange line shows start to finish and the camera icons are where he stopped to take a photo (the photos pop-up with touch on iPhone or Android, or mouse-over on the Sports Tracker website).  Just above the map are his stats.

The goal.  It doesn’t look too bad from this angle but from what husband has said, it’s pretty rigorous.  Btw, that’s husband’s friend in the photo.

This was the top (elevation: 14,060).  There were already others enjoying the view.

Panorama view.  Click on it to see it slightly larger.

When I go on one of these hikes, I’d like to go really early and be at the top to see the sunrise.

[All photos taken by husband with his Samsung G2]