When dropping the Lucky Cricket off at school today, I noticed ski passes dangling from some coats (it is cold again today – brr!) and have discovered we missed the opening of Loveland, Arapahoe, Keystone and Copper Mountain ski resorts already! Dang! We have been so super duper bizzy these days. Wish I had a cool ski photo to add to this post …sigh.
The weather was gorgeous this weekend and I love a drive and a picnic so off we went! First we rumbled up the washboard roads of the Pike National Forest which I fear may not be for long as all the atv riding has destroyed much of the mountain. Lucky Cricket and I wore only our gym shoes so when she heard rattling we stopped hiking off trail. Getting through life without experiencing a rattlesnake bite sounds good to me!
Sunday we drove through Roosevelt National Forest to Estes Park and then up the trails of Rocky Mountain National Park to view the spectacular wonder of God’s creations: the colorful foliage, hungry chipmunks, twittering blue jays and bugling elks. My tummy flip-flopped as I inched along the cliffs to the Cloud Factory at 11,796 feet and it was worth it! We wanted to keep going on the West side but that will be for another weekend as the trail exits in Granby. I’ve got a great navigator to help me!
We spent this beautiful autumn day wandering around Idaho Springs and Georgetown. I love how excited Irene gets when I take her “up to the mountains” like we’re traveling to the moon! We ate lunch at the Happy Cooker where I ate the second best grilled cheese sandwich of my life. The first one being up in Mackinac Island. Took this picture with the camera self timer – pretty nifty.
America sure loves apples! I have a love/hate relationship with them however. I love how they represent autumn with their beautiful ripening colors and how they taste in warm apple pie a la mode. Sipping apple cider on the other hand quickly gives me a blinding headache and anaphylaxis. From now until Christmas or maybe even Easter, apple cider is stacked high in displays as you enter the grocery store and ladled into mugs at holiday events. Cringe.