August 20, 2016

#findyourpark - NPS Love

We hit a travel milestone on our Colorado trip this summer when we added National Park Service brochure number 60 to our collection. Woo-hoo! I've got to admit that's more parks, monuments, and historical sites then I realized we'd seen. They add up quick when you visit DC plus make all the battlefield stops.

We realize how fortunate we are to get to explore together and are thankful for getting to take advantage of America's best idea. Lots of travel time is by far one of the best perks of teacher life. Wonder how old we'll be when we make it to brochure 100?

Left on the bucket list are the Oregon/Washington/California parks, Acadia in Maine, back to Glacier, getting Matt to Alaska, and hopefully, many more. Happy 100th Birthday NPS!
Colorado 2016 / 2014 / 2013 / 2012 / 2010
Utah 2014 \ 2013 
 Grand Canyon South Rim 2011 \ North Rim 2014
 DC 2011 \  2013
Yellowstone-Grand Teton 20102012 
Where to next?

August 2, 2016

2.5 Years in 1925 {Interior Tour}

It's been a while since I posted any inside house pictures and things are looking a little different inside. {2014: Three Month Pictures / 11 Month PicturesWe recently refreshed the den with a new rug, chair, tv stand, and tv and it got lots of use (aka Netflix) this summer.

Now that we've lived here 2.5 years, we definitely feel settled into our comfy arts & crafts cottage. A few pictures of 2016...
Upstairs Guest Room | Guest Bath | Office/Book Room

Master Bedroom \ Bath

July 31, 2016

Colorado Parks Vacation

We spent 10 days in Colorado this summer and finally found our way to Rocky Mountain National Park. It was crazy crowded (including an hour-long elk-related traffic jam on the park road at 10,000 ft) but totally beautiful too. 2,500 miles of fun and podcasts.

Highlights include:

  • Pretty west Texas driving, New Mexico skies, and finally stopping at Capulin Volcano National Monument
  • Exploring Trinidad, meeting up with Joe in Denver, scenic drives around Rocky Mountain National Park, and cute Grand Lake
  • Relaxing in Gunnison, hiking at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park - and park brochure 60!
  • Fun and fishing with Mike+Cheri at their family cabin in Creede
  • Plus, general relaxing, scenic beauty, Colorado beer, glaciers, and animal spotting - elk, deer, chipmunks galore, and a moose

Hiking at RMNP-
Lake Haiyaha 3.7 miles
Nymph Lake 1 mile
BCGNP-easy but dizzying!