July 3, 2014

Four Corners Road Trip

Summer road trip time has arrived again! We headed west in June to Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico for hiking and scenic views at 5 fabulous national parks. The driving was relaxing and scenic and the weather was lovely, minus hot hiking a few days.
Highlights:
  • Beautiful blue skies all across Texas and New Mexico
  • Sand hiking at Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • New explorations in Denver and Boulder with friends Cassie & Joe
  • Driving the gorgeous Grand Army of the Republic Highway east out of Colorado, complete with a bear sighting
  • Capitol Reef National Park for hiking, camping and marmot-sightings
  • Beautiful views and SO MUCH HIKING at Zion National Park - walking The Narrows (hiking directly in a cold river in a canyon) will not be forgotten
  • Exploring the cute tourist town of Springdale, Utah and a great stay and killer breakfasts at the Harvest House B&B
  • Great food and drinks at the Zion Brewery, Zion Pizza & Noodle, Whiptail Grill, and Oscar's Cafe (murder burger!) in Utah
  • Fun walks and hoodoo views at Bryce Canyon National Park
  • A strange trip to the cute Dixie National Forest where we were supposed to stay in an old forest guard station for 3 nights - only to find the entrance closed for road maintenance! This is after driving 16 miles on a gravel road, stopping for cowboys driving cattle, and making the reservations 3 months prior. Luckily we were ready to head home anyway and made an easy switch to our plans, otherwise we would have been in trouble.
  • A repeat trip to the Grand Canyon - this time to the more remote North Rim, complete with amazing views and a nighttime star party on the lodge porch
  • 3,400 miles of fun (and lots of podcasts and audiobooks)
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Downtown Denver & Daytrip to Boulder
 Bryce Canyon National Park
Zion National Park
A/C Break - Riding the Park Shuttle:
Capitol Reef National Park
 Grand Canyon National Park North Rim
Trip Treks
Animal Sightings
Pronghorns
Black bear!
Horses
Cattle
Armadillos
Chipmunks
Marmots
Deer
Prairie dogs
Hawks
Bison
TONS of lizards
TONS of hummingbirds - very cool!
TONS of squirrels

June 30, 2014

June in Review

Adventures
-I finished out my 4th year at my great little school, prepared for summer professional development I'm teaching, and started a new professional blog and twitter for sharing lesson ideas
-Began the new Junior League year as a Vision & Planning Liaison with an awesome training on implementing change
-Celebrated my cousin's upcoming wedding with a fun couple's shower and a sweet visit from Maggie and baby L to see our house for the first time
-Doggie surgery and recovery time for Duncan's paw problems, hopefully he will not be a cone forever
-Started summer break (coffee, netflix, and yard work) and for the very first time Matt's not teaching or working until late July so we're home together ALL SUMMER LONG, lucky us!
-Lots of fun reading for me (I think I'm up to 7 novels for the month) and lots of disc golf for Matt at the nearby Towne Lake course
-Took our big vacation for 2014 - 3,400 miles out west....

Around Downtown Challenge
-Rick's Chophouse with the crew for Andy's Birthday - fun, fun!
-Grotto
-Paciugo Gelato Cafe
-Hutchins BBQ with my mom and grandfather

Around the House
-Bought a new cushion for our broken outdoor bench
-Fixed some pool algae issues
-Did more weeding and caring for our landscaping - the grass grows like crazy here with no watering (not sure if it's the shade, soil, or both) but we'll take it
-Mulched side bed by driveway and back door deck area
-Relocated the hydrangea to a shady corner and moved potato bush from planter to soil by holly bushes
-Bought/assembled two adirondack chairs and ottomans

January :: February :: March :: April :: May

June 29, 2014

Wheels Out West

A sneak peek at our summer vacation - can you tell it was a road trip? :)

June 15, 2014