Wildflowers in Indian Peaks

Lara found a list of wildflower hikes in the area. Given the wet winter in the mountains, we were hoping there would still be some decent flowers even this late in the summer. Boy, were there ever. The hike we chose was called the Fourth of July trail, just west of Nederland, and on the southern […] . . . → Read More: Wildflowers in Indian Peaks

Backpacking in West Elk

Summer’s here, and it’s time to break out the backpacking gear! While this is still a bit early for our taste, the short summer school break forced our hands and pushed us into an early backpacking trip. We decided to venture back to a place Lara and I had visited years ago, the Mill-Castle trail […] . . . → Read More: Backpacking in West Elk

A Day at Arnold’s Park

It’s hard to pass up a chance to play at Arnold’s Park on a swing through Minnesota. This time we had the tribe of cousins along. We must have ridden the roller coaster 15 times, on top of the log ride, bumper cars, and the go karts. There were just a few sprinkles, and a […] . . . → Read More: A Day at Arnold’s Park

A Few Days on the Lake

We spent a few days with family at my Uncle’s lake house on Lake Geneva in Alexandria, MN. The weather was just warm enough to make it pleasant being in the water when the sun was shining. The cool weather seemed to have kept the mosquitoes at bay, which we were all very grateful for! We […] . . . → Read More: A Few Days on the Lake

The Badlands

We took advantage of Alex’s national parks pass once more on the start of our summer vacation. We drove from Highlands Ranch to Alexandria, MN for some time on the lake, and made a stop in Wall, SD along the way to check out the Badlands. We drove the length of the park, and took a […] . . . → Read More: The Badlands

Saturday in RMNP

We didn’t have much planned for this Saturday, so we decided to use Alex’s 4th grade national parks pass while we still could and spend the afternoon at Rocky Mountain National Park. It was a limited visit. We drove to the Alpine Visitor Center on Trail Ridge Road to get Evan’s national parks passport stamped […] . . . → Read More: Saturday in RMNP

Devil’s Head

One of our favorite stand-by hikes is the Devil’s Head lookout tower west of Sedalia, CO. It’s about 1.5 miles long, only moderately steep, with some pretty scenery stretching up and down the front range once you climb the tower. We decided to spend our Sunday afternoon on the trail. The skies were grey for […] . . . → Read More: Devil’s Head

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon was our fifth and final park on our 2019 Spring Break national parks extravaganza. As you’ll see in the pictures, Bryce is known for its “hoodoos” – those eerie spires that form from eroding sandstone. Alex had been anticipating this since he saw a tourism poster for Bryce at the Utah visitor center […] . . . → Read More: Bryce Canyon


Leaving Grand Canyon behind, we crossed the Colorado River at the Glen Canyon Dam on our way to Kanab, Utah. We had intended to bypass Zion and limit the first return leg of our Spring Break odyssey to Bryce Canyon. After settling in Kanab for the night, we decided that we had enough patience to […] . . . → Read More: Zion

Grand Canyon

Our primary Spring Break destination was the Grand Canyon. After a couple of days in Moab visiting Arches and Canyonlands, we drove to Flagstaff as our base for exploring Grand Canyon. We had three days to spend at the park. On our first day we drove the South Rim from east to West, stopping at […] . . . → Read More: Grand Canyon