Colorful Travels: Black Hills, South Dakota

Today, I am blogging over at my other blog, Colorful Travels. Please join me there for a little run-down of our family vacation last week to Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and the Black Hills, South Dakota. See you there!

Colorado Gold

This weekend: Guanella Pass for aspen spotting. It's a fall must-do if you live in Colorado (in my humble opinion). Pure Joy: Walking through this aspen forest I made a wrong step and twisted my ankle. Don't worry because I made a quick recovery with a Jason Bourne-style shoulder roll to the ground. It wasn't... Continue Reading →

I need to a vacation from my vacation…

...And it was only 4 days! It was a quick trip to Wichita, KS. We loved seeing my lil' sis, her awesome kids, my soon-to-be brother-in-law, and my mom (aaahhhh!). With only 2 full days in Wichita we had to pack a lot in. First up was Tanganyika Wildlife Park. This is a 100% private... Continue Reading →

Free Day at the Museum

Free day at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science  |  View of the Denver Skyline on the 4th floor. Why have I never known about this view before now? "Expedition Health is about YOUR human body-how it is constantly changing and adapting in ways you can see, measure, and optimize through the choices you... Continue Reading →

Top 7 Road Trip Fights

Ah, nothing signals the official start of summer like a road trip. The open road can be exciting to some. The anticipation of the destination...the photo ops...the places never stop food...the constant "Are we there yet?" question... and the "Don't make me pull this car over!" response... Pack several people in a small confined... Continue Reading →

Autumn Weekend…

I love autumn. I love the falling leaves, the crunch under foot, the colors & smell. I hate the fall allergies we all seem to get. Saturday morning Parker woke up feeling sick with allergies again. She had stayed home from school on Thursday because she felt so miserable. So, I gave her some meds... Continue Reading →

A little bit of everything

Finally, I got out-of-town and into the mountains I love! This past weekend was possibly the last chance to see the Aspens in all their glory of gold and orange. Taking the advice of a friend we headed up Hwy 119 from Boulder to Nederland, Colorado. I posted over on my travel blog about hiking... Continue Reading →

Tennessee: The List, part three

Continued from part two of our adventure in Gatlinburg...although neither of these locations are in Gatlinburg. Most extravagant: Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Just 2 hours drive from Gatlinburg, the Biltmore is the largest privately owned home in the U.S. Built by George Washington Vanderbilt II, the home is a mere 175,000 square feet,... Continue Reading →

Tennessee: The List, part two

Continued from part one of our adventure in Tennessee... Eat at: Tony Gore’s in Sevierville, TN. I should have know the portion of BBQ would be big after reading Tony's slogan on the rooftop sign. “Never trust a skinny cook.” The portions are HUGE but the BBQ is also big on flavor. The smokers are... Continue Reading →

Tennessee: The List, part one

We're back from Gatlinburg, Tennessee. And, I have to say, I left a little but of my heart there. I didn't expect too. The Great Smoky Mountains were not on my Travel Bucket List. Not even close. But, I love mountains. These are not like the Colorado Rocky Mountains. They're completely different, and both beautiful... Continue Reading →

31 things | covet or crave

The prompt word from 31 Things at Big Picture Class was "Covet". Call me crazy but that just sounds to "Biblical" to me, so I changed the word to "Crave" instead. TRAVEL, it’s what I crave most. I have a bucket travel list of places I want to see or do before I die. I... Continue Reading →

Panning for gold.

My sister left her 3 kids with me for 5 days (13, 13 and 12-years-old). Her 3 kids, plus my 2 kids, equals 5 kids for FIVE-WHOLE-DAYS. The fact that it was my idea to keep her 3 kids for 5 days is beside the point. I am going to look at it as a... Continue Reading →

It’s not the destination, but the journey.

Final resting place. My family (Mom, sister with her fiancée and kids) were here this past week to spread Ron's (my step father) ashes in the Rocky Mountains. Since he didn't specify where to spread his ashes, it was left up to us to decide. He really should have known better. There was a plan,... Continue Reading →

Waterfall Love.

With my nieces and nephew in town this week I thought it would be fun to take them up to Argo Gold Mine in Idaho Springs to pan for gold and a tour. To read about my bad review of the mine, and our fun trip to the cemetery, hop on over to my Travel... Continue Reading →

Butterflies everywhere.

It was spring break for my oldest daughter so we decided to go to the Downtown Aquarium. Stupid us. Everyone else in Denver had the same idea! After doing a drive by to see that the Aquarium ticket line was down the street, looking like at least an hour wait, we went to Plan B:... Continue Reading →

One Little Word, 2012

I am not a fan of New Year's resolutions. All too often we make a resolution of kicking our caffeine habit...losing weight...eating less junk food...or whatever. We do alright at first. Maybe even last a few months but by March we fall back into our old habits again. I like the idea instead of picking... Continue Reading →

In honor of Halloween…a ghost story.

One of America's most haunted homes...The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Have you heard this ghost story? The master of The Myrtles, Judge Clarke Woodruff, was having an affair with a slave named Chloe. To make his extra curricular activities more convenient, he moved Chloe up to the house to care for his children. Chloe planned to... Continue Reading →

Stanley Lake Photography

Today was a glorious Colorado fall day! I took the girls and a friend to Stanley Lake for an afternoon of exploring. The lake water level is down so we were able to walk on the soft sandy shore. Stanley Lake is a small little nature haven in the middle of the big city. Stanley... Continue Reading →

Heeelllooo IKEA!

I took a day off work and went to IKEA with my friend Mary. It was a special day, mostly because it was a day for just us. No kids. No husbands. No running around doing something on a to-do list. Just for us. Oh, and, heeellllooo, it's IKEA! IKEA opened here in Denver late... Continue Reading →

Celebrating 16 years

My hubby and I celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary this past weekend. After 16 years it’s sometimes hard to find time for romance. Okay, with 2 kids it’s almost impossible. What says romance better than a great steak? Maybe that is just my husband’s idea of romance… After asking around, “What is the best steakhouse in Denver?”... Continue Reading →

A New Beginning for Animals

The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado is a 700+ acres facility dedicated to saving wild animals from abuse or neglect. Earlier this year the Sanctuary rescued 25 Lions from Bolivia. These ex-circus Lions came to the Sanctuary malnourished and abused but are now beginning a new life in the grasslands of Colorado's front-range. Read more... Continue Reading →

Colorful Colorado Wildflowers

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so…get on your way!” – Dr.Seuss. TRAVEL LOG: Clinton Gulch Reservoir, near Copper Mountain in White River National Forest, Colorado, July 2011 FIELD NOTES: Clinton Gulch Trailhead is located about 7 miles off I-70 on State Hwy 91 near Copper Mountain/Leadville, CO.... Continue Reading →

Stuck in the Suburbs…Get me Outta Here!

So, lately I have been daydreaming. Daydreaming about taking a drive out of our severely suburban neighborhood and not returning for a long while. Daydreaming of booking a hotel (a nice one with a mountain view), ordering room service, sleeping until noon and reading a book, uninterrupted. Just today, as I was turning the girls'... Continue Reading →

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