Backpacking in Forgotten Valley

With a name like “Forgotten Valley” how could I not want to check this place out? Luckily, it’s located in the Golden Gate Canyon State Park which is less than an hour from my house so it’s a pretty convenient place to explore!

This was a great first backpack of the summer – we’ve got more planned including a 4-night trek in Yellowstone at the beginning of September so I wanted to make sure we started slow and simple. This trip was more about exploring a new area, checking that all my gear made it through the winter, finding out what needed to be fixed or replaced, etc. 

The hike in was only about 2.25 gorgeous miles. Wildflowers were blooming everywhere, the blue skies allowed us to see all the views and birds were singing along every step of the way. After we ditched our packs we hiked to City Lights Ridge – a steeper but very rewarding 2+ mile round trip. From the ridge we could see 360 degrees including our campsite, the pond and homestead and another small loop trail we wanted to tackle after we got back.

Needless to say, the pond and restored homestead were gorgeous. Even waiting out a small bit of rain in our tent allowed us gorgeous views of the valley. The swings on the porch of the cabin certainly provided a perfect spot to start off the day with some knitting.

Do you like to camp, backpack, hike and explore? What are some of your favorite memories being outside?

Backpacking in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness

4 days and 3 nights spent in the mountains with family is easily one of the best ways to spend a long weekend. (even if the first half of that weekend is filled with snow and rain and wind and super cold temperatures that you weren’t quite prepared for)IMG_4840

Saturday we began our trip and had planned to summit Yale that day but as we reached the top, the weather turned and wind and snow picked up and forced us back down the mountain.  We spent that night by Hartenstein Lake and the view in the morning, after the storms had cleared, was incredible.IMG_4874

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Sunday saw a bit more of the cold and grey weather with wind gusts up to 50 mph as we were heading over Browns Pass. We were lucky enough to find some time to visit Browns Cabin and the nearby mines before grey skies appeared again.IMG_4935

Monday we hiked Mount Harvard and let me tell you, that was absolutely gorgeous and a great hike – I highly recommend it.  A bit windy in parts, as mountains can be, but not nearly as bad as the previous day.IMG_5130

Tuesday we hiked out over another pass whose name I can’t recall and followed up our exhausting weekend with pizza and beer before I made the gorgeous drive back to Fort Collins.IMG_5086

Oh, and you know I brought my knitting!  It still smells like campfire and for that, I cannot complain.

A Weekend in the Mountains

IMG_0903The Mountains are my favorite place to be.  It doesn’t matter what part of the world the Mountains are found, or what name they go by, I just love Mountains.IMG_0883

This past weekend, the long Labor Day weekend here in the US, I was able to load up the family (the dogs and Jake and I) into the car and we headed north (some of us enjoy car trips more than others).IMG_0740

We were able to do all the things I love about mountains, hiking, pictures, history, water, foliage, clouds and few other people.IMG_0967

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Did I mention that we hiked? Because, well, we did. And we liked it.IMG_0899

Even if the doggies were exhausted afterwards.IMG_0982

And, of course, we indulged in the local beverages (original picture from Instagram).

What did you do this past weekend?

Hiking La Luz

This past Saturday my guy and some friends and I hiked up the Sandias on an iconic trail named La Luz.  We didn’t exactly start at the trailhead and we didn’t exactly land at the Tram, so we added a few miles to the hike which ended up being about 12.5 miles by the time we rode the Tram down.IMG_8605

This was my first time doing this hike, and there is a race held on the trail every year too!IMG_8577

We gained over 3,000 ft in elevation over 12.5 miles and trekked over many a switchback, plenty of rock slides, snow, ice and even staircases in the more steep areas.IMG_8560

Views of Albuquerque were abundant and the city is much prettier from the sky.IMG_8557

Have you ever hiked this trail before?  Have you been out in nature recently?  Don’t forget to wear proper shoes, as this warning sign reminded us at the top of the trail:IMG_8571

WIP Wednesday: Plans

Happy Hump Day!  The weekend is closer, the work never stops, and my cold seems to dissipating some, thank goodness!IMG_8236

This week I’m working on a long-standing project that needs to be kept seekrit:IMG_8239

And working on planning some fun things for later this month!IMG_8237

And don’t forget, if you haven’t signed up for the KAL yet, it starts on Monday!!  I’m pretty excited for that 😀IMG_8018

Linking up with Tami, as usual!  What are you working on this week?

Birthday Adventures and a Coupon!

So, Friday was my birthday and in true birthday fashion I extended the celebration through the whole weekend and did whatever it was that I wanted to do!

crossing rivers, bogs, tundra and rocks to get to the top

Friday we woke up early and headed to the mountains.  Our destination: 14,060 feet to the summit of Mt. Bierstadt.

From the trailhead

Not a mile into the hike we saw a moose swimming in a lake!

just going for a dip

The views were just gorgeous all around and it was a perfect way to start off a new year in my life.

Mona Lisa even enjoyed the hike 🙂
such a different perspective from the top
the other side (I wish I could show you the 360 view!)

Because I don’t really want the celebration to end even though I have to go back to being a responsible, contributing member to society, I want to offer a sale on all of my patterns!  Through Friday, September 14th use code: sillybday to get 20% off your order on any of my patterns!

about halfway up, the summit in the clouds

What did you do this weekend? Anything fun?