Colorado Adventures

July 12, 2009

Friday, we hopped in the car and drove to Idaho Springs.  It was about a 45 minute drive from our home in Commerce City.  We stopped at a visitor’s center, which was closed.  We ended up hiking a bit before returning home though, which was nice.  Jason was happy just to be in the mountains.  Ana would have been happier if we’d made it all the way up to a snowy peak though.

Saturday we headed toward Boulder.  Jason wanted to visit NCAR, which was a weather and atmospheric research facility and museum.   Again, less than an hour away.  The adobe building was very modern and stood out against the foothills and the Flat Irons.   The kids ran around the building while Jason tried to read the displays.  I imagined my character Kiri coming home to a place just like the one we were in.

Anyway, Jason and I took the restless kids out for a short hike around the weather trail.  After about twenty minutes or so, we returned to the suburban.  Sebastian fell asleep as we drove down Mesa Table Drive, back through Boulder and then back up Flagstaff Mountain.  I took lots of pictures of the scenic views.

The rest of the day was spent watching a Mythbusters marathon on the Discovery Channel.  We do love our science around here!

August 11, 2009

I felt the sun on my skin and the tickle of the mountain air.  Standing on the trail in the middle of nowhere, I suddenly didn’t feel so lost.  Being in nature with my family was exactly where I felt at home.  It was only in the overwhelming world of urban sprawl and industrial landscapes and crowded streets that I felt alone and lost.

All of us pile into the Suburban on Sunday and then we drove to Heil Valley Ranch, which is just North of Boulder off  Lefthand Road.  We parked and hiked the tail of the loop, which was 1.3 miles.  We saw a sign about how to deal with Mountain Lions and Bears, should we run into them.  There were also signs about the different types of rocks and plants found in the area as well.  The kids climbed the boulders and didn’t complain much on the walk.  For a brief time I felt content and at peace.



About carilynn27

Reading and writing and writing about reading are my passion. I've been keeping a journal since I was 14. I also write fiction and poetry. I published my first collection of short stories, "Radiant Darkness" in 2000. I followed that up with my first collection of poetry in 2001 called "Journey without a Map." In 2008, I published "Persephone's Echo" another collection of poetry. Since then I've also published Emotional Espionage, The Way The Story Ended, My Perfect Drug and Out There. I have my BA in English from The Ohio State University at Mansfield and my MA in English Lit from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I also have my Post BA Certificate in Women's Studies. I am the mother of two beautiful children. :-)
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