LIfe at High Altitude in Colorado

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.

-Edward Abbey, naturalist and author (1927-1989)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

After a Long Winter - Finally Summer in Breckenridge!

I've been busy, busy since my last post:
preparing the Denver house for sale
watching the snow (slowly) melt in the mountains
discovering emerging wildflowers
cleaning debris from the gardens
visiting with family and friends
hiking and biking

our granddaughter watches Lehman Creek, swollen from snowmelt

Arnica beginning to bloom along the back trail
I'm trying to walk 5-6 miles several times a week
preparing for an adventure later in the summer

Paintbrush (orange) and Lupine (purple) behind my house

Angelica, wings askew, presiding over the garden

Gregg and Family (look at those new tandems!) during Mary's visit in June

last but not least

tree reflected in beaver pond near my house

whether reflecting or relaxing

I'm having a great summer.


I received a wonderful surprise in the spring.
My blog friend, Kathy, at Lake Superior Spirit
had a Michigan Maple Syrup give-away. 
I won!

22 month old Sam wants to say one thing - maple syrup from Michigan is yummy!

thank you Kathy for this sweet treat!


Janie said...

Glad to hear summer is in full swing, both in weather and activities. We've had a lot of activities, too. Family reunion is this week, and a Yellowstone trip is on for next week. The horses are getting a break!

Tabor said...

Oh, your header is breathtaking and making me so miss my home state!! Not missing your short summers, but you are not missing our long and hot summers, I am sure.

Jeanie said...

It sounds like you are finding the heart of summer in all the best ways. I will be interested to hear about the adventure you have planned later in the summer. With the prep you are doing it sound like it will be an active adventure.

Gaelyn said...

So nice to see summer in the mountains. I'm with Sam on the Maple Syrup.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Your summer looks invitingly colourful and fun filled. The snow melt and fresh flowers that follow must be a source of constant joy and wonder this time of year.

Retired English Teacher said...

It is so good to see you back. I do have a question. Barb, dear Barb, how does your lupine grow? It is so beautiful. Why, oh why, do the deer, or the bunnies, not eat it? I have two pathetic little plants that do not grow at all because here at my house, two or three thousand feet lower than where you live, the wildlife likes to eat my lupine. I'm trying not to be jealous.

You look great. You inspire me. I am doing well. I hope to work up to three miles soon.

Arija said...

All that glorious wilderness all thawed out around you and family and maple syrup too. You are so blessed.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

It is great to see you back! Whenever somebody announces they are taking a break I kind of worry because sometimes you don't hear from them. It looks like you are doing great!!!!

I switched over to Wordpress in a big way, I moved all my old posts and then put in some code to switch people over automatically. Why? Cuz I don't trust Google that is why. Plus I was told by a bunch of people that you can't do it yourself. You have to hire people cuz it is too complex. Fiddlestix I say, it was pretty straightforward. Anyway, I'm glad you found me.

Duff said...

I think that one of the most tranquil and wonderful places in the world is a beaver pond in the Colorado Rockies. Almost brought a tear to my of remembrance. Thanks for the lovely post.

Linda W. said...

Glad to see you are getting some wildflowers! I love paintbrush. Your reflection photo is gorgeous. Have a great summer!

Sandra said...

I can see your flowers! I love the yellow arnica along that inviting walking trail. Such a nice picture of you too sitting surrounded by beautiful nature! Sam is growing up! Happy pictures of your surroundings and family!

ladyfi said...

Hope all is going well with the sale of the house. Summer is looking wonderful over there.

Rose ~ from Oz said...

What happy lovely photos Barb, I can feel your summer joy!
Do tell - a mystery adventure later in summer. It must be arduous if you're in training. Can't wait to hear!
You have been and are, a busy girl. Enjoy your week. :)

Cynthia said...

You, without skis and snow behind you! Your state is just as pretty in the summer.
I've always meant to tell you, I really enjoy your quotes in the sidebar. Inspiring!

Diane AZ said...

I love all of your pictures, looks like you're having a wonderful summer. Sam is growing fast!

EG CameraGirl said...

Sounds like a ton of work preparing a house for sale! I love the area where you live in the mountains.

Granny Annie said...

Love your header picture. Enjoy your beautiful summer.

Carol Mattingly said...

The beauty of nature surrounds you and us blessing you with family and friends and great health. Such wonderful photos and story. Love your header image. Gorgeous.

Olga Hebert said...

I am glad to hear that summer is going well for you. The pictures as usual, are stunning.

upwoods said...

I can't get enough of looking at Sam with that maple syrup, Barb. Love, love, love that you could share some Upper Peninsula syrup with your grandbaby!

Jeanie said...

You look absolutely radiant as you enjoy your long-awaited summer! What joy at last. Yes, we are doing the same. Perhaps it is all the sweeter because of the wait. Your photos are simply lovely and I can tell -- you are in your glory!

Arkansas Patti said...

You have been missed but obviously you have been quite busy. Cool tandems, did they actually buy them? I have only seen them for rent.
Glad you are back and am looking forward to your lovely pictures. That reflection by the way is stunning.

Hildred said...

So nice to see you back in my sidebar, Barb - I was thinking of you yesterday as I guided some of the Chinese Railway passengers over to the Compost Pile.
Lovely photos, and so glad you are having such a happy summer.

Filip Demuinck said...

Amazing header picture.


carol l mckenna said...

Oh so glad you have some good weather ~ delightful photography of nature and your grandson is one Cutie! ~ thanks, xoxo

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Lisa Wilson said...

You have been busy! Great shots and that syrup looks yummy!

Cathy H. said...

I can see why you've been busy! Everything is looking so beautiful! Enjoy your days!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Hooray ... you're back! Looks like summer is going beautifully; and I'm glad you haven't been spending every minute getting the city house ready to sell. Too beautiful up there in Brek to waste it all indoors that's for sure.

BTW, in response to your comment on "my moosez" and "your moose" ...we have said to each other more than once that the scenery and even some of the animals up here remind us of Colorado. .

Carver said...

Wonderful shots of beautiful summer. Looks like you are having fun and exploring beautiful places.

stardust said...

Hello, Barb, welcome back! It’s so nice to see you in good shape and smiling at us in the sunlight. I like to see your loved family and to have a glimpse into your mountain house and its surroundings. I smiled to see Sam’s pose as my grandchildren do so when we say “ichi (one)”. We taught them when they turned 1-year-old. Is the kitchen behind Sam reformed part? Hope you’ll be settled comfortably and in peace after such lots of work. The new photo in the header is breathtaking. Look forward to the fresh, cold mountain air from your posts. Last but not least, many thanks for taking time and your kind words on my loss of mother. It was fortunate for both mother and we children that the progress of decrepitude was faster than that of lung cancer.


My name is Riet said...

What a great series of photo's . What a beautiful header you have and I love those tandem bikes. Just like Sam I like maple syrup :))

Catherine said...

A warm welcome back Barb! I've missed your posts and always thoughtful comments. A month sure makes for a vastly different landscape... all the summer green and colorful flowers are really beautiful. Love how they manage to come up every year, even through the harshest cold winters. You look wonderfully rested + congrats on the syrup win :)

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

LOL those two pics ( especially the first one ) of Sam and the syrup...priceless! :)

Beautiful scenery and family shots as well but then he stole the show :)

Janey and Co. said...

Great picture of you....and that baby is as sweet as the maple syrup! I love summer in the mountains, especially the Lupine.

I wonder, are you training for the Colorado Trail? Janey

Jim said...

What a glorious summer you are having, Barb.
Arnica, it is good to see this I use it almost daily on one 'injury' or another (gel form). It is a pretty ground cover I see. I hear it is a 'mountain plant' so it would probably not survive here at sea-level.
The wildflowers look like they are thriving and 'Angelica' seems quite happy where she is and basking in her surroundings.
Reflections photo is beautiful as is the one of you.

Friko said...

Lovely photos of children, bikes, wildflowers and you.
You look as fit as a flea.

Have a lovely summer.

Kerri Farley said...

Hooray for Summer, For Grandkids - and for Maple Syrup!!
Love this post!

Margie said...

Wonderful photos, Barb.
I love summer.
You look beautiful.


Ron Troke said...

Maple syrup is really the nectar from the Gods, mmm mmm Good!

Love the reflecting pool image, so nice.

Get yourself in shape because those mountains are a callin' you!!