Family of fotographers

Caden got a video camera for Christmas a few years back, Dacen got an action cam for this last Christmas,  Steph has her Nexus 5X which takes amazing pictures, I just bought us a new mirrorless camera and so Brielle took over the old point-and-shoot.  Armed with 5 cameras we headed off on the hunt for the best photo, the best attempt at capturing a moment in time.  Our destination, Colorado National Monument, was about 1 mile from the campground.  We paid for an annual National Parks pass and headed up the road.  Just as you enter the beautiful Fruita canyon is a pullout for viewing Balanced Rock.  We also notice some big horn sheep, so before the truck has even come to a complete stop the doors swing open and the mighty hunters jump from the vehicle with cameras aimed and the snapping of shutters commences!  I think we spent close to an hour at this one point and took a crazy number of pictures.
Not posed....seriously!
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Ava and the Beast ride again

Thursday morning after a walk around Golden Ponds with my brother, the dog and I took the Beast up to get Ava.  As we rounded the last corner the Beast bucked just a little bit as though he couldn’t wait to hook up with Ava again.  Sheba was in heaven running around with the farm dogs and the cat while I hitched up for the short ride to Longmont to get Ava packed up for our little spring break trip to the western slope of CO and the Moab area.  It has been dry as a bone and in the 70s most of March and the ONE day we’re going to be driving with a 38ft, 14,000 pound trailer over the Continental Divide the forecast calls for snow.  Well, Friday morning came with pretty clear skies in Longmont and the forecast was clear all day.  We pulled out about 9:00 and had smooth sailing the whole way.  There was fresh snow in the mountains but I-70 was dry until right before Eisenhower tunnel where the roads were wet until Silverthorne…then again they were a little wet on Vail pass.  Nothing slick, nothing scary.  It really looked quite pretty with the fresh snow and the blue skies.  It was a good drive and it felt good to be on the road again with the family…including our new addition, Sheba, our trusty pup.  I’m not really sure what Sheba thought of the ride…she was very restless the whole way….just couldn’t seem to settle in and get comfortable.  She is usually pretty chill in the car but I think the chucking from the trailer just made it a bit rougher than she likes.  But she did fine as I think she was just happy to get to come along with us.
Snow on the pass
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Long ago in a galaxy far far away…

When I was a youngster and the original Star Wars movie came out someone convinced me that there were words to the Star Wars theme song…

Star Wars nothing but Star Wars nothing but Star Wars dun dun dun duuhhhhhh

Well, this New Years season feels a bit like it has been nothing but Star Wars for our family!    The boys got a card game for Christmas, Star Realms, which feels a lot like they modeled it after the space battles of Star Wars.  The kids also helped pay for an XBox One and they bought themselves Star Wars: Battlefront to entertain themselves with.  Then, the boys and I went to see the newly released Star Wars movie Rogue One…perhaps this is becoming a tradition!  I’m reading the Phantom Menace to brush up on my Episode 1 knowledge.  And yesterday, to wrap up 2016 we all went to the Denver Art Museum to see a special exhibit they have about the costumes of Star Wars.
Beep boop
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Backpacking with the boys

When we took our little stroll on the AT back in the Shenendoah National Park Caden asked if we’d be able to go backpacking once we were back home in CO.  I was tickled pink that he was the one asking me to go backpacking and I thought for sure we’d have plenty of time.  But after returning home the days of summer slipped away until the the next thing we knew school was in session and soccer in full swing.  However, it turned out that Labor Day weekend was wide open on our schedules and the boys lobbied hard to get a backpacking trip in.  AND, they wanted to go for more than 1 night.  Its a pretty popular weekend so there were no permits available for Rocky Mountain National Park or the Indian Peaks Wilderness.  But, the James Peak Wilderness is also right in our backyard and does not require permits so we put Roger’s Peak Lake in our cross hairs and set off.  I should also point out that I tried to get the boys to play hooky on Friday but Caden didn’t want to miss school or soccer….what kind of kids am I raising?!
The beginning
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Touchdown

We got Ava packed up for the last time and hit the road at 9:15 for the very familiar drive from Phillipsburg to Longmont.  There was a detour that cost us about 30 minutes, some poorly coordinated bathroom breaks, lunch break and a stop at the Welcome to Colorful Colorado sign for a picture.  I spent a lot of the drive time exercising my memories of the trip and tried to avoid thinking about the task of moving back into our house.
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