{Outdoor Life} Mt. Elbert 14,440 feet

{Outdoor Life} Mt. Elbert 14,440 feet

Climbing a 14er is a little like giving birth for me. In the “worst” of it, I say I will NEVER climb one again. Within a day or two, I’m ready to try a new challenge and am looking for possibilities. This was our third 14er: we have summited Mt. Bierstadt (14,065′) and Mt. Democrat (14,148′) as well. We had planned to add Lincoln to the Democrat day, but by the time we got to the trailhead it was already…

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{Outdoor Life} Hubby’s 50th Half Marathon

{Outdoor Life} Hubby’s 50th Half Marathon

A couple years ago, my husband realized he could easily reach 50 half marathons before his 50th birthday. It then became a goal to be sure he reached 50. We average 2-3 half marathons per year, but when the restrictions hit in 2020, we found 3 of our 4 scheduled half marathons CANCELLED. We had just finished the Dopey Challenge in mid-January (a 5k, 10k, 13.1 mi, 26.2 mi) and he was well on his way toward his goal. We…

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{Field Experience} Young Eagles

{Field Experience} Young Eagles

This was the 6th year of the girls participating in Young Eagles. Each got a flight for about 20 minutes in a small plane for free as part of the program to help young people consider aviation. They usually attend Ground School the night before and learn about aviation and physics of flight. Since they had attended Ground School five times before, they were allowed to skip it. It was a last-minute decision to join when their step-dad, who is…

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{family life} 7 years later

{family life} 7 years later

We took the girls to a Rockies Game Star Wars Night. We had such a great time (though after 3 hours it was a little too “peopley” for me). They gave away free Darth Vader koozies (the girls were very excited about that) and the wildfires actually made it cooler out…but very smoky. I’m feeling the results of the bad air this morning.

{Running} My girls’ first race

{Running} My girls’ first race

I’m cleaning and organizing our library/school room and for some reason this picture just tugged at my heart. This was in July of 2014. The three oldest ran the longest route (almost 3 miles) the 4th ran the middle route (1.5 miles) and the youngest ran the .75 mile route. They don’t all love running now: the oldest hates it and doesn’t really like exercise at all (she has so much of her Nana in her), the next two like…

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{Transition to Grey} 8 months

{Transition to Grey} 8 months

I can hardly believe 8 months have already passed. I haven’t changed my mind about going natural, though the lady that cut my hair last week was sure that now that it was shorter, I would want to dye it and “only have to use one box, not two.” I cut off 6 inches of hair. I’m actually pretty happy with the growth. The color variation is interesting, and I have more dark hair in the front than I thought….

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{Urban Farming} Canning

{Urban Farming} Canning

I’ve been canning for about 9 years now. I started out with half a dozen pickles and dilly beans the first year, and it has expanded over the years. I like to keep track each year to determine whether I canned enough, or too much. This is my gardening book–I keep track of what I plant every year, and where it’s planted–and I also add my canning. Last year, our sum total of all jars was over 100! I bought…

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{races} Cookie Chase 5k Race #49

{races} Cookie Chase 5k Race #49

The night before started rough: hubby had food poison and threw up all night. He tried to get up and get ready (I thought he was crazy) but by the time he was dressed he realized he couldn’t possibly run a race. He went back to bed, we headed out for the race. Two of my older teens volunteered for the race, and the two youngest had trained for the run. For training, hubby would run with them for a…

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{Races} Mickelson Trail Half Marathon Race #48

{Races} Mickelson Trail Half Marathon Race #48

What a great race! It felt amazing to finally be with a group of people unafraid and untainted by government and media. Though there were about a dozen mask wearers, the other 1,970ish were displaying their imago dei and it was glorious. It was our first time on this run. We had walked about 2.5 miles of the trail last year with the girls to see one of the train tunnels. I was hooked! I knew I wanted to run…

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