KOFFEENUT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KOFFEENUT KOFFEENUT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Local Eclipse - 8-22-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402793 I was out of town for the eclipse (we drove to Casper, WY to experience the total eclipse; locally it was about 94%) so I depended on others to capture the event in Steamboat Springs. Our amazing local photographers never disappoint! <BR> <BR> Folks were prepared. They had eclipse glasses for EVERYONE, as you can see from these photos taken by Christine Frank: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b612d4d6-4deb-468b-a55e-02150c85304b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Julie Lyons: <BR>... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:45:34 EST Small wonders - 8-19-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401521 Mike Kennedy slowed down enough to notice the small wonder of a butterfly: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b273de03-e952-4464-a57a-4a8fdec8ebb0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They usually float by on a mission to get to the next flower and we often don't give them a second glance: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/85ec7a44-b494-43a3-9bc1-c7be53b5b951.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But sometimes it's good to stop, breathe, and appreciate what a glorious creation a but... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 02:33:25 EST Milky Way over Steamboat Lake - 8-18-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401328 Rod Hanna is a phenomenal photographer; he has published books of his stunning photographs and his work has been featured in our local art museum. Not sure exactly when Rod took this photo of the Milky Way over an inlet of Steamboat Lake, with Sand Mountain in the background. I just know it highlights how beautiful the world is that we live in: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c4164bde-4ad6-4305-b4df-77230330e0ad.jpg"> <BR> <BR> With the upcoming eclipse I'm seei... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:35:17 EST Well....hello there! - 8-17-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401060 Um.......where's MOM?!? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5db1f7fc-d91c-4731-aee0-970e4abb296b.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> I'm figuring Jeff Hall got this from a safe distance before mom showed up, since I didn't see any reports of this photo being taken off a trampled camera...... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:53:19 EST Soothing Water - 8-16-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400799 Is there anything more soothing than the sound of gently rushing water? Jeff Hall got these shots of Gold Creek: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fc90397d-cc9a-49c7-90b2-532c2839b76a.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> and the Gilpin Lake trail: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5c1b6895-0f36-49d4-9280-723c018b6950.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> G. Fredric Reynolds captured the area below the dam at Stagecoach Reservoir: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 01:31:23 EST Hungry Hummingbird - 8-15-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400263 Are the hummers hungry? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5211666b-dd55-4282-8fe2-ad38ae5cfd36.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Oh yes. Yes, they are. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5b21ccaa-e0fd-49bf-bf89-59055fce4aa0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Artemis Hamrick found one local hummingbird willing to take the nectar directly from this young lady, who had a memory-building day! Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:46:06 EST Small Wildlife - 8-14-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399609 Figured it wasn't fair for the BIG wildlife to get all the press - we've got plenty of SMALL wildlife here, too! What they lack in size they make up for in personality. Pete Surgent found this chipmunk checking out the neighborhood: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/41998b54-cf0c-427f-a4de-6f1a76483c40.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Trudy Wells found a yellow-bellied marmot camouflaged in the flowers: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0cd4cc55-e72a-4e9... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 02:05:43 EST Big Wildlife - 8-13-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399359 Although I haven't posted any photos of them in awhile, we still have plenty of big wildlife around. Surrounded by national forest, designated wilderness areas, and BLM land, it would be surprising if we DIDN'T have big wildlife wandering around! Kevin Gilman found this moose in the Flat Tops Wilderness area: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/09ffe0af-881f-45cb-8f6b-830735024d2c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But Paul Delegante found this one out in Strawberry Park: <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 11:46:09 EST Haying Season - 8-12-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399044 It's haying season in Steamboat Springs. The tractors are in the fields, as evidenced by this photo from Larry Pierce: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/72299d92-86da-4b16-825c-409e54cb6892.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A lot of the ranchers do large, round hay bales locally, like these Cherly Jensen found in a field: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/81ace7d6-3dd6-4681-a931-dcb01c8e6dc1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ruth-Louise Brainerd found these bales in from th... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 11:41:26 EST Gotta love a fisherman - 8-11-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6398827 People think we live in Steamboat Springs for the skiing. We don't. I think my DH views the snow as time-released irrigation. We live here because he is a rabid fisherman. <BR> <BR> We are past the summers when his goal was to catch/release 1000 fish (thank goodness). Although he still explores new water every year (it's how he spends the month of February - poring over maps to determine where he can backpack to new water), it's beginning to be difficult to fit in all the favorite water h... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 21:55:49 EST Mushrooms - 8-10-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6398336 First, a disclaimer. I have never been a wild mushroom hunter. I get mine at the grocery store. That being said, there are folks around here who actively seek out mushrooms, either to harvest or just to enjoy their beauty. Matthew Wood was in the Flat Tops Wilderness and found these specimens (which I THINK are all mushrooms....) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/760ade3c-4990-43fa-bc9a-24821c07b404.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/gui... Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:34:43 EST Kissing Up - 8-9-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397989 Although I'm not sure the receiver (mom?) looks too impressed: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1e6c5b0a-2fe7-46f4-80ae-375ad1052ab9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Larry Pierce found these two out on the grass in the sunshine - another summer day! Wed, 9 Aug 2017 18:28:11 EST Hummingbirds - 8-8-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397703 It's that time of year - the hummingbirds are BUSY. Cindy Fuster's photo will give you an idea what it's like around a hummingbird feeder right now: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/759b22b2-f72c-4fc0-bd33-7c2003bb2816.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Jack Madeley got a little closer to the hummingbird at the flowers in his yard: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/74fcc461-2cab-4335-90b6-4a69ade91470.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And Larry Pierce, who takes photos for ... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 00:38:15 EST Full Moon on the Rise - 8-7-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397038 A friend and I went up the gondola last night to watch the full moon rise over the mountain. The ski resort does a sunset happy hour on the deck, where you can watch the sun set over the valley from one side of the deck (Noah Wetzel took the photo): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5dae5679-7cdb-4ccf-bb70-d5593bc428ca.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And see the moon rise from the other side: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6f944451-f033-4b5e-b7d5-db119... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 11:16:58 EST And after the rain... - 8-6-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396716 ...or in our case, after the HAIL. Shannon Lukens got a shot of the hail that rained down on us yesterday: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/67914365-fcd2-46ba-b676-1bcf151e4fed.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While Matthew Grasse in South Routt confirmed that after the rain, there's a rainbow. Or two. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2fe1e882-e364-4273-b4dc-36960ceb6118.jpg"> Sun, 6 Aug 2017 15:27:43 EST Slow Down - 8-5-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396311 Sometimes beauty is right in front of us, but we need to slow down in order to see it: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d42d416a-9067-4d89-92b7-0f39551ed2dd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Look up: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/356ded62-9d0b-4f9e-9a1a-e4bde10d28ea.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and get close to the ground: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/98bb4a9e-5108-40bb-abc2-7e9b2be688b2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Enjoy the warm drowse of bees ... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 12:31:39 EST Sarvisberries! - 8-4-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396122 Heather Ross got a close-up of a bunch of sarvisberries - still a little way to go before they're ready to pick, although there might be a couple deep purple ones there: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4b0f92fa-90e2-41fc-9877-fdf5b8af7729.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They hide under leaves and the bushes are just loaded down with them. Arrived home after a 5-hr drive with the 6-yr-old grandson, and the FIRST thing we did was grab a bowl and head out to the sarvisberry bushes ... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 23:17:42 EST Should I be concerned about you? - 8-3-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395537 This fox seemed to be asking Avery Read whether he should be concerned: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7c9700bf-fae3-41c0-8352-267cf164c6ab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/875cbe78-fe19-4ed2-9531-1cf264beed69.jpg"> Thu, 3 Aug 2017 11:57:31 EST Don't Mind if I Do - 8-2-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395100 Why hang around to dig through the garbage in a hurry when I can just take the entire bag somewhere I can spend quality time with it? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e67f216a-f53d-4471-aa57-c1fa05cb0c53.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Joe Dworak caught this young bear making off with an entire sack of garbage. Funny, but also not. They are not unlike us - why work hard when there's an easier way? When they get accustomed to hauling off an entire bag of garbage, picking berrie... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 11:50:06 EST Strolling - 8-1-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394795 It's always prudent in Steamboat Springs to be aware of your surroundings, whether you're taking a stroll on the Core Trail through town: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/47a05915-4341-4950-9c99-f787bdfd72b2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> or on a bike ride down a remote country road: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9040d4a0-f7df-4409-822a-88c4c2ef768f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Alison Hawkins found the bear cruising down the Core Trail, which parallels the river... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 18:50:13 EST Hello There - 7-31-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394249 Well, here's something you don't really want to see while you're out hiking! Curt Merchant spotted this moose (and clearly the moose spotted HIM) with apparently very little but grassy field between them: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c670ba2-4d6d-4fc7-9fdd-6d70193266c2.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> We can assume Curt escaped from the encounter unscathed since we have photo documentation! Mon, 31 Jul 2017 12:09:24 EST Trees at Sunset - 7-30-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393830 Pete Surgent played around with capturing the silhouette of trees as the sun set behind them. I love the pink colors with the dark trees in the foreground: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2e8b752e-4182-4b47-bd8e-4f005fc7950e.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e7346dfd-be38-496a-9f8e-e87c696be0b7.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a2233ea-de15-4933-a9aa-23b9e4a55baa.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 12:03:31 EST Free Range - 7-29-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393518 When the sign indicates "Free Range", believe it! Cyndi Marlowe found this cow hanging around the free range sign to indicate it's well within its rights: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ab09c287-62ca-47de-ad01-ddcdcc01826a.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> A number of areas here in northwestern Colorado are free range - you're liable to find cows or sheep in the road. Locally we've had a couple vehicle/animal accidents recently. It IS an adjustment if you're coming from LA or ... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 13:14:39 EST Tail Swish - 7-28-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393119 Somehow Shannon Lukens timed her photo perfectly to capture the apex of the tail swish as this horse enjoyed grazing on a lazy afternoon: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ad43b114-14ac-488b-88f5-9d5d7f313123.jpg"> Fri, 28 Jul 2017 12:24:40 EST From the Top of Hahn's Peak - 7-27-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392738 Jeff Otterson climbed up to capture the view from the top of Hahn's Peak: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0abc62a4-417a-4ddb-a8e7-e219126961a2.jpeg"> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:49:31 EST Pronghorn Antelope - 7-26-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392288 Jeff Hall noticed this pronghorn antelope and her kids near Walden: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c2eebe71-9e82-4864-a09d-4dfe89d53b06.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We frequently see antelope between Steamboat Springs and Craig, or between Steamboat Springs and Kremmling. They seem to be smarter about avoiding cars than the deer are. One of my favorite stories from when DH worked at the Chamber involved some German visitors to the US. They had just driven in from Craig and... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:58:42 EST Snack Time! - 7-25-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391892 Linda Burns found this little guy in a sarvisberry bush, helping himself to a snack! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/53680e72-135f-46bb-827b-02df10dd1631.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was out picking sarvisberries yesterday in preparation for making jam (although I went for the ones that are a deep, RIPE blue rather than the red ones!) Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:23:07 EST Wild Columbine - 7-24-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391259 Alex Seger got a great shot of wild columbine while hiking: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/04a306d9-0d19-4264-8448-f810b8def951.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I only have a few domesticated columbine still blooming in my flowerbed, and none of them are this "Colorado blue", reflecting the sky! Mon, 24 Jul 2017 03:31:00 EST Tanager? - 7-23-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390989 Fortunately Pete Surgent was quick enough to catch a photo of this bird - I haven't been able to do it without spooking them. These little guys have discovered our hummingbird feeder! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/329b47c7-5c1d-400e-8896-0bb2d9ad71ab.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> They perch on the lip of the "flower" and then lean down to suck out the nectar. Not sure, but I thought it might be some kind of tanager? The important thing is that they're lovely birds - so br... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:22:03 EST Pelicans at Steamboat Lake - 7-22-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390563 Sean, who is 12, found these pelicans gliding around looking for lunch while he was camping at Steamboat Lake: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0f382afd-2c57-415d-a894-e32b79f02784.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As the wife of a fisherman, I can tell you that having this kind of competition for the fish is TOUGH! Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:56:17 EST Strolling through town - 7-21-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390217 Andrea Criste wisely stood back to snap these photos of a mother bear with two cubs: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3489ffe5-23a1-4a22-b146-4a4183a38e2a.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> She took the photos in the alley bordered by Oak and Pine between 4th and 5th streets: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1307788e-1b19-4023-9057-06750bb91578.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> We haven't had quite the problems with bears in town we've had some summers - their food is mor... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:48:40 EST Putting Sleeping Giant to bed - 7-20-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389809 ...under a brilliant blanket of sky. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b3f02292-753b-4f04-b90f-da21bca987c6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Shannon Lukens provided this reminder of how lucky I am to live here! Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:18:34 EST Sunbathing - 7-19-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389393 Shannon Lukens found these rock dogs (whistle pigs, yellow-bellied marmots) sunbathing on top of some rocks. Nothing like getting your vitamin D! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/04192a55-ff98-4ba0-b858-546df91b4007.jpg"> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:23:16 EST Summer Sunset - 7-18-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388959 David Elrod caught the brilliance of our summer sunset - a great reminder of the beauty we take for granted most of the time! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f479b83b-a4fa-4457-b5ca-239cd0101d71.jpg"> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:12:50 EST Sense of humor - 7-17-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388711 Someone has a sense of humor: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c7e61f73-a2a5-419f-b39b-51894851d725.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Jo Beer found this while she was out and about; I guess this qualifies as "Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise"! Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:49:28 EST Who else is on Howelsen Hill? - 7-16-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388149 Pete Surgent was observant while on Howelsen Hill yesterday. He found this deer: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/703f5c7a-2d10-4cfb-be51-4d1e6347e635.jpg"> <BR> <BR> as well as a yellow-bellied marmot (or rock dog, or whistle pig, depending on your favorite nickname): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e6075f8b-1f5a-4fc8-870a-218a3115a956.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So often we hurry through things and don't take the time to look around us. When we... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 12:50:39 EST Hahn's Peak - 7-15-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387725 ...and the wildflowers are still going strong! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e7ff8015-431c-4ec6-b841-90af6f18fd81.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Larry Pierce found a field of wildflowers near Steamboat Lake with Hahn's Peak looming behind. Sat, 15 Jul 2017 11:42:55 EST Sleepy Quarry Morning - 7-14-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387361 Michael Edward Staley made the hike up Emerald Mountain to the old quarry, where he snapped this photo of Mt. Werner and a sleepy, early-morning Steamboat Springs: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c1a1a043-6a8f-4ef0-bfbc-8885f32cfe60.jpg"> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:21:41 EST Local Wildlife - 7-13-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386933 We're surrounded by national forest and wilderness areas, so we get a LOT of wildlife in and around town. Mark Fisler found this deer with her two fawns at Rotary Park in town: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/93c0505f-d42c-4ca3-b527-237d0e61460f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And Joe Esterson bumped across this moose at the base of Rabbit Ears Pass: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7b8d4005-ad22-4858-a298-7199a2de694c.jpg"> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:01:46 EST Sunset from Rabbit Ears Pass - 7-12-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386491 Shannon Lukens caught our RED sunset - the fires west of us are certainly giving us some brilliant sunsets: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a74c24b-4432-45bd-b5a7-ca5a3bf6cf3c.jpg"> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:25:22 EST Know when to yield - 7-11-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386052 Pedestrians usually have the right of way on a sidewalk. Unless there's a bear. Then the bear has the right of way. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3bf38005-c681-4502-9835-f5a3115de5c5.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Andrea Criste got this photo of a bear exercising his right of way through a neighborhood! <BR> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 12:03:00 EST More hot air balloons - 7-10-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385613 Because, let's face it, Balloon Rodeo only happens once a year! From filling the balloons, as captured by Duncan Lang: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a9bb7fb3-2aa3-4dcf-a311-0432d29c4395.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6b733ce7-a1e1-4d19-a327-39d5171e9306.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cdd5bbc5-4b80-4a97-a447-c0b85f4b975e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> To watching them take off: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:10:23 EST Moon over Mt. Werner - 7-9-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385369 Bek Pierce caught the brilliant moon over Mt. Werner: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2756a891-0289-47c7-b383-7eea627cc7ad.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The photo caught me because it feels very "still" to me - kind of like our house after having the 6-yr-old grandson leave after spending 3 weeks with us! <BR> Sun, 9 Jul 2017 21:30:52 EST Balloon Rodeo - 7-8-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384938 We kicked off our 36th annual Balloon Rodeo today! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/93ea450d-1c43-48fb-884b-59577d1345ab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The family was up EARLY, leaving the house at 6:20 am so we could get to the parking area and catch a bus over to the launch site. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f497dc38-fdad-4f76-8bb3-904b6fabd4b9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's a "rodeo" because the pilots actually compete in events. One of these was dipping... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 18:29:33 EST Fishing at sunset - 7-7-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384536 Danielle G. caught a picture of how peaceful it is! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ec54a44a-de8c-4199-9e3c-c3e80174c1ad.jpg"> <BR> <BR> DD was surprised that DH didn't have his fishing license yet - he's been too busy to even go GET one. The 6-yr-old grandson started making noises about wanting to try fishing, so I'm sure when he's back in August there will be fishing adventures ahead.... <BR> Fri, 7 Jul 2017 16:33:17 EST Snake - 7-6-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384070 As captured by Don Ciavarra: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e48d59c3-7922-46ad-b539-23c298e23625.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Having a bad day! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b57c15c7-4699-4cd9-9abc-3205eaa9e37a.jpeg"> <BR> Thu, 6 Jul 2017 12:27:04 EST Fireworks over Steamboat Lake - 7-5-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383632 Pete Surgent got some great shots of kayakers on Steamboat Lake illuminated by the fireworks! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c4649374-9cfc-42cf-b3a3-f1974ae621b4.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> What a special memory that must have built! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4eee2bf4-b9b8-4503-8e60-9bd80de0e5f1.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Jul 2017 12:06:38 EST Friendly Local - 7-4-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383232 One thing you gotta say about us - the locals are friendly! Susan Bergeron got a picture of this little guy at Fish Creek Falls. Looks to me like he's accustomed to hitting up our visitors for a SNACK! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f60b0024-46ee-4cd9-b251-3cb1fe7fbc64.jpg"> <BR> Tue, 4 Jul 2017 12:35:16 EST Up in the Flat Tops - 7-3-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382856 Jeff Hall hiked around the Flat Tops Wilderness Area and came back with great photos of Cold Springs: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4dd5ae1f-8e93-4dbd-abd8-90d352c8d303.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And Mosquito Lake (aptly named, I might add!): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/00ed5dfa-eae5-462e-af0c-fcc65b9fb9a0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 3 Jul 2017 14:35:50 EST The definition of irony - 7-2-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382479 Michelle Petix took these photos of a smoke plume from a fire in North Routt county. We noticed it from our house at the foot of Sleeping Giant: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1aad8416-af16-4a21-b204-041bf75d1741.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The irony? The fire was started by someone building a fire line with a bulldozer. The fire quickly spread, destroying the bulldozer and burning 116 acres of private land: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2861... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 16:04:52 EST