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/ Birthday Sunset - 11-22-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433853 Jeff Hall caught the sunset in Steamboat Springs on my birthday, setting behind Elk Park with the Yampa River Queen playground in the shadows: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1cc2a84c-87df-49f2-b80e-f4b0e1681619.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Glad he got a shot of it, because I missed it entirely. I was in Denver with DD and 7-yr-old grandson, celebrating at a birthday dinner and enjoying each other's company before bringing them back to Steamboat for the holiday! Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:49:02 EST Wandering through the yard - 11-21-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433470 David and Sonia Franzel looked out to find this huge buck wandering through their back yard: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bab08db5-30b6-43d5-bdf4-374696af79fc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes I wonder if the local elk and deer KNOW when it's hunting season and look for safer places to hang out.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a0680a7-bdeb-4e3c-b652-3baafb023c16.jpg"> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:34:26 EST Another beautiful sunset - 11-20-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433172 Jeff Hall was coming down Rabbit Ears Pass when he pulled over to capture another beautiful sunset: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4b7bd934-a41d-48a1-be7d-15d58d9d5368.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Later in the winter sunsets like this reflect off the snow, resulting in "alpenglow" - one of the benefits of having everything covered in white! Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:21:48 EST The snow I'll see in April - 11-19-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432842 I'm pretty sure the snow that fell the past few days is the same snow I'll see again in April, when it melts down to this point again! Once the skies cleared, John Kuhn got a lovely shot of the mountain from downtown: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/535253cc-363c-4152-87e2-8fa61cebe5c7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We still have geese wandering through town, although I think this snow convinced them it was time to head south: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 13:37:39 EST OK, I've never seen THAT before - 11-18-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432569 Todd Kirkpatrick found a BADGER in the City Market parking lot earlier this week: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7ce933a2-bc17-47b4-8911-bf73533a7676.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I mean, a BADGER. I knew they were in this area but have never actually SEEN one. Can't really say I'd LIKE to, either! <BR> <em>40</em> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:01:09 EST And much to everyone's surprise... - 11-17-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432323 Kevin Dietrich had just turned the corner when this bull moose emerged from the creek, I think to the surprise of BOTH parties: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/05a40214-765b-4077-9d97-1d8c90caa149.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Kevin said "It has been a while since I've found a really large bull moose in Steamboat. This giant emerged from the creek right as I turned the corner and I was able to get a few shots off. I love all the growth on his antlers. I'd love to know how old h... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:14:33 EST Squirrel on a mission - 11-16-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432081 This squirrel had a big load of....something....(nuts? berries?) in his mouth as he tried to navigate across the street: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/586fe8c0-5978-4821-9319-4ab7cf42557c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Shannon Lukens caught him about to make the attempt (which she assured us was successful!) Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:03:02 EST Living on borrowed time - 11-15-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431622 The locals are outside enjoying the blue skies and mild days because we KNOW we're living on borrowed time - I think we have snow in Friday's forecast. Larry Pierce went out and caught a horse in a frosty pasture: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9a78d647-47db-4863-81d0-50d27e9c9c89.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And the Yampa River with the already-snow-covered Mt. Werner in the background: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0fb62ece-24e4-402c-b32e-18bc... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:08:50 EST Stellar's Jay - 11-14-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431338 Robert Burks had his camera ready when this Stellar's Jay landed in the yard: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d03688b2-3192-4830-a18e-2b409a2936a1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They are such a brilliant blue, especially this time of year, when we're waiting for our surroundings to be completely covered in white! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ab46ee8-517a-44a1-92fb-e6d4b8841676.jpg"> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:09:53 EST Late season fishing - 11-13-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431018 Shannon Lukens got some good shots of her family getting in some late season fishing in the Yampa River: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/825c9cc3-643b-4105-9c43-45a729d1e732.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a section of the river that is right in town, above the library: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4cd9e9af-a5d1-4c33-b25c-977abab72ab5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We actually live here BECAUSE of the fishing (DH views the snow as time-released irrigation... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:23:13 EST Getting frosty in North Routt - 11-12-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430703 In fact, I'd say winter has ARRIVED in the northern part of the county! Larry Krug got this shot of Hahn's Peak across Steamboat Lake: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df493109-6fc4-4d2e-8c32-36d327c94980.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now I'm gonna go put on my wool socks. Sun, 12 Nov 2017 13:47:09 EST One more sunset - 11-11-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430404 Topher Chandler got such a beautiful shot, I HAVE to show you our recent sunset (again!): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/08e9c905-e12f-46c4-aac2-44ef7cbf60a7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes you just have to appreciate the beauty that is spread out before you on a daily basis! Sat, 11 Nov 2017 14:23:25 EST Early winter sky - 11-10-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430154 A couple of locals caught our early winter sunsets. Noah Wetzel was up in the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness Area with Justin Reiter when he captured the sunset on a distant horizon: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ebb065c-6353-4c92-b249-524b17901c9c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While Barbara Robinson was back here in town; she stepped outside at work to catch the pink skies over Emerald Mountain: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/22668a29-2260-4967-adac-ba6... Fri, 10 Nov 2017 19:14:23 EST Pine Grosbeak - 11-9-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429930 David T. Moulton found a pine grosbeak eating berries off Routt County Road 18: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5289aa73-cc26-4b25-9c06-8f309f9df30f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm not sure it appreciated such close attention! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ecbe6d40-1965-426c-acf2-8613c0043241.jpg"> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:39:15 EST Cloudy Sleeping Giant - 11-8-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429455 Denny Phillips found the Sleeping Giant resting on a bed of clouds as snowstorms rolled through: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ac5891e4-7409-458d-8971-3e9605550898.jpg"> Wed, 8 Nov 2017 12:10:36 EST Fishing Buddy - 11-7-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429265 Ronald Woodcock discovered a very good reason for never leaving your fishing rod unguarded while out on the water: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9c8a99fb-885e-47df-aa3e-bb7769b757dd.jpeg"> Tue, 7 Nov 2017 22:49:23 EST And Just Like That... - 11-6-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428812 The mountain is entirely white! Barbara Robinson caught a photo of the mountain after (most of) the snow clouds passed: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ec31ccb6-f580-4761-9ad8-3c9a93e28fe7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And Shannon Lukens got the More Barn with Mt. Werner in the background: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bdf4216e-9849-4531-999d-0ad7b759d0f6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was fortunate driving back from Denver yesterday - I made it during a brea... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 14:56:16 EST Moose Sightings - 11-5-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428540 The moose are still wandering around town. Larry Pierce got a great shot of a local moose sharing the pond with some ducks: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/82694a6e-4f0c-4a67-9302-845fe10772c2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And Jeff Hall found moose who were either curious about what's for dinner at Walton Pond: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/da30b313-ab65-4862-99a2-a8a0543bbed0.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> or were actively enjoying some delicious autumn leave... Sun, 5 Nov 2017 19:56:37 EST Stunning Sunset - 11-3-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427816 We've had some stunning sunsets the past couple nights. Sheila Phillips caught one: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/be562e97-ebdc-4869-9d0f-97e3b1a8bcda.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And Jeff Hall caught the other: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9acc91c4-257f-43ab-935c-7413d9e67989.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/99d5dc01-f936-443f-ba45-6a5973ab01ae.jpeg"> Fri, 3 Nov 2017 12:31:44 EST More Halloween Stroll - 11-2-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427628 Well, since it only comes around once a year I figure a few more Halloween stroll photos won't hurt! John F. Russell caught some good ones, like Veronika Parker handing out candy at the Chief Theatre: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee7f4425-5961-4db4-bba4-4fa81a2809ae.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and Steamboat Springs firefighter Isaiah Hartman handing out candy to Frankie Conley, who was dressed as a fireman in a firetruck: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 21:17:00 EST Halloween Stroll photos - 11-1-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427346 These photos barely scratch the surface of this year's Halloween stroll! We had quite the turnout due to the nice weather - chilly but clear, which means we didn't need to cover our costumes with heavy parka gear. Bill Barton thought this was clearly the top choice for winner: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4780f6bd-4789-4bc8-ac82-318accec6c54.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While Shannon Lukens felt this duo couldn't be topped: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 01:46:00 EST Happy Halloween! - 10-31-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426819 This scary skeleton is keeping an eye on Halloween traffic on Steamboat Boulevard here in Steamboat Springs: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3fadcc4a-02e9-415f-9699-b294934e30b4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Shannon Lukens had the courage to creep up behind him for a candid shot: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a70abfc-2afb-4ab8-90e3-33aafb51ccfd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The skeletons here in Steamboat are a stylish lot, as you can see from this photo Jeff ... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 12:19:44 EST Ready for the Halloween Stroll? - 10-30-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426600 Halloween is one of those holidays when I REALLY appreciate this community. We close down US 40, the main road through town, so everyone in town can come down and enjoy the Halloween stroll: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9a9c29bd-28e5-47f5-8dab-c781b7b1a448.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For two hours the whole town shows up. The littlest kids are there at 5:00, ready to trick-or-treat at downtown businesses. The Police and Fire Departments bring down a truck and hand out c... Mon, 30 Oct 2017 20:34:21 EST Moose quilt - 10-29-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426176 I have a friend from church who sews AMAZING quilts. I was over at her house a couple days ago and got to enjoy her latest - a moose quilt: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f874745e-f4a6-4a19-8349-4ee975e33f8e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've always admired folks who have the "creative gene". My grandmother used to make quilts for all us grandkids out of scraps; occasionally in a VERY special situation she would buy special fabric to design a quilt like this moose quilt. Ha... Sun, 29 Oct 2017 13:45:34 EST Lightning - 10-28-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425891 Not the weather kind. Lightning is the name of the fiberglass horse that stands outside F. M. Light, a store that has been in business in Steamboat Springs since 1905. Lightning has been outside the store since 1949 and is a frequent stop for kids who want to "ride the horse". Barbara Bradley found a (very small) Wonder Woman riding Lightning this week: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/776b5d46-1ff1-4d4b-aeed-e17a45dafe96.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Lightning is built on a... Sat, 28 Oct 2017 13:50:49 EST Guilty pleasure - 10-27-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425680 If you have a weakness for caramel apples, read no further. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d92f1a3-f5b2-45e5-9113-2e4792334134.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory here in town makes these, and I have a particular fondness for the ones with nuts coating the outside. As long as you split them between enough people you don't even have to feel guilty! Fri, 27 Oct 2017 19:56:37 EST Tail end of fall - 10-26-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425263 We're at the tail end of fall here in northwest Colorado - although a few trees still have golden leaves, most have either shed them entirely or are handing onto crisp brown leaves, like this shot Jeff Hall got at the Yampa River Botanic Park: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6d92f66c-fd46-4169-a0c7-c2ba189b4f5f.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Still, there's a certain beauty in the bare trees and brown fields. There's a sense of waiting as you hang on the cusp of one season, jus... Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:55:05 EST Feel like you're being watched? - 10-25-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425070 Larry Pierce managed to get a close-up of this fox on the mountain, who seems to sense he's being watched! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/45822ac0-ce0e-4f54-b995-c02f4ec8e32f.jpg"> Wed, 25 Oct 2017 22:40:57 EST Pink sunset glow - 10-24-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424716 There was such a beautiful pink glow to the sky as the sun set, even DH paused in his projects to admire it! Lisa Schlichtman got a series of photos, both of the sky through the last of the fall leaves: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e42c2c74-305b-45a7-88cd-c62e97a80a45.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7eaada6f-6fac-4c04-bc65-a621bb36ab5d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And a couple uninterrupted views of the evening sky: <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 21:58:21 EST Almost gone - 10-23-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424240 Our fall leaves are almost gone: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/64f74757-ef1d-4652-84ad-89e7dac47c16.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> The locals are out enjoying every bit of this autumn weather. Alyce Beard found trees along the creek with leaves barely hanging on: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a45195e-5660-4137-8db3-eeed891fc69c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And fields that were once green have shifted to brown: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:37:15 EST Autumn snow - 10-22-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423898 I will say this about autumn snows like the one we got yesterday - it can be striking to have the golden trees against a white background! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/652abe9f-1389-493a-b9b6-3aa04799f34c.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Jeff Hall got a good shot of the Yampa River with a snow-covered Mt. Werner in the background. (The building on the left is a wonderful restaurant named Aurum; DH and I celebrated our 25th anniversary there a couple weeks ago!) <BR> <BR> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 12:44:37 EST Fish Creek Falls in the fall - 10-21-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423611 Fish Creek Falls ROARS in the spring, as millions of gallons of melting snow come off the hillsides. By this time in the fall the waterfall is a more peaceful falling stream as it courses down the rocks and under the bridge: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f902082-7152-487a-9c4d-45e6fc2fbdbf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Jeff Reynolds got a great shot of the trail crossing the bridge not too far from the base of the falls. The trail continues on into the forest for a great a... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 13:29:15 EST Drive-thru adventures - 10-20-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423371 Courtney Diehl is a local veterinarian. Still, I can't help but think the Starbucks drive-thru employees were surprised to see her pull up with a goat in her lap! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9fb66936-969f-46f0-95be-befbfb8fa735.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Looks like this guy is ready for a cup of Starbucks, altho I don't know how he'll manage with one leg in a cast..... Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:33:30 EST Rising Rainbow - 10-19-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423147 Tom Litteral got a great shot of this rising rainbow trout: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c0bdfd50-2304-4cf0-ba7c-c2b216488e21.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm not sure DH did as much fishing as he'd like this summer, and although he COULD still get out, he's usually putting away his rods around this time of year. Hopefully next summer I can convince him to get out more to enjoy himself - it soothes his soul to be out on a river with a fly rod in his hand! Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:47:45 EST Autumn Colors - 10-18-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422700 Rod Hanna got some beautiful shots of Rainbow Ridge at Buffalo Pass: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fa371b70-f0a0-4e1c-92f8-dfeac9a82acc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And out on County Road 471 in North Routt County: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/19b63e16-f165-4a2c-94fb-793e424a7152.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In places the trees have dropped all their leaves - fall is brilliant but brief! Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:18:48 EST Wild Dumpster Hunter - 10-17-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422372 Benjamin Saheb caught this wild dumpster hunter in the Central Park unit, looking a little chagrined at being spotted: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b5b9df9e-7743-4eeb-8e42-219c90f2b900.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Benjamin said he smelled of candy wrappers and TV dinners: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/21a9b24b-cd1a-4b00-9b20-d63a2f44a59e.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> I imagine the dumpster at Central Park DID smell good, but I think they're careful to kee... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:23:16 EST Hahn's Peak - 10-16-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422246 Rod Hanna got a beautiful shot of the colors in North Routt County; hard to believe Hahn's Peak is only 30 - 45 minutes away from town: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cccedbf7-1bc0-404b-b57d-5a8df9183208.jpg"> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 01:25:39 EST More snow on Mt. Werner - 10-15-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421711 Had another snowstorm pulse through yesterday, resulting in more snow-covered slopes on Mt. Werner. Jeff Hall got a shot up the Yampa River with golden cottonwoods: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a482d12f-a88d-4adb-a867-7c8597c1ad6f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And Rod Hanna found Mt. Werner shrouded with clouds: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fa36baa8-ef25-44f8-a759-a5e59f3bf0b7.jpg"> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 12:06:50 EST Wild animals, cruising through - 10-14-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421408 We've had our fair share of wild animals cruising through neighborhoods recently. Tracy Bever found this mule deer in the yard: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e3776285-2a51-4bc5-a2e1-2e9606955c62.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While Colleen Whiteman found a grouse (famous for their invisibility cloaks - "You don't see me! I'm being still! You don't see me!): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ee0fddc-b51c-4ab5-b76c-4f0e93b3a9d9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img... Sat, 14 Oct 2017 12:53:49 EST Autumn Colors at Slater Creek - 10-13-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421187 Rod Hanna, a professional local photographer, got these shots of Slater Creek: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/23fed749-b403-4823-ae52-4baf69405f6a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Rod got these shots as the creek runs through the Routt and Medicine Bow National Forest: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1469eec1-11da-4052-bffc-50d30fd317cf.jpg"> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:45:00 EST Autumn day at Fish Creek Falls - 10-12-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420752 Carly Baker took the hike to Fish Creek Falls to capture the autumn colors: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2691b7f1-4d77-4140-8c6a-4e23fc2ffdf9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This beautiful waterfall is 2 miles - just a 5 minute drive - from my house. There is a paved, handicapped accessible trail to the overlook across from the waterfall, and another trail down to a bridge that crosses Fish Creek closer to the base of the waterfall. Our family built some fun memories on thos... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:35:05 EST Up Highway 129 - 10-11-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420457 Rod Hanna is a professional photographer who takes stunning photos of our area. He drove up Highway 129 toward Wyoming and the northern corner of Routt County, where Steamboat Springs is located, and got this beautiful photo of an abandoned trail: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/44bd3e4f-7bcf-4b2c-ac79-171c935a71cf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And this one of the Little Snake River with cottonwoods lining the banks: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:29:02 EST Sleeping Giant - 10-10-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420266 When I came to this valley 25 years ago I couldn't understand WHY anyone would live here - I arrived 2 weeks before it started to snow, and we received 17 feet (yes, FEET) of snow in town that year. I remember being excited when the curbs reappeared in the spring. <BR> <BR> Now I better appreciate the beauty of this valley. Jeffrey Phillips got this shot of Sleeping Giant with a late afternoon glow: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6a0bd740-5a9a-4698-8eee-d8d83db8... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 01:50:12 EST And....more snow - 10-9-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419806 Jeff Hall got a shot of the Yampa River with Mt. Werner in the background - and the clouds holding MORE SNOW they were anxious to leave with us: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0e3a83c1-4010-4eb9-a805-3a0a19c7b9c2.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> So it came. Shannon Lukens found it at the Mesa Schoolhouse: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c3c34cc-460f-42f6-a38d-2250e490998f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And at the Arnold Barn: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 17:33:27 EST Gold Season - 10-8-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419444 I love the golden aspen with the sun shining through them. Jeff Hall got shots of golden aspen in the snow up on Rabbit Ears Pass: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c473570e-81fe-41f0-b984-8dec2fc805e7.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/524e71d1-fbc6-454d-8991-2af87e464273.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Andrew Meeusen got a shot of autumn trees lining the Yampa River with a snow-covered Mt. Werner in the background: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sun, 8 Oct 2017 18:39:59 EST Full moon over town - 10-7-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419114 Noah Wetzel got a shot of the recent full moon rising over a snow-covered Mt. Werner, with Steamboat Springs lit up below: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9e06d638-4a8a-444d-88c1-9630be0e926a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The locals are out enjoying the warmer weather. There are still spots where snow is on the ground (Shannon Lukens caught these high school runners out in Strawberry Park, running past pastures that still have snow): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spar... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 16:01:56 EST Moose in all kinds of weather - 10-6-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418712 The moose weren't disturbed by the recent snow event. Denny Phillips got a shot of several in the snow on Mount Werner: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/15c8ca21-5fb5-4d17-b0ee-8cc86249d1cc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Grant Richard found a mom and youngster enjoying our subsequent warmer weather up on Rabbit Ears Pass: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bd698e94-6873-4de6-9086-68ce0f899a70.jpg"> Fri, 6 Oct 2017 12:00:13 EST Return of blue skies - 10-5-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418464 All the locals are breathing a sigh of relief at the return of blue skies after SEVERAL days of snow! Mike Montgomery went down to the Yampa River to catch the contrast of the trees vs. the blue skies and river: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/68d8fa2c-ef8e-4ab2-ad37-52fe9abd7597.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/990b7c31-ec38-4333-91e0-ba3c10c94578.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> And back to catch the late afternoon light: <BR> <BR> <img src=... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 18:54:25 EST Rolling with it - 10-4-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418096 When you get 20" of snow early in October, you just have to roll with it. That's what Lindsay Smith and her coworkers did when they snapped this photo of a "Legacy Vacation Club guest": <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/747507b2-a9d8-42f6-99c0-e2258f3d7948.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Although the rest of us are feeling the chill, too..... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 16:20:52 EST Still Fall, Right? - 10-3-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417766 Depends on who you ask: This snowman that Catherine Kurtz found after our recent snowfall: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aed5755b-44ed-4479-abda-daa9ae0f10b1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Or Craig Pasternak, who preferred to focus on the autumn leaves (at least, those we can still see!): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/45f3315d-be35-4f5a-b8b9-ccbfc0a6238e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let's just say there are those who were ecstatic, as Tim Hancock verified: <... Tue, 3 Oct 2017 18:48:44 EST