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/ VERY green here - 5-25-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933992 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/83bfdc0c-fff7-40b6-9f53-c2c7e3b4f42c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Very SOGGY, but very green! Gail Hanley captured just HOW soggy during her hike! Mon, 25 May 2015 13:27:56 EST Warms my heart - 5-24-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933512 I love the supportive spirit of our town, even from its youngest members. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/71896d7e-e5bd-4802-9d73-cbd03a34da87.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As soon as the sun came out these fifth-graders - Niklas Malacinski, Ian Heydon, Max Wilcox and Ben Schott - wanted to raise money for Sofia, a first grader at Strawberry Park Elementary who is battling cancer. According to Essi Kenttala they put together a fresh-squeezed lemonade stand and had an amazing n... Sun, 24 May 2015 13:56:37 EST Newborn baby moose - 5-23-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932991 What a magical place to live, where you can wake up in the morning to find a newborn baby moose outside your window! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6b74dc93-96bb-44f2-88c7-6c31020f7d35.jpg"> <BR> <BR> David Dietrich does professional photography (check him out on Facebook!). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d6dfade9-13d4-4336-b1f1-b1269983ebcb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Soon we'll see this little guy cropping our crabapple trees! <BR> <BR> <img... Sat, 23 May 2015 11:31:56 EST Moose stroll - 5-22-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932672 Ah, springtime for the moose - time to get out and enjoy the weather! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/76efe127-2626-45c8-ae98-95d4d614126c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mary Lourenco found this one on Pine Grove Road, next door to the grocery store I shop at. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c87424f-6736-4801-a94a-f08dd50f9384.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Shannon Luekens encountered this moose on Steamboat Boulevard on one of the rare sunny days we've had! Fri, 22 May 2015 18:04:57 EST Butterfly on the Mad Creek Trail - 5-21-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931974 Jeff Hall braved the erratic weather we've had lately to go out on the Mad Creek Trail, where he found this beautiful butterfly enjoying our early spring wildflowers. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df458b9d-190b-40de-aeae-439ff9ac2ff0.jpg"> Thu, 21 May 2015 11:45:40 EST Crabapples and rain - 5-20-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931438 This is what things have been like in town lately! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ebabd0bb-d5a8-4746-b77d-96f62d3242c1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You can tell by her smile that E. B. Mullen didn't let the daily rain bother her too much - John F. Russell found her walking down Oak Street under the crabapple trees with an umbrella shielding her from a steady stream of rain. Wed, 20 May 2015 13:36:33 EST Fun, but wrong - 5-19-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930858 Because it's mid-MAY, people! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6b241a7c-b2d5-4a13-a976-d7bd84ffa8d9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> John F. Russell found Nick Ui Bico (front) and Franklin Ibarra sliding down the snow pile at the bottom of Howelsen Hill after taking a hike with friends. They were with a group traveling from Nebraska to San Diego for a summer mission trip. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/355f5e8f-9bd4-4e3c-aaa8-907f7f58d4bc.jpg"> <BR> <... Tue, 19 May 2015 13:32:01 EST Evening Cloud over Mt. Werner - 5-18-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930157 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3c069014-5957-47b6-8d1c-09f8e41c84ab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> John Wither found this beautiful cloud lit with alpenglow over Mt. Werner. If I saw it in a painting I'd say "Well THAT isn't realistic at all!" Just shows that God has way more imagination than I do. Mon, 18 May 2015 12:02:13 EST Rock Dogs looking for fun - 5-17-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929634 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bdc1fdf6-74b6-4b9a-8ba4-e489c07fbb0c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yellow-bellied marmots, also known as "rock dogs" or "whistle pigs" locally, come out to enjoy the brief sunshine we've been having. John F. Russell caught these two wrestling; they took a break to look for danger! <BR> <BR> Usually there is a marmot on "guard duty", like this one Jeffrey Hall found near the Mad Creek barn. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ba1b51... Sun, 17 May 2015 13:35:38 EST City of Rainbows - 5-16-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929142 We get more rainbows in Steamboat Springs than anywhere I've ever lived! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/082edf6c-42d6-4cc7-9d61-4bdc1e7d86f2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Pia Alderman got a great shot of a rainbow "crowning" Steamboat Springs. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ae3ed01e-9695-4c32-810a-7ffbce7f8cb0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Megan Jonathans found a similar full rainbow out toward Stagecoach Reservoir. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Sat, 16 May 2015 13:29:30 EST Mother's Day flowers - 5-15-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928560 Yes, this is what the flowers looked like on Mother's Day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a4de9e81-558e-4954-a9b4-2c533cc388a0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ann Lauinger caught the essence of spring in the Yampa Valley! Fri, 15 May 2015 10:11:12 EST River's Up - 5-14-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928075 When the snow starts melting all that water has to go somewhere, and the creeks and rivers are regularly pushed out of the their banks this time of year. Jeff Hall found the Yampa River creeping up around a bench usually sitting BESIDE the river rather than IN it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a52241f3-bcb4-4452-b3d9-75bd87d8031d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> During runoff even Fish Creek fills to overflowing. John F. Russell caught Fish Creek rushing to the Yampa River. F... Thu, 14 May 2015 12:19:46 EST Crabapples in bloom - 5-13-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927743 Glad I didn't ENTIRELY miss the blooming crabapple trees this year! Our main street is lined with them and nearly every home has at least one. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/453f93bd-a41b-47f7-aa3f-c3afc712e49c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Shannon Lukens found a little birdhouse in this crabapple on Lincoln Avenue. The bloom is brief but impressive! Wed, 13 May 2015 22:15:57 EST Who's out there? - 5-6-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923711 Selina Kostur caught these cautious fellows peeking out of their nest! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l895644346.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And close by, and even CLOSER watch was being kept! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l807701566.jpg"> Wed, 6 May 2015 13:13:23 EST Traffic stopper - 5-5-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923037 John F. Russel caught a photo of this elk, which stopped traffic on US Hwy 40 east of town briefly as it made its way across the road and then into a wetlands area. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l652577861.jpg"> Tue, 5 May 2015 11:48:58 EST Specialized tree trimming - 5-4-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922410 Only in Steamboat Springs can you get the specialized tree trimming offered by a moose, who will personally visit your front yard to relieve you of that tender new growth.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l952769719.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Josie Fratus likely didn't realize she'd signed up for this service for the trees in her front yard.... Mon, 4 May 2015 12:04:25 EST Brave Butterfly - 5-3-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921898 Jeffrey Hall found this brave butterfly checking out the glacier lilies. It made me wonder - where do they go when it snows? Spring here is notoriously....erratic. The butterflies look so delicate, it's hard to imagine how they hold up to a snowstorm.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1178387373.jpg"> Sun, 3 May 2015 16:56:26 EST Oak Creek Sunset - 5-2-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921306 I love the fiery sunsets we get some evenings. Cord Beaty captured this one in Oak Creek, about 20 miles from Steamboat Springs. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1201900587.jpg"> Sat, 2 May 2015 11:59:21 EST Mud Season - 5-1-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921000 As Sage Campbell pointed out, there's a REASON we call it mud season! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1494354974.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And the dogs DO love it, even though you practically have to hose them off before allowing them back in the house..... Fri, 1 May 2015 21:11:33 EST Yampa River Rising - 4-30-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920513 The Yampa River is rising as the mountain is melting! Shannon Lukens found a beautiful spot to capture one of the pedestrian bridges over the river with the (still) snow-covered mountain in the background. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l326496981.jpg"> Fri, 1 May 2015 00:02:37 EST 7th Street Moose Crossing - 4-29-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919696 Wonder if we should paint in a crosswalk right there? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l994544693.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sarah Anderson found these moose crossing a downtown street. They look right at home, don't they?!? Wed, 29 Apr 2015 13:02:03 EST This is not a picture of me - 4-28-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919380 ....although this is what I look like when food shows up on the table. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1701757844.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Scott Franz caught this fox taking to the air while hunting dinner! Tue, 28 Apr 2015 23:21:22 EST Tulips FINALLY bloomed! - 4-27-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918587 I was beginnng to thing they were just going to skip this year since the weather has been so...iffy. In the brief amount of sun we got this weekend they finally decided it was safe to come out. My tulips are mostly red, providing a bright contrast to the yellow daffodils that have been out a couple weeks. Jeff Hall found some yellow tulips at the Yampa River Botanic Park. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1063853234.jpg"> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:32:10 EST I Won't Be Doing This - 4-26-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917971 During spring runoff the Yampa River through town is FILLED with folks kayaking, paddleboarding, and occasionally rafting. I will not be with them. I've never been a huge fan of water sports (sorry!), and COLD water sports where you can potentially be injured/killed? I'm leaving it for the younger folks! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l775986368.jpg"> <BR> <BR> John F. Russell found Danny Tebbenkamp testing the early runoff on his paddleboard. Glad to see ... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:40:46 EST The Depot - 4-25-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917477 Passenger trains used to come through Steamboat Springs, stopping at our train depot. When cars and airplanes became the primary transportation into the valley, our train depot was converted into The Depot, where the Steamboat Springs Arts Council is headquartered. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l676891716.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There are rotating art exhibits in the gallery inside and a variety of sculptures outside. They have a great location facing the Yampa Rive... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:15:50 EST Yellow-Bellied Marmot - 4-24-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916949 When the weather warms up we often see these guys sunning themselves on rocks. Although their proper name is "yellow-bellied marmot", locally they are often called "rock dogs" or "whistle pigs". <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1027223476.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Rock dogs can get BIG - sometimes up to 10 or 11 pounds - and they typically have their burrows under rocks to protect them from predators. When a rock dog DOES see a predator it whistles to warn the other mar... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:34:05 EST Bad Hair Day - 4-23-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916425 This moose is proof that everyone has a bad hair day every once in a while! (Fortunately I'm getting MINE cut in a few days - whew!) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l86916576.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This moose was eating the branches of a willow tree along Routt County Road 36 near Steamboat Springs. Despite the animal's "seems-to-care-less attitude," moose are extremely aggressive and should be given a fair amount of space. This photo was taken with a long telephoto l... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:06:07 EST Intrepid Butterfly - 4-22-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915779 This intrepid butterfly was out on the daffodils and tulips at the Yampa River Botanic Park, in SPITE of the weather we've been having! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1642513303.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Jeffrey Hall also found glacier lilies blooming. They are one of the first flowers we see here, often poking up their bright color through the snow! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l78191840.jpg"> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:13:57 EST WHERE is the grass greener? - 4-21-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915289 On the other side, of course! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1670031637.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Shannon Lukens found a horse testing this theory on a warm spring day! Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:45:27 EST They're back! - 4-19-20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913899 Lynn LaFoe captured an IMPORTANT reason to make sure your trash containers are secure during bear season! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l44014818.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These guys have become a real problem in town. In the last few years we've had them wandering through the neighborhood during the day; one took up residence under my neighbor's deck on hot afternoons. It's almost like they know the schedule for the local trash haulers to come through... <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 11:11:21 EST Building Nests - 4-18-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913440 Shannon Lukens found this beautiful little bird busy bringing twigs and grass into this bird house along Elk River Road, north of Steamboat Springs. Smart move to get that nest going - hopefully it's nice and cozy during our current snowstorm! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l289357270.jpg"> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:21:06 EST Just Curious - 4-17-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912950 Aren't horses funny? When John F. Russell stopped to snap a picture of these horses grazing in the front yard of a home just off Hwy 40 west of Steamboat Springs, guess whose curiousity was aroused? Like, whatcha doin? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l213228762.jpg"> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:11:40 EST Enough winter already! - 4-16-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912403 I guess John F. Russell hasn't put away his snow gear yet, as he was out in the cold, wet snow to catch these horses at the Humble Ranch as heavy snow fell. I think THEY'RE ready for spring, too! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l257891544.jpg"> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:14:29 EST Another snow day - 4-15-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911941 Yep - it's another snowy day. My daffodils are bummed. John F. Russell found Brian Alpart and his dog, Marvin, making their way through downtown Steamboat Springs. They were greeted by heavy falling snow as winter returned to the Yampa Valley for one more round. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1039788467.jpg"> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:23:10 EST Flat Tops Wilderness Area - 4-14-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911203 In 1919 Arthur Carhart visited Trapper's Lake in what is now the Flat Tops Wilderness Area and was so moved by what he saw that he became the first US Forest Service employee to initiate a plea for wilderness preservation. Fred Hodder captured this photo of the Flat Tops on a clear blue Colorado day! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l229383385.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The gateway to the Flat Tops Wilderness area is the town of Yampa, about 30 miles south of Steambo... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:15:59 EST More Cardboard Classic - 4-13-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910580 Because...why not? Any day that involves sunshine and sliding down the slopes in costume in a cardboard creation deserves to be celebrated in more than one blog! Matt Stensland caught all the festivities, from Puff the Magic Dragon: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1732091027.jpg"> <BR> <BR> to a tight race between the Blark-Mobile (left) and The Mustache Ride teams: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l700333507.jpg"> <BR> <BR> to a... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:52:43 EST Cardboard Classic - 4-12-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909915 Each year on the weekend the ski area closes they hold a "cardboard classic". This involves folks who have designed snow-worthy craft from cardboard to race down the lower run into the base area. As you can see from Tori Allen's photo, some of these cardboard creations are inspired! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l684919364.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Once you start heading down the slope you find out how snow-worthy your craft is. Joel Reichenberger caught Tori Allen, ... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 12:35:46 EST Sleeping Giant under the stars - 4-11-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909422 I hope the detail of John F. Russell's photo comes through - an unbelievable number of stars in the sky over Sleeping Giant! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l916135097.jpg"> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 13:18:51 EST Dove Bar - 4-10-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908901 Louis Rafael found a "no-calorie" (for us!) dove bar! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2081078658.jpg"> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:34:41 EST Daffodils - 4-9-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908291 John F. Russell found daffodils blooming around town (not in my yard yet, where the tight buds are trying to decide whether it's safe or not). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1216126123.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Turns out my daffodils were right. The snowstorm that rolled through yesterday has left a blanket of snow on everything. My daffodils are bent beneath the load, but will bounce back once this April (snow)shower has passed! Thu, 9 Apr 2015 12:27:57 EST Rabbit Ears - 4-8-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907686 The mountain pass leading across the continental divide into Steamboat Springs is named Rabbit Ears after this rock formation. Visible from miles away, it looks like rabbit ears and is distinctive enough to assure early settlers they were on the right track to Steamboat Springs! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1670850837.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fred Hodder shot this great photo of Rabbit Ears from above during the winter. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 11:48:35 EST Moose in Casey's Pond - 4-7-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907080 Casey's Pond is right next to Highway 40, which runs through town. To give some perspective on this photo Nick Sears got of a cow and calf moose in Casey's Pond, there is a hotel just out of the frame on the upper left and Hwy 40 runs left/right at the top of the photo, where the vehicles are waiting to turn. An office complex is across Hwy 40 at the top of the photo, not far from the Yampa River. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1737571730.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Loo... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 11:56:42 EST Train Tracks - 4-6-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906348 The train runs through Steamboat Springs, mostly carrying coal mined to the west of us. Katie Faldet found a curve in the tracks near the library where the mountain is framed in the background. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l874354491.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And some small animal - fox? cat? - crept into her picture on the right! Mon, 6 Apr 2015 10:40:51 EST Happy Robin - 4-5-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905945 Some years the robins return to find everything still covered in snow. You can hear them in the early morning (I TOLD you it was too early to come!). This year the robins should be happy - I'll bet we were close to 60 degrees yesterday! Patricia Nickerson got a closeup of this robin in an aspen. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2055048195.jpg"> Sun, 5 Apr 2015 17:14:04 EST Easter Egg Hunt - 4-4-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905618 Our church's Easter Eggstravaganza was today - I'd say we easily had 3000 people there. Each year we hide eggs filled with candy in the hay, bring in bounce houses and do face painting, and give away around 100 bikes, scooters, and skateboards for kids age 2-11. The past few years we've also had a helicopter drop eggs (because what could be cooler than having your Easter eggs delivered by helicopter?!?). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l59840353.jpg"> <BR> <BR... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 00:24:57 EST Greater Sandhill Cranes are back - 4-3-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905055 We typically have a "first crane sighting" contest during March as the greater sandhill cranes begin to make their way back to the Yampa Valley. John F. Russell found these cranes walking through a field west of Steamboat Springs with the snow-covered Flat Tops Wilderness Area forming the perfect backdrop for an early spring day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l973282486.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These striking birds are large, and have a loud trumpeting call that comma... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 23:02:40 EST On the move - 4-2-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904201 Remember our fox from the other day? Shannon Lukens caught the rascal on the move. Think there's a mouse snack in his future? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1452317856.jpg"> Thu, 2 Apr 2015 11:52:04 EST Chairlifts at Sunset - 4-1-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903563 Chris Lanham caught a beautiful sunset across the valley from the chairlifts to the mountain. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1108221104.jpg"> Wed, 1 Apr 2015 12:28:09 EST Night Skiing - 3-31-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902943 Not that far from the end of this year's ski season - gotta get that night skiing in while you can! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l234495193.jpg"> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:33:28 EST Contemplating Breakfast - 3-30-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902282 Some days you just need to sit on a warm rock and contemplate what you're going to do about breakfast. Shannon Lukens found this fox doing just that! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1310005030.jpg"> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:53:06 EST