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/ Elk River - 6-26-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189890 David Dietrich was up to capture the sunrise over the Elk River. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9bbc5606-313f-4e1c-a15e-96a8d1e5640e.jpg"> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:42:42 EST Moose at the river - 6-25-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189322 Ed LeViness was paddleboarding down the Yampa River when he saw mama moose with her twins peeking out of the tall grass! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fd840cce-1db2-4b13-bfa4-3d327e15e2a9.jpg"> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 10:25:31 EST Newborn fawn - 6-24-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189153 Larry Pierce found this newborn fawn, testing out its legs and staying close to mom! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/69e2adb9-581d-46f4-9615-5957c7c4fb88.jpg"> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:26:17 EST Joys of Early Summer - 6-23-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188139 Larry Pierce got this shot of horses hanging out in their ultra-green corral or chilling under the trees with our green mountains in the background. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3aafb3b0-177a-40a6-abd2-707fe2a91281.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Blue skies, flowers blooming....SO GOOD to have these beautiful days! Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:33:27 EST Paddleboarding the Yampa - 6-22-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187469 G. Frederick Reynolds got a shot of some folks who were out paddleboarding the Yampa River. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/49c64419-53ab-475c-829f-2bb4cd0b1b99.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The 5-year-old grandson and I ate on the deck of a restaurant overlooking the Yampa yesterday. He was fascinated by the kayakers, paddleboarders, and people in rafts floating down the river. (And of course made sure he waved and said "hi" to each one!) Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:16:10 EST Setting Moon at Stagecoach - 6-21-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187276 Libbie Miller got a beautiful shot of the moon setting at Stagecoach State Park. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7a58de7b-6944-4fd2-84e5-9204994435d1.jpg"> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:10:15 EST Wildflowers - 6-20-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186476 David Dietrich found the fields north of Hayden covered with wildflowers. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f339ccd3-fdbe-4eb2-b280-90c012243646.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I love that once the early season wildflowers in my area are gone, I only need to go UP a few thousand feet to find them again! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/93e54195-e5db-474c-8614-d1edd89050b6.jpg"> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 18:58:16 EST Fox - 6-19-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185974 Austin Colbert found this fox sleeping by a propane tank near 13th street. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/be63afcd-25cf-451f-ad34-3ddbc17d0eb3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Apparently Austin disturbed the fox's nap, because he certainly looks a little annoyed! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/783234c4-169f-47c4-82fd-cef47ab24e6b.jpg"> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 23:03:19 EST You don't see me! - 6-18-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185466 This deer was doing its best to be invisible, standing in the tall grass. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/87fb961c-50ad-4e30-8575-5f2d84db6cd3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Rhys Jones spotted it anyway! Sun, 19 Jun 2016 00:03:16 EST Downtown traffic - 6-17-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184588 Jeff Hall captured what OUR downtown traffic is like! The rodeo grounds is just a couple blocks from our main street, so this isn't really a surprise. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4d1e5455-b6a2-440d-a940-3ddedd68d593.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The best local horse photo I've seen was a group of riders lined up at the Starbucks drive-thru.... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:44:33 EST Newest locals - 6-16-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184295 Guess who produced a set of twins, adding to our local moose population?!? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b39e1993-19eb-4128-a5a9-69279b8de6ec.jpg"> <BR> <BR> David Dietrich, who captured so many great photos of last year's moose twins, has already spotted this new set. More adventures in our future! Thu, 16 Jun 2016 22:25:15 EST Rainbow season - 6-15-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183683 It's the time of year when we get LOTS of rainbows (how else are we staying as green as Ireland?!?). Nikki Inglis got a GREAT shot of the entire rainbow (and maybe a hint of a double?) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a49078c5-24fe-4f6d-9fa1-c83c909040d6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Larry Pierce caught a brilliant piece of the rainbow. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/862f8b89-b857-4438-b8c3-cfcdda9064d8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And my friends, Stacy and Joe... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 22:19:44 EST Looking like Ireland - 6-14-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182715 I love this time of year in the valley. We're so green we look like Ireland. (Or at least what I imagine Ireland looks like). Joe Pierce was up at sunrise to capture how beautiful it is right now. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/72223b11-805e-4894-9c2d-b44f2ecf57be.jpg"> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 11:47:53 EST Bear cub - 6-13-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182065 Christy McKee caught a photo of why we are careful about leaving doors and windows open. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9e626f33-f47f-43ba-96bc-737a2f7fa8b8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Curious little critters, and they have a nose for where you keep the food! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/004829cb-2e37-445c-afec-6e2d140eaa06.jpg"> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 12:02:40 EST Trees in bloom - 6-12-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181477 And the fragrance around town is wonderful! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9856aa47-2424-4d90-b8c1-5dfb8fd8fc97.jpg"> Sun, 12 Jun 2016 14:35:23 EST Bear on the trail - 6-11-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180990 Scott Franz spotted a young black bear on a trail Friday near the top of Howelsen Hill. The bear was checking out some of the new trail construction that is occurring in the area. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c211969-7176-4c60-8c0f-3f268f185aa1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is exactly how I encountered MY first bear. I was hiking down Mt. Werner with DD. I came around a bend in the trail and discovered a bear was using it on his way UP. We both stopped. I thought ... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 18:03:57 EST Barn and Balloon - 6-10-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180242 It doesn't get much better than this. The historic More Barn and a hot air balloon on a beautiful early summer morning in Steamboat! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/677ef50d-d4b2-402f-905d-f9c3b463fd41.jpg"> Fri, 10 Jun 2016 11:15:02 EST Osprey - 6-9-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179904 Steamboat's newest residents! After years of waiting, we finally have a nesting pair of Ospreys in town. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2b3256ec-62aa-4b13-b9e2-d095b9eda072.jpg"> Thu, 9 Jun 2016 21:41:11 EST Moose meanderings - 6-8-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179037 We have a variety of moose meandering through town again. Wallie Morris caught this moose snacking in their planter box: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/37c40c66-4fd4-49c2-94d3-9b5658fdcde7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sue Campbell noticed a mama with a baby moose at hole 13 on the Haymaker Golf Course: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/797a0d10-447c-4d78-a122-aa57406430ff.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And Michele Marion got a shot of a moose hanging out on Apres... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 12:55:53 EST Paradise - 6-7-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178646 And I get to live here. Garrett Prechtl caught the serenity of sitting on the bank of a pond, watching the clouds turn pink with the sunset, and enjoying the green hills around us. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4ee6a750-6e84-4a32-8383-cca5115bb15a.jpg"> Tue, 7 Jun 2016 22:46:08 EST Steamboat Springs Marathon - 6-6-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177905 Steamboat Springs held our 35th annual marathon yesterday! Runners start at Hahn's Peak; Scott Franz was there to see the runners start off. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cdd91428-c454-4d20-8521-11f538499a7a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The marathon is on County Road 129 through some beautiful countryside. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef6b5d81-c878-416b-8277-e7808827abf4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A good portion of the race parallels the Elk River. <BR>... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 21:26:18 EST Breaking and entering - by bears - 6-5-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177019 Police are warning locals to lock their parked cars. They aren't worried about auto theft. They're worried about local black bears who have learned how to wedge a paw under the car door handle (especially Subarus, which we have an abundance of here) and open the car door. Unfortunately, once they're in the car the door sometimes swings shut, and they haven't mastered the skill of opening the door from the inside. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3eaeda50-ab85-4a3... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 16:32:17 EST Blooming crabapple - 6-4-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176473 I love this time of year - the crabapple trees are blooming! Kathleen McPhilliamy loves them as much as I do, as you can see from her photos. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/540c1a5a-730b-40de-b0d9-8d1f25f801f1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our main street is lined with blooming crabapple trees. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9b67a04d-caf6-4d2f-b2f7-7514a985d734.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There are white, light pink, and dark pink varieties in town. <BR> <B... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 17:26:27 EST We love our dogs - 6-3-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176061 We are a town that LOVES our dogs. A few years ago Dog Fancy magazine named us a "Dog Town USA" town. We publish our dog's photos in the phone book instead of ours. Dog friendly office space is at a premium. DH and I used to joke that if you didn't have a dog when you were moving to town, we'd stop you at the bottom of the pass and ISSUE a dog to you (85% labrador retrievers, 10% sheep/cattle dogs, and 5% miscellaneous breeds. Bandanas optional). Win Dermody captured the heart of the to... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 22:20:36 EST Long-tailed Weasel - 6-2-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175101 Tresa Moulton was alert while she was out on County Road 179 west of Steamboat. She spotted this long-tailed weasel checking her out! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/702953cf-72f9-4d83-bf82-0d668b29cfd7.jpg"> Thu, 2 Jun 2016 11:35:46 EST Fish Creek Falls - 6-1-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174773 Spring runoff has hit full stride while I've been out visiting grandsons! Matthew Charity got this shot of Fish Creek Falls in full runoff mode: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7215003a-9f3f-44b0-8f58-b79129e6db5e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And Karen Lindeman must have been hiking right alongside Matthew, as her photo is very similar! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/261b7637-27e2-48b8-af6d-4e9dc6e81054.jpg"> Wed, 1 Jun 2016 22:55:04 EST It's wild out here - 5-26-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170538 Literally. Tresa Moulton decided it was an exciting day for wildlife on the Sanctuary Trail. She spotted a great horned owl, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b8a6d76d-6ceb-405d-9f7a-282ee1e0d1bd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> a yellow bellied marmot, sunning himself on a rock, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9ba8ddfa-5eea-4c97-8a97-4c61eaee1637.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and (of course!) several moose. One going it alone, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Thu, 26 May 2016 06:08:52 EST Fox kits - 5-25-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170117 John F. Russell found these fox kits sitting near their den just south of Steamboat Springs - don't they look like two little bundles of trouble?!? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c5d652c4-c506-4683-82db-1459651eda6e.jpg"> Wed, 25 May 2016 11:52:44 EST Sandhill cranes and Flattops - 5-24-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169490 David Dietrich is so talented! He caught a large group of sandhill cranes with the snow covered Flat Tops Wilderness Area in the background! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/844ff492-2ab2-4572-963c-d94c8a01089a.jpg"> Tue, 24 May 2016 12:40:38 EST Mesa School House - 5-23-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169151 As you come down Rabbit Ears Pass, before you enter Steamboat Springs, you pass the Mesa Schoolhouse. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ac464631-572a-4036-a134-f35a1332c7ec.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On the side of Highway 40, this school house belongs to the City and is available to rent for events. My daughter had her rehearsal dinner here - a beautiful yet relaxed location. Shannon Lukens captured how green the valley is becoming around the school house! Mon, 23 May 2016 23:06:18 EST Fair Warning - Ice Cream Blog - 5-22-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168236 OK, I warned you. These are creations from Lyon's Corner Drug and Soda Fountain. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ffa3051-246d-4d8b-b483-e1447831878f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nick Esares ordered the confections and took the photo (notice how I said that as if I had no personal knowledge of what they can do at Lyon's Soda Fountain?). Ice cream is my weakness. Well, OK, it's actually one of many weaknesses. But there's nothing quite like an ice cream sundae on a hot day ... Sun, 22 May 2016 16:27:01 EST Stagecoach Reservoir - 5-21-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167520 Nick Esares caught this stunning sunset at Stagecoach Reservoir - how lucky am I to live here? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee2c29f3-3c60-4c76-ac2e-e4512d49475c.jpg"> Sat, 21 May 2016 12:13:37 EST Storm - 5-20-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166951 It's that time of year - brief interludes of sunshine between storms rolling through the valley. Cara Marrs got a great shot of the sunshine/storm dichotomy we live with. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3fc2d14b-bb18-4f2b-98cd-3733c1bf489f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Carolyn Culp caught the pink sunset coming through a rainshower. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/966ca1fc-6b49-4b5c-84ca-795ecd0ef2f5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And Jack George (who is 7) liked... Fri, 20 May 2016 12:24:13 EST Rainbow at the golf course - 5-19-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166310 The intermittent showers yesterday had an upside - a rainbow by the golf course! Jonny Buschmann caught the rainbow just on the edge of a shower. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fe729f4a-9811-481e-a0d5-af109b768301.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While Jeff Hall's photo captured the dark clouds, making the rainbow more brilliant! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1db96916-4ed4-4896-ac0b-8597c9c6a44e.jpg"> Thu, 19 May 2016 12:52:52 EST Cuteness in a tree - 5-18-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165615 Well, cute as long as they aren't too close. The bears are already out! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d88ea28a-4ab6-42b8-a9b9-52770c0a00a5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Spring time in the Rockies - this Sow and bear cub waited out the rain storms in the shelter of tall evergreen. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fd728a29-abc1-42d2-aece-6f2fe56a6856.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Will be interesting to see how things go this year with bear/human encounters. <BR> ... Wed, 18 May 2016 13:24:45 EST Working on antlers - 5-17-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164848 David Dietrich, our local professional photographer who is so talented at finding the moose, caught this guy working on his antlers for summer! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f01deab0-636a-4df3-9dfb-a7116cbe4146.jpg"> Tue, 17 May 2016 12:20:52 EST Antelope - 5-16-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163821 Joe Pierce caught these two antelope, looking as though they're posing for a picture! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e96e14df-c058-4d3d-9792-e59afe128d17.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My DH worked for the Chamber of Commerce years ago, and one of his favorite stories was about a European couple who came in to ask what kind of livestock they'd seen. They kept describing the animals they'd seen behind fences, roaming through pastures on their drive into Steamboat. DH finally r... Mon, 16 May 2016 02:57:32 EST Spring storms - 5-15-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163547 Captured Creative caught our spring storms putting on a show! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3d452942-3af7-4d5e-8e9f-2dcc240aeecd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You can barely see Sleeping Giant on the far right-hand side of the frame - escaping most of the drama! Sun, 15 May 2016 17:06:43 EST 11 months of baby moose - 5-14-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162839 David Dietrich, a local professional photographer, made it his mission to try to get a shot of the twin baby moose every month over the past year. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/294362a7-b280-4079-8ab8-467e6627ae2f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Even though he didn't quite make it.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/712fb4a8-691b-4252-b2b3-b4780267faf1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (I think he may have missed November and December).... <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Sat, 14 May 2016 13:40:32 EST Waterfalls - 5-13-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162351 With as much rain/snow/hail as we've had lately, of COURSE we have waterfalls. Some of them are seasonal, like this one Jeff Welton found on River Road: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b9389a15-b2b3-47c7-931f-af0db2a4c2b4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And our year-round waterfall, Fish Creek Falls, is ROARING right now! Megan Renneberg got a shot from the bridge below the falls: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1327468f-f5a2-41b2-b813-c78933881153.j... Fri, 13 May 2016 19:23:42 EST Pleasant Valley and Flat Tops - 5-12-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161517 Jeff Hall got an awesome shot of Pleasant Valley turning green with the white Flat Tops Wilderness Area in the background. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d1353aff-4d39-40be-8da1-00b0e7a0113a.jpg"> Thu, 12 May 2016 13:09:19 EST Spring in the valley - 5-11-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160847 Winter on the mountain! These glacier lilies are among the first flowers we see in the spring. Scott Franz got a great shot of these exotic flowers with the snow-covered mountain in the background. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4e46cbcf-6cd2-4ede-9009-7479e885a20c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And Jeff Hall caught our downtown crabapple trees turning green while the mountain is in full winter mode! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6b60f239-75ba-48... Wed, 11 May 2016 13:14:12 EST Storm over Sleeping Giant - 5-10-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160065 Kathleen Walsh had great timing - she caught the lightning over Sleeping Giant during last night's storm! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d7c3bf6e-f56e-435f-8e9e-baff6512aba8.jpg"> Tue, 10 May 2016 11:39:47 EST Raging Fish Creek - 5-9-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159499 Austin Colbert found Fish Creek raging from recent rain and snowmelt. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2e67cf15-3c32-4974-a8eb-30cd59089cc3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In the last couple days we've added another foot of snow to the mountain. (Yes, a foot. Are the locals happy? Not so much...) Mon, 9 May 2016 15:08:45 EST Robin nest - 5-8-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158790 Hopefully this photo isn't too dark... Colleen Whiteman got a shot of a robin (they named her Roberta) nesting on her front porch in the horse collar with three eggs in her nest. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dba73de2-b213-416c-ace5-81797c527657.jpg"> Sun, 8 May 2016 13:23:45 EST Stunning Flat Tops - 5-7-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157983 Snow-capped mountains and bluebird sky, an old barn and the Flat Tops Wilderness Area in the background. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a713c413-4c72-41d0-a6f1-ec9ca8d8032d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Although I just posted a photo of the Flat Tops a couple days ago, I couldn't resist this stunning photo by Larry Pierce. This wilderness area is only 30 miles away, and is visible from several spots in town. Sat, 7 May 2016 02:44:53 EST Baby moose - 5-6-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157759 Jon Wade caught baby moose twins playing in his yard! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/639093ef-cce8-47cd-bf85-33f90c8679d0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They spent some time sparring, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fe784734-c84e-4573-a030-b84751970640.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and playing in the water, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b7c429d2-8ff5-4334-b606-2b0c6186637c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/... Fri, 6 May 2016 17:52:23 EST Flat Tops - 5-5-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157048 Jeff Hall got a terrific photo of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area from Rabbit Ears Pass. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4017357f-c3b7-49e5-a036-5b253e2dec9d.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes - especially when we've had a lot of snow - I have to remind myself what a beautiful area I live in! Thu, 5 May 2016 16:39:10 EST Mud season - 5-4-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156248 As you can see from this photo shot by Tracy DelliQuadri, SOME people enjoy mud season more than others! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1b07e11e-7d0b-4cf3-8115-d2e873fac388.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This shot made the cover of the Valley Voice, our local alternative paper. Oh, to be a kid again! (Although I guess nothing is stopping me from doing this except the laundry involved....) Wed, 4 May 2016 12:33:36 EST Melting snow - 5-3-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155743 John F. Russell got a shot of the (still) snow-covered ski mountain and its reflection in a pond of newly melted snow. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d6156ab5-6e14-495e-bba6-c6794ec08033.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I actually called a friend and went for an afternoon walk on the Core Trail next to the river - the first time it was nice enough this season to do it! Tue, 3 May 2016 18:59:54 EST