Thursday, October 15, 2009

Rocky Mountain High

My mother called me this morning to see if I might want to go for a ride in the mountains and see the changing leaves. I did. So we packed up the kiddles and headed up the canyon to the Alpine Loop. Then we veered off toward Cascade Springs. It's beautiful. If you've never been there, I highly recommend it. It's a series of cascading waterfalls, ponds, trails, boardwalks, and meadows, all surrounded by maples and aspens. The weather was perfect. Cool enough to walk without getting hot, but not yet cold. The trees were, unfortunately, slightly past their prime. Some were almost bare. But others were still bright yellow, orange, red, pink, and gold. The kids had a blast running up and down the trails, spotting brown trout in the streams, and looking for "reindeer" in the meadows (because the signs had pictures of them. Well, mule deer at least.) I had a great time scouting the trails head of them for bears or cougars or moose that might jump out and carry them away. Hey, the sign said there was lots of wild life around! We finished the outing off with some fruit snacks and water from Beck's new Incredible Hulk lunchbox and thermos. What could be better?


Boppie, Daphne, and Beck



River Trio




Daphne


Kids on the move




Posing on the bridge


Looking at birds



Boppie and Beck



cascade kids

10 comments:

erica said...

Loved the photo's!

Jen said...

Great pics Arianne! It looks like everyone had a great time!

alex dumas said...

I love when you post pictures.

Kristina P. said...

Man, it's gorgeous!

Koreena said...

What a fun thing to do with the kids!

tiburon said...

We are doing the exact same thing this weekend!

Great pics! I can't believe how big Daphne is - it has been too long since i have seen her!

rae said...

That place looks great. And the "looking at birds" picture is priceless.

MiaKatia said...

The kids seem to be getting so big, which means I have been blogstalking you for a long time now :)

Karyn said...

Loved seeing the pics. How on earth did your mom get the name "Boppie"?

André said...

Looks like fun! We've actually had a lot more leaves turning colors than we normally do. Driving down certain roads we almost forgot we're in the South.