Didn’t do a whole lotta of cooking, baking or making new recipes this summer because we were busy tearing apart our yard and hiking our hyneys off on most weekends.. . but I did come up with a healthy way to make all things gratin without all the butter, flour, and cream, i.e. this Summer Squash Gratin that I promise I will post the recipe at some point. . .maybe next summer? ha ha.
In other news, I’m proud to announce that all this hiking and yard work has reduced my spider induced panic and anxiety along with my fear of heights from a 10 out of 10 to about an 8 1/2 out of 10. . .and I am able to hike a few miles without feeling like I’m going to die. . . so there’s that.
We wanted to have a summer full of new places we haven’t really checked out..Our first hike was at South Valley Park on 5/24/15. I don’t remember it being this pretty because I was focusing on being out of breath.
On 6/6 we checked out Three Sisters Alderfer Park near Evergreen. The meadow of wildflowers and the view of Mount Evans were memorable. June seems like yesterday!
The weekend of 6/13/15 we were in Glenwood Springs: Hanging Lake Trail was one of the most beautiful and steepest hikes we did this summer. We all lived to tell about it! It wasn’t that bad but don’t ask my quads, butt cheeks, or hammies.
The “I’ve really never seen so much horse shit in one place hike” aka Devils Head Fire Tower Lookout on 6/20: The road there made me car sick but after a few dry heaves and dramamine, it was fine and the end of the hike has a rewarding 360 degree view of mountains after about 100+ stairs. Don’t look down. I did. I wish I hadn’t.
6/27 – Roxborough Park: Always our favorite because it isn’t too far of drive from our house and not everyone and their mother, brother, and cousin shows up to ruin the party. It has pretty red rock formations too. Actually went here at least twice this summer because it’s awesome! There were a lot of slugs on the trail which gave me the shivers. What is the purpose of a slug other than being gross?
Then over July 4th weekend, we took in this sir, 100+ pounds of enthusiasm who also happens to be an outdoors enthusiast.
Mount Falcoln Park near on 7/11: Dog friendly and pretty views of of red rocks and Denver in the distance.
Maxwell Falls on 7/25: My least fave mainly because I had to poop the entire time and would rather hold it than crap behind a rock. Joe’s least favorite too because of all my complaining about prairie doggin’ it and such…Not to be a waterfall snob buttttttt…..after all the beautiful falls we have seen this summer, this was very underwhelming. I feel like we missed something on the trail?? It wasn’t that well marked either. At least it was a decent workout.
Ouray Perimeter Trail – I want to move to Ouray yesterday, open up a B&B, and hike this trail at least once week. . .waterfalls, canyons, wildflowers, views of Ouray and it’s historical Victorian homes. . . Because my middle name is awkward, I was going to take a picture of a really cute house until I realized the owner was chilling on his front porch and his two standard poodles were trying to chase down our dog.
Because I’m obsessed with making lists, I already have a list for next summer! There just aren’t enough weekends to cover the entire terrain of Colorado, BoOoO!!!!