August 23, 2010

The joys of camping

Our awesome campsite!
My husband had Friday off, so we decided to head up to the mountains for some camping fun this weekend.  Because the weather is going to start getting cooler in the mountains, we know that our weekends for camping are limited.  So, it was nice to be able to head up with our boys.  It turns out we picked a great weekend to go because we had record high temps here in Denver.  But, in the mountains, it was in the 70s-80s, which led to perfect days.  We went on an awesome hike, played in the creek, and had lots of fun.  I thought I would share some pictures from our trip.    


Within 5 minutes of getting to our campsite, our boys had found the biggest dirt pile they could find.  What is it about boys and dirt? :)









Playing by the creek.  I LOVE this picture of them!  They spent A LOT of time throwing rocks, sticks, sand, and anything else they could think of into the water.  They would have been content to play there all day.  








I decided to wear my Vibram Five Finger Bikilas for our hike.  Since my Half Ironman, I have been incorporating wearing them in my running, but this was the first time I've worn them hiking.  I LOVED them!  I'll be doing a post about them soon.  





A view from our hike!  It was so beautiful.  But, do you notice how most of the trees are NOT green?  









Here's a closer view.  The "grey" trees have all been killed by the bark beetles.  It is absolutely devastating to see what seems like over 90% of the trees dead.  At our campsite there were just piles and piles of cut up bark beetle trees.  The forest service has been cutting them down because no one knows when they are going to fall, and it's just too dangerous to have them around the camp sites.  I can't even imagine what these mountains are going to look like in the years to come when all of the dead trees fall.  



We decided to drive around and explore the surrounding area and we came across this.  It was so amazing.  Are there any geologists out there that can explain how this came to be like that?  It is crazy because the mountains are covered in trees and then there's just this huge vertical rock structure in the middle of nowhere! 



Our night view.  It was so quiet, peaceful, and beautiful up in the mountains.  It is really nice to be able to "unplug" every once in awhile and just enjoy the great outdoors with our boys. 

I hope you all had a great weekend!  I'm a little behind on your blogs, but I'll be stopping by soon.  :) 

36 comments:

almostveganblog.com said...

How long have you been at it with the Vibrams? How are your feet adjusting? I've been thinking for a looong time about trying them, but just haven't bit the bullet yet on their pricetag =/

Amber Shea

track coach and adorable wife said...

glad you had fun camping! It is beautiful out there. Nice idea to take the Vibrams hiking!

Melissa said...

LOVE the Vibrams!

Lindsey said...

Ooh, I love your vibrams! I want a pair so bad! Those pictures are gorgeous, and I bet the boys are loving playing there!!

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P said...

Love all the pics!! Your boys are so cute, and even when they're older, they'll still have the ability to find the biggest dirt pile around! :-) Glad you had such a fun and relaxing weekend!

Diana Tries-A-Tri! said...

Wow that rock is so random out there! I'm interested to hear about your thoughts on the vibrams. I've been thinking about them for so long (and it sounds like others have too), but haven't gotten them just yet.

Cynthia O'H said...

Looks like a great weekend. Glad you were able to avoid the rain; it seems a lot of us got it.

Your vibrams are a lot more attractive than other pairs I've seen; I'm looking forward to your write-up about them.

Jill said...

It IS so sad to drive up to Summit County and see all the Pine Beetle devastation!! Glad you got out of town for the miserable heat we had here in Denver...ugh. Suppose to get bad again this weekend, too. I guess soon we'll be complaining about snow! Enjoy your week!

AM-GoalsfortheWeek said...

way to unplug;-) ENJOY!

Barbie said...

Sounds like the most perfect weekend. So glad you got to get out and enjoy nature.

Velma said...

BEAUTIFUL pictures.

Christi said...

Your trip looks awesome!

Jon said...

Absolutely amazing scenery!!! I am SO jealous of your camping opportunities out there. Your boys are so lucky!

Alisa said...

I still think the Vibrams are a little odd, I'll be curious to read your post about them!

We haven't been camping once this year---with training, travel and buying a house, it's been a busy summer.

Colorado has some beautiful mountains!!!!!!!

teacherwoman said...

Sounds like a great weekend! Way to un-plug!

Runners Fuel said...

Glad you had fun. I love camping, too!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

You have the best camping trips - that rock formation is too cool!

DRog said...

BEAUTIFUL Pics! I didnt know you wore the five finger for running?!
-Derek

Emz said...

I love that you get out there and enjoy it when you can! Awesome photos. Love the "shoes". ;)

jessithompson said...

Glad you got to get out there and go camping! FUN! I'm interested in what you have to say about your shoes. :)

Heidi Austin said...

love those shoes... cute ones too :) sounds like an awesome weekend to me. thanx for sharing the pics!

Ironman By Thirty said...

Great pictures!! That rock wall sure is interesting.

My wife and I just bought a tent so maybe we can have our own camping adventures in the future.

Krista said...

Looks like a fun weekend and some great pics.

That is so sad about the trees. I remember when I was growing up and the army worms would come and eat all the leaves :(

catchgretch said...

So jealous that you can escape to such a gorgeous camping destination! And love the Vibrams! Bet they didn't stay so white and pretty after a good trail hike! :-)

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

Love all of those pictures. Makes me want to pack up and head West! So beautiful and not so darn hot.
Seeing the pic with the V5's made me finally decide what I want for my b-day since my husband keeps asking and I keep saying I don't know. Now I know! They are too cool.
Glad you had a nice weekend.

Tricia said...

so fun!

Jill Costantino said...

That is so pretty and looks like SO much FUN:)

Julie said...

Hi Aimee,
Wow, your camping trip looks like it was alot of fun! I enjoyed looking at the fantastic pictures:) Colorado is a beautiful state for sure!

Andrew Opala said...

Awesome scenery - too bad about the beetle infestation ... nature would usually have a fire soon and a whole bunch of new growth trees would pop up and the beetle would show up again in about 30 years - but with managed forests who knows? - a fire would make the park unusable for a couple of decades.

Running and living said...

Wow, your post made me realize how much I miss camping!

Kirk (GottaTri) said...

Beautiful country! I envy your surroundings there in Colorado.

mostlyfitmom said...

Sad about the trees, but otherwise very beautiful. My kids always go for the dirt, too. :)

gmontalvo13 said...

great pics! would love to try the vibrams!

canyoncairns said...

I like my vibrams & it's always nice to find another wearer!

About the rock: without being there and inspecting it up close I'd say it's either one of two things (more likely the first).

An igneous (lava) dyke or sill that intruded into the host rock after it was formed and is now protruding because the host rock was much softer and has weathered away leaving just that intrusion. This is the same process that exposed Devil's Tower in Wyoming (except that isn't a dyke). Another example here: http://oregoncoast.ca/craterlake/volcanicdyke.html .

OR

After the layers of rock formed they were turned on their side so they're all vertical, but this particular layer is much harder and resistant to erosion compared to the other layers so it protrudes.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I LOVE where you go camping !!!!!