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estes park

Our friend’s birthday and Valentine’s Day happened to end up close to each other this year so we all took as it as a sign to get away for the weekend. In an effort to avoid some of the ski crowd, we headed up to Estes Park. Just in case you were wondering, that’s a town.. not an actual park.  Not that I was confused about that being a small town Minnesota girl when we moved here so many years ago.  Not at all. We rented a house together and headed up Friday after work and stayed through a massive brunch before heading back down. Dreams of snowshoeing through the trails were slightly derailed by 50 degree temperatures.. and dreams of hiking were slightly derailed by 30-50 mph wind gusts. Dreams of relaxation were derailed by nothing. #winning Estes Park sits at the edge of Rocky Mt. National Park. And if you’ve ever been there before, you may know that elk sighting is not rare at all to say the least.  While hiking was a bit breezy, searching for elk from the warmth of a car was the perfect evening activity…

Devil’s Head Fire Lookout

Location:  From Denver, take highway 85 south to Sedalia.  Then take highway 67 west until you come across Rampart Road (well marked). After turning left on Rampart Road, you’ll wind your way down a very bumpy dirt road until you get to the trail head.  We’ve always taken our car there, so your car will work great just be prepared for slow going and a jostling ride.  It’s a 1.4 mile one-way hike (2.8 miles total). Things to Keep in Mind:  This is a popular hike so no matter what time you go, you will most likely be sharing the trail with lots of people.  There is parking but it fills up quite quickly so early mornings are the best time to go.  There are plenty of picnic spots on the way up so if you’re on your ‘A’ game, pack a lunch and enjoy. Finally, you will be hiking to the highest point around so if it looks stormy it might not be the best day to complete the hike. One of our favorite hikes around is to Devil’s Head Fire Lookout.  It&#8217…

Mayflower Gulch Trail

Location: It’s 6 miles south of Copper Mountain on highway 91 so perfectly accessible.  Parking will be on the left side of the road if you’re headed from the Copper Mountain exit. Nitty Gritty: 4 mile easy round trip.  Beautiful views of the mountains and an old mining camp at the top. We seemed to have lucked out with our timing up to the mountains this year.  We may have had one last beautiful weekend, but I would have had to miss girl’s weekend in Seattle. Nothankyou. The latest report that- the wind has come and lots of the leaves are gone in the Dillon/Silverthorne area. Luckily this hike is accessible year round and while I heard that it’s a popular snowshoeing location in winter… you don’t actually need the snowshoes. Here’s the tricky thing.  Snowshoes are meant to trample through snow.  Once the snow has been trampled enough, snowshoes are not necessary.  Therefore, some of the ‘popular’ snowshoe trails can be accessed year round with some good hiking boots. In case you missed it here… Let me give you a run down…

Copper Mountain

  Coming at you from the end of summer and I just sent an email about… Thanksgiving. Time. Please stop. Also, knee deep in planning a baby shower for the end of October for the very first nieces and/or nephews on my side of the family and it seems like just yesterday we were eating sushi getting the news for the first time. Ironic that it was sushi for a pregnancy announcement but how were we to know that our sister-in-law was pregnant when we got her a birthday present. Anyways, we’re all just a little bit excited for the twins to arrive! Cale and I took the only we free weekend we could find until Thanksgiving and headed straight west to the mountains.  In our past experiences we’ve found that if we wait long enough we can stay fairly cheaply at Copper Mountain.  You can even do this over ski season, but if you’re traveling from out of state this method can be a little risky. We I really like Copper because I know the hills well enough that no one can trick me on going down a double…