Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Meyer Ranch Park
Saturday, May 25, 2013
 We spent Saturday morning at Meyer Ranch Park near Conifer, Colorado.  It was wonderful to get up into the beautiful mountains and enjoy nature.  The park was only a 20 minute drive from our home.  It is nice to be so close to such a park. 
 Eli loves to be in the outdoors.  He enjoys hiking, well the downhill parts, throwing rocks, collecting rocks and sticks, and getting a turn in the backpack on the uphill parts. 
 We love our boys!
 When we reached the top of the trail we enjoyed a picnic.  Here is Owen enjoying a cracker.
Eli was pretty excited to find a tree his size.

When Eli took a turn in the backpack we put Owen in the baby carrier. I am not sure Owen really liked it, though.
There's a happy boy, and my beautiful wife.
Hiking can be hard work.

Mount Falcon
Monday, May 27, 2013

 On Monday we went out on a another hike to Mount Falcon with the Baumgarten family.  It was fun to hike with Dan, Stacy, David, and Erin, and we are grateful that they didn't mind hiking at Eli's pace. 
Dan is training to be a grandpa this fall (congratulations to Brain and Elsa!).  It has been fun to watch Dan and Stacy with our kids.  They're going to make awesome grandparents.
 We hiked to a couple of different 'castle' ruins. The first one is the foundation of a historic mansion that burned to the ground and the second was a foundation that was supposed to be for a presidential summer house for the US Presidents.  The summer home was never built, just part of the foundation was laid.  It was supposed to be modeled after a European castle.  It would be cool if it could have been completed.  The view from the presidents summer house was spectacular.  In one direction you could see mountains all the way to Mount Evans, and in the other direction you could see the city and the plains stretching out to the horizon.  The pictures don't really do it justice. We enjoyed the view, had a snack and headed home.

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