Upper Ice Lake Basin

One of my favorite Colorado hikes of all time is still our trek to Ice Lake Basin. I highly recommend our Ice Lake Basin trail guide for planning your next visit here. The views were just absolutely stunning along the entire trail, along with the fun animals and flowers we saw along on the way. Upper Ice…

Winter Robber

This is a true winter robber. Commonly known as a “camp robber,” or Grey Jay, this intelligent little birdie joined us for lunch while snowshoeing to Lake Helene in Rocky Mountain National Park. Human food is never good for wildlife so we spent the majority of the time luring him to our open palms with…

Iceberg of the Mountains

The Iceberg Lake Trail in Glacier National Park will bring you to this beautiful teal pool carved out by, you guessed it, a glacier. The small chunks of glacial ice still clung to the mountain’s cliffs in early September and the icebergs floating around the pool had stunning crevices of blue ice. Normally hiking on a…

In the Eye of the Egret

Birds are amazing creatures and this egret in Ponce De Leon Park’s Peace River Wildlife Center is no exception. The wildlife center is primarily run by volunteers and locally supported. A popular stop for anyone visiting in Punta Gorda, Florida. Not your thing? Try the beach, playground, fishing area, or wooden boardwalk through the mangroves,…

Punta Gorda Sunset

A warm Florida Christmas is a very different experience than the cold Colorado Christmas I’ve come to love and enjoy. One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to drive around town looking at beautiful Christmas lights that adorn the neighborhood houses. When you have a canal in your backyard…the focus becomes the backyard decor, not…

Terrifying Trek – The Great Wall Unrestored

At times, Jake and I had a few choice words for The Great Wall, and rightly so. This picture captures a rather strong moment of select wording, defeat, and confusion on how to move forward on this terrifying trek. Check out the vertical wall of crumbling rock and tell me you wouldn’t feel the same……

Parry’s Mountain Gentian

A new look at a Gentiana Parryi—Parry’s Mountain Gentian. Blue is such an unusual flower color to me that these little flowers always catch my eye when hiking in the Colorado mountains.  After looking around at the vast surrounding landscape of mountains and valleys, it’s a moment beyond to stop and see the delicate details…

Rocky Mountain Elk – Sleeping Giant

This sleeping giant is an elk near Rocky Mountain National Park. Jake and I love going to this expansive park and seeing the herds of Rocky Mountain elk and other wildlife roam freely in their natural environment. The bugle call of an elk is very memorable. Wildlife, of course, like to venture into civilized areas…

Old Bedlam

This building, “Old Bedlam,” is the oldest structure still standing in the state of Wyoming. Built in 1849, Old Bedlam was a cornerstone of activity at the military outpost of Fort Laramie which lies along the Oregon Trail. The outpost is now a national historic site and, for those of you who like your history,…

Basin Columbine

I have a lot of favorite flowers, but Columbines are at the top of the list. This photo was taken at Ice Lake Basin in Colorado—a basin Columbine. This trail is still one of my favorite hikes of all time. I recommend Jake’s Ice Lake Basin trail guide so that you can plan your visit…

Anthracite Creek

This is a beautiful photo of Anthracite Creek in Somerset, Colorado from the Erickson Springs Campground. It really is a rare sight to see fall colors and snowy mountains at the same time, yet this has happened two years in a row now for 2016 and 2017. Stop by the campground for a quick photo, a…

Yellow Snow – Fall Colors in Crested Butte

A different kind of yellow snow… This is a photo of two seasons colliding. Last year, Jake and I took an unbelievable trip to see the fall colors in Crested Butte and surrounding area. We camped right next to Lost Lake Slough near Crested Butte and bundled up (literally with everything we brought) to sleep the night…