A Little Girl Time

Colorado State ParksI just love waking up to a sunrise over water.  This was my view from our campsite at St. Vrain State Park, Colorado on Sept. 8, 2014.  Not a bad way to start the day, eh!

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I enjoy morning coffee and a sunrise at St. Vrain State Park, Colorado

I couldn’t wait to throw on some clothes and go for a morning stroll.  The waters were calm and the birds were chirping.   Yes, I do love camping near water.Colorado State ParksColorado State Parks Colorado State ParksI strolled around the state park taking in the still beauty of the morning.  It turned out to be a wonderful day filled with explorations and ended with dinner over at LuAnn and Terry’s place.

Thank you Terry and Lu for a lovely evening and to LuAnn for a very tasty meal.

It didn’t take LuAnn and I long to reconnect.  We first met here online as fellow bloggers a couple of years ago and then met face to face in February 2013. We were quick to set up a girls day, but our plans needed to be flexible due to the fickle weather.Colorado State Parks I’d been wanting to explore Chautauqua Park in Boulder and when I made mention of this park to Lu, she was game.  We were both really looking forward to a hike but we awoke to a rainy and dreary morning.  The weather forecast was for more rain, but as we were ready to head out on plan B (shopping at an indoor mall) the skies cleared.Boulder trailsWe took full advantage of this window of opportunity in the weather and set off on the trail at Chautauqua Park in Boulder, Colorado.  The trail was a steady uphill climb heading ever so closer to the base of the Flatirons that had me winded due to my nonstop chatting.

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the Chautauqua Park trail is a steady uphill climb – a view of the town of Boulder and the red roofs of the University of Colorado can be seen in the distance

Boulder ColoradoSince we weren’t sure what the weather was going to do, we opted for a short stroll that day instead of a serious hike and of course, these two shutter bugs had to stop for plenty of photo ops.  Those are the Flatirons in the distance.Flatiron Boulder Colorado After our lovely stroll, we headed over to the Flatiron Mall for a little shopping and lunch.  It turned out to be a day of plan A and plan B.  Yes, it was the perfect girl’s outing that was over way too soon!Flatirons Boulder Colorado Patagonia Lightweight Travel Sling Black The SAK Iris Cross-Body,Black,one size

The Joy of Blogging

When I decided to start a blog ten months ago, I wasn’t sure who or IF anyone would have interest in reading it.  I have never been one to journal, although I have been vigilant in archiving family photos via scrapbooking.  These albums are lacking in stories – stories behind the photos – the tale of why, where, and when.Blog

Hot Air BalloonMy mom kept journals documenting mom and dad’s travel adventures in their motorhome, but the photos are in boxes and the journals not easily legible.  I would love to retrace some of my parents trips…..thus, began my blog – photos with a story!

Just like so many other bloggers, I started this blog to keep family up to date on our travels.  Much to my surprise, blogging has turned into so much more than keeping family updated.  I feel I’ve become part of a community….this community of bloggers.

Along the way, I have had the pleasure of interacting with people from around the world.  I love this new-found hobby and the friends I’ve made.  I have even had the sincere pleasure of meeting a couple of blogging buddies face to face….how fun!

Back in September a couple of followers nominated me for awards.  Well, life happens and I apologize to NMNPHX and Front Range Scribbles for not acknowledging sooner.

Nicole over at NMNPHX nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger Award and most recently nominated me for her Spotlight Award.  Thank you Nicole.  Be sure and check out her blog.  I particularly enjoy her take on SPAM.spotlight-award

Now you all know by now, there are rules to accepting these awards……ah, the real reason it’s taken me so long to acknowledge.  Thank goodness Nicole’s Spotlight Award comes with no rules attached.  Did I already say, “Thank you, Nicole?”

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The rules for the Beautiful Blogger Award……

  • copy the award logo and place it in your post
  • thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
  • tell seven things about yourself
  • nominate 7 other bloggers for their own award and comment on their blogs to let them know.

I’ve nominated the following blogs for the Beautiful Blogger AwardBunny rabbit

  1. TBN Ranch
  2. Images by T. Dashfield
  3. Photos from the Loonybin
  4. Small House/ BIG GARDEN
  5. Joy in the Moments
  6. Through My Lens
  7. The Photographic Journey of bulldog

As to the seven things about myself, keep reading……

Front Range Scribbles nominated me for the Sunshine Award.  This fellow Coloradoan shares photos, information, and stories about life in Colorado.  Be sure and stop by his blog.

The rules are similar……..

  • Copy the award logo and paste it in your post
  • thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
  • nominate 14 other bloggers for their own award
  • Answer the following ten questions – things about yourself
  1. Who is your favorite philosopher?  Umm, I’ll have to think about that!
  2. What is your favorite number?  Can’t say that I have a favorite number!
  3. What is your favorite animal?  Aside from dogs, I like cotton tail bunnies!
  4. What are your Facebook and Twitter?  Don’t participate…..really!
  5. What is your favorite time of day?  I love mornings – love watching the sunrise!
  6. What was your favorite vacation?  I’m very fortunate to be able to travel extensively, thus there is no way I can pick a favorite vacation.
  7. What is your favorite physical activity?  Obviously – hiking!
  8. What is your favorite non-alcholic drink?  Coffee….love a cup of hot black coffee while watching the sunrise!
  9. What is your favorite flower?  Tulips – the tulip festival in Holland, Michigan is a must for any tulip lover – amazing fields of colorful tulips as far as one can see!
  10. What is your passion?  Well that’s obvious – travel

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So here are the fourteen blogs I’ve nominated for the Sunshine Award……

  1. The Lowe’s RV Adventure
  2. Hiking to Healthy
  3. Traveling Marla
  4. Movin’ On
  5. Living Loving Laughing
  6. Lilly Sue Bites and Brews
  7. Two Scamps
  8. Paint Your Landscape
  9. Cindy Knoke
  10. Thinking Cow Girl
  11. Travel Garden Eat
  12. The Adventures of Elatlbay
  13. Serenity Game
  14. Craves AdventureDonkey

Thank you to everyone who follows my blog and comments or likes my posts.  AND thank you for the nominations.  While working on this post, I received a comment nominating me for another award.  Wow!  I’ll post on that later.  Happy blogging…..