Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Colorado (without Dr. Quinn & Sully)

Ah, Colorado. One of mom's favorite places (right next to Wales). One week with 34 Girl Scouts and their leaders as mom's assistant. Much nicer than having to worry about 9 girls in Switzerland... I could just drive the girls and adults back and forth and be the somewhat relaxed one!

I've never been to Colorado, but I have fond memories of Wyoming from a teenage Girl Scout riding horses for weeks and weeks. I remember my horses names from those years: Morgan and Freeman! On this trip, I was most interested in horseback riding and hiking. Get the horse fix and the old ticker working.

The Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA is located near Rocky Mountain National Park and surrounded by beautiful mountains. Would mountains be as beautiful if they weren't snow capped? They just look so much more majestic when they are. Mom and I hiked up one little one which kicked our butts, but we made it! Of course, we were not happy when a 75 year old man looked like he was out for a Sunday stroll.

The girls were great fun, especially since I didn't have to discipline them, and they had a gazillion questions all the time about being vegan, travelling, poetry, etc. I looked at the mom of one girl who was a chatterbox and said, "How do you do it?" It was fun watching the girls faun over all the cute boys at the Y. Wierd that some of those guys were my age. Oh, to be a silly teenager. Never again. lol.

Well, it was a great time, and I'm glad I went for mom, the scenery, and the experience.

I think the Hummingbird may be my new favorite bird...
A Maureen photo album would not be complete without a light/lamp post...

I'm still the 13 year old girl who looooooves horses.

Made a walking stick out of a dead aspen tree. Confused them with birch at first.

The bettle infestation has killed so many trees. See all that brown?

The Waterfall Hike.

Blue Columbine

Just a flood of yellow!

And no Maureen photo album would be complete without a few benches...

The fake steer which we all used for our roping lesson. I roped my mother successfully!

Bench, clouds, landscape. I mean, could you resist?


Chair, Bench. Same Difference.

Lake Irene, Rocky Mountation National Park

Doesn't it make you want to go watch the movie?

You wouldn't know it, but lightening is threatening...



Just plain cool.

Cute little chipmunk.

Girls loved to feed these two.

View from the old homestead.

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