Sawtooth National Forest in Sun Valley

I couldn’t let it go unsaid how much I appreciated the area of Sun Valley.  The little towns of Ketchum, Sun Valley, Stanley, and Salmon make up a beautiful area.  I stumbled upon the well known Sawtooth Brewery and a symphony concert that evening at the colorful Sun Valley Inn and Lodge.  I could have…

Camping in Nederland

We are very happy we chose this campground for many reasons: the top being we were graced with moose presence (a first in CO!!) both nights there, then there was the river which was rushing right next to our campsite making for a natural sound machine, and ideal hammock trees. The location and everything about…

Independence-Aspen Camping Work Week

This was taken at sunrise in Denver from my balcony before heading out to Aspen on a Wednesday morning.  I am very eager to get on the road, so I was the early bird today. Mountains to my right and Capitol to my left Going through Leadville we found a great lil pizza hut called…

Triple Bypass Weekend in the Mountains and Camping 

This weekend I signed up to volunteer for a big organized bike ride in the mountains called the Triple Bypass.  The challenging and popular ride gets its name from the three main mountain passes that are covered from Evergreen to Avon in a range of 120 miles.  We worked from 9am until 5pm serving the…

Exploring Wild Wyoming

Prepping for camping was tough but half the fun!  I just loved to start thinking about being out there days before our road trip began, cooking in our new cast iron pot and skillet out in Wyoming’s wilderness on our new camp stove.  I pre-made a Mexican casserole, Shish kabobs, homefries, and Browned Butter Strawberry…

Where the Red Fern Grows

Return to Natural Falls State Park Spotted Jewelweed-  This flower is also known as Touch-me-not because of its unusual method of seed dispersal.  When the seed pods become ripe, the slightest touch or swift breeze triggers a pop that sends the seeds up to four feet away. Unlike most wildflowers, Jewelweed is an annual, which means its only way…

Medicinal Mountain Moments

After camping out in Bandelier National Monument at Ponderosa Campground, I hit the road again and experienced the majestic Jemez Mountains and perfect weather. Tierra Amarilla (Spanish for “Yellow Earth”) referring to the clay deposits found in the Chama River Valley and used by Native Americans Mesas of the Pajarito Plateau near Los Alamos, NM A lousy attempt at…

Butter Beans and Chocolate Malt Lunch

Butter Beans (Lima) Soak the bag (1lb.) of beans 6-8 hours, then rinse and drain Add about 6 cups of water and beans to a large pot 1 T butter salt (easy with salt since bouillon contains a lot) and pepper 1 T chives 1-2 T dried onions 4 chicken bouillon cubes 1 t oil…

Spelunking in Wind Cave

This cave was close to Elk Mountain Campground where we were staying, so we decided to ride our bikes up for an afternoon cave tour. This cave is famous for its unique abundance of boxwork formations you may recognize in some of my pictures.