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…

Hikes Around Evergreen

This beautiful view is found just a few miles up from my house on the way to Evergreen Mountain.  This is my new friend and hiking partner Katie (the wife of our realtor).I packed a thermos of hot tea to enjoy at the peak of our hike.  Here is where we stopped to take in…

Evergreen Has My Heart

My favorite place to hang out in the chalet is the living room nestled up by the fire or standing at the back door off the kitchen/living room directly behind the bird feeder situated in the center of the backyard.  The view gawking from that sliding glass door is a splendid one and displays a…

Denver Urban Homestead Tour

As I have mentioned in a previous post or two, Cyrus and I bought a house and will soon be moving into our first home!  He has been doing most of the gardening research and pre-planning as I have been studying how to raise chickens.  I found out about this self guided Urban Homestead Tour…

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…

Pfeiffer Beach: Home of the Purple Sand

Pfeiffer Beach at Pfeiffer State Park in Big Sur is a beautiful and unique sight.  The parking lot was full, so I took the free route parking on the highway opting for the 3 mile trek down the beach road.  Not far down the road, a friendly older couple from the east coast stopped to offer a…

Yoga in a Yurt and More…

This is my first morning and full day to be here in Big Sur, and I certainly started it out right!  I woke up before sunrise and walked the entire area in my robe and slippers with my big camera in tow.  This early bird got all the worms.  I saw the sunrise over the…

First Day at Post Ranch Inn

We were greeted by three lovely deer upon arrival into Post Ranch around mid afternoon on Friday. We were also greeted with bottomless Prosecco once we reached the main lodge at check in.  I especially appreciated that and the over sized POST RANCH branded pumpkin. Great first impression of our cabin!  I couldn’t wait to…

Point Lobos

After breakfast in Carmel we headed to Point Lobos.  Point Lobos is a beautiful state park found in between Carmel and Big Sur. We trekked the entirety of it along the coastline witnessing many sea otters, sea lions, and seals sunning and napping on the rocks or rolling around playing in the water.

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…