The outdoor state…

The outdoor state…

For us, living in Colorado was the most central we could be. With children living on both the east and west coasts of the continent, we could travel almost equally as far in either direction to see family. Although we enjoy the travel, sometimes it is easier to bring family to you and showcase Colorado as the amazing state that it is.


During our time in Colorado, we travelled to Estes Park multiple times. Only an hour “ish” drive from home, Estes offered sightseeing, shopping, and entertainment. We travelled to Estes Park on a number of occasions, we felt each family member visiting deserved to go! While in Estes, it is important to visit the haunted hotel, The Stanley Hotel! The Stanley is where Steven King was inspired to write The Shining.

Estes Park is also home for many elk. Come here in the fall for rucking season and see your fair share of elk roaming the streets, or just hanging out at the local park.


Only a few more mile up the road from Estes is the Rocky Mountain National Park. This scenic drive boasts many amazing views of the surrounding mountains. Again, each family member got their tour of the park, and witnessed the changing landscape as the road elevation climbed to and altitude of 12,183 feet! It is so beautiful!

Another national park that we spend several weekends in was Indian Peaks Wilderness. We camped and hiked at Brainard and Isabell lakes and enjoyed a great hike on the 4thof July trail! So many good times in the Colorado outdoors! Colorado is certainly an outdoor state!


DSC_2559When family visits, some other must do’s are the Westminster Butterfly farm, the Denver museum, and the Colorado Springs Zoo. The Springs Zoo is probably by far the best Zoo I have ever spent time in. The Zoo is built on the side of a mountain, leaving visitors climbing hills, and for some of us struggling for breath in the altitude, but there are so many species of animals and they all seemed so well-cared for! It was a great day feeding the giraffe!

While also in Colorado Springs a must do is the Garden of the Gods. The rock formations were created millions of years ago during geological upheaval along the fault line. The colours and structures of the rocks are pretty amazing! There are lots of hiking trails, animals, and wildflowers.


The Royal gorge was only on our visit list once. The summer of 2017 allowed us to take family to view this spectacle. At 965’ above the Arkansas river, the Royal Gorge suspension bridge is the highest suspension bridge in the USA! We took the gondola across the gorge and walked the bridge back before having lunch and making the return trip home.

Although our sightseeing through Colorado was not limited to only the sights listed here, we spent lots of time, driving, hiking, an enjoying the outdoors. Colorado boasts plenty of sunny days, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and awesome summer temps that allow for outdoor actives!

Where are some of your favorite places to visit?

fullsizeoutput_1e3c Trudi

Life with Indy~scaling the fence

Life with Indy~scaling the fence

Just as it looks like Indy is settling in, another moment of doggo challenges rears up! Day 3, 4, & 5 seemed to go well, Indy had fallen in to a routine of going out in the mornings, eating, and sleeping on her bed. She’s been listening fairly well and loves to be cuddled!

Day 6 of Indy living with us was a normal morning for Jerad having to be the last person to manage the dog. It’s been a routine to let Indy out for her morning duties. She’s been very good about going out and coming back in without concerns, but of course…there’s always going to be that one day!

At 0710, the text read “standing outside with a cup of coffee & dog chasing rabbit”. Although this situation sounds peaceful, it was apparently short lived! The next text included details of pulling Indy over a fence…fullsizeoutput_23dd

The story goes, that as Jerad was ready to leave for work, Indy was not returning to the calls. Oh goodness, where could she be! As he set off to find her, he rounded some trees to see her repeatedly popping her head up in her attempt to locate him; however, there was a fence between him and her! What the heck, how did she get over there?!?

As it turns out, she was most likely chasing a rabbit and somehow got through the fence, ya know, when you are hyper focused on a task, anything can happen! And the great thing is she was attempting to return when she was called but she had this obstacle of a fence in her way. But there was still this challenge of getting her back onto this side of the fence. If she couldn’t find her own way back, how will Jerad get her back?

As I heard the story of a grown man attempting to pull a 92 lb dog through a fence, I couldn’t help but laugh. Adding to the difficulty of pulling her back through the fence was her own fears which created much resistance to the task. Jerad describes trying to grab her, put her head through the fence and then grab her by her mane to drag her through as she struggled against him all while trying to leave for work!

She was safely rescued with no harm to either her or Jerad, and one can hope that she’s learned her lesson of watching where she is going! Now that we have that experience behind us, perhaps life with Indy will start to settle down!

Have you found yourself in a similar situation with your pet?

fullsizeoutput_1e3c Doggie Momma (Trudi)