Two weeks ago, our family went on a week-long camping trip in southern Colorado. I'd never been to the state before, but the guys in our family have been several years in a row elk hunting, and this was our chance to accompany them.
So, I'd like to share a few pictues from our adventure, with a bit of commentary here and there. :)
Even though pine forests (or spruce) aren't my favorite, parts were very majestic.
We camped in this meadow, rather far back in a 'wilderness' area, right on the edge of the country were no more wheeled vehicles are allowed.
The tiny, cold bubbling creek that provided water for us and our horses for the week.
Inside my tent. (this was at the first of the week, before things got messy!)
Little sis pretending to be asleep in her cot.
The first full day, Cim & Laredo took me up a nearby mountain on a very steep hike.
Our goal - to see the Great Divide.
Notice how steep the ground is behind us!
At last. The top!
Look across at the Divide.
Aspens turning yellow.
Hiking to an even higher point. I have to admit, just then I was very tempted to start singing
"the hills are alive....."
Everything was so beautiful.
Mom, Carolina, and I all did a fair amount of sketching and painting during the week.
It was nice to have so much free time to do just that!
Taking drawing materials out on a hike.
Painting a moss-covered 'fairy' stump.
Painting a forest scene.
Attempting to recreate the look of the creek.
Setting off to explore a little.
This is our 'fairy house'. Having found a stump with two tiny 'doors' in the base, we decided to make it welcoming for fairies, cleaned it out, transplanted bunches of moss and ferns all around, and created pathways and porches.
Tiny mushrooms grow by the doorway leading to a room lined with pine needles.
Look at the intricacy and texture of a few square inches of forest floor. Look at it - and deny if you dare the existence of a loving Creator who took care to array even the smallest bit of his work in beauty and abundant life.
A porch side entrance, shaded by a huge mushroom-thingy.
Mom stirs up some beautiful, fluffy biscuits.