Home Sweet Home

Hello, beautiful friends!
I trust each one of you are doing well and enjoying this new week.

Hubby, son, and I had a wonderful time camping
and thoroughly enjoyed our time away - it ended too soon, but isn't that the way with vacations?
It's always refreshing to get away from every day activities
and time spent in the great outdoors is always a joy 
because there is so much of God's incredible creation to look at.

We headed out last week in our trusty ol' truck and look at what ran right in front of us. . .

Isn't he magnificent?!
We were quite excited to start our trip off with seeing such a handsome buck :)

Up we went into the mountains and along the way we passed the Ruedi Reservoir.

We continued to climb high into the mountains and found just the right spot to set up our tent.
There was no one around and everything was so calm and peaceful. . .

We took several hikes and on Friday we hiked above our camp site.

We were right by two little ponds and the river was also close by.
It was lovely to listen to the flowing water as we fell asleep at night.

Hubby and son caught several fish out of the river.

We did an eight mile hike on Thursday and had a fabulous time.

Although we did get caught in the rain on our way back to the tent,
but thankfully it did not last too long :)

Here are some photos from our hike.

We were probably at around 11,000 feet up in the mountains.

Just as we were starting to get weary from the hike,
we at last came upon this beautiful lake.
The journey was well worth it.

There was an avalanche at some point during the winter
and if you look closely at the picture below you'll see several trees in the water 
that were taken down by the snow.

The wildflowers were simply beautiful!
There were many that I have never seen before and I think it's because we were up so high.

Columbine - our state flower.

Indian Paintbrush

All of the yellow blossoms bring a smile to my face :)

We also saw a few cute critters.

This rabbit liked to come out in the mornings and evenings
and my son enjoyed "playing" with him.

We also had rain, but thankfully our tent is waterproof and we had no problems.
It was actually very relaxing to sit out under the tarp with coffee 
as raindrops came down around us.

And speaking of coffee, is there anything better than a hot cup of camp coffee :)

As we were leaving our camp site on Saturday 
a little beetle clung to the truck window for quite some time.
Maybe he didn't want us to leave?

We came over Hagerman Pass on our way home.

This is what the road looked like as we came over Hagerman Pass.

And once again I was left in awe of the majestic mountains.

It's good to be home and I am eager to catch up with you, sweet friends :)
Have a lovely day - I hope it's full of joy and sunshine!
Hugs to you!



magnoliasntea said...

Oh goodness, your photos are really gorgeous! What a fabulous place to camp. Now, that 8 mile hike, I dunno, lol. I like to keep mine down to about half that, lol.
Your son is just adorable. Thank you for sharing these pics of your vacation and sweet family. :)
Have a wonderful week!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a wonderful camping trip with your sweet family, Stephanie! I loved seeing all the pics of the glorious outdoors and also of all of you. Rich and I hiked in Rocky Mountain National Park several years ago. It was so wonderful to see what was at the various elevations. Oh, what fun we had and such great memories. I'm sure Rich's world is beyond magnificent now. I can only imagine! xo

Linda said...
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Linda said...

Oh how wonderful dear friend!! Your son has def. grown! Thank you for making me smile, I had always wondered about the Continental Divide (wink). Welcome home..I don't think I would want to return from that camping trip, though (smiles). Just beautiful!! Thanks for sharing. Blessings

Linda said...

Oh how wonderful dear friend!! Your son has def. grown! Thank you for making me smile, I had always wondered about the Continental Divide (wink). Welcome home..I don't think I would want to return from that camping trip, though (smiles). Just beautiful!! Thanks for sharing. Blessings

Vee said...

What a beautiful corner yours is! Now that's camping...far from the crowds (and, hopefully, far from the bears). Such trips are needed several times a summer, don't you think? Love the family photo as much as the beautiful scenery...you all look relaxed and happy.

Esther Asbury said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time! Love all the gorgeous pictures you shared -- so peaceful and relaxing!

Jackie said...

Beautiful photographs of a splendid vacation! I am so glad the time away together was a lovely one for all of you. You did a great job sharing your vacation with us. I thank you for that. Welcome home.

Anne Payne said...

Oh wow, Stephanie! Your photos make me want to visit Colorado (I am assuming that's where you were) even more now. I just love seeing all that splendid beauty God created!!! Thank you SO much for sharing your vacation with us. {{hugs}}

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Hi Stephanie!
Welcome Home to Blog Land! What to say about the photos but tres magnifique?! I liked the one of the three of you standing there. Did Yogi or Boo Boo take that one? LOL!

Insanely humid here in Maryland, but a big front is supposed to come through tonight and TA-DA...The SUN! Or at least that's the way it's supposed to work out.

VBS this week for adults, too. Enjoying it. LOVED VBS as a child. Remember sitting alone on my swing at age six belting out Onward Christian Soldiers!

xxoo, m & jb (yup, jb DOES hug, and she kisses with her very wet nose :)

Debby Ray said...

Oh my goodenss...does it get any better than this? I mean that is a picture perfect idea of what a campsite should be...I am in awe of this! There is nothing that gets me more excited than experiencing God's beautiful world, first hand! Thank you for sharing your fabulous photos and this wonderful trip with us! Blessings!

Billie Jo said...

This is beautiful!
I love all your pictures...
Especially the one of your beautiful family. : )
Welcome home, my friend!

Sola Scriptura said...

You have such a beautiful family. I really enjoyed all of your gorgeous pictures!

Valerie said...

What a gorgeous place and gorgeous pictures. You did such a wonderful job capturing it all. =) I love camping, it is always an adventure.
Really enjoyed your post. Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

Gail Dixon said...

Really beautiful photos! I had to enlarge them and they were stunning, each one. Looks like an amazing time. Seeing that buck right off the bat was a perfect start.

Elizabethd said...

What a wonderful trip. The scenery is amazing, and reminded me a little of parts of Canada.

TLady said...

What ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS PICTURES!!! :) What a vacation you had! Glad you made it home! HI! I thought I'd come over to visit & leave you some love! :) Thank your for following my blog! I'm going to look some more at your blog! It looks like a VERY INTERESTING PLACE TO BE!!!!!!!!!:D

Vicky Hunt said...

Oh my goodness Stephanie! I absolutely loved looking at all your camping photos! The scenery is breathtaking...the mountains, flowers, and the critters too! You have a beautiful family...your little boy is so adorable. I'm sure he thoroughly enjoyed the camping trip. I would love to camp in that very spot....:)

Blessings, Vicky

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

Your photos are stunning! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Libby said...

Wow. Simply breathtaking! I've never seen anything like this on my side of the world. Just curious, we you hiking in the U.S. or Canada. I think each part of the world has so much to offer. Picturesque to say the least. :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Stephanie, Wow! Incredible photos and I think the first time I've seen photos of your son. What a blessing to share this time together in nature. I know the memories from this trip will last a lifetime. Thanks for sharing.

Bethany Carson said...

Awesome photos! It sounds like you had a great time. I thoroughly enjoyed the post!

Debbie Harris said...

Wow Stephanie!!! Your trip was amazing, to say the least. Your photo album here couldn't be more perfect.
That is the kind of camping I grew up with, and I sure do miss those times as a child. Of course we had crazy jeeping with our camping trips. :-)
Beautiful, just beautiful!
Love you!

Anonymous said...

Stephanie - what a glorious holiday! I love all your pictures (except the beetle!). The antlers on the buck look so velvety. Thank you for sharing with us!

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Oh Stephanie! Your beautiful pictures made me sigh several times! I miss the mountains so much. Thanks for sharing your camping trip with us.

Millie said...

What fun and the view is majestic...enjoy...Millie


Conniecrafter said...

Oh my Stephanie, how wonderful to see pictures from your trip, it looks so peaceful and relaxing, wow you saw some great flowers and ones I hadn't seen before, how neat. Your verse at the ends just says it all!! Thanks for sharing!!

Red Rose Alley said...

Stephanie, I can't tell you how much I loved this post today. Everything about it - the rabbit, the lake, the beautiful mountain that you hiked up, and that amazing BUCK! It is certainly a beauty. There is nothing like nature to renew our spirit and rejuvenate ourselves. I love nature and it brings me peace all the time. That cup of coffee looks so good, and I like that blue tin cup. I want to go camping now, and it's been so long since I've been. Thank you for sharing your camping pictures, and the picture of all of you is great, and I especially liked the one of your son and the rabbit.


CherylQuilts said...

Oh, sweet Stephanie, I feel as though I've had a precious mini-vacation reading and viewing your blog! Thank you! The photos are so beautiful, and I loved reading about your adventures! Praising God for the beauty He has given us, and oh that we would see it as from Him! What a wonderful time of refreshment and time with your dear family! Thank you, precious friend! Hugs!

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

What an amazing experience for your young son, Stephanie - and for you all as a sweet little family! Gorgeous photos - what an amazing place! How sweet that the little rabbit trusted your son. Beautiful wildflowers, wildlife and scenery. Glad you had a wonderful time and thank you for sharing. Hugs xo Karen

Mindy said...

What a beautiful setting for your camping trip! I love enjoying God's creation up close and personal - amazing. Thanks for sharing with us.

Susan said...

Wow, what beautiful pictures! So breathtaking and I love the verses in here too. I hope to come back again. My blogger site will have the link to my regular blog.

Robyn said...

Wow, Stephanie - I so enjoyed your pictures and the story of your vacation. I felt like I just had a mini vacation myself looking at the beauty and the cute animals. Your photos are fantastic and what an amazing place to lose yourself in nature. Thanks so much for sharing with us.
Been missing my visits to you and finally glad I had a few moments because it's always very special to spend time here. Hugs! Thank you.

SarahGeorge said...

Hi Stephanie, Good to catch up with you at the right post:). What a beautiful trip you had! Should be a very memorable one. You've taken wonderful snaps along so that we enjoyed them as well :). Thanks for sharing with us:).How wonderful is our creator! Truly breath taking photos:).

Debbie said...

WoW!!!! that's a real camping trip, your images make it look soooo fun, so amazing!! i don't think there is anything better the being close to nature.

cute critters, beautiful wild blooms....fishing and a buck. i'd say this was the perfect trip!!

Barbara Neubeck said...

...Wow... what a wonderful holiday you and your family have had. Your photos are so beautiful...Thank you for sharing...
Hugs and Blessings..
Barb xxx

Deborah Montgomery said...

Really beautiful photos Stephanie! I love that rabbit! The scenery is so gorgeous. glad you had such a good trip. and yes, nothing like coffee outdoors in the woods.

Maria said...

Oh, my! Such glorious photos! Looks like you and family had a wonderful time! Nature is truly a blessing! It gives us peace and nourishes our soul! Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos! Take care, hugs!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

So many beautiful photo's, I am so happy that you shared them! We do need to travel west some time and experience some of that beauty.

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